George Dewey

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  1. That's great info thanks! I can google and check charts but info for guys on the ground is best. The boat is a Beneteau First 36.7, so the mast height is 55ft 9 inches above water line, but I have a 3 foot 4 inch wind transducer on top so, 59 feet. I'll check on Harboridge, I don't want to be limited by tide if possible. I'll check on the clubs thanks. Is racing open to non-members in most clubs? Where does the racing actually happen, I would want to find a spot nearby if I can. Thanks again!
  2. Where I am in RI, probably like most places, we have evening races in the summer and weekend races and I'm on the boat often. I really want to be able to sail nearly year round and not have to haul out for the winter. I realize its probably too hot to sail in August but sailing on New Years Day sounds great. I'll be down there in a week, are there any particular marinas I should check out? I'll be near Charleston City marina, and someone else recommended a marina (have to check my notes) but she said they have a 5 year wait list.
  3. I'm visiting Charleston, SC in a few weeks with an eye toward relocating there, and bringing my boat with me. The boat draws 7.5 feet and is 57 feet tall. Which marinas and yacht clubs would you all recomend?
  4. George Dewey

    N2B 2020 Cancelled

    These posts absolutely reflect reality. There is no doubt that the people who organized this event were doing it as a labor of love and volunteered many hours for which the participants, myself included, are grateful. That does not mean that this is not a commercial endeavour and viewing it otherwise may have been the first nail in the coffin. It may not be a for profit endeavour, but it absolutely is a commercial endeavour and all the best practices of operating a business should be pressed into service. That would include things like at least investigating insurance and amortizing capital costs, like software development, across multiple events. Basic stuff. Also, you're arguing against your own points. If so many hours were donated, and since labor is typically the biggest expense in a project, it brings us back to the question, where was upwards of $300,000 in entry fees alone spent? Is it correct that the RBYC uses its own facility, presumably at no cost to the OA, for the events? I know owners pay to dock there and the party has a cash bar. I really hope it was not all spent on software because I design and build such systems for a living, and that one could be better. In any event, it should be paid for over a series of these races. I am not suggesting that the people who run this event, which may or may not include you, are dishonest. I'm really, really not. But let's review the actions of their management, and see what an objective observer might conclude: 1 - Cancel the race and announce that the OA is keeping all the deposits and refusing to offer any credit toward the next race. 2 - When called on it, offer a vague explanation that there is no money available to refund and a broad list of expenses. 3 - When challenged, adopt a ridiculous position that entrants are not entitled to a refund because the NOR says something it clearly does not, and stick to this nonsense. 4 - Quite possibly, although I hope this is not the case, when challenge is lost, send a sock puppet to berate the person who brought the challenge. Perhaps said sock puppet is a member of the OA in some capacity and is posting as sock puppet because he / she is not officially authorized to speak for OA, in which case that post never should have been made because guess what... People are always representing their organizations at some level. 5 - When asked for some transparency, ignore it, and possibly have sock puppet insist that you're offended by the mere thought that anyone involved could be dishonest. These are either the actions of people who are either dishonest or incompetent. That is a harsh word, but note that incompetent does not mean there is a lack of great intentions or a lack of wanting to do good or a lack of integrity, but big projects take more than big dreams. Of the two, I think it's the latter. Something fundamental was missed or done wrong. Great sailors may not be great business people. I think the OA certainly wanted a great event but just didn't plan quite well enough. Like sailing, most things are easy to do when things go well. It's when times get tough that reveal how well planned something is and how skilled the people involved are. Perhaps it's been done a certain way for many years and people got careless about the business aspects. One more concern. I really hope you are not in any way involved in this OA. Your posts in this thread have been obnoxious, elitist, arrogant, snobby and dismissive. How dare you dismiss any amount of someone else's money as de minimis, "the cost of a crew dinner." You seem happy to take money out of the pockets of all the entrants yet berate me for "taking money out of the pockets of club members." I know of a youth sailing organization that could really use their entry fee back, had you considered that? Don't you ever lecture anyone on sportsmanship; you clearly have no understanding of that concept, as you ironically dismiss all other sports and tout a much higher standard for sailors even as you hope that, for asking for my entry fee back, an action you disagree with but many others support, I be banned from future races. That statement was a blatant attempt to bully others and keep them from seeking refunds. The OA should be taking a good look at how this could have been handled better, with an eye toward improving for the future. It's okay to make mistakes as long as they can be learned from. It's not enough to say "ah, pandemic, nothing we could have done." Perhaps in the end, that will be true, but it needs to be looked at. Somehow, though, I doubt making such a review would have occurred to you. Ug, I should have stuck with my policy of not arguing with sock puppets.
  5. George Dewey

    N2B 2020 Cancelled

    My initial thought on the facts was that you are simply wrong about the terms of the race being clearly laid out, but upon reflection, I realize that a strict interpretation of what you wrote is mostly true, it's just that you implied that these terms say something they clearly do not. I made an earlier post briefly explaining why the NOR does not provide that the OA can keep the entry fees if they cancel the race. If the NOR is a contract, which it really is not, but assuming it is as CCA claimed (just for the sake of argument) then interpretation clearly falls against them. To be blunt, their position reflects very badly on them. For them to adopt that position is either malfeasance, if they know what it means from a legal standpoint, or incompetence if they did not know and failed to solicit proper legal advice. Not very sportsmanlike per your arbitrary standard. As for members of the club reaching into their pockets, I don't know that to be true and as you are a sock puppet, I'm unwilling to accept your implication that you know it to be true. I don't know the financial positions of any of these organizations, and frankly, you should consider that just as this pandemic hit these clubs financially, it hit many of the racers as well. A burden sharing proposal would have been very well received, as other OAs have done. Instead there was simply an edict issued, and it said the OA is keeping everything. Again, not very sportsmanlike. As for not disclosing your identity because you're afraid of backlash for "participating" here, grow up and put on your big girl panties. You can come here tossing hand grenades hiding behind your sock puppet account, but don't expect anyone to take you seriously for such cowardice. And, 8 posts in 4.5 years hardly counts as participating. Am I being uncharastically harsh? Yes, and many people who really do participate here know me personally would tell you so. But again, you came here tossing grenades.
  6. George Dewey

    Annapolis Performance Sailing - OFFICIALLY DEAD

    Right. There is a local rigger and I have used them, but their line selection was very limited and they wanted to sell me what they had more than what I needed. It's under new management now, and I'm definitely giving them a second look.
  7. George Dewey

    Annapolis Performance Sailing - OFFICIALLY DEAD

    I had been buying supplies from APS for a decade and found that until recently, I got good advice and was very happy. Since then two things changed: The advice concerning line went downhill, and a SCOTUS decision allowed governments to force online shops to collect sales tax. The former is specific to APS, but the later can endanger any online shop since they now have to charge both sales tax and shipping. A sales clerk at Defender told me they had to spend a small fortune modifying their computer system to deal with the sales tax issue, and the extra cost hurt sales. I would think a speciality shop like a sailing store would need an online presence to have a big enough customer base to survive. As for local shops being available for last minute "Crap I need xxx" purchases, I doubt there are enough of them to make a business of. Despite the change in line advice, it disappointed me when APS switched to all apparel. They had a bunch of stuff I liked, and I think I did once buy a jacket from them but it was only because I noticed it on sale when I was buying something else. Regardless, I hate to see a small business fail, whatever the reason. Online or brick and mortar, the more shops we lose the worse off we all are.
  8. George Dewey

    N2B 2020 Cancelled

    Ha, "Adult In The Room," sure. You have some facts wrong and you're making a lot of assumptions and, most likely, have no idea what you're talking about. Many years ago I learned to consider the source of criticism that gets hurled around. With this account, you have made eight posts in about 4.5 years, and looking at one of the others it seems you just parachute in every year to bitch at someone. So the questions, then, are: Whos sock puppet are you? If you're so confident in your opinion why didn't you use your real account? No point in arguing with a sock puppet.
  9. George Dewey

    N2B 2020 Cancelled

    PayPal decided in my favor, and issued a full refund.
  10. George Dewey

    N2B 2020 Cancelled

    I'll PM you.
  11. George Dewey

    N2B 2020 Cancelled

    PayPal is supposed to decide by May 27 I think, I'll post an update when I get a decision.
  12. George Dewey

    Need to get 300 pounds of lead keel shoe cast soon

    Good point, and Marion / Bermuda does as well. I'm not sure about Halifax, they use ISO 12217-2, but it's probably pretty comparable. I don't know if I'll have another shot at Newport / Bermuda. I'm really hoping to move south before June 2022. Thanks for the encouragement!
  13. George Dewey

    Need to get 300 pounds of lead keel shoe cast soon

    I found a machine shop that was able to machine the weight I need from a slab of lead. It has the profile shape, but not the slope on the sides, and that can be easily fixed with a planer. Ultimately I reduced the weight to be put on the bottom of the keel, and can make up the extra stability requirement with lead shot under the floorboards. Or that was the plan. The machine shop was kind enough to expedite my order, meaning I was unable to cancel the order by the time the Bermuda Race OA cancelled the race. One week earlier and I could have. The lead arrived at the marina, and the guy I had lined up to install it won't come to RI because of virus and quarantine concerns. So now I have a $1,500 lead weight sitting at the marina collecting dust. I may or may not bother installing it for this season, if I do it will cost me a few seconds per mile, not that there will be much racing anyhow. The biggest reason to get it installed at this point is because the marina doesn't want it sitting around.
  14. George Dewey

    65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    These last few posts are not for the Hotrod newbie.
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    65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    I suppose he had his strong points. He was a master at prestidigitation.