Student_Driver

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    very disappointed with Annapolis Performance Sailing

    In the words of Tom Waits.... "the large print giveth, and the small print taketh away"
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    Hydrogen fuel cell generator

    Socalrider. Agreed 200% H2 is not going to work. Right now, nothing beats the efficiency of diesel plus solar/wind and batteries on a boat.
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    Hydrogen fuel cell generator

    Interestingly, the company I work for abandoned H2 Fuel Cells for H2 Internal Combustion Gen Sets for our off grid power modules. I was surprised and pleased today to get an email from a potential client interested in a 'catamaran' application. Would never have expected an unsolicited inquiry for a boating application. If you have clean water and a power source like solar, you can create H2 with an electrolyzer. Some can create the H2 under pressure so that a separate compressor device is not needed. Storage of energy at pressure is very effective from a weight perspective.
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    New Hinckley 53

    Thots on the newly announced H53?
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    New Hinckley 53

    Was speaking recently to a skipper who is considering this boat. He'd never heard of the Surfari so I went back to compare the specs. Can't believe that the H53 carries only 100 Gal of fuel. That's nuts. Then again 30K lbs for a 53 foot boat is very light.
  6. For most kneeling is an act associated with prayer. Now in the news, kneeling is associated with protest. Similarly both instances represent passive requests for intercession by others to change some situation or outcome. Whether one is appealing to God, government or other agents to make change there is an implied shift in responsibility from oneself to others to make change. Whilst there may be many things which befall us in life which are beyond our control there is much more that we can and should actively strive to change. Whether it is unfair laws and policies, repression, fraud, violence, racism or any other form of injustice, there is often something that we can and should do to make change. If we each stand up against one form of injustice that is most relevant to ourselves our lives and our families and societies, we can each move a few grains of sand which collectively become mountains that we can move if we all pitch in. Anyone who reads newspapers daily will confront endless stories of cheating, fraud, violence or other forms of injustice which can and should motivate us to stand up and strive for change. For many of us, the breadth and scope of problems in the world seem too great to impact. Threats of war, ongoing genocide, famine, disease, secular and ecclesiastical corruption are macro issues which seem immutable. On the other hand, there are over 250 million Americans who could spend 1 to 10 hours a month trying to make a change in some small part of their world. Globally, there are billions of adults who could do the same. For the last 25 years my wife had been volunteering over 20 hours a week to combat issues related to inner-city poverty. We believe that children are our future and any contribution that we can make to their education, health and well-being are investments that will pay off massively. Nearly 6 years ago, my wife was grievously injured when few teenagers aimed and dropped a shopping cart onto her head from four stories up. She now has a severe traumatic brain injury and other associated physical and cognitive debilities. Given this, she is now my dependent and reliant on ongoing medical and other care. We are currently in the fifth level of hell fighting mendacious motions from the corporate defendants who done everything possible (including filing motions based on mischaracterizations of facts) in order to avoid court date. I have chosen to make one of my life's missions to drive reform in the civil litigation process. As it stands, whoever has the ability to spend money on lawyers can avoid prosecution of civil cases for ten years or more which itself is an injustice. I plan to write a book about the civil litigation process which will highlight numerous instances of bad behavior by corporate and other defendants (including our own) which may help to bring pressure to bear. I plan also to continue my wife’s work with inner city youth and other needy groups. Whether it’s spending time with inner city youth, volunteering in homes for the aged or fighting corruption in government spending, we each should find a cause which we can support. I’d ask the professional athletes who take a knee, what are they standing up for or against. How are they making time or sharing resources to make a difference. There is no better time than today to ask yourself, 'how can I make a difference?'
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    COASTAL QUEEN - Ultimate Racing Program Tender

    Tempus fugit an no combak atus.
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    COASTAL QUEEN - Ultimate Racing Program Tender

    I was on the Coastal Queen over four decades ago at Ocean Reef Club. Boy does that make me feel old.
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    Hanuman for sale

    Do these boats cross the Atlantic on their own bottoms?
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    End of a dream

    Having grown up in the Caribbean and having spent a great deal of my life on boats it is been a lifelong dream to circumnavigate on a sailboat. Some of you know of me and the tragic attack on my wife nearly 6 years ago at a shopping center in New York. Over these last few years, my wife, my family and I have suffered enormously and face much more disappointment in our future. Whilst my wife suffering is incomparable to my own disappointments, I have sadly come to the conclusion that my dream of circumnavigating is over. My wife's injuries are incompatible with sailing or boating in general. For some time, I harbored the hope that I would be able to sail for a month or two at a time and come home to take care of my wife. I now realize that hope was both naïve and callous. The combined impact of her physical and cognitive issues resulting from the attack make it necessary for her to have someone available to help her on a constant basis. Whether it's a threat of her choking while trying to drink from a glass or falling over on a sidewalk or getting lost on her own, she needs me and I can't leave home for an extended period. Although my dream is dead, I continue to live vicariously through blogs and videos of those who can and are sailing the blue. I continue to read books and act as if it could be possible but in my heart of hearts I know that it will not be possible. My focus now is trying to keep my family together and focusing on making changes in our local and global community which I write about in the linked thread from political anarchy. For those of you who offered me advice and answered my numerous questions, thank you for your support.
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    End of a dream

    The jury returned a large award today for which we are grateful. Unfortunately, the defense will seek to appeal the verdict. Justice may be inevitable but it is not swift.
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    End of a dream

    Thank you for the kind offer. Marion can’t get on a boat. Balance, vision and fear/panic issues. Congratulations on the new Ensign.
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    End of a dream

    After nearly seven years, the legal ordeal is nearly over. Has been hell. Yesterday was one of the toughest days. Cried like a baby during my son’s testimony.
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    End of a dream

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-metro-marion-hedges-shopping-cart-attack-victim-son-testify-20180601-story.html
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    End of a dream

    https://nypost.com/2018/06/01/son-recalls-moment-mom-was-almost-killed-by-falling-shopping-cart/
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    what is it?

    Owner wants $695,000. Bargain.
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    EDLU 2017

    I’m listenening to what you are not saying.
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    EDLU 2017

    Who is racing ELDU next weekend?
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    NYYC One Design

    Am hearing that there was an order for 20 boats to kick off the program but there has been follow on interest for another >40 boats. If that's true, this could become the hottest OD class under 40'.
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    2018 American Yacht Club Spring Series

    Was on that boat 40 years ago as a teen. We went snorkling off Key Largo. Beautiful boat.
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    History of 420

    https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/legal-pot/pot-holiday-4-20-traces-roots-california-high-school-stoners-n866966 Interesting article about the roots of the 420 meme for cannabis. How will you celebrate?
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    NYYC One Design

    Agreed. It's not the highest aspect keel around. There are more aggressive boats/keels out there. It's just a few notches more difficult to drive than the boats most of us race on. An acquaintance of mine was a former TP52 owner (and NYYC member.) Apparently he has signed up for the first season. He should not have a problem.
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    NYYC One Design

    Ugly, hard to say but for sure, those high aspect foils will have a very narrow groove for the driver to find. Not a starter boat for sure.... In other words, it will take some considerable talent and experience to get this boat to sail to its potential.
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    Voile de St Barth - Multihulls

    Should be interesting to see three HH66s line up at the Voile de St Barths along with three Gunboats. Thots? Predictions?
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    Voile de St Barth - Multihulls

    Nala seems to have found her groove. Another bullet today following yesterday's win.