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  1. RATM

    Keel WTF...

    I think NZL-38 was raced a few more times to finish out the LV Round robins. I can totally believe the mind game bit though.
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    Dynema/Spectra climbing runners as strops

    I really like the shock cord setup on the spin sheet blocks. I race on a 105 and I have been trying to talk my owners into that for years. When you are using shock cord that causes that block to stand up, you throw out the benefits of those low friction ball bearings and end up chafing the shit out of those side plates.
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    Keel WTF...

    It's funny that the bowsprit on NZL-20 was protested but now that configuration, complete with dolphin striker, is totally legal. All the TP52s are set up like this.
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    Full Main + HW Jib?

    What you want is a legit heavy weather racing jib. This jib will be around 85% of your fore-triangle and will not be full hoist. There will be some sort of strop attached to the head of the jib that will allow you to use your jib halyard the same way you would you're 106%. This jib will also sheet to the same lead position as your 106% jib. These jibs will lower the centre of effort of the entire sail plan and shift it back a little. You'll also reduce the back winding on the main. Do not confuse this jib with a storm jib. If you're going offshore, rules may stipulate that you have an actual storm jib on board.
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    Are Mount Gay Rum Hats Cool?

    They are cool. Whenever I see one, I look at the year and event named on the hat and get jealous. That's what marketing people call a success. I do remember the urban legend about selling Key West versions on eBay. I'm sure there have been some sold. I wonder what the price record is and if the seller had to sign a non disclosure.
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    Are Mount Gay Rum Hats Cool?

    Mount Gay hats are a right of passage like getting that first concert t-shirt.
  7. I don't think this story is helping answer the original poster's question. So let me try and answer the how and the when to tell an owner. When: As soon as possible BEFORE the boat leaves the dock. How: Very politely, and very professionally. Remember that when you tell an owner something like this you're basically accusing them of being broke and/or stupid. Having this type of a discussion is similar to that scene in Goodfellas when Jimmy and Paulie go to see Henry at his sugar shack and tell him he has to go back to his wife. No owner wants to be told their boat is an unsafe POS. They probably already know it's an unsafe POS but are in denial. The discussion is also a bit like an intervention. At this point, the owner will either agree or disagree. If they tell you to fuck off, you need to tell everyone on that boat about the problem and be very specific about the nature of the problem and why you consider the boat unsafe. You then need to encourage them to step off the boat. If you think the problem is that bad and you let others go out, you're just as bad. Remember that you started this and now you need to finish this. Last but not least, when you bring a problem to someone, try and bring a solution as well. You should end this type of discussion with something like "once you know how to fix the problem, let me know and I'll help with the yard work"
  8. Any boat that loses two masts in one year is just bad news.
  9. My favorite part is item 3.... with supporting facts... That's the best argument of all. I would love to know the facts around the new mast. Was it a direct replacement of the old one or a new "go fast" mast that was "optimized". Did the riggers you consulted with have any involvement with the new mast? My guess is no. In fact they probably were probably out bid. You made the right choice and it should be emphasized that it was your choice. You did the right thing by dressing down the less experienced crew. If you truly believe the boat is unsafe, you need to encourage everyone on that crew to step off. In point 4, I only think you're liable if you're being paid and under a contract
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    J 105 Halyard

    I think there would be some value in having your main halyard and jib halyard exiting the mast from different sides so that if you wanted to keep them on the winch drums going upwind, you could. I know that most J/105s use the cabin tops for sheeting the jib but... I like having the spin halyard rigged on the "windward" side for hoisting.
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    J 105 Halyard

    The J/105 that I race on has a mast designed for 4 halyards, Main, spin, and two jibs. We only carry one jib halyard. The spin and jib halyards exit on the forward side of the mast and are stacked vertically with the spin halyard above the hounds. If you lead the halyards to the proper halyard exits, they should never even rub together let alone cross. We have our main and jib halyards exiting the port side and the spin halyard exiting to starboard.
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    J 105 Halyard

    The magnet trick is awesome and really is the way to go. I have used this trick before.
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    Front Page - scotw

    Pretty normal swimsuit if by swim you mean layout and work on your tan. normal dingy sailing gear..... I don't think so
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    Front Page - scotw

    She made a choice to put on an outfit that would draw attention to her ass. Mission Accomplished.
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    Front Page - scotw

    Just remember it was her choice to put on that teeny, weeny, anal floss bikini bottom to go sail boat racing in.