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  1. carcrash

    Pros And Cons- Wire Lifelines Vrs. Welded Tube?

    Tubing sure feels much safer to me. I'm using dyneema life lines, but the attraction of tubing is strong ...
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    Random PicThread

    That architecture really suggests putting information into a cage... sorta the opposite of freedom of thought.
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    by the numbers

    These sorts of rigs get tried yet again from time to time. First I saw was Firebrand (or something like that), about 1970, designed by the famous aerodynamicist Arvel Gentry. Many others since. None have performed better than the "old fashioned" single mast with shrouds: that is why you hardly ever see this kind of rig. If it actually worked, you would see it all over. You don't for several good reasons. Structurally, it much heavier. Aerodynamically, its much worse (the mast in front of the main is actually not a disadvantage -- that's measurable science speaking there). The loss of mast bend as a tool for aero control is a big handicap. There are advantages of course. But the disadvantages are real too. In the end, the cost (more) .vs. benefit (worse) analysis rejects this kind of rig.
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    Kiter Passes Away Friday on Alameda

    Over a decade ago, I was on Kieth Notary's shop. He was building kite boards (and a big cat at the time). I said I was considering learning. He told me a recent story, of going out with a good friend, who hit a piling at speed. Dead. Soon thereafter, I went to Maui with my son to teach him windsurfing. But of course the many kites led us to head to Robbie Naish's place to explore learning how to kite surf. Robby told me he had temporarily stopped teaching or assisting people in learning due to this accident:
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    tp 52 crop 2018

    Maxi 72 would be a better boat for America's Cup. IMHO
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    what are you?

    Ugly. Probably fast. Fastest into a land fill? Because its so damn ugly, if it does not win, nobody will want it. But it does seem rational. 100% left brain. 0% right brain. Personally, I think the data does not support plumb bows in any event, and much less for full bows. This works better:
  7. carcrash

    Olympic sailing, is it still the pinnacle?

    Being an Olympic class has often meant that 3/4 of the time, the fleet evaporates: the year before the game its all on, but the rest of the time its lacking (usually). Follow the money: most problems seem to be related to money. World Sailing is predominately funded by the IOC (between 30% and 90%). Yet a handful of sailors are olympic sailors, the vast majority are not. A tiny portion of the sport (the Olympic Games) has tremendously outsized influence. Therefore, we end up with a fundamental distortion. Similar to how politics are distorted by money, so most people are not represented.
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    Have Torqueedo Outboards Come of Age Yet

    I like to row. Its fun. Its fun to explore rocks, kelp, sea caves, going through surf. Doing any of those things with a prop underwater leads to bent and broken bits.
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    Coolboats to admire

    I think its pretty cool. Its special. He is obviously very happy with it. I think it will sail quite well, especially once sheets are eased slightly. Long upwind slog? No, turn on the engine. But I am sure it will exceed the performance of every charter cat in every direction in all wind and sea states. Being able to see out while underway is underrated, and this boat combines the visibility with ventilation, which is far too often missed. Easy movement between the cockpit and pilot house, like on many modern charter cats, looks great and is very popular with the people spending time on such boats. The cockpit is just cool: it actually will be useful for all the stuff people do on boats, underway, at anchor, in the marina. I love the galleys. Sure, having two galleys (or two heads) on a boat is a waste of space. But at least it does NOT have a gambled stove. Why pretend someone is going to cook underway? This is not an ocean racer for overnight racing. Fun, and cooking while heeling a lot on rough conditions, are not related. In summary, it seems an outstanding solution to a set of real, important, goals of the owner.
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    S&S 36... thoughts

    Lead is extremely toxic: you might end up mentally disabled. There is a reason casting keels is outsourced! So find who casts lead, and ask them how much it will cost, once they have a good CAD file. Contact a naval architect to precisely measure the current keel mount (looks like a stub keel), design the keel and the keel-hull connection (NOT FOR AMATEURS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), and create the proper CAD file, and then confirm it all gets created properly. Also, be sure to understand the complete set of things needing to be done prior to launch. Get estimates to do that work (including strip, fair, barrier coat, and paint the bottom). Then double all estimates, and ensure you easily have that cash on hand. If it still makes sense, then go ahead. S&S boats, including that era, were nice sailing boats. However, after doing this exercise, you will probably see that the low cost is still nowhere near low enough. For example, I paid $10 for my Olson 40, and have since spent about double the listing price of other Olson 40s on the market. However, I'll end up with an essentially new boat (all glass and structural issues addressed, all interior and deck paint new, topsides faired and polished, all new systems, refurbished almost new more powerful Yanmar engine, new electrical, new pumps, new head, new everything below and on deck). When I paid the sales tax ($0.88), I called the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, and explained the situation (that the value was actually very negative, much less than $10), and they said "Yes, we see those situations with boats all the time -- negative value at purchase, so a nominal price that is often $1. Seems almost the typical situation. Why did you do that?"
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    "pioneering electric propulsion systems"

    I am similarly curious, and have thus far found no details.
  12. Nearly sank Blackfin sailing Transatlantic in 1977, mid Atlantic. Generator, engine, and batteries went under the cold Atlantic ocean, so of course the engine, generator, and the entire electrical system was toast. Arrived in Falmouth after a 14.5 day crossing, tacked up the harbour, picked up a mooring under sail. By the time we hit the pub, it seemed everyone in town was congratulating us. Free beer, fish'n'chips, and even hotel rooms that night. Did the same in Hamble Marina a few days later (that was much harder, but still perfect).
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    Bavaria in administration

    Exactly. Also, powerboating does not suck. By complete accident, I have almost the same ocean miles on powerboats as on sailboats: a bit over 85000 miles in each.
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    Bavaria in administration

    Hence, I think its clear that the marine industry, from small bass fishing boats and pontoon boats to superyachts, has recovered from the Global Financial Crisis, and many good boat builders are growing strongly. However, it continues to be true that the number of SAIL boats built and sold is way, way down from its peak about 1980, in many places. Not near the Solent and many other places in Europe and the Pacific where numbers are well above 1970s, but certainly very true throughout the 50 states of the USA: people in the USA enjoy boating while burning dinosaurs. Fuel is cheap. Much easier, much more sociable. And IMHO sociability was the reason most people bought sail boats (Hobie, Windsurfer, by numbers). Surveys show the number of people boating in the USA is as high as ever. Its the number of people sailing that has collapsed. Like with horses: used to be everywhere, the world was drowning in horse shit and flies. Now, only the very wealthy ride horses (as true as claiming only the rich sail). Like with bicycles in Los Angeles: In 1900, more bicycles than people, only practical way to get around, and the weather and geography is perfect for bicycles. The first LA freeway, the 110 Pasadena Freeway, was originally built as an elevated wooden "freeway" for bicycles! Now, dang few practical bike riders, mostly carbon fiber dayglo suited weekend fitness buffs.