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    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:
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    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.
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    Bavaria in administration Ferretti Group said it will hire 80 people across its five Italian shipyards after it experienced double-digit growth in 2017. “The numbers prove it: thanks to the decisive support of the Weichai Group and Mr. Piero Ferrari, the company has achieved a record profit this year, rose to 24 million euros,” Galassi said. “By decision of the shareholders, the cycle profit will be entirely reinvested in research and development on new models, which will be added to the 30 developed in recent years. The production capacity of the group's six shipyards and the workforce also grew, demonstrating that yachting, if managed at best, creates important job opportunities in Italy as well.” From 2015 to the end of 2018, 90.8 million euros have been invested and allocated to new investments in R&D and in new products development, for a total of 30 new models, including eight in 2018 The outlook for 2018 foresees a production value of 704 million euros ($867.2 million).
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    Bavaria in administration Brunswick Corp. announced that consolidated net sales increased 7 percent in the first quarter, with the marine engine segment up 9 percent and the boat segment rising 7 percent over last year. For the first quarter of 2018, Brunswick reported net earnings of $80.5 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $74.2 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2017. "Our marine businesses continue to benefit from strong demand for outboard boats and engines, successful new products, and our strategy to grow the parts and accessories businesses,” said Brunswick CEO Mark Schwabero in a statement. “As a result, our marine businesses had revenue growth of 8 percent in the quarter, with a very strong increase in operating earnings versus first quarter 2017.” Engines The marine engine segment reported net sales of $687.1 million in the first quarter, up 9 percent from $631.8 million in the first quarter of 2017. Boats The boat segment reported net sales of $304 million, up from $284.9 million in the first quarter of 2017, and operating earnings of $24.7, up from operating earnings of $16.2 million in the same period last year. Operations of Sea Ray, which the Brunswick said it wanted to sell in December, were not included in the financial results.
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    Bavaria in administration Group Beneteau’s revenues are up 10.5 percent in the first half of the fiscal year, with increases in the boat division attributed to strong European sales. The boat division reported a 1-point improvement in profitability ... As of Feb. 28, the order book for the boat business was up 15.2 percent at constant exchange rates. The boat division generated revenues of 378.1 million euros (about $456.7 million), up 10.5 percent at constant exchange rates compared with the first half of the previous year. The boat division’s growth is being driven by sales in European markets. Sales for North and Central America and fleets increased slightly during the first half of the year, with orders as of March 31 up 6.4 percent and 20.7 percent, respectively, for the two regions at constant exchange rates. The boat division expects full-year revenue growth at 8 to 10 percent at constant exchange rates, outpacing the market due to sustained level of orders. Group Beneteau is raising its revenue target for fiscal years 2019 to 2020 to 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion), up from 1.4 billion euros ($1.7 billion) previously. The current operating margin has also been revised upwards and is expected to reach 8.5 to 9 percent at constant exchange rates (exchange rate used in the plan presented in June 2017), with around 130 million euros ($150.1 million) in income from ordinary operations, versus 115 million euros ($138.9 million) previously.
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    Bavaria in administration Brunswick Corp. is continuing expansion of its Boston Whaler facilities due to strong demand of larger boats. “It’s a multiyear expansion relative to Whaler,” Brunswick CEO Mark Schwabero told investors and analysts during a call Thursday to discuss first-quarter financial results. “But it is in response to strong demand, and it probably [began] a bit earlier than we would have anticipated when we did initial expansion a year ago. Demand for the product has well outpaced our expectation.” The current expansion will help Boston Whaler increase production of larger models, Schwabero said. The company is also addressing raw material pricing fluctuations it anticipates as a result of aluminum and steel tariffs, Schwabero said. “We buy very very little foreign aluminum as well,” Schwabero said. “The thing you’ve seen though is, obviously aluminum prices are going up. When there were actions around Russia, we saw the stuff spike; they pulled some of that away, prices almost overnight dropped about 10 percent. So there’s a lot of volatility in the aluminum market.” The volatility isn’t a function of the tariff, but a function of how the domestic market will respond to the tariffs being in place, Schwabero said. “Fundamentally we think everyone will be affected equally, and it’s probably going to result in pricing [increases] across the board in the industry, which isn’t material enough, in our opinion, to really change the demand profile and therefore shouldn’t impact our margin profile,” Schwabero said. The company has already been adjusting pricing in part because of anticipated tariffs and in part due to inflation. Pontoon prices were particularly affected by pricing increases, Schwabero said. “We have some of those announcements,” Schwabero said. “Typically this time of year we’re doing pricing for model year 2019. We already factored some in and we will continue to look at pricing.” The company said its engine segment continues to grow, despite parts and accessories being off in the first quarter due to bad weather. Brunswick has invested around $1.1 billion into the Mercury business from 2011 to 2017, Schwabero said.
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    Bavaria in administration The Marquis-Larson Boat Group cancelled its dealer open house, scheduled for Aug. 19-21, because of strong new-boat demand, a transition between plants and dozens of job openings that remain unfilled. “I’m about 40 people short. I’m trying to hire day in and day out, and I’m moving my assembly lines,” president and CEO Rob Parmentier told Trade Only Today. “Work force has been difficult. I didn’t anticipate this when we closed the plant in Minnesota. Everywhere I travel I see help-wanted signs. I know all my compadres on the NMMA board are experiencing the same difficulties.” The company has made more than 150 engineering changes to the Larson FX line, Parmentier said, which has resulted in “people really loving those boats.” “We’re bucking the trend on Carvers. We have seen none of the slowdown reflected in the SSI data,” Parmentier said. “We retailed eight in the last 10 days. I’d much rather be here than begging for orders. … But it’s still a difficult position.” Parmentier explained the situation in a letter to dealers: “From the lean manufacturing processes underway, moving Carver lamination and assembly areas from the building behind the corporate office to across the street and reorganizing that area to free up space to be solely for Larson Boat Group production. The ramping up and preparation for the next Lexus yacht for production and getting the new Striper 250 WA ready for its debut, an open house would add unwanted additional strain to the organization. Again, for these reasons, we are canceling this year’s open house as planned.” The company is working to fill open positions, recruiting at high schools, holding open houses, doing billboards and radio ads, and visiting cities with higher unemployment. “Everything in the universe, we’re doing,” Parmentier said. “Some of it’s getting some traction. We even partnered with a local minimum-security prison, and that’s working out great. Everybody deserves a second chance, and they’ve paid their dues. … It’s a chance for them to get their feet back on the ground, and they’ve been some of the best workers we’ve hired.” The company will continue to hold webinars and virtual training, and keep information flowing. “We’re not going to let that fall by the wayside,” Parmentier said. “What it came down to was, do I build more boats or do I stop and put a party on? Dealers want more boats.”
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    Bavaria in administration Malibu Boats reported an 82 percent increase in net sales, to $140.4 million, in the third quarter and a 69.4 percent uptick in unit volume, to 1,786 boats, versus the year prior. Gross profit for the quarter increased $15 million, or 70.2 percent, to $36.4 million versus the third quarter in 2017, driven by the company’s acquisition of Cobalt Boatslast summer. Cost of sales increased $48.3 million, or 86.5 percent, to $104.1 million, compared to 2017, which the company attributed to the Cobalt purchase and an increase in unit volumes in Malibu’s U.S. business. Gross margin for the quarter decreased 180 basis points, from 27.7 percent to 25.9 percent, over the same period in the prior fiscal year due to the acquisition of Cobalt and an increase in unit volumes. “The results of the third quarter were strong,” Malibu CEO Jack Springer said in a statement. “This performance continues to be driven by robust retail demand in the United States, along with Malibu’s operating efficiencies. Channel inventories are at or near optimum levels, which is inspiring dealer confidence despite unfavorable weather during the early-spring selling season.” The company’s 2018 model year boats are performing well, including new Cobalt models, Springer said. “From an operational perspective, the Cobalt integration is going smoothly, and the Cobalt team is immersing itself into our culture,” Springer said. “Further, our operational excellence initiatives continue to drive improvement at Malibu, and it is having a quicker and better impact with the Cobalt integration than originally anticipated.” On the international front, Canada continues its slow recovery, while Australia — Malibu’s second largest market — remains a contributor, Springer said. “Lastly, market share gains are accelerating for both Malibu and Cobalt, where we already hold a commanding lead,” he said. Adjusted EBITDA increased 70.1 percent to $28.5 million, compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2017. Operating income for the third quarter increased to $23.9 million from $13 million, and net income increased 89.9 percent to $16.8 million from $8.8 million; net income margin increased to 12 percent from 11.5 percent.
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    Bowsprit Retro-fit (in-hull)

    Sprit: good idea (get rid of idiotic symmetric chutes -- christ, that dumb idea was to work around goofy rating rules of a hundred years ago) Retracting through the hull: bad idea (cost, weight, leaks, low strength, high flexibility so only slack luff sails) Sprit length: probably can't be too long (100% of J is not too long, common on skiffs, mini 650s, but still rarely seen in the northern hemisphere) On my Olson 40, still putting this together, for a total cost of a couple of hundred dollars: Sprit is the full length 100% J carbon spinnaker pole, with original inboard end (Forespar dildo) and simple lathe machined end fitting (to be fabricated) Inboard end of sprit now mounted on the bow centerline just forward of the jib tack using a simple SS welded fitting for the Forespar dildo Bobstay (to be) installed just above boot top running to forward end of pole (hold end of pole down) Side-to-side location of pole fixed by whiskers from end of pole to toe rail near the mast Weight of pole supported with lines running from middle of pole to top of bow pulpit. These also keep a rolled and not-hoisted a-sail or code zero out of the water. I did an experiment last year on a Santana 3030GP (Creeper) and the boat could still be made to broach with a 75% J sprit in moderate air (say, 12-15 knots), so that fat round MORC boat needed a longer sprit.
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    What are your boat projects?

    My boat project is approaching completion. Nothing is 100%, but everything is at least 90% done. Everything done so far looks really, really good. Launch date still scheduled for about 1 June. Just like last year ;-). Note I am still not identifying the year ;-) Refer -- waiting on wiring (me) and connecting copper (me) Head -- shower sump vacuum break and re-route to waterline through hull New Head locker mirrors -- ordered Inverter and shore power (details) A few more 12v backbone (battery size) cables Running lights Mast: steaming/deck light, windex, constrictors, paint, re-assembly USB charging ports in cockpit winch handle pockets Bobstay fitting Several RopeEye thru-deck soft loop pad eyes Six winches Minor painting (a little inside, a little outside) Bottom paint
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    Rad new Ran Fast40 for Niklas Zennstrom

    The cut away topsides forward will be good for aerodynamics, and for ultimate (180 degree roll over) stability. When upside down, the narrow foredeck and wide ass end will push the bow down, just like on an old IOR boat, with the result being less inverted stability (a very good thing). I was impressed by the VERY close racing of the fleet on the water last summer. While any "box" rule (including a rating limit like on Maxi72 and Fast40+) does type form the boat (no wing masts, no multihulls, ...) which of course means the boats are not as fast as they could be, at least a rating limit allows substantially more degrees of freedom, so perhaps more general lessons can be learned.