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  1. Westlawn, of course. It’s not a degree, it’s a diploma. More technical work hours than an undergraduate degree (about 3500!), but every hour is applicable to naval architecture. It’s far more comprehensive in Yacht design topics and systems engineering than other schools: this is the huge distinction, and why Olin Stephens — who employed many Westlawn students and graduates — said “Westlawn stands head and shoulders above the rest.” Work at your own pace, in your own place.
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    Need some suggestions

    That is a nice Olson 40! It is probably a good sign when several have been extensively refit out of only 25 built.
  3. I am in the midst of replacing the diesel with electric. The diesel is out, the electric is in a box in my garage for a few more weeks. It is amazing how many things are required for a diesel engine. Probably half the total parts and fasteners in the boat were just for that stinking rattling noise box. The new system weighs as much as the 30 gallons of diesel in the (now removed) fuel tank. About the only way to remove 700 lbs from a 10,000 lbs Olson 40...
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    Gary was a Westlawn alumnus. The Maine Maritime Museum in Bath is going to do some exhibits related to Westlawn next year (school was founded in 1930, so some promotion for 90th year). Westlawn has offices at MMM. A boat by Dudley Dix will be in the main hall. Maybe something could include Improbable. Maybe talk at IBEX...
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    S&S Purchased

    Many, many successful companies still use the founder’s name, long after that person or family are no longer alive or significantly involved.
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    what is it?

    On MOD 70 “Concise 10” they use a hydrogen fuel cell to keep batteries charged
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    Favourite Boat pic?

    I kinda remember you three! That is the reason I’ve been lusting after a very similar red Holland half-tonner being kept in very good condition in Alamitos Bay. Before the race, I tipped off several Grenadians that we would beat the local favorite Gitana IV. Several bet on us instead of G4 and won a ton of money. I had free taxis and rum for quite awhile after that. I have the article from the St George’s paper. Skip and I won life memberships to GYC for winning and setting the record. Those parties were epic that winter.
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    Thoughts on old molds and new boats

    Perhaps "bang for the buck" can be achieved. 101000 Euros for this, by Pogo Structures. Its the Loxo 32. Not 20 k or 30k, but still. Just get rid of the sailboat stuff, and perhaps it will work financially.
  9. Peter, here is proof that Randy, not Tommy, invented what is now called the Hybrid Wing. I found this in my file cabinet today. Article on page 91 of Waterfront, February 1985.




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    what is it?

    I was going through a filing cabinet today, and found page 91 from the magazine Waterfront, February 1985. Note the wing mast, with shrouds all the way to the top so the mast could rotate 360 degrees as the top. Randy has a model of this in his living room. Note the soft sail, and 360 degree rotating mast. So clearly, Randy came up with this 33 years ago. Gino did these drawings, who knows, he might still have them.
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    Smyth Wingsail via Jim Brown

    Just found this in my file cabinet today, from a magazine called the Waterfront in 1985:
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    Favourite Boat pic?

    Here is my Santa Cruz 27: I picked it up new from the Chicken Coop, and owned it until I moved to Europe ten years later. Way too many good times on this boat! This boat has been restored as Gotcha, and won two Nationals.
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    Favourite Boat pic?

    Blackfin, Grenada. I was Sailing Master. Also, in that epic and classic shot of Equation above, Blackfin was the boat in the distance above and behind with the big red radial head by Hard Sails ("Sail with a Hard on"), and a spinnaker staysl with red and blue stripes.
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    Hurricane Lane -- Keep A Weather Eye Out Hawaii

    In a hurricane or even just a tropical storm, flying projectiles are a real danger.
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    Hurricane Lane -- Keep A Weather Eye Out Hawaii

    The models differ enough that it seems to not matter which side of Oahu you are on: some ya wanna be north, some south, some the wind won't be so bad anyway.
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    Hurricane Lane -- Keep A Weather Eye Out Hawaii

    If you can't get to Kaneohe, I'd do Barber's Point, no matter what "Restriction Island" restrictions are in effect. But I'd rather get to the North side of the mountain range rather than being where the wind will be full on in Barber's Point. Full on! Even accelerated. Record your anemometer, will be interesting to see the data up to when it gets torn off.
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    Hurricane Lane -- Keep A Weather Eye Out Hawaii

    The hurricane over Thanksgiving 1982, Iwa I'm pretty sure, was a wild time, and Waikiki was also to the right side of the storm, as it looks like will be the case this time. We took the big beautiful cat Manuiwa from the Ala Wai to the owner's slip in Kaneohe Bay. It was wild sailing with 50 knots apparent! Surfing in the Sanpan channel was fun. Kaneohe Bay was an excellent hurricane hole. We then got the F out. Maui seemed safely far from the storm that ran over Kauai -- but the windows in what is now called the Aston nearly blew in!! Had to open the doors to prevent a glass implosion. Hilo looks equally safe this time. Flew to Panda Strip on Molokai the day after the storm -- airplanes on both side of John's were wasted, but we knew how to tie knots better than non-sailors, so the Seneca was fine. Surfed the biggest waves of my life off Papohaku! Waves were clearly higher than the point there, I'll let you estimate them. Swam down to the turtles and all the fish right on the bottom to be under the soup when inside. Unforgettable. Next day back to Kaneohe, and absolutely no damage to the boat. Plant material all over the place however. Started up the generator, and cooked a great Thanksgiving dinner while the rest of the island was dark. Spooky to be the only visible light!
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    I got rid of all the SSB stuff too, including the copper ground plane. Simple is better! And Sat comm stuff is so now and the future. Cheap, easy, light. Keeps getting better and cheaper and lighter.
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    Thoughts on old molds and new boats

    So this example supports Moore's estimate to build new Moore 24s today.
  20. I'll still share some cold beers with you!
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    Thoughts on old molds and new boats

    Wherever we are, she is hard to miss. Those on this board who know her will agree.
  22. I don't think so. You must be getting this information via the internet, not your VHF antenna. I mean, it is conceivably possible. We do get data from the Mars Rovers, direct to earth, and that is VHF, with a 12 watt transmitter (maybe its 5 watt signal) sent with a 12" antenna. But we detect that signal on Earth with 70 meter dishes (or arrays of 35m dishes) and receiver equipment that is cooled to very close to absolute zero, and only after special signal processing is refined and tuned for that specific channel from that specific rover on that specific planet at sufficient angles above the horizon for both transmitter and receiver antennae. Those signals only pass through a hundred miles of Earth atmosphere. I'll bet you a six pack of Corona (with limes!) that those distant signals were not picked up by your AIS antenna on your boat from a signal transmitted by those ships 1000nm away. Those beers are just above freezing in the fridge on my boat right now. AIS is also relayed by satellites. You probably knew that. I'm pretty darn sure that the signals from distant ships were received by a satellite, and then forwarded to a land based AIS relay service, and then on to your AIS display.
  23. Having a combined red/green/white LED at the top of the mast with a masthead VHF/AIS is the problem. AC noise (what we are talking about) will transfer inductively between adjacent long conductors. Shielding helps some, but clearly not much because VHF cable is always shielded. If the conductors are in the same faraday cage (a mast made of conductive material), its gonna cross talk: that RF energy is contained and reflected within the tube. High quality signal processing in the AIS can help a lot. Lots of people disagree with this opinion, but here is my take: Combined stern/side light LED lights at the top of the mast are a very, very bad idea. A combined red/green/white incandescent light sorta made sense, as one bulb works for all three: port, starboard, and stern. Changing to LEDs eliminates this advantage: a certain amount of energy is required to radiate sufficient photons in each direction: Theoretically, three separate LED units with combined coverage of 360 degrees require identical energy as a single LED unit radiating 360 degrees. Perfect reflectors suggest the same could have been achieved with incandescent lights, but we all know by experience that this did not happen. So with LEDs, we already have reduced energy much more than one incandescent combined masthead light. Combining them is no longer an advantage. Its additional weight aloft for the fixture and all that wire, so its certainly slower too. But the real reason masthead running lights are a very bad idea is because they are dangerous. Quite the claim, but here is what I mean: The big risk at night is being run down by a ship or powerboat, not your competitors in an ocean race. A single light up high eliminates the ability to determine range. Lights on the deck will be separated, and there are always other lights, phosphoresce, and reflections, so determining range is possible and pretty easy. From a ship's bridge, this impossibility of determining range from a single, high light has led to close encounters. A ship captain related a story to me where he saw the isolated light, expected the boat to be very far away, and instead passed very close aboard: scared the crap out of that ships captain, and I'll bet the sailing yacht's skipper as well! Another major problem is that some boats -- mine WAS like this -- have only the single LED at the top of the mast. Some have both top-of-mast and deck running lights, and sometimes use them both at the same time. Both of these arrangements are counter to the international rules. If you are in an accident at night (like a powerboat runs over you at speed) YOU WILL BE TO BLAME. Incorrect lighting is a very, very high liability. Single combined top-of-mast running lights are only legal when sailing. Not motor sailing. Not under power. If you are charging your batteries with your combined top-of-mast LED on, and a collision occurs, you may well have many independent witnesses who can testify that your engine was running by water and exhaust coming out the transom: Can you prove you were out of gear? Running just your generator? Before the impact, not after? Good luck with that. Besides, who needs the weight aloft due to the fixture and wires. And like wire life lines, I don't care what some racing organizations mandate. They won't step in to save my bacon if I get run down by a ship at sea.
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    Olson 40 For Single Handed Blue Water Sailing

    The 'fridge is actually pretty good. Can make ice if the weather is cooler than about 80. When its hotter than that the freezer compartment keeps beer just this side of frozen. Can easily keep a week's worth of food for 4 people cold. Most fun cruising is coastal, so that doesn't bother me. On the very, very rare occasions that we might go further, like to Hawaii, we will take an additional cooler: got a perfect place for it where the nav table used to be. Autopilot uses an Octopus 1673, and its been demonstrated to be able to steer the boat under spinnaker past Pt Conception on the Coastal Cup, and that was with the old, original rudder.
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    Captain Licence Course

    Wait a little bit until marijuana is off the idiotic list that Nixon made because he was teased at high school for being a douche bag.