Zonker

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  1. Zonker

    Getting Away From The Rat Race

    Or " The cat puked on the carpet again light brown". The guy who works for the paint company naming paints got fired for that name apparently. I actually painted a paint sample on our living room of a shade of yellow called " Nacho Cheese ". It was the exact colour of the stuff sold at stadiums. Wife was not impressed. Maybe put together a budget that is similar to your current lifestyle but without a car. Think things like cell phone bill, restaurants, and add boat related things like coin laundry, fuel, trips to see friends? etc etc. Then see where you are. 3k/month seems way more believable.
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    Getting Away From The Rat Race

    No to 2K if you spending lots of time in marinas. $1/ft (low for US East Coast) * 35' * 20 days = $700/month. That doesn't leave much for boat insurance (~1.25+% of hull value), maintenance, costly health insurance, food, etc. I don't know how much health insurance costs for seniors in the US. If interior volume means a lot and you are doing short coastal trips where you can pick the weather, a lower quality Beneteau/Hunter etc will get the job done at vastly less cost, will sail faster, and will not be that horrible beige colour.
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    Two Rudy associates arrested

    Fourth? Christ I missed #3!
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    Aluminium Cats, any opinions?

    That's very conventional and typical alum construction. Shame about the graffiti on the bulkhead. Maybe the foam/glass inner skin that jmurph described was foam insulation and a glass liner??
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    Two Rudy associates arrested

    She has a "rough transcript". The call length was a lot longer than the transcribed words, if you assume that the people on the call speak at a reasonable rate, about 1/2 the call didn't make it into the transcript. It may simply because Trump speaks so poorly and the poor stenographer had to assume and edit/chop etc. to make it sound like a human was speaking.
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    Two Rudy associates arrested

    Trump: "I don't even know these guys"
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    Aluminium Cats, any opinions?

    That is messed up! So not conventional stiffeners welded to the plate? How thick is the aluminum skin?
  8. So much this.... I think in job interviews when we hire a new guy/girl we MUST ask "have you ever worked on a car before?" "Have you ever build or repaired a boat?" "Do you do minor plumbing/electrical work around your house"? I'd say about 1/2 our engineering staff are the hands on people, and half are very much not.
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    portable, parallel capable inverter genset

    Yup. I know some of the Honda 2 or 2.2 kW models can be paralleled. (But not all I think). Be aware that continuous rating is more like 1.8 kW If you are running a fridge/freezer and trying to conserve gasoline, run it for 3 hours, let the fridge get cold, and then shut it down for a similar amount of time. Just don't open the door. For our boat we had a 1000 W inverter and it would run anything in the power tool department (grinder or 1/2" router were the highest draw). You couldn't run a 1500 W heat gun on it or a table saw but for everything else it was a lot quieter than running a generator.
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    Commercial Ship Admiration Anarchy

    and when you're shipping something like those cranes you employ very good weather routers to keep the ship in as calm a seas as possible. No N.Pacific voyages in the middle of winter!
  11. The article was 2016. I think they're probably making at least double that per month now. Well Delos is at least 15 years old - so not exactly a shining example of the breed.
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    Cost of America's cup foils

    No worry about motion in waves. This is for a condition when the workboat pushes up against the wind turbine pillar and has zero speed, but can still move up and down. It's the pitch/heave motions in that condition we are trying to reduce as much as possible.
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    Cost of America's cup foils

    It's for a static condition (0 knots) where we are trying to minimize pitch (pushing against wind farm turbine piling) but I totally take your point about varying angles of incidence at speed. Somebody in my office reached out to me because I have a composites background and they are all metal guys. Thanks for all the suggestions
  14. I'm doing a bit of work related R&D on a non America's Cup windfarm vessel. We are considering a bow mounted anti pitch foil that would span between the two hulls of a catamaran hull form. Span is very large - 12m or so. Any idea what the AC teams have to pay for the foil package, or is it provided as part of their entry fees?
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    EV-100 with Pelagic Actuator

    I used a Pelagic ram with a Raymarine ST4000 installation (predecessor to Evo units) and it worked fine. All the output from the computer is a 12v output which can vary a bit in amperage. Nothing complicated about it.