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  1. BobJ

    Flying Fifteen: the boat for everyone

    Here's one in Oakland that needs finishing.
  2. BobJ

    Cheek Block Cam cuts Jib Sheet

    That's a footblock with a lock-off. The lock-off is for temporarily holding lines. An example is holding the tail of an unloaded spin sheet while the winch is being used for the jib sheet. They are not intended to be used as a cam cleat since they won't release easily under load. And as you've discovered, the teeth are larger and chew the line. They can be dangerous if you're easing a loaded line through them and they lock. I have a pair on my boat - I keep the levers fully open and secured with zip-ties.
  3. BobJ

    Transpac 2019

    We've been dragged down the flowery path of requiring trackers for entertainment and (arguably) race promotion, with no regard to their effect on the quality of the racing. And no, the Coast Guard doesn't require them.
  4. BobJ

    Transpac 2019

    Yes, something needs to change. In any other form of competition, a significant advantage like this would invalidate the results.
  5. BobJ

    Transpac 2019

    Right. How did they know where their competition was? Was this based solely on the required (and public) check-ins? How often are those? "We were struggling to cover both the Rogers 46 Bretwalda 3, which was focused on sailing as fast as possible to Oahu, and the J/125 Velvet Hammer, who was playing a tactical game." "The Hammer was heading for the right corner to establish leverage on us, while we sailed more of a rhumb line to keep our VMG high. Squalls were rolling across the race course creating challenging wind angles and large wind holes. We struggled very early Saturday morning (July 20) and watched the separation increase with Bretwalda, and our advantage decrease with Velvet Hammer. Hamachi had been atop the ORR overall standings since Wednesday morning (July 17), but all of us felt that lead slipping away." "Around 3am a series of squalls came through that increased pressure and improved wind angles which allowed us to start making gains on the competition. Then just after sunrise, we gybed right on a favorable shift to cover Velvet Hammer and rode that for many hours."
  6. You mean Eric Steinberg (Farallon Electronics)? I'll call but this is probably beneath him.
  7. I have a Robertson HLD2000L with leaky seals and a B&G T2 (older blue model) that only works in one direction and probably needs a check valve replaced. The seal kit for the HLD2000L is no longer available or I would tackle that one myself. The T2 is not supposed to be user-serviceable and I'd rather send it out. After calling Simrad/B&G service at Navico I have inquiries out to a couple shops, but I may need more suggestions. I'm in the East Bay (San Francisco). Thanks.
  8. BobJ

    Hoist by your own...

    And so it isn't missed... petard.
  9. BobJ

    Hoist by your own...

    I retrieved a Knarr's jib halyard, using two telescoping boat hooks lashed end-to-end. It was probably about the same height. I wouldn't go up my boat's mizzen and trust its much-smaller sheave and halyard (and I'm <200 lbs.)
  10. BobJ

    R2AK 2019

    That was my point, but apparently you have to spell things out for Mr. Clean.
  11. BobJ

    R2AK 2019

    If the failure to reset trackers is intentional then the R2AK has jumped the shark.
  12. BobJ

    Depth Perception vs Boundary

    You beat the J/100 once in a non-spinnaker beer can race. Good for you.
  13. BobJ

    Depth Perception vs Boundary

    Those are Estuary beer can races. It sounds like the fleet is getting off-message or there's some bad blood somewhere.
  14. BobJ

    Dip Pole Gybing Whisker Pole

    I tried a couple of those telescoping whisker poles - their 10-18 foot version. One broke where the smaller tube goes into the larger tube, and the other one has been hanging in my garage for several years (I would happily give it away). The trouble is they start to jam almost immediately. I tried cleaning it and wiping it down before every use - it didn't help. And if it gets the slightest bend (not a kink, just a slight bend) it's even worse. Also, as you discovered, you can't end-for-end it. You shouldn't need to dip-pole gybe a whisker pole. I gave up and bought a fixed pole of the correct length for the sail I wanted to wing out. Final thought: Once the telescoping pole won't collapse any more, the fixed pole is just as easy to store!
  15. BobJ

    Cableless code 0 design

    Yeah, mine too. These don't rely on tension. You ease the halyard slightly and the luff projects a bit to windward.