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  1. Pepito, Buy a 20' something now... Heck go buy a Corsair Mk2 or older Sprint for a few thousand for the spring and sail the piss out of it for two years. You will run into things, you will bounce off the dock, and fixing a boat worth a couple grand is cheap, bouncing a $1m yacht on the rocks is a seriously bad day. As for internet, most cruisers just buy a SIM card every where they go and gripe about the complexity. Its adds up, but nothing like the cost of satellite. Its why even mega-yachts tend to have massive onboard movie libraries. Even at $10,000 a day charter fees for the boats satellite internet is a massive cost. And it really isn't necessary. Sat phones for sure, even being able to receive and send e-mail is fine, but accessing real data just has to wait until you are within sight of land.
  2. You have gotten some good advice, but I think you need to be very clear about your internet data requirements. Regional high speed service with high data limits can cost thousands a month, but thats per service, if you really need high speed data world wide expect to be paying tens of thousands a month. There is also a question of speed. Offshore data speeds are a fraction the speed you would expect from even a 3g connection. 100kbps is on the high end for off shore service, and expect to spend 4-6 thousand a month for those speeds. Plus the cost of the equipment to provide it can be costly. Add in the power requirements and space needed for the antenna and it can be pretty unaffordable to transfer large files. The alternative is just to assume you will be out of contact for a few weeks every year doing major transits and relying on local 3g connectivity once you get where you are going.
  3. Rob, There is no reason a female couldn't have been a driver or trimmer on any of the boats last cycle except that there is no good route for them to get there. Until that changes and there is a pathway to the top teams will always take the conservative choice and just promote from within, or from a TP-52 program, etc. I don't think anyone would expect a female to really match up as a grinder, but until they are invited to the party somehow they will never get the training needed to crack the top of the sport.
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    tp 52 crop 2018

    I really thought if they went to monohulls it would be a 70ish foot TP52. I agree with you the new idea is just stupid.
  5. I don't know if a 20ish woman can beat a 40ish man in physical endurance, but the 40 year old guys aren't doing their first race. They are there after a few decades of proven ability and more important training in how to handle the boats. The problem with introducing women is they have as much experience as the first time men, and the same physical endurance as the 40 year old men. They really are hosed coming and going. For the Volvo I thought the system was overly complicated but made sense. For the AC I just would like to see a legitimate path. Which is why I suggested mandating them on the team but not the boat. Once they are there the smart teams will find a way to make good use of them, even if its on the second boat.
  6. I would really like to see a rule requiring at least one female on the crew team. They don't have to put them on the boat, but they would have to go out and find the best female sailor they could and get her trained. Part of the issue right now is that we don't know how good the top female sailors are because none of the teams are even looking in that direction. Sure a female may not have as much stamina or strength as a grinder, but there is no reason they couldn't have been the driver or main trimmer in the last cycle. But by failing to even make a place at the table for them the current system ensures they will never get the training necessary to compete.
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    Tanker hits Destoyer, how is this possible?

    Crash, If they can't keep from running into merchant ships how well do you think they are going to do employing the weapons they have? If you can't drive the boat well enough to not hit slow moving, AIS broadcasting, in a TSS large ships, what possible chance do you have of doing the complicated things like combat maneuvers? Do I think all Navy Captains are incompetent? No absolutely not. But they are at best middling mariners, with a constantly rotating deck and bridge crew, no unit cohesion, and absolutely no ability to build any over time. Partly because enlisted are constantly being discharged, partly because people are constantly rotating on and off the ship, and patly because officers are forced to be either promoted or leave. There is no place in todays Navy for an absolutely amazing mechanic that just wants to stay in engineering. Or a fantastic pilot that just wants to fly without the administrative headache of being in command. My uncle was an XO on a boomer and retired because he didn't want to be a CO, my brother retired last year because his option was retire or take command of a hospital (he's a forensic psychologist), me, I got out after four and went to college with no plans to return to the military.
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    Tanker hits Destoyer, how is this possible?

    I bow to your more direct knowledge, but it doesn't really undercut my point. Wether the average tour is 12 or 18 months the fact remains that Navy Captains have fuck all experience in their job. A good friend of mine has been running a jack up rig for the last 20 years, plus about 15 years working on it. Not just jack up rigs in general, the same one. The rest of his senior bridge has basically stayed the same for the last 10 years or so. When his company recently built a new larger jack up, another more experienced crew was tasked with it. Find me one ship in the Navy with a serving Captain with even 20 years in command of that specific vessel or even class. How about 5... In the civilian world a new ships captain is often shadowed for a year or more by the old ship captain to provide on site experience... Or most of the length of an entire Navy command tour. Brian, I am not trying to call out individual Captains, they are just following orders and the playing the system. But when the system is broken it is a concern. You cannot train a mariner in 18 months, you cannot learn a complicated ship in 18 months, and you certainly cannot become an expert in ships operations in 3 years. In the civilian side 3 years experience with a 18,000 ton ship would probably get you promoted to a very junior mate position.
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    Tanker hits Destoyer, how is this possible?

    The fundamental problem with all the Navy's nonsense it that the things they are fixing have fuck all to do with the root problem. When a military pilot gets out and starts looking for work there is a laundry list of companies begging them to come fly planes for them. From FedEx to airlines there is a bidding war for every military trained pilot as they leave the service. Do you know who bids for former CO's to come captain their ships? No one, because they don't have the sea time, the command experience, or the knowledge to even be licenses as a watch stander in the civilian world. You want to know the root of the problem... The average USN Captain has SIX MONTHS on the job. Thats it, six months is the average length of duty assignment, and no one has more than a year. Because the entire Navy has moved to a 12 month billet for Captains in order to rotate them thru fast enough to punch everyones command ticket so they can be promoted.
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    My newest project

    Wait, I thought pink shorts were mandatory.
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    My newest project

    It might not be a bad idea to add a grab rail just inside of the NKE's. Its never a bad idea to have extra grab rails, they would do double duty to shield the buttons, and third duty as somewhere to rest a foot when heeled. Fiddles would also work, but I like the added bonus of actually using them as a grab rail.
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    Something different for CA

    Bah double post
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    Something different for CA

    Not a clue. But it tensions the canvas as it comes out so I would think so. Maybe not 35kn fast, but I would think 15-20 would be ok. But I have zero experience with them IRL, I looked at them for a seaside project a few years ago. After some more research, this is from the manufacturer... Yes, our designs are so robust that they can be used fully extended while a boat is underway. SureShade shades have been independently tested and can withstand wind speeds of 50+ mph, and can hold 300 lbs across the framework. However, we do not recommend extending or retracting operation of the shade top while underway or cruising with a forward (bow) mounted shade extended.
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    Something different for CA

    I think this was mentioned before, but Surshade makes an extendable awning that can be recessed into the bridge deck. From what I have seen (I have no affiliation) it can recess into about a 4" thick cabinet. This might be a good way to have the best of both worlds. Hidden away when the weather allows, and extended when it has to be.
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    My newest project

    Bob, Anderson winches are all made with 316L stainless, most deck hardware is 304 or 300 stainless. I would argue that neither are really suitable for bead blasting in the marine environment, but of the two 316L is going to be far better off it is it. I really hope I am just overreacting, and metallurgy is not my area of expertise, but this would be a real concern to me. If anything I would just hold off on blasting the gear for boats 2+ until you see how the first one does. As for passivating... The shop could do it in house pretty easily, without any real investment, all it takes is maybe $100 in materials. 1) A 10 gallon crawfish pot 2) A hot plate from Target 3) A few pounds of citric acid (Beer supply or restaurant supply stores about $0.50/lb) a) put the pot on the hot plate b ) Fill with 5 gallons of water c) Add 4.1lbs of citric acid d) Heat the solution to 150F e) Drop the parts in for 30 minutes. f) rinse with fresh water. The boat looks amazing btw. I actually really like the way it looks.