Irrational 14

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    Flying Tiger

    Now that you bring it up, I tend to agree w/you. What is up with that? Not up on the local scene lately, but it seems FT's have been unstoppable in that area for awhile now. The joys of PHRF.... no wonder I stick to OD.
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    Henderson 30?

    We have a nice local boat for sale in Southern California, recent sails/good inventory incl. Code Z. Overall good boat but could use a little TLC to get it cleaned up some. $28K. PM for details.
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    by the numbers

    Highly modified Flying Tiger. Identifiable by the cabin top and window.
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    what is it?

    Repainted hull or buffed it out? Either way, looks good.
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    F@#%ing Mice in car anarchy.

    I Feel your pain... Same issue. Same Car. They like the big flat warm platform of the engine cover on this car for some reason. Tons of living space under that hood. I tried everything listed above and more. I finally found a device that uses a small LED strobe that works very well. Mounts to side of engine bay using strong magnetic mounts. Runs on AA battery for about 6 month. Results = Instantly gone! Been using it for about 3 years now. No issues. RID-A-RAT I liked it so much I got one for every vehicle and even use for places like under the bbq island, garden shed. IT WORKS.
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    Craigslist Finds Nice boat available in SoCal... not mine but a great starter platform.
  7. From the era when real men sailed... no ratchet blocks, no cam cleats, no auto bailers, no ball bearings, no dyneema, no wet-suits. FOR SALE - 1947 International Fourteen built by Douglas & McLeod - US 360 This boat is the precursor to the common Thistle. Sandy Douglas just scaled up the lines. A little background - I found this rare boat about 6 years ago. It's been stored indoors it's whole life for the last 70 years! This is the first professionally built design that started the West Coast I14 development. It was mostly home builds and East Coast based before then. I intended to do a full Bristol Restoration but sometimes life gets in the way. Too many boats, too many projects. I have to let this one go. It's survived 70 years so far under good care. I'd like to have the new owner continue that tradition. Everything is there and sound. I just wanted to make it look perfect but now I realize there is no time for me to work on her. This boat is a kick in the butt to sail and gets tons of questions and compliments. Boat is watertight, still stiff and quick even by today's standards. I would repaint the interior just for aesthetics but that's it. No rot, no delam, no issues. Hot Moulded US Ply Construction (5 veneers laminated at opposing 45 deg) . Professionally sheathed in fiberglass to preserve integrity about 8 years ago. Designed by Uffa Fox using the "Alarm" lines. Spruce Triple Spreader hallow Mast w/internal halyard winches. Miter Cut cotton Ratsey and Lapthorn (NY) sails from 1947. Still in good shape! Mahogany slats with Oak rails. Foils are solid Mahogany. All hardware is period correct. Mostly bronze. White Hull with bright Transom. This boat is an excellent example of US dinghy racing history. It should probably be in a museum. Regretfully, this boat has to go as I have too many projects at the moment and not enough time. For Sale - $1000 usd. Go see the ad in SA Classifieds under "dinghys". More info here: PM for questions.
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    Nacra F18 infusion MK3

    The only Phantom F18 in North America is now available for sale or charter. Worlds ready, professionally prepped w/new sail innovation kit. Originally builders boat. Build quality exceeds anything currently in US. A very stiff and competitive platform. Current West Coast Midwinter Champion. Change of plans for me. Great opportunity for someone else. If you are looking for a great boat for Worlds, you may contact me for details.
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    The Refit - Andrews 43

    Way to go. Cool boat!
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    Windesign Pro Grip? They will cut EVA into whatever size/pattern.
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    Whoa - Classic 1947 International Fourteen

    Yup - One Design. About 380 or so made in the US. They were the first mass produced 14's by a builder. The build proved lighter and faster than most others (hot moulded ply, same as mosquito war aircraft). Pretty soon everyone was buying them and they had a One Design Fleet.
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    Whoa - Classic 1947 International Fourteen

    This boat has got a soul... She needs a good home. Still available. Not sure why my classified ad was deleted.
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    Enclosed Dinghy Trailer

    Been there done that. Too big. Too Heavy. Too expensive to store. Too much work. Build a Skiff trailer.
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    who what where

    Timeshaver. Explains a lot why their wind instruments were not working earlier. Most likely pinching a cable before total failure.
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    Whoa - Classic 1947 International Fourteen

    You're not really a 14er unless you have more than one... Get on it! By the way, the pre-war boat will be the centerpiece at this years I14 Worlds. Keeping that one.
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    Recoating carbon mast

    Looks like Lake Mission Viejo... Don't use razor blades. Wet sand with 220 and rattle can it w/Spar Varnish. Cheapest and easiest method. It will last if covered. If you don't cover it, paint as mentioned above to withstand the elements longer.
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    JJ Giltinan, not a word

    These guys are full on athletes and the skiffs they sail require incredible fitness in addition to insane boat handling skills. It may look difficult on TV, but it's way more difficult in person. When the wind cranks up, everything just multiplies. Most Big boat sailors (even the younger ones) have no idea how much talent is required to sail skiffs in general let alone the 18 Footers. Always impressive to see these guys perform at the highest level during the JJ's.
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    double trouble

    More Chinese boats... yay.
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    Ray McLeod "Crossed the Bar" Feb 11 2018

    Douglas and McLeod built some cool boats in those days. Here's one of thier I14 builds. Hot molded ply. Still kicking today.
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    La Ventana at Christmas

    And try not to drive at night - too many steer on the road.
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    25'-30' Sprit Boat For $75k

    2nd the Lumbo - Used Lumbos are realistically priced now and some can be found for a damn well bargain. For the draft issue, you could always crank the keel up some when mooring. Just picked up a 32' version for Point to Point Racing/Offshore/Island Fun stuff. Compared to what I normally sail, it's a cruiser but it does have some legs downwind and surprisingly nimble upwind. My wife and I can double hand it with no issues. A simple, fun, and well built boat for it's purpose. It also rips pretty well with a Code Zero or AP. Nothing better then getting it planing downwind with the wife and 2 dogs in the cockpit. The boat is loaded with top brand gear - Southern Spars, Yanmar, Lewmar, B&G, -Top Shelf stuff. Sure you could get a faster boat, but it's PHRF for Christ's sake - Who cares. Race another class One Design to get your fix. With low sheet loads, spartan yet comfy accommodations below (standing headroom), ginormous cockpit, and saildrive, it's a nice package. Made in USA too.
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    F16 like foiler?

    New boats get here mid April. If you are in Cali anytime after that you are welcome to check it out and go for a ride. Just PM me and we can set it up. How's the new Harness?
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    F16 like foiler?

    Expect at least 3-4 New US R2's at the F18 Worlds in FL later this year. With more R2 teams from Europe as well. Boat looks to be proving itself at the moment in EU. The boat is in full F18 mode at the moment and looks great. As always, the fit and finish of the French boats are much higher than the other offerings. Hopefully as quick as the Phantom in the fresh breeze and faster in the light. The French are planning an invasion!
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    F16 like foiler?

    Looks like a container is headed to the West Coast US with a few R2's in it... room for a few more in the if anyone is interested. The closest thing for you is a Nacra 15 with Z-boards (the Nacra 15 FCS). Regardless, you really want an A Cat. The robustness issue is overblown, I would argue that the A-Cat is stronger than the other options simply because they use far better materials (carbon over nomex honeycomb with fully bonded carbon beams). They've had 4 years to sort out the strength issue for foiling, so you're coming in at the height of the development curve rather than at the start like the Viper F16. The other thing to keep in mind is that foiling requires a lot more hand/eye/body coordination than the regular cat. You loose the roll stability of a standard catamaran when up on the foils. I say this as I caution you on taking others with you on a foiler that don't have a good bit of experience. Small kids will fit on the A one at a time, and you can go race with the A cat fleet. There is also the reality that on a foiler, rudder and board setup is critical to easy, stable flights, and those numbers are known in the A-Cat community.
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    Columbia 30 or 30-2. Gotta say the boat checks all the boxes with some bonus points. The Lumbo is almost 10 years old now. People thought is looked funny for a Sportboat with the cockpit comings and an inboard engine. Now JBoats are doing the same thing. Both boats are relatively close in comparison. Check the numbers. SA/Displ are very close. Same cockpit layout, inboard, Aso/sprit, but the Lumbo is lighter so should hop a plane a bit quicker. You can also stand up inside. Some also have a Southern Spars carbon rig. You can buy a Lumbo and trick the hell out of it and still pay less than half for a new J88. If class racing is important to you, stay with the J. If you're just doing PH stuff or offshore, you have options.