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  1. craigiri

    Pittsburgh: Another MAGA nutcase shoots up a Synagogue?

    His stuff is right out of the Bannon/Miller and thousands of others playbook. Trump isn't smart enough to even spew that crap, but he throws out little hints for deplorable to repeat like "good people on both sides" and "if only the Jews had guns"
  2. Put him right there with Bannon, Miller and many others. He likes the "harvest of Trump" but may not love him personally like the Bomb Guy did. My kids live nearby there - great area. But for those who don't know PA, it is often described as Philly and Pitt and Alabama in-between. Obviously a lot of that "White is Right" is also inside and around the City.
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    Environ-MENTAL-ists Screw It Up Again

    When it comes to Florida and Red Tide - it is very complex as shown above. BUT, the real key here is that there is always a straw that breaks the camels back. AND, all of the various straws are related - that is, they add to the weight! Yes, the continent drains into the Gulf. But the "CO2 Folks" are correct in that the Gulf (and other) waters have warmed...a couple degree already. That's major when it comes to the growth of certain organisms. We have: 1. Shallow Gulf - already polluted by oil and gas drilling and leaks and drainage elsewhere. 2. Warmer Gulf - yep, Global Warming. 3. Wetter Summers - could be GW again, but the excess rains create more runoff- therefore more nutrients. 4. Phosphate mining and vast amounts of tailings. 5. Leaky Septic tanks that Rick Scott rolled back the regulations for. 6. Big Ag - again, this is Florida. No regulation. 7. The Sugar Lands and Rick Scotts rollback of the buy-outs and Everyglades Restorations...... 8. A rise in the Population of coastal communities of 5 to 10X - humans, along with their assorted "nutrients". So, which of these are aggravated by people in Florida and by ignorance of the idea that the world is "one"???? Definitely the pollution in #1 is. Florida can't fix Global Warming, but the policies have been the opposite - which is why you rarely see Solar in Florida. Phosphate mining is 100% "man made" and so is the improper dealing with the mess from it. In fact, most of these things are under our control as a country - some are longer term and some are shorter term. We could mitigate these things but we refuse to face them. It's selfish behavior and lack of caring about the future (when none of us will be here).
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    Environ-MENTAL-ists Screw It Up Again

    Interesting that we have some from Florida here saying "environmentalists" got things wrong....whilst they boil in the hottest temps every, have a completely polluted West Coast (and Lake O and now East Coast), etc - all of this related (near or far) to LACK of proper planning in matters of conservation, development and energy. We can go watch Manatees swimming in the nice warm waters released into Tampa Bay, but then that same warm water feeds the old Red Tide algae better! Or messes up other stuff..... One would think that we humans would, sooner or later, know that we've broken the camels back. But, no, we will adapt. Floridians will move inland and populate the great new cities to be built (seriously - already underway) and sit in A/C powered by coal and nat gas and nukes....and post on Forums how right they were/are. As the hippie who took a big dose said "It's all one"....nothing could be more true. Facts are...well, stubborn things. In 2017: "the net new volume of US generation was 16.7GW of generating capacity, with 94.7% of that coming from renewables." Well, how many nukes plants is that? In one year? Seems like 16+ reactors or so to me......not bad for some flower power electric ADDED to the system. If nothing else, it proves the possibilities and points. Concentrated Solar power will be equal to or lower than other forms by 2020....and that considers that nat gas is currently cheaper than dirt and often being sold at a loss. Of course, this does not include unknowns such a the possibly future of polluted ground water caused by fracking.....someone else will pay those bills, right??? I would never classify the Germans and Danish as being uniformed about matters of engineering and such - and both countries have embarked upon massive renewable energy programs. No, the hippies and environmentalist were right. They never specified timelines or such things....but it's clear we don't need to split atoms and create 100,000 year radioactive waste to generate electric to charge our laptops with. One doesn't have to be a futurist at this point to see what is right around the corner...and happening now. Efficiency is ALWAYS the name of the game, but just a few years back one particular "side of the fence" had their big issue as being fervently in favor of 100 Watt light bulbs that use 100 watts. Those are the people who should be posting here and saying "I was totally wrong and pigheaded". But guess what? They won't.
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    Farrier bought by Daedalus

    I have to question the idea that some differences in affordability would create sales out of thin air...I had my 2008 Sprint listed here in the Classifieds for 3 months and don't think I got a single inquiry on it. It's 35K and, as some said above, "bulletproof" in the way it is built. For most who want to just mess around on the water, they could buy something from 25-40K which would suit them perfectly - yet the used boats, even in good condition, aren't selling. Remember, Farrier built up a hype for many many years....so it's not surprising that there is an initial load of these boats which are selling or would sell. A bigger question becomes what is the sustained "run rate" once those initial orders have been filled. We may all be over-estimating the demand for Farrier Designed 22 and 24' (and many other) tris and cats. I have seen the same thing happen in many businesses I have been involved in - WE know the widget or thingy is great and therefore we think a large number can be sold. The Market can be a tough boss. But, in summary, if solid used boats aren't flying out the door at 1/2 or 1/3rd the price of a new one, things don't look real bright to me. The only thing not really figured in this particular opinion is OD - that is, I don't know what the demand might be for fleets in certain areas. But, still, it's hard to see 100's of boats at @90K each selling for such purposes. The tough thing about sailing is that those with the desire...and money..often don't have the time. Those with the time don't have the money or don't live in the right places. This season, while sailing in Portsmouth (RI), I'd say that most of my sailing was done with zero sailboats in sight in the 10 sq mile or so areas I typically inhabit. None. Obviously I am talking USA. More civilized countries like France may have more leisure - and therefore more market. Hey, I hope everyone makes big money and good boats. I have certainly never sailed anything which was as much fun for the $$ spent....as well as practical and safe.
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    Well, the man (Farrier) has left us here on the planet alone - but I must say, this stuff doesn't look anything like my 2008 Sprint. I have never seen a small boat so well built...I was talking to a prospective buyer the other day and stating how not a single part of the boat oil-pans or anything of the sort. It's amazing strong. The beams and all involved are way over-engineered and I can't imagine what could harm them.....small cracks on the outside of them (side flanges) must just be in the gelcoat (in my case), because it is near impossible for those arms to fail (or so it seems to this wanna-be engineer). The way this thing is built, I have no doubt it will look very much the same (crazing and gelcoat small cracks aside) in another decade. Maybe I have too much confidence - or maybe they perfected a lot by 2008. Either way this is a little troubling and maybe they have to make some changes. The only weak (possible) point I see in my boat is perhaps where the side stays connect to the floats - obviously the glass around there is subject to stresses and some sort of large washers or plates have to be used inside and perhaps checked (something I will do next season)....` I'm keeping up with this thread because a Pulse is a real possibility for my Sprint replacement (it's for sale....I need to downsize). Heck, I may even go for a small Frenchie thingy without the folding amas (Astus)...if there is not a bulletproof folding system. I hope the Pulse in question can be repaired better than new....
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    NEW ASTUS 16.5

    Cool boat! My Sprint is up for sale so I'm always looking..... Since I single hand 90% of the time, downsizing is my goal....I don't have the vehicles or ambition to do my own launching and rigging of the Sprint, so the idea here is that a boat like this can more easily be taken out when hurricanes threaten, etc. (I will moor it otherwise). Also, I now have two sailing places - FL and RI and it just may be possible to bring this back and forth... Beach dollies can be useful even with a heavier setup (IMHO) IF the beach in question is not a desert (we can drive cars down our NE beach due to gravel content).....and it's also low/no waves. They even sell some little electric power trailer dollies which may be able to be used if I want to store it in the weeds for a couple weeks (some Hobies are there on our beach...year-round). Some people even have gas Golf Carts and similar vehicles they take onto our beach, so that could be a launch and retrieve vehicle also....just thinking out loud here. The big downside for me is that I will get VERY wet as the Fetch in the Sakonnet is legendary....but the upsides outweigh that (my sprint is listed in the classifieds here if any interest...I LOVE my Sprint, but at 65 I want to downsize a bit)...
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    Just put my 08 Sprint 750 in the ads here (paid ads, of course!)...I love it to death, but have too many houses and other possessions and responsibilities so have to downsize....heaven forbid, I may even have to get a little monohull.... Not trying to steal your Aussie sales, of course - being as we'd have to drill a hole straight thru the earth from New England (RI) to get there quickly... Maybe a Pulse or Searail is in my future - at least I will be able to tow it when hurricane season hits, etc (this boat is too heavy for my cars)...
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    sarasota bay multihull regatta Feb 23-25 (pictures)

    I live right near the bay in Sarasota for 4 months a year - if you want to have a laugh, you'll perhaps catch me out in the middle on my windrider 10. I have a Sprint 750 in RI but just don't see bringing it down here for the winter ($$), so for less than a grand I picked up this WR10. I trailer it to city island, bird key or anywhere else and away I go...... Maybe I will eventually get a smaller tri (Pulse, etc.) that I can use both places but I have to check what the freight rates are. Another option is getting a small mono (cheap down here for slightly used) which presents a big more of a sailing challenge. Evo en then I'd want something I can handle by myself (at 65 yo)...getting it in the water and out. etc. A lot of shallow water down here....even that 5 foot board will have to be watched carefully. A plus of the WR10 is that I can easily take it out in 22 MPH gusting wind (not much sail area) . Of course, I take my 750 out in that also... This winter we have had primarily north winds - which are strong, but cold.
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    No doubt I am taking a test ride when they get here. I'm thinking of spending a couple months each year in Sarasota and this would be a boat I could easily bring to RI and down to FL and handle all the rigging, trailering, etc. myself.
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    45 with trailer.....
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    Strange - they have "update pics" on their web site or FB about building the molds, etc...except that it seems impossible that the pics they are showing are of this unit! That is, they are BIG.......floats, etc. http://sail.corsairmarine.com/development-update-on-the-pulse-600 vaporware?
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    Picture of the mold in their factory ain't a computer rendering.....I still think it's the searail mold, though. I agree that under 30K is prob the magic number. It certainly can be built and sold for that, but it's the old chicken and egg thing- they'd have to price it like they were gonna sell 100+ per year. The only other boat in a similar size I know of is the windrider, which is a cool piece of technology but not a big seller - still, it does sell. I rented one a few times and sailed in in big winds and fairly big chop. It works better when you rig it so you can get out on the tramp and control it - the in-the-hull seating is a bitch on my back (I find the same with kayaks - just don't like that position).
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    Corsair Pulse 600

    It really does look like that searail - it makes sense that they may think it would sell better under the Cosair name. As much as I like my Sprint, I could be tempted because I want to start going to FL for a couple months each winter and this would be easy to trailer down there. Also, I keep my Sprint on a mooring but am always worried about pulling it out if a hurricane approaches....this would make pulling the boat a really easy job! When I really think about my sailing it's all day sailing and it's 70% solo, 20% with 2 of us, and maybe the final 10% or less taking 1 or 2 others for a ride. The other negative is that I'm sure we well get much wetter - but we'll have to dress for the occasion.
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    F-22 Update

    Of course - everybody wants one of these! Why not??? At my age, though, I always have to do the calculation as to whether I will still be alive and well when the day comes! Luckily for Ian, with 10 billion people on the planet, many will be up and coming to order and take delivery in the coming decade(s)...... Of course, we do have to keep Steve Jobs famous quote in mind "Real Artists Ship". Hopefully, providence will be kind to me and I will own many more boats in this here life - including possibly an F-22.