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  1. SemiSalt

    Boat books

    Just finished Conrad's The Mirror Of The Sea. More reflections on the mariner's life than memoir. Many descriptive passages, amazing language, interesting insights.
  2. If you do what you did, you'll get what you got. If we (CT) keep up the stuff that brought the rate of infections down, it will stay down.
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    34-40 ft Cruiser Racer for 6-8 People

    I had this boat advertised at me a day or two ago. $89,900.
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    First Effective Treatment Imminent

    The experience with a vaccine for swine flu in 1976 illustrates the risks of being first in line for a new vaccine. That's different from refusing a vaccine that's had time to build a history of success.
  5. SemiSalt

    Boat books

    For traditional boat lovers, there are design books for Pete Culler and Sam Crocker. There is a very glossy book on Joel White's boats by Bill Mayher and Maynard Bray suitable for anyone's coffee table. For historical boats starting with the ARGO, Sailing Ships by Colin Mudie. For the realities of the time of sail, The Mirror of the Sea by Joseph Conrad.
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    Boat books

    If you want to learn the math of naval architecture: Basic Naval Architecture, Kenneth C. Barnaby (1954) Skene's Elements of Yacht Design (various editions) Principles of Yacht Design, Lars Larsson and Rolf E. Eliasson (1994) Aero-Hydrodynamics and the Performance Of Sailing Yachts, Fabio Fossati, (2009) (a good translation from the original Italian). I'm mostly kidding about Barnaby. Skene's is accessible to a reader with basic math. The last two probably require a year of calculus and college physics if only to be comfortable with the degree of abstraction in the formulas.
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    Boat books

    Phil Bolger called books like this "example books", and noted they are among the best resources for learning about different types of boats. Perry's is one of the best for a couple reasons. He offers more in the way of explanation of what the designer was trying to do and how that's reflected in the visible features. Also, his boats are from a newer generation than what you find in books of this type. William Garden's books are very interesting, but the designs are mostly from what is now a long-ago era. If you like this sort of thing, follow (friend?) TAD, Julian Everitt and Robert Perry, Yacht designer, Fan Club on Facebook. It's like getting a page or two of a book like this everyday.
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    34-40 ft Cruiser Racer for 6-8 People

    Maybe, maybe not. Rudders, for example. A cruising boat designer has no reason to skimp on rudder size, but a racing boat designer is going to eliminate a square foot of wetted surface if he thinks he can get away with it given an active crew to keep the boat in balance. On my boat, the sheet winches are withing easy reach of the helm, great for cruising and short handed sailing. Not so good for racing since the crewman sheeting the winch is likely to be facing aft with predictable results. A lot depends on whether the boat is fitted with an autopilot of some kind.
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    34-40 ft Cruiser Racer for 6-8 People

    I'm a Hunter owner, so perhaps my opinion has some merit, but only a little. My boat is a 1989 H-28. That's the last generation of Hunters before they went all futuristic and archy. There are plenty of guys on SA who don't like Hunters. Some really know what they are talking about, and others are just race-oriented and interested in other things. Here are some of my opinions. * The smaller Hunters are definitely not built for blue water. Some of the bigger ones have done OK crossing oceans. I don't know where the dividing line is. * Hunter interiors tend to separate places to sit from places to sleep. The benches around the cabin table just never look to me like a place anyone could sleep. * Cockpits seem to be designed with a long way to fall in a knockdown. * Hunters are not as hard to work on or maintain as some other designs. In my boat, there is access to the engine from three sides. * My boat is tender, and I've seen comments suggesting that some other models are too, but I don't know if they all are. * Some models are underpowered. * I once read all the comments on all the Hunter models on a Hunter owners web site. For every model, there were complaints about holding tank odor that was fixed by going to a higher quality of hose. This sort of corner-cutting is apparent in other systems as well. Browse for yourself here. I once said about Hunters that they are a combination vacation cabin and daysailer. That's good for a lot of people, but not so good for someone looking for a real cruiser.
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    34-40 ft Cruiser Racer for 6-8 People

    Somebody missed school the day they covered rounding off numbers.
  11. SemiSalt

    Herd Immunity or Culling The Herd?

    Bad as conditions are in FL, AZ, etc, they aren't worse than NY was at a its worst, and NY brought the numbers down to the point that test and trace has a chance of working. You may be right that the virus will never be controlled here, but that's a matter of political leadership and political will.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I was going to say that the price of used boats in the 100' range probably represents a pretty big discount from new because who wants to admit they got their luxury yacht used. Might be true, but might not. Almost anyone buying a boat in that range is going to replace all the electronic goodies and probably make some other changes as will. Looking for examples, I came across this one. Just half a million and change, being sold in bankruptcy. I do like that the listing says both that a refit is in progress and that the boat will be sold "as is." Interior pictures undoubtedly are from when the boat was new 25 years ago. Whoever it was that went around plopping unstable glass vases of flowers on the tables didn't even get them centered.
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    First Effective Treatment Imminent

    My bet would be on monoclonal antibodies before stem cells.
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    First Effective Treatment Imminent

    Are stem cells used for any therapy at present?