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  1. Contender CDX Cruise Laminate Owners

    Bought a new main and roller furled 135 made with CDX 7 last year and am quite pleased with their performance. Of course the sails were only bent on from May to the end of October here in Chicago, but there is no hint of mildew. Issue I had for the season was the mess the spiders make. This year I will be more diligent about keeping the critters at bay, and giving the sails regular rinse downs.
  2. Sailing World mag

    Check out these Blasts From The Past... Still some good and pertinent gouge to be found in them. https://books.google.com/books?id=ld5CAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=yachting+magazine&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj21oSgmo7ZAhVQwFkKHY41BME4MhDoAQhBMAU#v=onepage&q=yachting magazine&f=false https://books.google.com/books?id=yz1AK9gyOIEC&pg=PA19&lpg=PA19&dq=chicago+mackinac+race+motorboating+magazine&source=bl&ots=2Qvs6q7dhA&sig=faZyLy1_C8PTvtd-G4IlGu4Kyyc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi07I7lmo7ZAhVBu1kKHREuBysQ6AEIXjAL#v=onepage&q=chicago mackinac race motorboating magazine&f=false https://books.google.co.za/books?id=eYP3CgbW5JgC&source=gbs_all_issues_r&cad=1 https://books.google.com/books?id=31sRT6tbwssC&printsec=frontcover&dq=cruising+world+1977&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj0wJjLmY7ZAhWqzlkKHfJtAvUQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=cruising world 1977&f=false Lots more if you rummage about.
  3. Tracking device or software

    First off a caveat: I singlehand on the Great lakes, so there is at least a chance of rescue...IF...an alert gets sent out promptly. A few years ago I did my Spring check of the ACR PLB I carry on my life jacket. Well, I thought I "test", but had hit "on". Once i figured out how to turn the damned thing back off, I found the number to the USAF SARSAT folks. A Sergeant said they had received the alert and she was looking up contact info to call me. While on the phone with her, another call came in from a Cleveland number. At the same time, my wife's phone started ringing, and it sounded like she was talking to someone official. Thinking it was the Coasties, I signed off with the Sarge with profuse apologies, picked up the other call which was sure enough Coast Guard Great Lakes wondering if I was in distress. Told him that I was not...just a dumbass who hit the wrong button. Both the USAF and Coasties were appreciative of me calling them. This whole episode lasted no more than 15 minutes. So, I would say those little ACR PLB's work as advertised! Since then, I've also started wearing a Standard Horizon HX870 which is a GLSS race requirement if you are going to not wear a tether ( which I do when I think its needed, but not necessarily always). The big thing to concentrate on is though: DO NOT DEPART THE BOAT!!!
  4. Paint

  5. Paint

    Thanks Steve. My painting scenario is pretty much the same as yours. I want to paint my cabin top next fall and winter, and then other parts such as the cockpit at a later date, so the ease of application and later repairability is quite important. Not to mention one of the biggest lessons I learned in the USN is: Once you paint, you shall continue to paint forevermore. Did you have any issues with orange peel? Seems to be the biggest con with the paint I can find.
  6. Paint

    Has anyone used EMC's Quantum 99 (Genius Bucket) two part polyurethane paint? Specifically, has anyone rolled it?
  7. New Single Handed Sailor

    The calendar usually gets posted after the AGM in January. The Chicago.and Huron Solo Macs are the third Saturday in June. The Solos in other lakes follow in a progression so folks can make multiple challenges. The Lake Michigan Solo Scramble is the weekend after Labor Day. Some folks do the Solo Mac and then do the crewed "Big Mac" a few weeks later. GLSS is a great organization in that it encompasses both hard core top notch racers, and folks (like me) who are more into the solo aspects. While competitive, there isnt any of the ruinously expensive -and member draining- arms race to gain thqt 1/4 knot over your competitors (unless you want to). Also, everyone looks out for each other. Folks who first do the Solos are surprised at how much everyone communicates.
  8. New Single Handed Sailor

    Read this book... Techniques & Tactics For Singlehanded Sailing Thoughts, Tips, PDFSinglehanded Sailing Society › doc › Sin... https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://sfbaysss.net/resource/doc/SinglehandedTipsThirdEdition.pdf&ved=0ahUKEwjjuPHq_dTXAhULkeAKHQXGBhYQFggzMAI&usg=AOvVaw198MuIsxX1BhtjW8dQpIOO And -EVERYTHING!- this guy has written... Techniques & Tactics For Singlehanded Sailing Thoughts, Tips, PDFSinglehanded Sailing Society › doc › Sin... https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.inthepresentsea.com/&ved=0ahUKEwj5pa7C_tTXAhWwkeAKHbFLDYMQFgglMAA&usg=AOvVaw0nH-JbpNBACmxegCq5LL9q

    "Absolute" and "Period"... The "SCIENCE!" ain't that settled...Not by a longshot. http://www.mercurynews.com/2010/06/01/do-wet-winters-mean-bad-summer-fire-seasons-in-california-not-usually-according-to-history/ Over the past 40 years, the number of acres burned in California has varied widely, from a high of 1.3 million acres in 2008 to a low of 33,870 acres in 1991, according to totals from the U.S. Forest Service and Cal Fire. Although there are anomalies — years when large amounts of the state burned even after a wetter than normal winter, the overall pattern is clear. Most of the years with the fewest acres burned occurred after winters with higher-than-normal precipitation, like 1983 and 1998, both El Niño years with lots of flooding. Years following multiple below-normal rainfall winters, like 2008, or very dry winters, like 2007 and 1977, end up having more acres burn in the summer. Ok..."Climate Change" is a constant. Have you looked at long period evolution of the chaparral? Will a warmer/wetter climate reduce the beetle population? Is bankrupting your state chasing after the CO2 boogeyman they right path? Or would money be better spent on better fire science and mitigation? https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2014/10/04/wildfires-were-much-worse-in-the-past/ Here is a graph showing a decreasing trend in wildfires from 1930 to 1970 and an increasing trend in global carbon emissions. If we “cherry pick” data from 1926 to 1970 we get a negative relationship between area burned and carbon dioxide. However, if we “cherry pick” data from 1985 to 2013 we get a positive relationship. Neither relationship proves anything about the effects of carbon dioxide on wildfires since, during dry seasons, human activity is the overwhelming factor that determines both the number and size of wildfires. In the lower 48 states there have been about ten “extreme megafires,” which I define as burning more than 1 million acres. Eight of these occurred during cooler than average decades. These data suggest that extremely large megafires were 4-times more common before 1940 (back when carbon dioxide concentrations were lower than 310 ppmv). What these graphs suggest is that we cannot reasonably say that anthropogenic global warming causes extremely large wildfires.
  10. SCIENCE!

    I do realize that. (Once lived at 1546 High St in Alameda. Where I learned to sail...But I digress) Read the fucking study. You still cannot say that the fires are directly attributable to CO2 induced warming of the climate... You cannot then make the leap that CO2 "Global Warming" is primarily human caused... You're "Absolute" isn't.
  11. SCIENCE!

  12. SCIENCE!

    Show me observations which definitively prove the fires in California can be attributed to "small changes in climate"... All you're gonna find is conjecture based on flawed model data. As for the "hottest day ever"... Show where that breaks out of the realm of natural variability.
  13. SCIENCE!

    Right out of the last IPCC... https://twitter.com/RogerPielkeJr/status/894912388075405313 That is ordained Gospel. So, when you say the fires in California are "Absolutely" being made worse by AGW, you are -in fact (such as they are in Monsoon's Holy Scroll)- spewing Bullshit. Also, when it was flooding in California, this study came out...Imagine that. Essentially the warmer it gets the more rain will fall in California. So, which is it gonna be? https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms16055 El Niño-like teleconnection increases California precipitation in response to warming
  14. SCIENCE!

    Bullshit. Cite one study that quantifies "Absolutely" Have fun searching, as all you will find are "qualitative" projections based on model data, which then get presented fruadulently as "fact". http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-ca-brown-wildfires-20151019-story.html Gov. Brown's link between climate change and wildfires is unsupported, fire experts say Brown had political reasons for his declaration. He had just challenged Republican presidential candidates to state their agendas on global warming. He was embroiled in a fight with the oil industry over legislation to slash gasoline use in California. And he is seeking to make a mark on international negotiations on climate change that culminate in Paris in December. But scientists who study climate change and fire behavior say their work does not show a link between this year's wildfires and global warming, or support Brown's assertion that fires are now unpredictable and unprecedented. There is not enough evidence, they say. University of Colorado climate change specialist Roger Pielke said Brown is engaging in "noble-cause corruption." Pielke said it is easier to make a political case for change using immediate and local threats, rather than those on a global scale, especially given the subtleties of climate change research, which features probabilities subject to wide margins of error and contradiction by other findings. "That is the nature of politics," Pielke said, "but sometimes the science really has to matter." Other experts say there is, in fact, a more immediate threat: a landscape altered by a century of fire suppression, timber cutting and development. Public attention should be focused on understanding fire risk, controlling development and making existing homes safer with fire-rated roofs and ember-resistant vents, said Richard Halsey, who founded the Chaparral Institute in San Diego. Otherwise, he said, "the houses will keep burning down and people will keep dying." "I don't believe the climate change discussion is helpful," Halsey said.
  15. SCIENCE!

    IPCC is a self licking ice cream cone... Wegman Report: https://www.uoguelph.ca/~rmckitri/research/WegmanReport.pdf Findings In general, we found MBH98 and MBH99 to be somewhat obscure and incomplete and the criticisms of MM03/05a/05b to be valid and compelling. We also comment that they were attempting to draw attention to the discrepancies in MBH98 and MBH99, and not to do paleoclimatic temperature reconstruction. Normally, one would try to select a calibration dataset that is representative of the entire dataset. The 1902-1995 data is not fully appropriate for calibration and leads to a misuse in principal component analysis. However, the reasons for setting 1902-1995 as the calibration point presented in the narrative of MBH98 sounds reasonable, and the error may be easily overlooked by someone not trained in statistical methodology. We note that there is no evidence that Dr. Mann or any of the other authors in paleoclimatology studies have had significant interactions with mainstream statisticians. In our further exploration of the social network of authorships in temperature reconstruction, we found that at least 43 authors have direct ties to Dr. Mann by virtue of coauthored papers with him. Our findings from this analysis suggest that authors in the area of paleoclimate studies are closely connected and thus ‘independent studies’ may not be as independent as they might appear on the surface. This committee does not believe that web logs are an appropriate forum for the scientific debate on this issue. It is important to note the isolation of the paleoclimate community; even though they rely heavily on statistical methods they do not seem to be interacting with the statistical community. Additionally, we judge that the sharing of research materials, data and results was haphazardly and grudgingly done. In this case we judge that there was too much reliance on peer review, which was not necessarily independent. Moreover, the work has been sufficiently politicized that this community can hardly reassess their public positions without losing credibility. Overall, our committee believes that Mann’s assessments that the decade of the 1990s was the hottest decade of the millennium and that 1998 was the hottest year of the millennium cannot be supported by his analysis. Recommendations Recommendation 1. Especially when massive amounts of public monies and human lives are at stake, academic work should have a more intense level of scrutiny and review. It is especially the case that authors of policy-related documents like the IPCC report, Climate Change 2001: The Scientific Basis, should not be the same people as those that constructed the academic papers. Recommendation 2. We believe that federally funded research agencies should develop a more comprehensive and concise policy on disclosure. All of us writing this report have been federally funded. Our experience with funding agencies has been that they do not in general articulate clear guidelines to the investigators as to what must be disclosed. Federally funded work including code should be made available to other researchers upon reasonable request, especially if the intellectual property has no commercial value. Some consideration should be granted to data collectors to have exclusive use of their data for one or two years, prior to publication. But data collected under federal support should be made publicly available. (As federal agencies such as NASA do routinely.) Recommendation 3. With clinical trials for drugs and devices to be approved for human use by the FDA, review and consultation with statisticians is expected. Indeed, it is standard practice to include statisticians in the application-for-approval process. We judge this to be a good policy when public health and also when substantial amounts of monies are involved, for example, when there are major policy decisions to be made based on statistical assessments. In such cases, evaluation by statisticians should be standard practice. This evaluation phase should be a mandatory part of all grant applications and funded accordingly. Recommendation 4. Emphasis should be placed on the Federal funding of research related to fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of climate change. Funding should focus on interdisciplinary teams and avoid narrowly focused discipline research.