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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

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  1. It would be nice to think its just you, yes. There are an awful lot of stories in the press each day which are rather less important. The major sponsors identity and quotes were quite important I thought.
  2. The only myth they're seeking to be destroy is the one that says that two molecules of air separated at the leading edge of the wing somehow magically meet again at the trailing edge. But to a large extent I think its more of a "lie-to-children" than anything else, helping to provide a simplistic explanation of why flow over the top of the wing is important.
  3. I was thinking an inflatable hull catamaran. Significantly faster is useful, low freeboard is useful, ability to raft up for repairs/tweaks, lunch/change of clothing etc is very useful, and if necessary should be able to fold up Oppy rig and tow it home.
  4. Try putting a space between the returns.
  5. Been tried a good many occasions over the decades. Doesn't seem to work well at all. Might well be something back in the thread somewhere. ISTR SHC has practical experience.
  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-39555257
  7. I'm completely with Steve. Have the forward hand take the main upwind and on white sail reaches. Its just faster. Have a ratchet block on the boom and sheet from there.
  8. They're not having a good week down that street... http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/15219153.Fire_engulfs_factory_a_day_after_BMW_hits_building_next_door/
  9. I've been mulling over something like this, but the conclusion I keep coming to is that anything that is attached to the forestay will distort the jib quite as badly as a wishbone boom, in which case you may as well just do that - which has been tried and abandoned a few times.. I've sort of had in my mind a slotted carbon tube in a fordeck socket that's concentric to the forestay, and free to rotate so that the jib comes out from the slot and shape unaffected, and leech tension is adjusted from a forward extension of the boom, but with a line just going a few inches to the top of the tube and back down and under the foredeck. I was also thinking a wishbone boom so that the jib can be genuinely closed to the deck. The engineering feels very challenging though.
  10. Make more sense to campaign for a change in policy so they don't display the boat in such a damn stupid manner...
  11. Umm, didn't he blow his output valves 5 years ago?
  12. Interesting illustration of the standard of proof required. The Jury is comfortably satisfied that equipment must have been there to change the ballasting.
  13. Wonderful boats:-) Lustre was Teasel in the BBC adaption of Arthur Ransome's Coot Club.
  14. They tried that: http://orci.ncth.gr/docs/protest9.pdf
  15. JR has it right. The difference in mast bend between using a halyard lock and using a cleat at the base of the mast on my flexible IC mast is very significant. I would be very interested to know who Mambo Kings Naval architect friend was. If you consider a sail which is secured to the mast at the tack, and has a halyard cleated off then whilst the compression in the mast from halyard/luff tension is considerable, the amount of that compression that comes through the mast foot is zero. The weight hanging analogy is distinctly misleading.
  16. I must confess I think much of the advice on this thread verges on criminally irresponsible. Mate, the 505 was for many years the premier, most sophisticated and definitely most challenging dinghy in the world. Its a fine craft for the advanced sailing team, normally two fit strong men. As a beginners boat its about as suitable as one of those early notoriously rear end happy Porsche Turbos is suitable for a learner driver. I think your first idea was the best one. The thing is, until you've learned to sail you really don't know what you like to sail, so giving it all a go in other peoples boats that other people maintain is all good sense. Then when you''ve learned to sail (and decided whether on reflection this is really something you want to do or not) then its time to buy boats. And the other even more important bit of advice about buying boats? Its not a marriage. You should plan to sell your first two or three boats fairly quickly as you start learning how, where and when you like to sail. Its quite impossible to pick a boat you want to live with for years until you've been sailing for a few years. So why bother trying? A first boat should be something that's common in your area and you'll be able to sell on easily.
  17. The provenance is reasonably well known in UK circles as she changes hands every now and then. It is understood to be the real Emma Hamilton, original hulls, but much else changed. She certainly wouldn't measure in as a C class at the moment.
  18. The Feva is a fine boat for two younger teens and pretty usable for a small parent and younger child crew. At 195lbs though I doubt there'll be room for any crew.
  19. !!! It is? Boggle!
  20. I shouldn't treat that as a top priority if I were you. That number affects loads on the fittings, but its not much to do with pole strength. We use numbers hugely greater than that on dinghies, which your boat is much closer to. I mean, where's it going to break - that's right, just after it exits the bow fitting. What's that got to do with the length behind the bow fitting - not much. The main thing about the distance inboard is that the shorter the distance the greater the leverage on the pole anchorages, which can really take a hammering. If anything breaks inboard it will be the fittings and achorage, not the pole. The Selden dimensions indicate that distance between supports is much more to do with pole diameter, which is reasonable. TBH I'd be surprised if friction from the sleeve were a major factor in how hard the pole is to bring in and out, most especially if its a tapered pole. Its only really the ends of the sleeve that will do much, but having a continuous one reduces snagging options so may well be a good thing.
  21. The rule helps define what a spinnaker pole is and how its used. As the man said, its really just a bit of tube with fittings on. The rule (50.2) is more about permitting the pole, not banning it. If you don't use the spinnaker pole as a spinnaker pole, attached to the mast, it becomes an outrigger, and is banned under 50.3, unless class or rating rules make an exception.
  22. Why not. Its not attached to the mast, Its not a spinnaker pole. Its some other kind of spar which may or may not be legal under class/rating rules and in the case of a rating rule will probably require rerating.
  23. Better go tell Julian B. Seems he got all his boats wrong...
  24. All the cedar and the glass are going to do is add weight really, since the carbon will fail before they do very much work. So draw your own conclusions...
  25. http://www.486th.org/Mssn/M051t100/F091.htm http://www.486th.org/Mssn/M051t100/F092.htm http://www.486th.org/Mssn/M051t100/F093.htm