Panoramix

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  1. Panoramix

    Thanks for nothing Greta.....here come the hitchhikers!

    I can imagine my daughter in a few years time thinking that's a good idea and I would be terrified that she falls on a perv or an incompetent. I wonder if somebody could manage to open a commercial line for gap year students and retirees who feel bad about catching planes. A long and easily driven hull might do the trick. You would need lot of passengers for the economics to stand a chance of stacking up. What you don't pay in fuel you pay in wages.
  2. Lot of patience and Simpson's rule or Riemman sum.... they had to compute Integrals before computers!
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    Greta Rides Again?

    Although not a lot of R&D money has been spent on this compared to the R&D on IC cars, some have cracked this nut : https://www.hyundai.co.uk/about-us/environment/hydrogen-fuel-cell What issues are you foreseeing?
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    Greta Rides Again?

    While some here are skeptical that H2 can smooth out renewable power outputs, others are trying and already showing that it can be done on a small scale : http://atawey.com/en/produit.html
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    opinions on mainsail trim

    "Thread-drift" hasn't reached our shores. Probably somebody will open an English dictionary and pick up the wrong word to appear trendy. "Le Forum spin-out" may be or something else that will confuse me!
  6. I didn't realise that the Baba had a wooden mast. To compare 2 sections done with different materials, one needs to compare E x I (Young Modulus * modulus of Inertia ) for E, it will be about 12 000 MPa for softwood and 70 000 for Aluminium. So from a stability point of view the wall thickness of the wooden pole needs to be about 6 times thicker (that's a simplification as material outward works harder than material inward) than that of the Aluminium one.
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    opinions on mainsail trim

    No noun for this AFAIK, I am afraid but we would need a sentence in French!
  8. According to sailboat data, a Baba 30 is heavier than a Catalina 30 so I would definitely find a way to check the new mast as heavier boats tend to be stiffer and thus harder on their mast. IMHO, the way forward is to to either hire a naval architect / engineer or at the very least compare the inertia of the new section to the old one as explained by @SemiSalt above.
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    opinions on mainsail trim

    Wrong keyboard I suspect.
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    opinions on mainsail trim

    Les toilettes humides
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    opinions on mainsail trim

    Nope but Entrepreneur is French.
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    Doug From SV Seeker Fakes Head Injury

    I think that it comes down to you comfort zone. Epoxy is nasty but wood dust shouldn't be an issue if you work cleanly. I just think that I could build a wooden boat right whereas steel is more of a specialist job than most people assume. You can do big boats in wood but then strip planking is probably a better option. If I were to build a boat I would build it as small as possible, I can't imagine "needing" more than 45 feet, and that would be an absolute maximum, a 35 feet boat can do a lot!
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    opinions on mainsail trim

    I'd say the French academy hates English words but actual French people keep using English words. Sometimes they even use the wrong one, just after moving back from the UK that was confusing me! I try not to use an English word if there is an appropriate one in French, but I am definitely not against English words. On the other hand, when I have to deal with a snob who uses English words everywhere for no reason, I sometimes have a bit of fun at his expenses. I just pick up one word he used inappropriately, use it in its actual original meaning and start introducing others with a bit of a Bristolian-ish accent to confuse him. Then when he eventually has to explain to me what he meant, I reply "Did you mean xxx?" With xxx the French word and he will go on "Yes but not exactly ...." . I know, I can be mean, I also hate snobbery with passion.
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    opinions on mainsail trim

    From the top of the mast going downward we say respectively pataras, bastaque et basse-bastaque. I am not sure why these worlds would be better, nevertheless, I 'd like to mention that we have several words to say spinnaker. That's probably because we like to sail fast and never quite understood the fascination of the anglophone world for heavy boats that sail like submarines. We do say "le big boy" though.
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    Doug From SV Seeker Fakes Head Injury

    Although I can understand why some amateurs build in steel… If I wanted to self build a boat, I would go for plywood unless my plan was to play with ice. Steel is much harder than people assume, on the other hand wood and epoxy is not that hard to get right