Panoramix

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About Panoramix

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  1. Panoramix

    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    Yes, I mostly agree but it really depends on the size of the boat, on a 3 tons boat a walk in the park, even works with an old style genoa, on a 5 tons boat definitely yes in a well set-up cockpit, on a 7 tons boat still OK if you are well trained (and possibly with a good autopilot) for a bigger boat, it becomes trickier and trickier. And as you said, it mostly doesn't work with a wheel. But then that is also why we both like light boats with tillers! Nevertheless, at the moment my budget no issue preferred rig for a purely cruising marconi boat would still be a big flat code sail (with high clew so that it can be used as a reacher) + a 95% self tacker (to be used in restrained water + in medium breeze, use a lazy sheet on a barber hauler to keep the shape right when not beating) + a big symmetric kite or an asymmetric one cut for downwind VMG + some storm jib arrangement + 3 reefs mainsail. It might sound idiosyncratic but that's just because I think that you want it to be as simple as possible yet be able to sail in light air to really enjoy being at sea. Spinnaker poles in my view are not as evil as motoring downwind in 5 knots of wind engulfing yourself in your own diesel cloud so I would consider one depending on the boat hull shape! Having to sail hot angles on a cruiser isn't the best IMO as it forces you to think too much. It is actually not that far off from the traditional cruising cutter, what was a Yankee and its stay then is now a code sail that doesn't stay aloft when the breeze goes up!
  2. Panoramix

    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    I really like a self tacking jib on a cruising boat. On top of letting you enter narrow channels it lets you take shifts as if you were racing. Instead of calling everybody on deck to turn winch handles, you just ask permission from the cook, push the tiller and adjust the traveller! IME it is also safer as as a double tack costs virtually nothing the person on watch will do it instead of persuading him/herself that the boat is crossing far away in front of a ferry/fisherman/cargo/rock while in reality it is a bit too close.
  3. Panoramix

    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    @allweather that was the whole point of the thread title.
  4. IME France tends to ask for reciprocity or try to impose better terms for its nationals, after the difficult Brexit negotiations I would be very surprised if they give away to the UK something for nothing. French visas (except a standard one for tourism) like most visas are real PITA to obtain, when I was newly married, my wife was foreign and I spent too many hours and too much money (I was living in Bristol back then, so a train ticket + a wasted day was the price to pay for a visit to the consulate!) to get visas. I know exactly how you feel about the unfairness of the whole thing, back then one big thing in French politics to get elected was to complain "how foreign women were marrying Frenchmen living abroad to obtain French nationality", as she was exactly in this category they made us jump through all kind of loops to justify that they were doing something about the issue they had invented. I am not saying that you won't get the visa, just saying that you need to be savvy beyond "I send a form and see what happens" as these things can get very complicated very quickly. Also I am not saying either that France is right or wrong, it is just the way it is!
  5. Panoramix

    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    If you watch the video, the electric boat guy explicitly says something along the lines that electric drive owners become better sailor as they have to sail more!
  6. Panoramix

    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    This is how French cars were run during the Nazi occupation.
  7. Panoramix

    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    Brittany is not exactly known for its dry or warm climate!
  8. Now the UK is completely separate from the EU, so from the EU perspective, being in the UK is the same as being in the US or China or Australia and from the UK perspective, a Schengen visa is meaningless bit of paper. For anything that is not straight forward I would talk to a lawyer, these things are becoming more and more complicated for political reasons.
  9. Panoramix

    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    Yes, interesting idea, pellets stove you see in houses tend to be complicated, I don't know if there is a low tech option.
  10. Panoramix

    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    ... or a wood stove! The moist is due to poor insulation that generates condensation, on a sandwich boat or a wooden boat, it doesn't happen. Here many boats don't have heating and it is fine from April to October.
  11. Panoramix

    Vendee Globe 2020

    Race is not finished and lot of events can still happen but at the moment, thank to the redress it looks like a German guy might well be the first non French person to win the Vendée! I think that the Brits will be gutted if this happens, they've tried very hard to be first to achieve this.
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    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    I agree with you that it is harder, nevertheless when you look at yards from Eastern Europe, I think that it is possible to start mostly from scratch if you find a niche and start small. Boatbuilding skills are similar to boat repairs ones and it might even be easier to build boats than to repair them so being in a place like Cork would help. On top of this, Ireland has a very positive image in Brittany, Breton people tend to see Ireland as the cool big brother so a determined company might manage to poach some expertise without paying exorbitant rates! Nevertheless the boatbuilding industry is a tough one.... you would need very good business people to pull this one out...
  13. Panoramix

    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    @TwoLegged from what you say, they should have gone to Cork and may be should have started with a smaller easier to build and market boat (more like a seascape).
  14. Panoramix

    Don't be a diesel mechanics, be a sailor...

    Yes, the "Breton mob" are hard to beat on the boatbuilding ecosystem front and to challenge them Irish yards/companies need to work together. The Breton guys all know each other, have worked on all kind of racing boats so will know where to find the resources to solve every possible issue in their way. I know that at least quite of few of them would like to clean up their industry (spending too much time at sea makes you philosophical and aware of environmental changes and once you start thinking about it, it is easy to come to the conclusion that we've been over the top!) so as soon as they feel the zero emission boat becomes possible from a commercial perspective, they will jump feet first into the market I imagine.