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  1. fastyacht

    So called "wicking" polyester shirts??

    You get what you pay for in textiles. Sails included :-D
  2. IF OP wants to enjoy class racing a dinghy on a trapese it is pretty much 505 or nothing (with noted exeption being FD in some small fleet setting, or heaven forbiid actual Intl 14, go all in, get that ridiculously hot shot female 45 kg helmswoman and just take the class by storm. About 15 boats iat North Americans +/-. Or get an F18 cat. If he wants to rip around on a trapese there's all sorts of possibilities with varying percentages of possible finding. That Class Cup 16, Blaze, Boss, Laser5000 Laser4000, Vector, Raider! B14, Swift solo, Dudley Dix paper jet, 49er, 29er singlehanded (that would be a trip) MG/NS singlehanded, Windmill singlehanded, the list goes on.
  3. fastyacht

    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    Jeeeesus H. Christ on a popsicle stick floating in Albermarle Sound.
  4. fastyacht

    Showtime capsize on return trip

  5. I raced a GP-14 for years. It's a nifty litte boat. But you'd want the tiny helm or crew just like with a 505. IT is not a trapeze boat I did rig one and singlehanded with it. Was fun but a windmill makes a much better singlehand trapeze platform. We also had a few NS14 racing in our old fleet of JY, V15 and 420. I should mention the Flying Dutchman. Fewer fleet opportunities but has the same advantageous of the 505 but even more if large. Higher boom, longer waterline, a lot more sail. It can handle over 400 lb crew weight well (I did that and won in the classic division 25 years ago). For fleet racing on a trapeze there is only one boat: the 505. In the US. That's it--if you want to race "for real." There are some FD fleets though very small--one somewhere norethwest we hear about (finf Seattle Dingyer on here0. There's a few still in New England--there used to be a really great regatta in New Hampshire. But no longer.
  6. fastyacht

    Cutter Rig Going Wing N Wing

    IT ain't racing its sailing.
  7. fastyacht

    So called "wicking" polyester shirts??

    If you rode after February and before December you must not be human. That place is insane. I got off the plane once at midnight and the air outside was 104F! At midnight! And humid of course too. I tried jogging one morning Not a good idea in August.
  8. fastyacht

    So called "wicking" polyester shirts??

    Looks like Isadore uses recycled materials? Just skimmed it. But that doesn't get rid of the shed fibers "problem." I lost a red patagonia a coupe years ago. Lost it capsizing. Damn it all--it's probably killed a sea turtle in Long Island Sound by now. We had a 500 pounder (leatherback) wash up a few years ago. In Maryland where I started my racing career it was almost as hot as Virginia Beach. Almost. Wool for shorts? Not so good (like you say, tehy don't hold shape as well). But jerseys, me like best. I learned that as I'd climb a big hill and then go bombing down the other side I'd actually get goosebumps if I was riding in a tshirt. Crazy. Not like I was going to die of hypothermia but the wool jerseys moderated that better. In the ocean, give me wool though. It doesn't get smelly for an amazing length of time.
  9. fastyacht

    So called "wicking" polyester shirts??

    We had one guy on an ocean crossing who wouldn't "manage his odour." So we managed it for him: "take your bath now!" Haha. Unfortunately his stinkiness had already won him a bunk that nobody would hot-bunk through. So he kinda won the war.
  10. fastyacht

    Cutter Rig Going Wing N Wing

    Mount the pole on the deck or the rail then. Make it shorter. It need not go to the mast.
  11. fastyacht

    So called "wicking" polyester shirts??

    LOL actually I don't have BO -- it is only with plastic fibers. Thats the point. There's nothing you can do to make them as good as wool for this aspect. Hand, durability, moisture permeability, moisture transfer, wind blocking, etc you can do all that. But the reality is that you cannot make them launder as well and they are naturally good at growing stinky things. This is siply reality. Yeah, I can put that stuff on and go for a ride. So can you. But you will have stinky clothes that you want to get off immediately in a way that a wool jersey will not be yelling at you about. And then, in the end, they become microplastic particles. Wool goes back to nature.
  12. fastyacht

    So called "wicking" polyester shirts??

    I agree--it stinks to high heaven in a way that wool cannot even begin to emulate.
  13. fastyacht

    So called "wicking" polyester shirts??

    I've sailed in wool, polypropylene, polyester fleece, acrylic, cotton, and strange blends. I agree with you that in an ocean environment there can be challenges. In the salt environment there are hot days and cold days. IF your clothing is getting salt spray at some point you have to rinse it (even in salt water!) even if it is some "miracle" fabric. Wool will keep working through all this. Cotton will dry out in ocean conditions but only if it is sunny and warm enough. But in north atlantic it will probably be damp for the rest of the trip. So you put on your wool, acrylic, fleece etc and keep dry. Been there done that.
  14. fastyacht

    Showtime capsize on return trip

    Thank you for bringing this up. In fact while an American was involved, it is not a statutory requirement in the US to build to the ISO standard. The involvement of the NMMA was one of those things that if you go back through ol Professional Boatbuilder articles, you can find stuff on it. Do note that the ABYC is preexisting and continues to this day (I won't say any more on that but to say take a look). The point about "excluding racing yachts was of course not going to stop IYRU from jumping right in and citing the standard. That is a fact. If you read my snips from World Sailing you will see that regardless of any protestations or disclaimers made previously by the rulemakers, IYRU insists on using it for thier puproses. Note that this sort of bastard use is a COMMON PROBLEM in EVERY DISCIPLINE. Look no further than the Body Mass Index or BMI which the guy who wrote it EXPRESSESLY STATED that it was NOT APPROPRIATE to be generalized and that in fact it merely fit a narttow set of data he was studyignb (all engineers and thinkking people see why the BMI CANNOT WORK--it has a SQUARe thather than a CUBE term in it!!!!!!). There are other exAMPLES. Look at the rules for lamintated glass, and the specific tests being required----you'll see the same bullshit misapplication of "stancards" going on. You see, once someonte takes the time to write something, all the other lazy bastards say, "OK GREAT THERE IT IS."