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    Ramp Launch a Melges 32?

    We ramp launch all the time. We made sure there was padding under the bow of boat on the trailer (pool noodles). Also put some protection (likely pool noodles too) on the back of the keel since as the boat tips backwards the fin will bump up against the keel box. Once you are ready to launch crank the keel up so the bulb is agains the hull plate. When putting the boat back on the trailer crank up the keel again. Before you move the boat any distance (once it is on the trailer) make sure to lower the keel (bulb on the trailer) since you don’t want to drive around with keel unsupported at the bulb. You can even keep the engine down when ramp launching / recovering. Obviously make sure you are in deep enough water before you put in the rudder or lower the keel. We could launch with three people but having a few more won’t hurt. We have one person on board in case weight is need for and aft / one person on the trailer winch usually standing on the trailer box.
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    Engineering Career in Sailing

    switch you major to aerospace engineering. sailboats are becoming more like planes
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    Help! Henderson 30 vs FT-10

    Back in 2011 I was making the same decision: FT 10 or Henderson 30. I ended up not finding an agreeable price on the Hendo and bought the FT 10. In hindsight I am not sure I would have been ready to own and sail the Henderson competitively at that time. It is a pretty athletic and complicated boat to sail (no one has mentioned the rudder bearings). The FT 10 is simpler to sail and own and only slightly slower than the Henderson. However, if you have a skilled, athletic crew the Henderson would certainly be more rewarding and provide endless options for tweaking and optimizing.
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    Our refreshed 1D35 comes out to play.

    I would like to hear from the original poster or the folks from Entourage about their selection of the 1D 35 platform over other options. I have seen the work done on Entourage and it looks like a new boat. Were there other options considered? What features / specs made the 1D35 the best option for such a large investment?
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    J/125 - A Real Unicorn

    I looked into buying one four years ago… naively thinking it would be priced in the low 100s. I think most of the boats on the market these days have been updated and professionally maintained, although 20 years old most of the systems (including rudders) are new. I remember a review Bob Perry did on the boat when it came out (https://www.boats.com/reviews/perry-design-review-j125/). The discussion on ratios may help shed some light on this boat’s unicorn status. I am sure people that have sailed the boat extensively can confirm (or reject), but the high stability ratio allows you to sail a 40 foot boat across an ocean with only 5 crew members (with no need for a canter or water ballast). That is why I was initially interested in the boat (until it became clear I could not afford it)… a fast 41 footer that did not require 8 people to sail long distance. The 1D 35 has seen a resurgence in popularity since I know some boat brokers have noted the similarities to the 125 (not sure I see them). I would also note that the FT 10 has similar ratios (except lower tech construction and therefor not as high of a stability number).
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    Chicago Area III

    Parking anywhere in Chicago - you have to keep the honest people honest. Don't leave anything on the seats or floor. Even loose change. There are two other hazards at DuSable - the white liquid run off that collects in certain places (it is very hard to remove if it gets on your car) and falling concrete. Other than that...
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    Flying Tiger

    I owned one for four years and there is not much I would change. I always thought the boat was beautiful - even the high cabin trunk. It sailed really well, too. I wonder if the benefits of two rudders would be worth the added complexity? I am not very tall so the footrest positions for the driver were perfect for me. Taller drivers, especially in breeze, would end up sitting with their upper body outside of the top lifeline (the video above shows an example of this). Besides being against the rules (as I understand them) it also usually meant that we were sailing the boat at too high of a heel angle. I wonder if the "European" lifeline set up on the Melges 32 applied to the Tiger would make the driving position more comfortable for taller people? This set up has largely been abandoned by the 32 fleet since it limits how hard the crew can hike off the back of the boat which is not as critical of a necessity on a Tiger.
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    Chicago Area III

    We are here and we did race today, although we did not do very well. It has been blowing 25 - 30 for most of the regatta, although there was a little less wind today. We have only owned the boat for a few months and our crew is not nearly as experienced as the top (or any of the) teams here. We were out in the heavy stuff earlier this week but realized we needed to practice more in these conditions before we felt comfortable racing. It has been a humbling and amazing experience. The class (both the teams and the management) have been so helpful and accommodating.