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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. RS700 Fleets in NA?

    I've only seen one boat. He used to join us at Huntington Lake and race with us at our NA's. Sorry. I can't remember his name and it has been a few years.
  2. Thistle buoyancy bags vs foam

    Well maintained bags will be better for weight. The foam will soak up water over time. Not enough to hurt the buoyancy but could add quite a bit of weight to the boat.
  3. RS800 Turbo

    How about an I14?
  4. Applying the Brakes

    If there is a jib, sometimes you can back the jib and luf the main. On my Swift, I have a fully batoned main and I can backwind and invert the batons. Then use the jib to provide what drive I need. Using the rudder would be bad for me as the boat turns too easily. There is always dropping sails if they use a halyard. I try to plan ahead and come into the docks very slow and under control. Beach launches are preferred with the skiff.
  5. Skiff Stow

    I have a pocket on my spinnaker sock. I usually put two bottles in there then often a third under. I don't tend to swim too often. I don't take phones or much more on the boat with me. Too wet and not enough hands. The bag in the inspection port lid works well too but makes things harder to get to. Keep the deck as free of added stuff as possible. A clean deck is easier to walk on and control lines don't get tangled on stuff in a capsize. Maybe the phone should go in a waterproof bag you can put inside your gear.
  6. 420 vs 505 for beginner

    I think the 505 is the better option. The 420 will get too small quickly. The 505 can be tuned to be a rocket ship or a little more forgiving. You'll probably have some swimming lessons along the way but everyone has had their share. The 505 is the first boat that I've seen where the crew member often is the owner of the boat. I was there once too. I love sailing the boat and prefer to be in the front of the boat. Finding a helmsman that you are comfortable with can be a chore but it is well worth it. If you can find a good used boat that you can afford, buy it. Then find the local 505 sailors and join them. When I was sailing a 505, they were a great bunch. Always ready to help. You can learn to sail on a leadmine but you'll have a hard time transitioning to a dinghy. Learn to sail a 505 and you'll be able to excel at sailing almost anything. My leadmine buddies used to laugh at mine. Then I'd show them how much I could control while under sail and change gears while on the water. Next I'd join them on the course and leave them in the dust. I learned tricks on my 505 that made me a much more effective leadmine sailor as well.
  7. 49er newbie questions

    I haven't been here for years. Sailing a skiff is not like most dinghys. For my Swift Solo, designed by a former 49er sailor as a single handed trainer, rarely can I right the boat with the mast to leeward. It takes less time to roll the boat so that the mast is to windward and let the wind help right the boat than to fight the wind. Speed is your friend. Sailing the boat at maximum speed is the easiest sailing you'll have. Trying to sail slow will only allow all of that sail to have more control over the boat. I've had to come in during a storm with just the jib up but it was strictly down wind. The boats are well balanced with both sails. Without the main, you can't point, without the jib, falling off is almost impossible. I prefer launching off of an open beach than to dealing with marinas. There is rarely enough room to maneuver inside a marina and the winds swirl making it very hard to sail. The boats don't weigh much so there isn't much momentum and they stop almost as quickly as they accelerate. Reht has given a good blow by blow of righting the boat. Have fun. Sail fast. Keep the stick in the air.
  8. What's on my mind? Absolutely nothing. :D

  9. DC Designs

    On the up side, collar bones heal very well and ofthen without need for surgery. I've been told that broken collar bones are the most common injury for children and that they heal by themselves quickly. It doesn't change the fact that it sucks big time when you get winnged. My son broke his playing soccer and then I had to put up with a rabbid soccer player that couldn't play for six months. I think my hell was worse than his. Best of luck on a speedy recovery. I've done the 0 mph roll before but so far it has been into bushes and flower beds.
  10. DC Designs

    Not that I have a dog in the show because I don't, but I thought the prefailing thought was to build wave piercing bows so that you went through the wave very easily instead of traveling the extra distance up and over the wave as well as the added drag of having so much energy being spent lifting the boat over the wave. Then your biggest drag will be the hardware on the deck, easily dealt with, and then the plank.
  11. DC Designs

    OK how about some real R&D testing. Make several similar boats and try out a few of the discussed ideas. Find out what is really happening and let everyone know. Then the resulting hulls could be sold to people who want in on the DC life and you pay for your R&D as well as grow the class. Once you have it all sorted out, sell kits.
  12. DC Designs

    Or it did it just to piss you off. Kind of like the frustration detector they put in copy machines where their ability to perform the assigned task is inversly proportional to your need.
  13. DC Designs

    My guess is that there is something about one side having less surface area than the other. I've never seen a vacume bag deflated that vacumed out flat. Even putting a vacume on the odd air matress so I can get it into a smaller space left me with a crinkeld mess. The bottom side would stay flattened out while the top would have folds and creases that would cause the whole to curl. One way to maybe control this more would be to add a rail to the form and clamp the rail of the boat to it. You shouldn't require a lot of pressure from the clam. Just something to hold it stable. Most applications for a bag are where you have a mold on one side and you vacume the other forcing everything into the mold. The molds is usually very sturdy so it does not flex durring the process. Just a thought.
  14. DC Designs

    FWIW, using foam bulkheads is a plus when you collide with something between the stations. If the station is very rigid, then the skin has a greater chance of failing catistrophicaly by sheering where a foam bulkead will deform allowing the skin to flex more. It seems everything has its plus and minus. Too bad it is hard to find something that comes up all plusses. But then this is a mute point if you can keep from hitting things. A very good idea no matter what you choose.
  15. DC Designs

    Steve For now I'll take your word for it but that doesn't quite square with my limited experience. As long as the foam can keep the carbon from deflecting too much and will transfer the load over a wide area, it probably would work. Kevlar is messy stuff but it also transers the load in the skin better than carbon as well as having a better puncutre resistance.