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Grey Dawn

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  1. Kite boats

    Why haven't sailboats without a mast but only a kite caught on? Seems like there are many advantages including lack of heeling. Couple a kite with foils and you could have a really fast boat - sort of a big, foiling, kiteboard. For carrying loads in displacement mode, it would seem safer to add sail area without a mast. For sailboats with masts, kites could provide an easy jury rig.
  2. An even more modern way of doing this is to learn the control with a machine learning system such as a deep neural net. You may also not be able to figure out what it's doing but this approach has been much better for game playing, machine vision, language translation, and speech recognition. It should work well as a control system for the AC, assuming it's allowed. You could start in simulation if it's not allowed and refine it on the water in real time if it is.
  3. Deep vs. shallow keel

    Truth is the era of fighter pilots is almost over. Humans don't have the capabilities that autopilots and sensors will soon have. See https://www.wired.com/2016/06/ai-fighter-pilot-beats-human-no-need-panic-really/ for a primitive example.
  4. Deep vs. shallow keel

    One size fits none.
  5. Navy Luders 44 - Alert

    That Luders yawl is a beauty. Here's the current Navy 44. Collegiate regatta heading out on 420s in the background.
  6. Deep vs. shallow keel

    The fighter Luke Skywalker would choose. Careful with the landing.
  7. Deep vs. shallow keel

  8. Made it as far the Saints so far

  9. Coolboats to admire

    Not sure how cool it is but there's an active one-design fleet here. They sail well but I don't like the way the bridgedeck crowds the cockpit. That might be OK for a couple cruising. Also the bowed house top makes maneuvers like tacking a chore for crew. I like the transom hung rudder. They are super cheap these days and a lot of boat for the money so definitely a good old boat.
  10. Why isn`t it a code a negative 1

    It's the closest they could get to -1 without going negative?
  11. Since the concept in the simulation is a MonINO (Monohull in Name Only (TM)), I think, in the end, they will decide to add amas for RM and eliminate ballast and complication. This will be a safer design, will provide a definite change from AC35, and will be a face-saving device since, by squinting, LR will see a monohull. Win-win-win.
  12. Friends also gave him a much more substantial boat for his 50th birthday in 1929. Unfortunately, it was seized by the Nazis after he left for America and he couldn't get it back. Lines and other information are here: http://www.einstein-website.de/z_biography/tuemmler-e.html
  13. Visiting glamour

    Gorgeous boat! Nice video.
  14. Is this Nantucket harbor?

    Could it be Hyannis? It sort of looks like that from the route of the Ferry to Nantucket.
  15. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

  16. Advice for first time Grenada bareboat?

    Saltwhistle Bay on Mayreau
  17. The old man and the sea

    Some people drift across oceans. Others take matters into their own hands - literally. See https://www.outsideonline.com/2252016/old-man-and-sea-and-sea-and-sea Adventure paddler Aleksander Doba willed his 71-year-old body and 1,600-pound kayak through a 4,000-mile trans-Atlantic journey Doba, a retired chemical engineer who skydived, flew gliders, and sailed before he started kayaking, never lost enthusiasm for crossing the Atlantic. “On the water, I never think about dying or that I could die,” Doba later told me through an interpreter. “The kayak is very safe.”
  18. caption contest

    Mussel Shoals
  19. Pulling your sail boat out for the winter

    Very few boats are left on moorings over the winter here but many are in slips.
  20. Wht havent' multihulls taken the world by storm

    I am not on the fence about multihull or mono but enjoy both. Each have their charms. It's hard to beat the thrill of beach cats or the comfort of a multihull charter in the Caribbean. Likewise it's nice to cruise a mono in the Chesapeake so you can fit in slips or race a mono in OD classes.
  21. Pulling your sail boat out for the winter

    I'd say you're in good company. Most boats in Annapolis stay in the water in the winter. Not sure why Baltimore would be different.
  22. Wht havent' multihulls taken the world by storm

    'poet to port' made me think of Webb Chiles
  23. caption contest

  24. Coolboats to admire

    Right. If the mizzen provides power it's a ketch. If it's only for balance, it's a yawl.
  25. J 121

    The inhaulers seem to have the effect of many parallel jib tracks. It does get busy near the mast.