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  1. Roller Skates

    And Now...for something TOTALLY New!

    The current melges doublehanded boat - x boat - is nearly 400lbs. They require a real trailer or a boat lift. ILYA still runs with the "live on the lake to join the club" mentality. Hope the M15 catches, and comes out cheaper than current pricing. But not holding my breath.
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    Hope the Melges 15 Holds Resale Better than Melges 14

    Not to be a drag, but every photo I see of the M15 is a glamour shot of them trying to plane at like 110 TWA. When the boats were on demo up here, they just blasted back and forth. Can it go downhill on a W/L course?
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    Covid 2020: Death of a Class

    Our laser fleet probably doubled this year, with a lot of boats coming out of the woodwork. Our annual NUMB event went from 10-15 to 40 boats. More time home, meant more local racing. Not going to lie, other than some adjustments at work, COVID summer was pretty ok. No weddings, no obligation family weekends, more folks racing at home, new YC calendar to try out without reprecussion, kids didn't need to travel every week (and are better off for it). Think it did a lot, for a lot of sailors. Now the "racers" may have a different opinion, but I sure had fun reconnecting with "sailing" rather than "racing". May have even bought the J22 another year and kept the J70 at bay.
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    Covid 2020: Death of a Class

    Not to totally derail, but you should add some info into the Melges 15 thread (if you haven't already). What weight range have they been racing with? Any consensus on the "place" they fill?
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    There was a big moment for a bit where Joyon went the opposite route, and had some serious success for a decade. Streamlining down to the essentials. I'm very much excited to see the "compression" after this cycle. What works? What are the real energy needs? What can be repaired at sea? After how many electrical failures we've seen in past versions - more complexity isn't necessarily a good thing.
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    Vendee Globe 2020

    People keep saying he's missing out on seeing the sails. We've finally admitted that the autopilots are faster than humans most of the time. With everything I've seen the AC/TP52 running, isn't it fair to say he's likely to have some shape/trim analysis available through those same cameras? The two amidship appear to be gimballed to get the same view I've seen of the rig/sail analysis videos. Not sure what the power requirements are, but could very easily do a little "red/green" based angle? Then he'd be a true hamster in a wheel!
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    29er Sail Track

    Is there any specific reason the MA425 is recommended? The long set I assume is for aligning, but if properly prepared, that shouldn't be a long process. Would imagine something like MA310 would be a better choice than 5200, is a much lower price than MA425, and still has great composite/plastic adhesion.
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    It’s time to replace PHRF once and for all!

    Agreed. Our club still won't give up MORC (or apparently their silver) to move to PHRF entirely. At this rate we'll invite you to our ORC worlds in 2120, but you'll be too busy since y'all are racing in between Pluto and Cerberus in light-sail powered spacecraft.
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    WARNING? Structural Integrity Issues; RS FEVA?

    This is the bottom of the hull correct? Isn't that just a fracture from the fitting inset getting caught on a object/ramp? Can imagine that impact would put some force into the boat. Looks like a great time for a heat gun and putty knife. Five minutes and she's good to go. Bulletproof - Plexus MA310 outta do it.
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    RC/Coach Hearing Protection?

    Sorta the idea with the Active protection. Take out the top end. Passive or all level blocking makes me worried.
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    RC/Coach Hearing Protection?

    Not sure I want to know how bad its gotten... Noticed myself missing more this year. Not sure if it's the masks or something else, but figured I needed to get on it. Borrowing a pair of my buddies Howard Leight Impact Sports today. Updates later!
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    RC/Coach Hearing Protection?

    Find myself, after 17 years of coaching, thinking that constant whistles to the ear won't continue to be a good idea. That said, earplugs have limited use coming in and out constantly to be able to communicate with sailors or radio. Has anyone tried any of the "active" protection for shooting, in a marine environment?
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    Re-newbie Laser sailor questions

    et the tiller in, purchase built, and leave it together. I remove my tiller extension, but leave rudder/tiller connected and tight. Leave in your covered boat. Daggerboard break can get reused. Just loosen the screws and squeeze the "grabber" ends together and retighten. Should grip tighter. Tightening the bungee just pulls it farther away from the break. Tightness of bungee just prevents it from falling out when you're turtled.
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    Skiff Footstraps

    I started using them as back foot on my windsurf foil for a cleaner "release" when it hits the fan. Might be worth a try on a boat, some of the new kite gear is providing interesting options.