Captain Jack Sparrow

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  1. Captain Jack Sparrow

    J/33 or J/105?

    Only if he plans on racing OD. Or has other local 105's that love the idea of an arms race in PHRF racing.
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    Traveler Line: To Loop or Not To Loop

    What is the point of having an endless line running to the same side? Are those clutches literally next to each other other on the port side? The endless line makes sense on racing boats, and/or boats that use cam cleats for their traveler lines. One can release the low side from weather rail. If the boat has a clutch on each end, theres not as much point in an endless line, as somebody still has to go over to that side and physically open the clutch to release the line.
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    Baltoplate touch-up

    I did this on a J/80 last year, and just used a foam brush, and switched out often in case it was going to degrade. Thinned it out. There were spots where the barrier coat had been worn through so I redid that with Interprotect first before painting. You might not need to do it, but it is a lot easier to do it now, rather than painting it and realizing after a season that the barrier coat was very important.. If doing the whole bottom, then rollers would be a better choice. Rolling/brushing is a better way to maximize paint than spraying. Interlux says its almost twice the coverage versus spraying for that particular product.
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    Outboard for J27

    +1 I have a J/80, and for the usual bullshit that occurs in a summer around here, I have a Yamaha 6 HP. The 80 is around 900 lbs lighter than the 27, too. For OD racing, I'd prefer something lighter possibly, but even one of the other local J/80's with a Torqueedo and extra battery weighs about the same as the Yamaha. I have an internal fuel tank option so if OD racing was a real thing locally I'd leave the external tank on the dock. I could see getting away with a smaller motor if the only thing the boat did was race, but it goes for daysails and the occasional weekend journey.
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    PHRF Spinnaker Vs. Non-Spinnaker Ratings

    Wasn't the claim that PHRF (except for PHRF SoCal) and IRC don't allow one to have concurrently held certificates? Not that if one needed a new certificate for a change, one could send in for it? Most PHRF areas only allow 1 switch per season between certificates. You can't just set up for a regatta in whatever configuration, and then change for the next regatta's configuration. Unless there is only one change needed for the entire season...Apparently you can do this in IRC?
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    PHRF Spinnaker Vs. Non-Spinnaker Ratings

    In response to the first bolded questions, moving to Non-spinnaker is the appropriate move. I've been that guy, on that boat, having to shift divisions last minute because of crew not showing up. I get that. And my non-spinnaker rating took into account what sail I had. The alternative as to not racing at all? Do you currently not go out and sail because you don't like your rating? If you have your less talented/able crew on a weeknight and its blowing 5 knots would you not put the 155 up with your current rating? For what its worth, I think this is a good idea to the extent of possibly(?) encouraging more participation. I just don't see it being able to implemented on a case by case basis that is anything resembling fair, and I don't see making it broadly available to everyone a good thing. I also don't know how many boats are currently not showing up to race because of this issue. Maybe it is a more common problem than it seems? I can see the inherent simplicity of just asking for an adjustment to your non-spin handicap number, and I say by all means do ask your local measurement authority about it. Maybe they can easily accommodate it. But for many of the reasons stated in this thread, the measurement authorities and other boat owners may not be so open minded about it, for better or for worse. You are able to make the boat safer and easier to sail, but you may not get a rating credit for that. And you, and every other owner out there like you who shows up to race even with reduced crew numbers and/or less than ideal crew capabilities should be commended and encouraged to keep doing so. Hopefully, regardless of what your local measurement authority says, you will be able to keep showing up for all forms of racing.
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    PHRF Spinnaker Vs. Non-Spinnaker Ratings

    I would imagine that the multiple rating system is meant to even out boat characteristics that may be favored in predominately one course versus another. Rather than giving owners multiple configurations to be able to select from. Do they really give out multiple certificates per boat if one requests an OD? In PHRF-NE the OD rating seems to be part of the existing certificate, and isn't really relevant unless the boat is always sailing in OD configuration. The boats in my area, even those that do have an OD rating, aren't allowed to choose which configuration they race under depending on who shows up to crew that particular day. The OD rating exists if they have class racing within whatever race, or if they actually sail in that configuration.It's a baseline, nothing more, unless those boat choose to sail with their OD sails. I don't think that giving out multiple ratings to a boat in PHRF is a great idea. As others have mentioned, it is too easy for somebody to start playing the system based on weather reports, or who is available to sail. If one has two ratings available to them, one with a 135 and the other with the 150, if it was expected to be breezy why wouldn't the owner say "Oh we have the B team here so we are going to sail with the smaller sail". I'm not saying that the OP intends to do that; I'm saying if this sort of thing is allowed there is going to be a lot of people jumping on board for competitive advantage purposes. While there may be some who frown upon taking advantage of that, if the rules clearly allowed multiple certificates and one had the ability to choose which rating to sail under for a given race based on who showed up to sail, or what the weather forecast was, why WOULDN'T one take advantage of that? If it became legal it would just be another step in having a competitive boat..i.e, have a properly maintained bottom, good sails, multiple rating certificates.. I've sailed in some regattas where the option to declare spinnaker/non spinnaker was allowed last minute, and the amount of boats that would switch based on the forecast was ridiculous. Ratings already provoke enough BS. Theres a reason why many PHRF authorities don't allow more than one certificate change per season. Conversely, in the OP's case...have you considered ditching the 155, and just sailing with the 135? You'd get the rating credit for the entire season, though obviously you'd be slower in light air. And your rating would reflect that. Is it worth more than 3/secs in real life? Or, try to attract more crew for the weeknight stuff? If the weeknight stuff is non-spinnaker, you don't exactly need a lot of talent, maybe just some more muscle.
  8. Captain Jack Sparrow

    Bella Mente Broke Their Rig......Again

    Partly.. Storm Trysail—(Trans)Pac 65. Maybe a good idea on paper, and Rosebud was a solid boat/program. But all the other factors that a budding class would need did not exist. The STP 65 class is more easily compared to the MaxZ86 class flameout than the Maxi72’s.. the Maxi72’s have actually been a success, but have just seemed to have reached the end of their cycle/evolution. The 65’s and Z86’s never got going really because of poor management/decision making within the class structures.
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    Bella Mente Broke Their Rig......Again

    What is there to be learned from any Grand Prix class rise and fall? Other than the TP52's, what big class has had a decently long run since the start of this century? The Maxi72's have had a good run of it, but somehow their rule has evolved into creating boats that either aren't safe outright to go offshore, or they are uncomfortable enough that the crews and owners think that its not worth it in any case, whether or not they will actually break the boat. It seems that out of the potential owners who would even want a "grand prix" racing sailboat, one could divide that crowd into two categories, especially when trying to launch a new class. There are those who are attracted to racing because the competition, and a new "box rule" is a way to (in theory) ensure close competition between boats. Think Neville Crichton with Alfa Romeo 3 (69' originally) being his toy after Alfa 90 and 100. He also had plenty of experience racing OD on Farr 40's. On the other hand, you have owners who enjoy the development, design and build phase. They like the technical aspect and discussion of building new boats. They often don't join box rule classes until the class is somewhat established, so that there will be decent racing for them to go test out their latest "investment". Think Niklas Zennstrom in the Maxi72 class, Tp52 Class, and now the Fast 40+ class. Zennstrom is quite succesful, a decent sailor, and he has the ability to have a world class design and build team at his beck and call. It is hard to fault either type of owner for wanting to be involved in a given big boat class, and I would think that class management should have to shoulder that balancing act. How does one develop a rule that encourages the technical owners, but keep the box tight enough that in order to be competitive one does not need a new boat every other year? It seemed like the Maxi72's were doing okay for a while, but the latest generation of them started to be significantly different and have an advantage. It is telling that if one looks at all the hot shot race boat classes, from the 100' super maxis, to the "mini maxi" size around 65-80 feet, that there really aren't that many of them. There are exponentially more big boats built that do end up racing, that are more racer-cruiser types. Think of the Wally type boats, which are heavy compared to a pure race boat, but there are creature comforts and owners can bring along friends and family who won't be beaten up on even a day race.
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    Barrier-hard paint-ablative or barrier-ablative

    You’re not likely to scrub through the Interprotect even at the recommended level of application from Interlux. That stuff is really hard. That’s assuming you’re using something normal like a brush or cloth to clean the bottom though. If you’re intending to put ablative paint over the barrier coat than if you scrub with something that is hard enough (with enough force) to damage the barrier coat, you won’t have any ablative paint left the first you scrub the boat. Extra coats of the SR60 is probably the best way to go. The idea of alternating color coats is a good one.
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    ticky tack?

    On 1) I know that, and don't disagree about the acting bit. And there are certainly plenty of people who if given a chance to get into the protest room will certainly present a scene. I don't know Clean and have never sailed against him so don't have an opinion on what he would or wouldn't do in a protest scenario. Would it have validated or invalidated his argument about welcoming going to the protest room if somebody other he had said it? I get why hearing that an attorney enjoys going to the protest room may raise some eyebrows or tempers, but he's likely not the only person who has the opinion that he doesn't mind going to the protest room if need be. 2) I agree. My point is that the racing rules aren't killing racing, assholes are.
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    ticky tack?

    Is racing dying because people protest because they expect and hope that the rules to be followed? Or is racing dying because there is a large amount of participants who want to show up, not be held accountable for having any working knowledge of the rules and how it may apply to them, and then they get pissy and say that "competitive sailors are ruining racing!" when they are called on their lack of knowledge? This opinion isn't taking into account the sea lawyers who do exist and try to use the rules as a weapon to take advantage of newcomers, and are more often than not complete assholes about the whole thing. Those particular people certainly aren't helping anyone get into, or stay involved, sailing. There's a learning curve with not only getting a boat around the course competitively, but also getting informed about the racing rules. In itself it is not a process meant to weed out participants, but many people draw a correlation between the rules being complicated and the lack of participation these days. Well, the rules are in many ways clearer than they used to be, and participation has gone to hell. There were a lot of boats and crews back in the days of "Mast Abeam!". I don't think Shanghai Sailor needs to be criticized for being curious about a potential rules violation, and trying to figure it out. No racer should be called out for trying to get clarification on a rules situation, regardless of whether they are right or wrong, and especially if they are asking the question. Likewise, Clean saying he welcomes going to the room isn't going an admission of being a bully on the water or being a habitual rules violator at all. Those who know the rules better are often very comfortable going to the room because they are less likely to take stupid risks on the water and be forced into going into the room in a bad position. The more knowledgeable sailors are also likely to know when to take the penalty on the water rather than going to the room. It's a gamble. Those who know the rules better are also often (not always) more open to learning something new in the room, even when they thought they had a good read on the situation. If more people learned the rules while having the opportunity to race in a OD dinghy or small keelboat fleet, and realized that going to the room is a great opportunity to learn, rather than being so protective about an existing incomplete body of knowledge regarding the rules, there would be much better racing. People generally accept a referee blowing a whistle in every other sport, why should sailors who try to play the game within the framework that is there for everyone to benefit from be criticized for wanting other sailors to play by the rules?
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    Hullside paint costs & necessity?

    Vinyl won't last anywhere near as long as a proper LPU paint job.. or even as long as some cheaper single part paints. And with less repairability than the single part paints. The other interesting thing about vinyl is the surface vinyl goes onto its supposed to be in pretty good shape. As has been mentioned, most of the cost of a paint job is the prep work. If there is currently a bad surface on the boat, it is going to need a bunch of work put into it before laying vinyl down. So if one is going to have to do prep work either way..would you rather then slap a sticker on the boat for 2-3 season and be terrified every time the boat approaches a dock, or a buoy, or would it make sense to have done it properly with a hard paint? There isn't a way around the costs, unless you own the boatyard/shop doing the work. The prep work costs can be significantly reduced if one has the ability to do that on ones own before taking it to a shop. Trying to find a cheap way to achieve the goal of refinishing the topsides sounds like a good way to waste money. Better to save the money and when its comfortable for the wallet, to do it properly once. I've ended up too often working on customer boats that inevitably a previous owner (sometimes current owner) thought they could save some money by doing this "Magic money saving trick" and they ended up creating a shitshow that ends up costing a lot more than if the job was done properly the first time.
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    Milling a centerboard from G10

    Is the current board at its 408 lb weight intended to contribute to the righting moment of the boat?
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    Milling a centerboard from G10

    If you're considering paying to have G10 milled, and you're using a hand layup as a comparison to that...why not have a board made with vacuum infusion. Use epoxy, use whatever you want as the core (certainly don't need to save weight, just want stiffness I'd imagine). Can't imagine that being ridiculously expensive. Or use pre-preg fiberglass cloth? Are there really that many boats sailing around with enough voids in their centerboard laminates that its a serious problem?