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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

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  1. Is anyone still using them? It seems the trend is for folks to just take them off, as it makes pole launching easier and they don't do much anyways. Thoughts?
  2. 5o5 mast ram: how much purchase do you have? Thanks, trying to fix some rigging.
  3. I'm wondering if anyone has tried lead rings or Ronstan Shock blocks in 5o5 vangs (often 24:1) or other similar high load cascades. http://www.apsltd.com/lead-ring-8mm.html http://www.ronstan.com.au/marine5/shocks.asp Obviously there's a cost in terms of friction, but the simplicity, durability, and low cost is tempting. Any other thoughts are welcomed.
  4. That is an extremely old Blue Jay, and the listed sail number is likely incorrect, unless it was not built by the major builder(s). My old one (#4868) was built in 1968, lacked air tanks, and also had a wooden boom. They've had airtanks at least since the 5K series. Also, who would use a winch on that? Still, they are far better boats for teaching sailing than Optis...
  5. re: halyard locks -- they're awesome, if you can be sure they work every time. The main goes up all the way, all the time. re: carbon booms -- I can't say that I think they're really faster. They're stiffer (so vang is slightly more responsive at higher loads since the aluminum will flex a bit) and easier to rig (i.e., more room to work and run purchases). My guess is that compared to an aluminum boom they're a bit lighter (maybe 2 lbs). I see them as a natural evolution of the class (though much less so than carbon masts, which I predict will be pushed again in the next five years or so). They're not a game changer, and so adoption has been much slower.
  6. I've been told that 500s are too stiff for a single. I haven't actually done the replacement.
  7. Northern Tool used to have 250-lb torsion axles, but now only has 500-lb-ers. You'll want to find a pair with a lower load capacity. http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200335740_200335740 http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200649002_200649002
  8. IN with the Physicist in 8883.
  9. I have a ST cover purchased in Dec2013. Other than getting 2 partial tears on the tiedown points (mainly from my own stupidity), I haven't had any fit issues. What problems are you seeing?
  10. The other major advantage of doing gate starts for 5o5s is that in smaller regattas (think 10-15 boats at regional events), the RC doesn't really need to do anything if there's no gate motorboat -- just drop a pin (it doesn't matter if the "line" is square, since the boat end isn't used) and run the countdown timer-horn system. The rabbit ducks the pin end (the rules even give them +/- 5 seconds usually) and heads upwind. Everyone ducks and goes. It's a beautiful system, really. Frankly, with non-pro / casual RC folks running races, it's much easier for everyone involved.