Foiling Optimist

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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    This talk of the douchiness of wakeboats reminded me of this video, which may legitimately be placed here as this vessel is indeed for sale or charter. The amazing thing to me here, however, is that douchiest thing is not that there are six guests and forty crew on a 136m yacht, nor the helicopters of that they colonize an island for dinner. No, the douchiest thing is the jet skis. How can jet skis, and similarly wake boats, be that awful they can outshine a 136m gin palace for pure mortification? It's amazing.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I remember when I discovered at the boat show that wake boats have ballast tanks at the transom that you fill with water to increase the wake size and decrease your hydrodynamic efficiency. A show highlight a few years ago was taking my then 11 year old son and his non-nautical friend to the show and the friend did the Titanic Top-of-the-world thing at the bow of every large dumb powerboat we went on. It was kind of a genius troll in fact.
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    Another Interesting Home Built Steel Boat

    I completely agree with you Sloop. As the psychiatrist said in that episode of Fawlty Towers, "There's enough material there for an entire conference."
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    There must be a point at which bikinis are a red herring and compelling content, such as spearfishing for red larger-than-herring in the Bahamas actually gains most of the views. After all, David Johns of Cruising the Cut gets multi-hundreds of thousands of views for his narrowboat videos with tea and cheese sandwiches. Here are his top videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6SNxiLzSlh8e0yjndE9o_A/videos?view=0&sort=p&flow=grid and you can see over 850,000 people watched his video about a fueling boat and butty and no bikinis were involved. I'm sure Dylan is right that thumbnails get significant initial momentum but there must be other factors like people seeing the video and watching it through and/or liking it. Which means the videos have to be good in the sense they connect with a potential audience better than other videos in that subject area. I would also like to complain about people complaining about the sailing in LaVagabond. They are getting better and better at sailing, including sailing with serious people like Nikki Henderson, a pro sailor who by the way, has said Elena is the most amazing woman she pretty much ever met. And they just did a video of Riley sailing Sydney to Hobart. And really sailing is just part of it and it's equally a channel about spear fishing and babies, which is just fine if you like that sort of thing. I would suggest that all the complainers go and watch a whole bunch of canal boat videos and try to reflect on why Cruising the Cut gets over 100,000 views every video, going through locks and drinking tea.
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    IOR is dead for a reason

    But it's so worth watching that video clip every one in a while. I just got my wife to come over and see it, especially for "the boat.....is turning into a banana".
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    Anarchists, and lucky drunks and fisherman

    You have to give these guys the benefit of the doubt until we know whether they are intelligent fast learners with good judgement, or the sort of perennially incompetent enthusiasts who apparently used to ask my 12ft National racing mother to go out in their catamarans at Whitstable in the 1950's and who she's still pleased she didn't marry.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Racing sailors should adapt well to social distancing as we have all these rules and formalism about not getting to close to each other. As with the Racing Rules, we now need to establish who has "rights" in the grocery store aisles, for example.
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    A big project!

    Jules are those dies standard? McMaster-Carr has Rigid threading dies but seemingly only for NPT threads, not straight threads. I wonder where you would get replacements.
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    A big project!

    This thing where he sent the broken tool part to vintage machinery guru Keith Rucker who made a couple of videos of repairing it and sent it back, is just so great. You can find the link in the description for the video above. If he sends any parts to Abom79, Adam Booth, my sailing and machine worlds of youtube and internet fora will have completely merged.
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    Another Interesting Home Built Steel Boat

    Perhaps he means, "found it in the jungle" which is the old name for hobo encampments. I heartily recommend Jack Black's 1926 quasi autobiography You Can't Win for further reading on this topic.
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    Another Interesting Home Built Steel Boat

    I must say there certainly seems to be a great deal of random stuff in this forest of his. What was with the smashed solar panel this time? The project is certainly making surprisingly fast progress towards its denouement. By the standards of these things, I suppose. Though using the word "standards" in this context is making me queasy.
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    Ultime / G-Class Development

    It's telling that that's the official reason, and it's a good one. Sailing these boats is no joke, even for the mighty Francois Gabart.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I've become quite keen on mentally calculating the Likes/Dislikes ratio on videos. Most objectively good, hit song videos with many millions of views tend to end up around 5-10% dislikes/likes, as do many million+ view specialty videos which the algorithm must put out to a lot of non specialists. Doug DeMuro, the most influential car influencer in the world, is an example of the latter. There must just be a good number of misanthrope YouTube addicts who just drift around disliking everything. On the other hand, the best specialty videos can get to the low hundred thousand views with 1-2% dislikes which I very non-scientifically consider to be a gold standard. If you want to see the best manual machining on the interwebz, check out Abom79, but even his hydraulic cylinder two-parter that went really viral with 2.7 million views got 7% dislikes so it happens to the best. Anyway, that brings me to La Vagabonde who, based on this metric, are doing amazingly well. Ep 11 to pick a random example has 831K views and 1.5% dislikes, which is typical for them. Which brings us to the Greta videos, where the first one is at 900K views and 19% dislikes. I seriously see the effect of Russian bots here, trolling for anything Greta related. On another note, holy absolute crap the La Vag crew are good at this. They are getting to be better and better sailors in addition to making boat life with a baby somewhat interesting, which is an amazing feat in itself. I love that YouTube has led to the emergence of amazing people like the La Vag gang and Abom79. It's just awesome and my family's TV has not been turned on since sometime last spring.
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    Larry's AC50 Circus

    To misappropriate the vernacular of my teenager, that video is a work of remarkable cringeyness. I do wish them the best though. I'm sure I'm not the only one who wants there to be an entertaining series of close and fast sailboat racing in culturally interesting and wind-appropriate locations, more modern than 18 foot skiffs but also financially sustainable and which occurs more often than the AC. I still think the M32 series that Mr Clean commented for in Scandinavia was awesome and with the right venues and more crew experience SailGP could be even better. But how to get there????
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    we call bullshit

    5X-MOANA DESTROYS SAILGP using only SCREENSHOTS!!! This does support the hypothesis however, that you can have a lot of viewers on a channel involving a multihull. And a baby. Although Riley and Elanya's baby is perhaps cuter than Larry and Russel's baby. Seriously though, Formula1 used these billion people numbers and I thought it meant that was the combined total population of the countries where the broadcast was available. Which is not a terrible number to use if you want to talk about potential market share. Tech startups always talk about the size of markets where it's in principle better to compete in a billion dollar market than a hundred million dollar market. That's obviously a simplification but it's one people understand. In the era of YouTube this seems a bit pointless though, since now, 7 billion people can watch SailGP.