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In Topic: Ior boat a sym or sym spinn

Today, 05:05 PM

I think we are going to need more information to be able to answer your question - For instance, what kind of sailing do you do?  Racing? Distance/Ocean or buoys?  Are you going to add a sprit, use a "penalty pole", tack to the bow, or?  


Can you a borrow an old J/105 kite to test it out?  

In Topic: College scouting Trip end of oct.. PNW

Yesterday, 04:23 AM

I don't think University of Oregon offers an engineering major, Oregon State's is generally considering pretty good. The first year is a weeding out year there, huge classes with large percentages of major switches.... For in state tuition, OSU is a great choice. Not that this should be a big factor, but If he's into sailing OSU facilities aren't much. UW and Western Washington both have incredible sailing facilities, I always loved traveling there from our (OSU) gravel pit in the middle of a field.

Corvallis felt a little small when I was a student in the late 80s, but it's changed. It's probably still a very white collar town with little diversity though.

In Topic: Random PicThread

15 August 2014 - 11:27 PM

That cyclist is Major Taylor, who was a cycling superstar in his day.  I didn't know about the drive shaft bike though, kind of cool:


From: http://www.oldbike.e...ess/?page_id=96


n 1898, Waltham sponsored American champion Major Taylor (below) who won many races on the company’s Orient Chainless, manufactured by the Sager Gear Co. Taylor’s main opponent, McDuffie, rode a Columbia Chainless. Both set world records on these bikes, which helped boost the sales of Chainless bicycles.

In Topic: Trailerable boat AND a great boat for racing to Hawaii?

15 August 2014 - 12:08 AM

Thanks Bob - I meant to call that out, it does specifically say: The requirements of 3.28.3 apply, which is why I said I don't think the Toqeedo qualifies.  

In Topic: Trailerable boat AND a great boat for racing to Hawaii?

14 August 2014 - 09:56 PM

R - I mostly like the way you think (though I like my kids  :) ).  I don't see how the Torqeedo meets the ISAF rules below though, 3.4mph isn't fast enough and you need to be able to go for 8 hours.  This is from 2013 ISAF (what we had to follow this year - even though it is 2014...).  The 2014/15 regs are very much the same except they allow the race to modify the 8 hour minimum.  


Engines, Generators, Fuel
Propulsion Engines [**]
Engines and associated systems shall be installed in accordance with their manufacturers? guidelines and shall be of a type, strength, capacity, and installation suitable for the size and intended use of the yacht. [**]
An inboard propulsion engine when fitted shall: be provided with a permanently installed exhaust, coolant, and fuel supply systems and fuel tank(s); be securely covered; and have adequate protection from the effects of heavy weather.[**]
A propulsion engine required by Special Regulations shall provide a minimum speed in knots of (1.8 x square root of LWL in metres) or (square root of LWL in feet) [MoMu0,1,2,3]
An inboard propulsion engine shall be provided for yachts [Mo0,1,2Mu0]
A separate generator for electricity is optional. However, when a separate generator is carried it shall be permanently installed, securely covered, and shall have permanently installed exhaust, cooling and fuel supply systems and fuel tank(s), and have adequate protection from the effects of heavy weather. [**]
Fuel Systems
Each fuel tank provided with a shutoff valve. Except for permanently installed linings or liners, a flexible tank is not permitted as a fuel tank. [MoMu0,1,2,3]
The propulsion engine shall have a minimum amount of fuel which may be specified in the Notice of Race but if not, shall be sufficient to be able to meet charging requirements for the duration of the race and to motor at the above minimum speed for at least 8 hours [MoMu0,1,2,3]