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In Topic: Fire your crew.

24 November 2015 - 06:13 PM


I've often seen the waivers that some people sign for skiing and sailing that clearly state that the sport/activity has some inherent risks and that you agree to accept them.

I used to race on a edge-of-the-environment boat (M1) owned by a lawyer. Even as "regular crew", every one of us had to sign a copy of the "death waiver", every time we set foot on the boat. "Yes, I acknowledge that racing on M1 exposes me to the risk of injury or death."

Kinda silly at the time, but these days? Probably pretty smart.



but you can't waive the right of your health insurance company to recover damages from the owner or his insurance company if you get injured on the boat.


if you are a crew, the only way to make sure that your insurance company doesn't try to recover from the boat owner is to not tell them that you were injured on his boat.

In Topic: Doom and unmitigated failure

24 November 2015 - 06:08 PM

and it's not just about age - my daughter, who's 20, greatly prefers the paper new york times to the digital version.


i read it online, and generally put the paper version right in the recycling.


the only time the paper version makes it in the house is when she's home from college

In Topic: Doom and unmitigated failure

24 November 2015 - 05:33 PM

Maybe, but surely a club is there to serve their members as they are, not as one would think they ought to be.


If members want a newsletter that tey can hold in their hands, they should have it.

In Topic: Sat Comm Queston

21 November 2015 - 05:04 PM

FB 150 is awesome!

But iridium - either the Go or a handset- will work.

on a per MB basis, FB150 is cheaper at about $15/MB

So it depends how much weather you want to download - even with iridium I did at least several hundred Kb per day while racing

Now I mostly use FBB and am downloading at least 1mb per day but it costs less than what my iridium downloads cost even at the low per min rates of the big pre paid SIM cards

for what it's worth, I do not believe it is a good practice to download only gribs when at sea - you should look at surface analyses and surface forecasts once a day at least. Saildocs has an easy way to get compressed images but it still adds up to a lot of minutes

In Topic: cruising the med - august '16

21 November 2015 - 04:45 PM

Or September

The Med can be a bit chilly for swimming in June, especially early June