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In Topic: Load cell

06 September 2014 - 12:02 PM

With a frac rig loading backstay will only bend the mast (assuming it's flexible), you need  runners to hold the mast in column and transfer the load to the headstay.  Runners/checks are a PIA, but critical for good point in frac boats and for main shape in mastheads. Load cells or a pressure meter if you have hydraulic backstay will allow you to duplicate settings.  Without them you'll just have to get a feel for when the boat is happy.  

In Topic: DQOTD: Maintaining Baltoplate vs VC17?

06 September 2014 - 11:53 AM

We're in Hampton, Va. where it's relatively salty and has heavy slime growth.  We scrub every week (white 3M pad) through the warmest part of summer, then maybe every other week and before regattas.  We paint every other year and could probably go 3 yrs.  Like Bruce we sand to 1000.  Balto and Offshore are the only paints we've found that are hard enough to truly polish and that stay that way. I would think you could do 3-5 yr. in fresh water.    

In Topic: Screwpile 2014

22 July 2014 - 12:42 PM

I loved the distance race. 


Why would boats go inside of a boat which is already aground? Throw away a day of racing and make a bonehead move like that, a quarter mile from the finish. Mad Cat ran aground at the last day mark two boat lengths in front of us. We had to dive hard to not drive up their ass. It would have been wise for the SI's to include something about the shoal which extended beyond the day mark. 

Yea, I was in the back of the boat, guiding my driver through the pack. We were doing 6.5 - 7kn chasing the Kitty through a bunch of small boats so things went bad pretty quick. Bad on us for not looking closer at the charts.  Ass -u-me  that for assuming the RC wouldn't take us where there was no water. Had we finished and held on to 4th or 5th where we were when we hit instead of DNF -11pts -  we were in the hunt for first overall.   Seems I got some of that mud we hit on my face!  Leroi/Voodoo2  

In Topic: Annapolis MD / VA Sailing Help Needed

10 June 2014 - 11:41 AM

Pick a club convenient to you, check out schedule on website, show up race day (or evening), walk the docks.  There's always a boat needing crew.