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Raked aft \\

Member Since 11 Nov 2005
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In Topic: Twist off the top or traveller down?

Today, 01:46 AM

I  would say your not reaching full backstay.


  you should be seeing overbend wrinkles starting from the clew toward the mast, and the main start to invert.

 your main in that shot is not close to either of those.


  Are you out of throw on the backstay? or just can't pull it any harder.


  i think you need to figure out a way to get a couple more clicks...

In Topic: Laser traveler

03 February 2016 - 02:29 AM

thanks Benja,


  i'm sure what i'm proposing is illegal just based on the closed rules aspect of the class.

just trying to understand the dynamics of the sail.


  the event i'm somewhat prepping for is the US Natl's at my home club in Mentor OH., on Lk Erie in early July.

i know based on growing up there the odds are that there will be some light days... 

In Topic: Laser traveler

02 February 2016 - 10:02 PM



  what does "boom has to be sheeted above the outboard side of the traveler" mean?

In Topic: Laser traveler

02 February 2016 - 07:52 PM

That was my original point.


  Twist IS good in light/ med pressure.  With the trav to mainsheet intersect at center and very light/ no vang on,  the top half of the main would certainly have a more open/ twisted profile.


  I would say that in the standard config, where the trav block is all the way down, the sail is undertrimmed at the bottom and stalled up top.

In Topic: Chapter 11 for Gunboat

31 January 2016 - 09:21 PM

If boatbuilding is a topic, how about explaining the proper way to handle customer deposits/orders? People who know more than I do about it in this thread have talked about separating customer deposits, or only paying for parts and labor for specific boats with specific money. But, is that how it's generally done at Gozzard and Morris, small yards around for decades? If so, when it is ok to pay for other business expenses like taxes or toilet paper with customer money? Only using cusomer money for parts and labor on their own boat seems like a good way to not be able to pay your bills. And, when can you actually take a profit and put some customer money in your pocket? How is this all done at small yards that have existed for decades and aren't mismanaged and out of business? Is GB unique in robbing peter to pay paul or did they just run out of orders?


   I would say to one extent or another, all businesses operate under a principal of Peter paying Paul.  In a way it is a form of buyer/vendor financing.


  An accountant would have a better idea looking at the financials, but it is common practice to pay current liabilities out of income derived from non related activities, which in the boatbuilding world would include deposits and progress payments.


   There are certain industries that operate under rules of "in trust" financing,  like title agents or insurance agents,  where funds under their control are clearly not the funds of the agency and have to be held in a separate escrow type acct.   But in general business practice for a manufacturer that is not the case.


   If I were to commission a new boat build, i would try to get a performance bond in place, even if I had to pay the premium.  The only question is whether a typical boat builder could qualify for a bond with a standard surety co.  I would doubt it...