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  1. Never bothered, actually. But I do know how to build my own boat, and sail it around the world. That's a pretty decent start on "knowing something" when it comes to sailing.
    6 points
  2. Because listening to or god forbid, reading the work of an educated person is a better investment of time, let alone a better method of learning about our country than having some paid bullshit artist work us into a Yosemite Sam frenzy of anger by stoking ignorance. There is nothing wrong with learning. There is nothing wrong with being intelligent. Our country is in the shitty spot that we find ourselves in because of the celebration of ignorance, not because of intelligence.
    6 points
  3. Like virtually every sailing-related book, you have to put it in the context of its time. Not many of them hold up if you view them as textbooks of absolutes. You have a lot of classic sailing reading in that book case. I see at least one book there that I wrote a lot of.
    5 points
  4. I haven't read it, but I love the review. There's another good review on Aamazon: "This book has no real value. It is over 30 years old and has not been updated. If you are looking for Information to help with a blue water purchase, this book will not help with the modern designs." I think that in nearly any field of human activity, you will find that after a few decades the game has moved on, leaving the old works less relevant. In some cases, the change isn't huge: e.g. goat-rearing hasn't moved on a lot since the 1970s. In some fields, the change is humungous: horticulture in Irelan
    5 points
  5. That in no way diminishes the validity of their choices. They are buying the boat for themselves, not for you or me. I happen to prefer a deep fin, spade rudder, tall carbon rig, paradoxically on a wooden boat with a 1930's interior aesthetic, but I appreciate the different boats out there as other people's ideas of the pursuit of happiness. If an Island Packet is what makes you happy, that's what you should sail. If a Pogo makes you happy, that's what you should sail. Classic, catamaran, meter boat, catboat, whatever. The goal is happiness, and whatever gets you there.
    4 points
  6. The term 'hove to' means quite different things to different nationalities. After the queens birthday storm a report was initially released suggesting being hove-to was the most used successful strategy . . and then they discovered that many of the kiwi sailors were not using the term in the way US sailors do - they were also referring to 'lying ahull' and to 'forereaching' also as hove -to. We and Webb will look at the future weather and sometimes 'park' our boats to let something pass below or above us - we will be sitting in nice weather 'hove-to' while the bad weather goes by elsewhe
    4 points
  7. I own a copy of DAUCOOY and have read it a couple times. It has some very good information tucked in here and there. Mostly it is a protracted whinge by owners of CCA yachts that the (comparatively plebian) IOR scene has ruined their clubby gentleman-racer eminence and rendered their pampered yawls obsolete except as cruising boats. They point with the stem of a briarwood pipe to the pinched ends, the broad beams, the large headsails driven by the IOR rating rules and say: Tsk, tsk. While ignoring the absurd overhangs, slack bilges, and stupid little mizzens on their own boats, equally rule-dr
    4 points
  8. ??? Don't know about a Pogo, but most cruising boats can be made to heave to effectively. Even mine. It is, I'll admit, a lost art. I have the book and have read it long ago. The one theme that is still true (also the theme of Marchaj's book on the same subject): racing rules still have an outsized and inappropriate influence on cruising boat design.
    4 points
  9. Well, to be fair, Mueller also punked out majorly. More than a few of his staff were outraged. Like this one . . https://www.npr.org/2020/09/29/918129496/a-lead-prosecutor-on-muellers-team-weighs-in-on-where-the-investigation-fell-sho Mueller did not have authority to go after the President. He was racing a hobbled horse right out of the gate. IMHO Congress should have followed up more, they should also have slammed the door immediately on Trump's staff refusing to testify. Once you shrug off people holding you in contempt, the ability to pursue results
    4 points
  10. Re boom height.... Sit at frd end of cockpit.... does boom clear your head by 6 inches? Yes? Then there is room for your dodger.. Stand in cockpit... does boom clear your head by 2 inches?If 'yes' then an uncontrolled gybe won't take your head off.. The higher of these two determines the leech. Biminis are for living in the tropics.... broad brimmed hats and long sleved shirts are for sailing in the tropics. My tropical shade cost $5 , the sun spends more time rising and setting than overhead.
    4 points
  11. I think the most important thing to remember that whatever the issue, the answer is always morgunz. Too many shootings? Why, the problem there is the good guys need morgunz. Too few shootings? Proof that we need morgunz. Just the right amount of shootings? Morgunz is working!!
    3 points
  12. I have the book, bought a sistership to her covergirl. Being able to heave-to can be an important skill for resting the crew. There are times when comfort and ride motion become important considerations. Sail offshore enough and you will experience those times. Most people who sail around with their wife, like me, want something that is safe, solid, comfortable, sails well, has no bad habits, and can carrry water, fuel, food, etc. for several weeks cruising. If you will not be offshore, seaberths diminish in importance, but I take my mom and pop cruiser offshore to Bermuda and back
    3 points
  13. I have heaved to (how awkward is that phrase?) on every boat I have owned, from a 16' Wayfarer to the current C&C 35. They will all do it, but sometimes you have to fiddle a bit...
    3 points
  14. The sailors from the 18th and 19th century called. Those sailors sailed a million times more sea miles than these self-appointed pundits. They think the book is a dangerous attempt to legitimize foolish yacht designs. Those authors did make some worthwhile contributions, for the time, but would be much wiser to quietly step aside and be quiet (STFU) rather than attempt the indefensible dance from progressive to regressive.
    3 points
  15. No there isn't. American English is what is used in America to discuss American laws and practices. USA standard English is no more or less valid than Australian or UK versions. We don't revert to UK dialect when making laws and regulations. If you try and ban fags in school in the USA, you'll not get the support of the Surgeon General, but you will get a lot of criticism from the ACLU and Gay-Straight Student Alliance Go to a store in the USA to buy paraffin you'll get wax to make candles, not kerosene. If you try and campaign to ban automatic weapons in the USA, people will think you a
    3 points
  16. The soul of America (The USA) was extinguished by the assassinations of JFK, Medgar Evers, RFK, MLKjr., Malcom X, and many others. The real nail in the coffin was Nixon, then Reagan, then the Bush Clan, and Trump. You can be a candle in the darkest night, but when certain people keep on pissing on your wick, it's hard to keep it lit.
    3 points
  17. facebook is a like a 9mm to an unfortunate number of automatons, as are the repetitive lies on the FOX "appears like news" show. Add the rug head's tweet lies and the poor "cant create their own opinion without help" mass of mercans dont stand a chance in avoiding their intellectual murder by assholes also, anyone who knows anything about russian history of the last 50 years has no trouble believing FSB is fucking with every western society it can, it makes putins dick hard, its how the old guard roll in soviet russia and make no mistake thats what putin misses most of all
    3 points
  18. I was lucky, IMO. Could easily have broken my neck. I got enough function back to pass my seagoing medical after 6+ months of physiotherapy. At first I couldn't even touch my nose let alone get a glass of wine to my mouth. And let's not discuss learning to wipe your arse with the 'wrong' hand. I did manage to finish building the house then build a 16m x 13m shed 4.5m high, basically single-handed, then the 12m steel schooner. Stuff takes longer but you can still get it done. I've just finished framing up a 7.5 x 4.2m boat shed. My GF & I have been together for over 20 years now. We sa
    3 points
  19. Ever get caught in a 20 y/o Pakistani woman's 2nd floor bedroom (in her parent's house), naked, and inflagrante, by her very irate father, with all of your clothes in various parts of the basement where you'd been playing "Strip ping pong" an hour before..... At 2 in the afternoon.....? Thankfully, I'd left the keys in the ignition in the Honda CRX Si, and it could scoot like a scalded dawg. I do wonder what kind of punishment she received. Nice girl..... I was never brave enough to go back to see her again. That father had one hell of a temper. The asshole brother is who I b
    2 points
  20. Um, that's 2 grams of tritium in 1.25 million tons of water. Do the math. It's less "contamination" than is permitted in domestic water supplies. Calling bullshit on the Japanese because they're engaged in a coverup for expedience is also bullshit. Many international nuclear regulatory agencies are closely monitoring Japan's plan to discharge the water into the ocean and agree it's going to be harmless. I assure you Japan is being completely honest and transparent. Note that removing other more serious radionuclides from the effluent is going to cost Japan many billions and may take
    2 points
  21. When you get done with Frankenstiening your f'ng abortion-of-wetf-fake-Mexican food dish you're trying to recreate.....move your sights up a little higher and start working on your empanada skills. I'm pretty sure they're originally an Argentina thing....but I've had a bunch of different types down here in Mexico in the last 45 years that would give you multiple tongue-gasms. Wanna know what was in the first one I ever had in 1975? Fuk. Ing. Lobster. Seriously. Lobster, in the most delicious fried pastry shell ever. Replete with cheese, corn, cilantro, garlic & sauted onions. And if I reca
    2 points
  22. Kris left the ports in on the sides of the cabin trunk and just packed the runner cleat to suit.
    2 points
  23. the Lithuanian VO65 Ambersail is also confirmed
    2 points
  24. That would depend on who you ask, on any particular day. I once thought I knew a lot more than I probably do. Ironically, thinking you know a lot can get you started in the direction to understand how much more there is to learn. I take some things as truths, others as guidelines, some as absolute BS. The trick is differentiating between them. Experience can help in that regard, provided you survive and learn from your mistakes. "Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now."
    2 points
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  27. We did have one MP this week get caught naked at the beginning on a Zoom committee meeting. Apparently he just got out of the shower after returning from running and was preparing to dress before the meeting without realizing he was automatically connected. He apologized, being Canadian, and Confederation survived for another day.
    2 points
  28. I have that book and read it years ago. Just another interesting boating book to read with some good if dated information. It has been a very long time since I read it. I doubt I would want to revisit it as yacht design has progressed since (unless I was looking for historical perspective.)
    2 points
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    2 points
  30. Carry on, but I doubt anybody reading this thread cares that you find blond jokes offensive.
    2 points
  31. Shifts in the market mean that the cabin accounts for a higher proportion of the cost of a production boat than was the case 50 years ago, not least because wider beam carried well aft means that there is a lot more cabin. It's easy to list the failings of contemporary cabin design: wide open spaces to fall across, few handholds, fewer hip holds, horribly sharp edges to furniture, and damn all sea berths. But I doubt that the old guys are much help, because they designed cabins for a purpose which has largely passed: a gang of men on a passage race. A modern performance 40-footer w
    2 points
  32. Look at the color of that mahogany dust! You don't see that quality of wood anymore. I might have saved that to use as filler for the epoxy, since you aren't really using it for its structural properties. I have a few smaller pieces of mahogany like that, as well as some larger gorgeous teak planks, which I've been saving for 30 years, "just in case." It's a fine line between OCD and compulsive hoarding.
    2 points
  33. As a reminder, a lot of people on this forum either own 40-year-old designs, or are looking to buy them. Not everyone can afford the latest and greatest design. In that regard, a lot of the info in the book is relevant. The Swan 44 and Bermuda 40 (and others from that era) that inspired a multi-page spirited discussion here recently? Both of those designs were decades old when this book was published. It may seem quaint to say it, but while the equipment may change, the ocean doesn't change, nor do the elements of seamanship. I had the great good fortune to know and sail with ma
    2 points
  34. I've read it, although it's probably been a decade since I picked it up. The book was published in 1987 and spends a lot of time making specific recommendations about boat design and outfitting. It's by definition dated. Some of it is hopelessly dated. No one should be following Rod Stephen's recommendations for halyard materials or Thomas Young's suggestions for navigational equipment from the mid 80s. The technology has just changed too much. The sections are still worth reading, for people interested in the topics. You can still learn a lot from their general approach and ph
    2 points
  35. It is a great book with some great insights. The backdrop is the aftermath of the Fastnet, if I recall correctly, and the transition from CCA to IOR and further. Many, if not most of the insights in that book are totally relevant today. The one outlier I always remember from that book is the tank tests they did for capsize. Counterintuitively, a heavier mast on a mid displacement keel boat had an initial inertial force that made for a better righting moment (or should I say resistance to capsize moment) than a lighter aloft boat. You wouldn't think so, but heavier rig provided more
    2 points
  36. Interesting stuff for me: Dylan gives a pretty good endorsement of how one design they are. Knowing him in one design classes before he'd always be the first to find difference and complain. He's pretty open about the wing difference too, which are now all one design for season 2. After all the build up of how much faster the F50 would be I think many were a little underwhelmed how difficult 50 knots still seemed. The 'racking' of the AC50 goes most of the way the explain this, coupled with software limits of wing twist in season 1. I'm still getting my head around the crew w
    2 points
  37. I wasn't there when this dramatic black and white film was shot at the Newport Harbor Entrance...Quite the weather event. The wishbone ketch coming in under sail, STELLA MARIS, was later owned by Dennis Conner's grandparents... Why all the boats attempting to enter port in such dangerous conditions? It was Sunday afternoon and they were mostly all returning from Catalina, 28 miles to the west. Gotta get the kids back for the start of school on Monday morning. Did I mention the biggest boat in Newport Harbor,the 138 foot M/V PARAGON, was sunk in the Harbor Entrance that evening? Doggies. h
    2 points
  38. I had a German girlfriend once. Very organized and methodical. She would rate my sexual performance on a scale of 1 to 10. On the last night I was there, I thought we should try anal sex. She kept shouting "Nein, nein, nein!" Best score I ever got.
    2 points
  39. The best thing about dog parks? Are the insanely high number of hot divorcee with low self-esteem...and bored housewives who are.....terminally.....bored.....
    2 points
  40. Automatic weapons = military arms like .50 cal machine guns and M-16s. Almost never used in crime in the USA since the 1920s. If you want to make a sensible argument, don't use the wrong words that mean the wrong things or you get wrong results. If civilian ownership of automatic weapons was totally banned in the USA, the number of homicides in the USA would not change one bit.
    2 points
  41. The gun nutz all of a sudden became interested in things called FACTS. Just trying to help.
    2 points
  42. This thread is a classic example of if one guy says you look like a horse, ignore it, if another guy says you look like a horse also ignore it, but if a third guy also says you look like a horse then probably its time to buy a saddle. Now if you haven't got a lawnmower, it might be time to buy one and place it under that sail
    2 points
  43. The McCurdy & Rhodes designed SW-42 and SW-51 sail extremely well, especially the deep keel versions, and more especially the few competition versions. My SW-42 sailed like a dream. They are very different from the Tripp designs. The interiors are lovely, the cockpits are very friendly to women. Upwind in snot my wife would just tuck herself under the dodger to leeward and smile at the fact that she had married this idiot who actually enjoyed this. They have better natural lighting than most Swans I've been on. Importantly, my wife loved ours. At the end of one season, on the last la
    2 points
  44. Boomer is one hell of a guy!
    2 points
  45. If you're in the main screen of the VR Offshore user interface, clicking on the calendar in the bottom-left corner to see it... The time shown there should be in your local timezone. For me, it's showing as 8 AM Central US Time on May 1. There have been a lot of theories about this over the years. In the past, some people believe it mattered to be hitting it at high speed or at an angle as close as directly toward the center as possible. It's possible that may have been true at some time in the past, but I'm pretty sure it's irrelevant now (if it was ever relevant at all). As far
    2 points
  46. I work at a state agency that got a lot of calls on this when it came out. Seems like the interest died down quite a bit since then. One significant issue with this mess is that it is outside "state waters". State jurisdiction for things like environmental protection has a hard stop at three miles; outside that coastal zone it's all FedCo's responsibility. And when this story came out last October, that particular administration's folks didn't have much interest. I run across that three mile limit all the time and it's frustrating because 3 miles is nothing in terms of pollutan
    2 points
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