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  1. No, but they allow shaped skis which is almost the same thing. First time I went from my old long straight GS skis to a pair of shaped skis (sometime in my early 50s) I thought I was cheating 'cuz they turn so easily
  2. ...and ski hills used to not allow snow boarders... YRA and SSS have to follow the "desires or needs" of the membership. Soon enough, powered winches will be "normal" for single handed sailing....I don't necessarily agree, but there it is.
  3. True about cars as well. There's no questioning that the new Jag F-type will out perform an old E-type. But we all know which one is "more beautiful"
  4. I should in all honesty note that mid summer on the Chesapeake it typified by lighter wind, high humidity, and no-see ums. That time of year is when we are going to be in the Condo up on the top of the Blue Ridge, where its 10-15 degrees cooler, the humidity is less, and we have air conditioning. Will still drive to boat to do races, and may even overnight at the dock...but in reality, need a portable A/C unit on the boat to make that livable.
  5. 500k in liability is what my marina in Socal requires...seems like more than enough for 95% of any accident on a sailboat...but I'm kinda a dinosaur when it comes to accepting personal responsibility.
  6. The US Navy decked capitol ships (BBs, and CA's) with teak through the end of WWII. It had several advantages that kept it in use. It acted as an insulator, esp in the tropics, which was key for keeping ships "cool" (less hot) before air conditioning. It's oils actually help keep the main deck from rusting. It absorbed damage from HE shells better than plain steel decks. And it was a great non-skid surface. If you've ever fallen on a modern naval ship, with it's painted on non-skid treatment, you'll really appreciate teak decks!
  7. freewheelin, Sorry I didn't see this thread earlier...Lived off and on in Virginia Beach and Norfolk for 16 years, and have raced PHRF in the Southern Bay in all three spin classes on 4 of the various boats I've owned. HYC is an awesome club. I was never actually a member, but they are one of the friendliest, most welcoming yacht clubs I know. Lived in Annapolis itself for 3 years after I retired while my wife taught there, and kept my J/109 there even after we moved to Northern VA. Lived for 2 years in Solomons Island, MD (near NAS Pax River) and raced there on Foxtrot Corpen's First
  8. Why do you build a yacht called a Shogun in Sweden? It would make sense if it came from a yard in Japan...but Swedish Shoguns? Really?
  9. I do! But I like CCA era boats, and MORC 30 footers too, as well as some of the early IMS boats. I liked my 2003 J/109 looks.
  10. Looks like Yanmar still making the 1GM SD 25 combo...but maybe my google fu is FU https://www.yanmar.com/marine/product/engines/1gm10/
  11. Sorta...before we were able to engineer lighter weight rigs, and deep fin keels (or bulbed keels) rigs tended to be shorter to keep the COE of the sailplan lower. Multiple masts allowed sail area to be spread "horizontally" vice vertically. Then whn the CCA became the rating rule for racing in the US, mizzen staysail area was unrated. As the mizzen itself was pretty small (thus a small "penalty"), and the staysail area free, it was a rig that took advantage of the rule. Nothing wrong with being conservative off shore, especially in the early days (pre long range aviation rescue) when y
  12. I remember it a little differently. Certainly upwind, we didn't use the mizzen at all. Downwind, even on shorter legs, it was easy to pull the mizzen up, then douse it again when rounding to go back up wind. Once off the wind, especially on a distance race, or ocean race, we'd not only use the mizzen, but also the mizzen staysail as well as a Staysail forward. If deep enough off the wind, we'd fly the mizzen spinnaker (yep, we had them!). There was nothing like trucking downwind on a broad reach with 5 sails up! Couldn't find a pic of a Navy Yawl with all sails flying, but here are a
  13. That’s a good point/idea. Most hull to deck joints are done with plexus and no mechanical fasteners at all these days...
  14. Sure seems like this is a 5200 job to me...
  15. It depends on whether you are into sailing as a "luxury lifestyle" in which the answer is absolutely, or an "outdoor adventure sport" (like backpacking or camping in a tent) in which the answer is absolutely not...
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