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  1. if only one of your advertisers made them. Oh wait.... check your inbox.
  2. Time to bump this back up to the top. There is a petition online to be presented to Parliament - if you are a Canadian Citizen, please consider signing. https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2670 The original petition, at Change.org, is nearing 40,000 signatures, but doesn't carry weight with the government. Copying below a recent Letter to the Editor of the local paper, that does a good job of debunking the "greenwashing" that Trans Canada Energy has been doing to cast the project in a positive light: Published: Friday, 19 June 2020 07:54 Writ
  3. Hey there - currently we're quoting lead times in the 5 to 6 week range on new rudder builds. Shoot an email to sales@cci.one and we'll get a quote to you for your Martin. Let us know if you'd be wanting a rebuild around the current shaft, or a new one manufactured. Cheers Phil.
  4. well, it was time for a sailing pic. And yes, that's the area that will be affected. And yes, I should have been hiking...
  5. I don't disagree with any of your observations/comments. The organization of the opposition to the plant seems pretty loose at the moment. One person went ahead and independantly started the petition, another few have held town hall meetings, and then there's the SaveGeorgianBay Facebook Group that somehow tries to pull it together. The group needs to get better organized, raise some funds, pull in someone with better media/marketting savvy, etc. The biggest stakeholders are the cottagers that are within a km or two of the plant (not easy to raise public sympathy for them), plus the
  6. Lots of good informed discussion. Great. And I get it - why should I be advocating for this one little corner of Georgian Bay to be spared, when the pumped storage plant is for the greater good. Well, for one, I LIKE that little corner of GB and the proposed plant will be a substantial and permanent blight on the shoreline, for the purpose of an aging technology. Power storage is a rapidly evolving field, and by the time this plant comes online in 10 years, the need for it could be past. Something better will have come along (hydrogen?) AND power use / load sharing profiles will ha
  7. Not at all. They are just now in the consultation phase. No permits yet. Environmental surveys not yet done. The Dept of National Defense, who's land the plant will be on, has a link here: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/campaigns/consultations-4th-division-hydroelectric-pumped-storage-meaford.html
  8. I'm a believer in small nuclear, but that's a wee bit off topic. As for closed loop pumped stored power, there's a decent sized one going in at Marmora (near Peterborough). No idea how much opposition, if any, they faced. To me, using an old quarry for this is far better than ripping up a really nice stretch of Georgian Bay shoreline, installing large breakwalls, and mucking up the water. In an area where there is no convenient connection to the existing grid, so it also comes with the need for a large hydro corridor - likely through Blue Mountain (Collingwood) area to Barrie. Si
  9. This is simply about making money for Trans Canada Energy (formerly Trans Canada Pipelines) with the proposed pumped storage facility. Not adding any net new energy to the grid. There are pumped storage facilities that make sense with much less environmental cost, such as the closed loop systems where they use a worked out quarry as the lower holding pond, and pump it up to a pond above. Using the bay in an open loop system is pretty ugly in terms of potential harm.
  10. I'm not much of a NIMBY, and certainly not an activist, but want to take a moment to raise awareness of something that seems like a Really Bad Idea. In a nutshell, a large corporation has planned a pumped storage installation on an untouched stretch of Georgian Bay near the Bruce Peninsula. Federal land owned by Department of National Defense and used for land forces training, the shoreline is quite spectacular. Once its destroyed, its gone forever. Pumped Storage dates back to the 1930s, and is basically pumping water uphill to a storage pond, then releasing it to run back downhil
  11. Sailing with my kid. Fireball Worlds this past August.
  12. We did a set of carbon boards for a Florida boat 2 or 3 years ago. Probably still have the tooling kicking around somewhere... Phil
  13. Just delivered our first set of i550 spars. Back story is that a few years ago we thought we'd build a boat. Same old story... when we had time, we didn't have money. And vice versa. But we'd commissioned the mast design from Eric Sponberg. We had a real customer step up this fall and commission a complete set of spars from us. He just took delivery today. We're pretty darn proud of what we built for him. Click the linky to see more, full sized, photos. http://www.fastcomposites.ca/site/marine/foils-a-z/i550/ Cheers Phil
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