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  1. There are two types of boats that have daggerboards. Ones that are designed for shallow water. They are designed so that they can effectively be sailed with the board all of the way up. There are other boats like the sports boats, that have a daggerboard solely for the purpose of transport. It would be pretty sketchy sailing a Melges 24 without the keel down and fixed. We live on a river in AU. Very shallow water. All of the boats have centerboards or daggerboard. I've got a 26' trailer sailor that's similar to a J-27. It's got a fancy hollow stainless daggerboard with 500 kg of lead in
  2. I was over the line early in a 35 nautical mile race. I was in my Laser, the much larger boat to windward was blocking my view of a huge line. Another guy was way over and had to turn back. Long and the short, they gave a few of us a 10% penalty. It took me 5 hrs(300minutes). 30 minute penalty. I lost the overall trophy by 1 1/2 minutes, because I had 30 minutes into the next guy. 10% can make a big difference. Lesson learned don't worry about the start in a 5 hour race.
  3. The decks of Lasers are foam core. People mistake that gunnel bond where the deck & hull are joined are foam. It’s not. Glass bonded to glass with some thickened polyester resin. That goop cracks and falls out. They also bonded some 4” strips along the length of the hull. I don’t understand where you are going to add material without taking the entire deck off.
  4. Our club treats the entire line as a obstruction after the start, primarily because we run multiple starts for dinghy’s of all speeds. We typically do 2-3 laps, which could make it more confusing for guys on the boat. As to the penalty, if it’s in that particular days rules then you need to follow it. They and the rest of the competitors will now read them.
  5. Do you use highly chlorinated water when you wash your pool paint? Bleach burns are no fun...
  6. I14’s are in their own category in my mind. Complicated. Everything is adjustable on the fly. To the point that they have taken a 10 variable problem and increased it to 20 or more. At times it can become a mindfuck. Can we go faster if we pull this? Are we going slower because the angle of this is wrong or is it the tension? They are very cool boats to look at on land. People spend ridiculous amounts of time & money setting them up. I prefer to sail.
  7. He drinks his can of Red Bull and then does some of the most amazing waterman shite the world has seen. Jimmy Spithill should try drinking his Red Bull instead of holding it for the camera...
  8. In AU the progression is Open Skiff to 29er. My friend in Hawaii runs a program where they go Open skiff to 29er or Waszp Opti to 29er is barely possible. You are going from the slowest boat to one of the fastest. The kids almost drown for a season and either switch to Laser/420 or quit all together.
  9. It’s called an Open Skiff(Bic).
  10. We have set of 6 Far East training(school) Opti’s. They use the same racing hull. They come with what we call school foils, sails, and spars. We like them for what they are. The masts are wicked flexy so I depower them properly without messing with the sprit. They cost have the price of the full Far East race boats.
  11. The freeboard of an Opti gets really low when you get a little bit of water in them. Then they start taking on more water over the rear quarters They don’t drift down wind when capsized because they are prone to turtling if the helm let’s go the barn door rudder instantly slams against the transom causing a dangerous auto gybe then 360-720 eventually a head injury if the boat doesn’t capsize The kids are less prone to capsize because they are scared of capsizing. In fact they capsize at the same rate as any junior dinghy. The Bic kids push their boats to the edge increasing ski
  12. Bullshit. The Delrin bearings in our 32’ IOR have lasted 25 years. If you know how to make shit it lasts. If you don’t... The thing that wears out the bearings is the shaft was never machined correctly or go damaged. The bearings were too small in the first place(very common) The bearings were not installed correctly. The bearings were too loose to start with and then wore prematurely. I would use UHWMP as well at this point in time. Delrin is an excellent material that has now been replaced by better materials. It still has its place for many applications.
  13. Take her out in a double handed dinghy(420 or similar) plane the boat and capsize it again & again until it breaks her panicky habit or quits sailing all together. Most of us cherish every opportunity to go for a sail. Why bring someone that will consistently ruin it for you. Leave her on the dock.
  14. I have fond memories of J-Locks and IOR. What’s wrong with rerunning jib sheets and spinnaker poles? It took skill to fix those fuckers in a hurry.
  15. I doubt you could get it to work on a dinghy. The massive stability of a big boat can take the physics of the boom brake. Your dinghy/daysailer would capsize if you tried to stop it from gybing. Once it decides to auto gybe you need to deal with it by ducking. You need to learn how to gybe properly. Also where the wind is so you don’t auto gybe in the first place.
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