MiddayGun

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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    That's very rarely how it works. Most people pay themselves a minimum salary and take the rest through a dividend pay out. Only when employment falls under IR35 legislation would people take all the profit as a salary as its less tax efficient, so after you take off the salary, any expenses you can claim and other operating costs then that is the profit that you pay tax on. Taking a dividend does not change this as the dividend must be taken from profit. So you get taxed on the profit & then again on the dividend you take. I haven't checked the numbers yet, but it maybe the extra 5% of tax means its better to pay all your profits as a salary, but that would mean all the disadvantages of contract work and none of the benefits. In most cases contractors are required to work though a limited company, sole trader or self employed is usually not an option.
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    In this case Jack its special circumstances, so I don't think its necessarily the best comparison with Corbyns manifesto. If Corbyn had won then he'd either have to cancel most of spending, or up the taxation rate even more. Wayne, its any business with profits over 50k. That's a good proportion of contractors who have to work through a limited company.
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    200 years ago they may have left for economic reasons, I really don't see how that applies to people several generations removed living today. Talk of a genetic connection or ties just sound like a load of waffle to me, but I'm a pretty cynical person. It might be that Jack, and its not everyone in the USA, I think its used mostly by people trying to cash in on some perceived virtue of their supposed 'ancestral race', I see it mostly about the Irish, but I heard some bloke not that long ago talking about how his British roots (from 3 decades ago) meant that he still 'truly resonated' with British culture. Yeah whatever you say pal. I was reading an article the other day about how Joe Biden might not want to constructively work with Britain because of his Irish heritage, but given how long he's been in the USA I've no idea how what would even factor. (And I don't believe it would influence him, I guess people are just looking for a story)
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Cheers Jack, I get the fact that their ancestors came from Ireland, but if you go back far enough then everyone with white skin came from Europe originally. Its the ones that start talking about feeling a 'special connection', or some other vague connection that make me switch off.
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    Brexit WTF, WTF

    Is that really true? I can't say I've met anyone who has. (In England) When I work outside of Europe I have to explain that we're actually 4 separate countries quite regularly. And maybe I'm being slow, but I've never got this American 'Irish Roots' thing, if your ancestors left 200 years ago then you're American not Irish, by that same metric I could call myself a Viking.
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    RaspberryPi - OpenPlotter

    I did some experimenting with this a couple of years ago. Raspberry Pi 3 for with Open Plotter, I used a laptop replacement screen that I got off eBay quite cheaply, its just a 1080p one as for this size that's adequate, I also bought a HDMI driver for the screen, also from eBay. My thinking behind it was that just running a laptop screen & a Raspberry Pi was probably going to use less power than a laptop, but I found OpenPlotter so painfully slow when working with either raster or vector charts that I decided it would be easier to use either a laptop, a NUC or something similar.
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    Nonskid for foredeck

    I feel like Kiwi-Grip works if you're in nice clean sea water and a marina. I sail on a muddy estuary for most of the time & I found Kiwi-Grip almost impossible to keep clean.
  8. Just goes to show hard far and few between quality refit videos are that even ones with as few views as that guy gets are popping up here. This guy & mads are probably the ones I watch most. Although this guys woodwork is much nice. I don't have the patience to watch any of them at normal speed, I always bump it up to 1.25x.
  9. I'm helping someone out with a cabin window / port light replacement project, their frames are completely shot & basically scrap so they're going with acrylic directly onto the side of the coachroof. The modern way seems to be to bond them on using a modern structural silicone or 3m VHB tape, which sounds great, no fastener holes. However the boat has been painted with a 2 part acrylic urethane topcoat, so the windows would be bonding not onto the original gelcoat that was laid up with the hull, but the paint. Is this an issue? I have no idea of the bond strength of the paint to topsides. If so I guess we could sand it back to gel in way of the window bonding area & the bead of sealant around the outside should cover the edge of it making it impossible to see once the window is fitted.
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    Help me spec a new rig

    @Snowden Any chance you know / could ask what goop they used for the keel joint? And do they work their way up to full torque on the keel bolts first day, or let the sealant set first and then go full tension? My keel joint needs attention so its always interesting to hear how the pros do it!
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    Pelagic tiller autopilot

    It comes down to helm load more than anything else. How heavy does your tiller get in those kinds of conditions? Like most I've only experience of the standard unit. I'm around 3000kg, 27.5 foot overall, but my helm does really load up on a reach (not weather helm, it just gets heavy to move) and I've never found a condition in which it struggles, you can hear it working harder, but that's it.
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    Help me spec a new rig

    So as not to blow the faired profile away? I actually don't know. I'd thought of dropping mine to take a good look at the studs, but since its lead then they're no doubt J bolts cast in place, I can't really inspect past what's poking out. I'm interested to find out how far off square your keel / rudder are. What do they use a reference point?
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    Smart Regulator for LiFePo Battery charging?

    It is a bit more featured than the Balmar one, much more programable, ability to control it via current so you can produce just enough current to supply the electrical load once the batteries are fully charged, Canbus enabled as well. But yeah, pretty expensive.
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    Low tech ocean cruisers

    Hmm a lot less maintenance than anything with points though. I admit, like you I just don't see the appeal of a the Alberg 30, its considerably slower with less interior room than my 27'er (or almost any semi modern 27'er) arguably no more seaworthy. But then again if we all sailed the same boats it would be a bit boring. I actually quite like James youtube videos & logs of the boats he's fixed up, and while we can laugh at the price, its obvious people are willing to pay it as he's made a business of it, having owned a couple of boats with outboards, at least its in the correct place, a well. My enduring memory is hanging off the backstay of a pitching 1/4 tonner trying to manoeuvre the outboard so we could strap it down over the keel.
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    Low tech ocean cruisers

    True enough. But then I'd want a bigger boat if I was going that far north, preferably something with a nice heater and some sort of deck saloon / inside steering position, big enough to be comfortable after a couple of days ashore on an expedition & with enough space for some decent kit. IIRC (long time since I read his site) Roger likes to sail somewhere & back without putting a foot ashore, kudos for doing it & in a tiny boat, but again not my style. It takes all sorts though.
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    Smart Regulator for LiFePo Battery charging?

    I have the Wakespeed. Very impressive piece of kit, however I was fortunate to buy it just before it came to the market so I got an early adopter discount.
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    Low tech ocean cruisers

    A nice looking boat, Oliver Lee had a great eye. But not one I'd want to spend any length of time on, and Rogers voyages while very impressive are not my sort of sailing either. I prefer to be able to sail outside in the cockpit rather than inside a padded box.
  18. Since we're talking purely anecdotally. I spent 2011-2017 skippering the crew transfer vessels that took the engineers out to build maintain them, I still work offshore, just on the mothership now. In that 9 years I've yet to once see a single bird get struck by them, not saying it never happens, but I've not seen it. To read some of the comments I see online, you'd think the biggest risk of falling objects would be eviscerated birds. Interesting statistic, over 30x more birds are killed by flying into buildings than turbines. Does this mean we need to start building out of straw again?
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    Help me spec a new rig

    Interesting process. I think my MGC could definitely do with this treatment, she's much sharper on port tack than starboard, but its obvious even from the rudder position.
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    Help me spec a new rig

    Green & Grey will be most likely be Gelshield. Shame to sand though it. Just wondering how a keel alignment works? Are you talking fore & aft, or side to side? My keel bolts are pretty snug so I don't know how much 'adjustability' a keel should have. Make sure to post pics of the new stick.
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    Tiller pilots - what are you using ?

    Another vote for the Pelagic. The only time I have trouble is in very light airs if the boat is rolling with a bit of swell it just pushes the tiller from side to side as each swell rolls under the boat. With a good swell it doesn't matter how low you set the gain it thinks the boat about to veer and tries to correct. 90% of the time its the best autopilot I've owned.
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    Amateur couple rebuilds salvage cruiser

    Some of you guys do make me laugh.
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    CUSTOM BUILT BEAUTY HAND MADE WITH LOVE

    I'm not sure exactly why but that cabin makes me think of the inside of a church.
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    Amateur couple rebuilds salvage cruiser

    There's going to be a lot of very disappointed people in this thread if the keel doesn't fall off the second they motor if off the slings.
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    Rogue Wave Trimaran

    I'm on a contract in Dubai right now, here until 20th of Dec. Might try and scout this out as well. Did some google map sleuthing. (Cheers for the coordinates)