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  1. Technically, It's certainly feasible but wouldn't be easy. There was a briefing in the Economist a few weeks back that covered it in some detail. The SNP will likely spend the next few years trying to develop and sell a convincing plan to achieve it, acutely aware that the lack of compelling answers to some key questions was a major problem for them in 2014. Both Scotland & England would probably do well enough in the longer term (albeit along different trajectories) but neither would do as well as they would have if they were united within the EU. Politically, IMHO it all depends how
  2. Mine definitely wouldn't: the top cap on the foil would prevent it and I doubt the swivel would pass over the T-terminal on the top of the forestay even if I could get it there. I can't see how I would be able to take the T- out of the mast fitting while supporting the weight of the foil... that might be possible with a cherry-picker or some such but you'd still have the problem of getting the top cap, diverter wheel and swivel past the terminal... I can take the whole thing off from the bottom, though. I wouldn't say it's easy but it's fairly straightforward: start with the jib o
  3. Indeed. The Union is theirs to lose. There's a majority for a referendum but not, currently, for independence: no-one, except perhaps the media, is in a hurry to hold it. Boris wants to wait until the momentum fades and the clamour dies, Nicola until it builds enough to carry the country over the line. We wait to see how the tale unfolds. Cheers, W.
  4. If it's the same as the old one I got then it's not designed to be taken to bits: "sealed for life". Having said that, I pulled the seals, rinsed it thoroughly with solvent to flush out old oil+grease residue and then lubed it with Harken one-drop. It rotates more readily now, though I understand they are not designed to spin freely. Mine looks like this one: https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f2/is-my-facnor-halyard-swivel-buggered-206802.html, though mine is an RX instead of an LX, which means a different foil profile but not much else, AFAICT. I was able to remove the seals
  5. It wasn't then but is now. The decision taken in 2014 was to stay within the UK and the EU. That option is no longer available to Scots, despite voting solidly for it in both 2014 and 2016... Hence the significant number of Scots who think that a further referendum is needed. Cheers, W.
  6. I agree about the double standards but disagree about the "cut from the same cloth". It may apply to some longstanding, hard-core Nats but there are many Scots who see England as the one seeking Independence. What's being sought is a choice between a Union with the RoK and a Union with the rest of Europe. A few decades ago Scotland had more in common with RoK than Europe but these days that's not quite so clear: many (not all!) Scots want to live in a modern, progressive European Nation with a focus on sustainability and other touchy-feely issues: look at the incorporation of the UNCRC,
  7. Larger? The priority is smaller: female Radial sailors are giants in the majority of the world! I'm not saying it wouldn't be nice... but a future where Olympic sailing has weight classes like boxing or judo seems unlikely :-) Cheers, W.
  8. They've taken one from the Conservatives (Ayr) too, now, but by a very thin margin. Quite likely that they will lose a corresponding list seat there, with no overall gain. Conservatives have also held their safest seat in the borders, albeit with a substantially reduced majority... so the SNP may be in contention to gain a List seat there. No overall pattern showing up, yet. Cheers, W.
  9. It depends which continents. You can find decent cheap hotels all through Latin America, South & SE Asia etc. Northern Europe, Oz, NZ, Canada, USA are more expensive... but if you are thinking of overlanding, a boat isn't the obvious choice to arrive in-country. Cheers, W.
  10. It is absolutely normal in the uk for club racing. It's also expected for visiting racers for regional, national and international events. I don't think I've been to a Euros or Worlds that didn't have an insurance requirement in the NoR! Cheers, W.
  11. Is this the right thread? Hard to keep track: https://www.facebook.com/109535350611041/posts/287348742829700/ Cheers, W.
  12. I've read that the average size of French men went down very significantly during the Napoleonic wars (3cm?), as a result of the deaths of many big strong guys recruited to his armies. This is claimed to have a legacy today in the gene pool and beyond (it's only been about eight generations). I've also read that much of the initial recruitment was from the "ocean" regions- around Vendee, Cherbourg, Brest etc. If true it might have distorted that region's demography even more, since the effect on the nation's whole might be unevenly distributed. I'm far from convinced this all adds up as
  13. If they hit my boat on the way in, then they are definitely doing it incorrectly. Cheers, W.
  14. This one? https://www.facebook.com/653448044/posts/10157939898888045/ That angle brings out your concerns really well, I think...? That boat was for sale with an asking price of 8000 Euro or so last year. The ad shows up if googled, though withdrawn. Cheers, W.
  15. I think I get your point and I would simply accept it at face value but for: ...this, which is simply incorrect. I've personally had the boat moving at well over hull speed going down biggish waves in a southerly in the Clyde channel, despite a conservative sailplan; and cms, of this parish who was involved at the time, can attest to the design (if not my boat :-) sustaining planing speeds of 14kt+ BITD. Not, the 20kt+ of a modern lightweight hull, of course, but consistently above hull speed for prolonged periods, not digging a hole in the water, "IOR style". Cheers,
  16. I'm still not following your objection to the actual sailing characteristics that result. I understand that the waterline is artificially shortened when the boat is upright, which wouldn't be necessary without the rule... it might lead to wave-slap under the stern at anchor but that doesn't actually seem to be a problem in practice. The flat stern sections were intended to allow the boat to plane when pushed hard enough (which is hardly an IOR characteristic, nor one I'm tempted to indulge now the boat is old, overweight and I (arguably, also old & overweight?) am not racing it). The stern
  17. The underwater shapes make a lot more sense when the boat has a few degrees of heel on: which is pretty much all the time under sail. Did the owners of the one you saw report any issues? In practice, I haven't come across any actual difficulties. Anyway, we are getting into specifics that are a long way off topic: I don't plan on being any significant distance offshore on a tired, forty-year old racer... though I think the guy that bought Qantro (the orange trimmed, ex-Whitby E-32) was planning on sailing her to Portugal, which would presumably involve a Biscay crossing. Maybe some
  18. You don't like the underwater appearance? I'll take that as pretty mild criticism :-) By "attributes", i was thinking undesirable sailing characteristics: complicated rigs, undersized rudders with narrow sterns, oversized genoas with tiny mains. Can you expand on your concerns with the stern shape? Do you mean the underwater profile or the cockpit (or both!)? Cheers, W.
  19. That's the one- Woofer and Eliminator were both in Ireland fairly recently, may still be. Kermit was there for a while, too, before coming back to Scotland. Big for a half-tonner, most of them (including mine) were built too heavy to be competitive but roomy inside, nice wide decks. Could do with more crew weight than we normally have on board. Fun to sail- responsive, goes well upwind. Not had any issues with downwind stability. Simple single-spreader rig. What's not to like? Cheers, W.
  20. Seconded. I have one of his designs, a late 70s designed half tonner. I don't recognise the peanut gallery's "IOR boats suck" characteristics in it. (Of course, the really awful IOR boats will mostly have been scrapped by now. The ones still sailing are generally good boats). Julian Everitt's commentary on rating systems, yacht design, keel security, America's cup sailing etc are well worth seeking out. Cheers, W.
  21. I reckon you're just trolling but WTF, I'll bite :-) It's barely started. Impact is only just starting to show. Lots of work still to do. Think we should wait until at least May 10th, possibly July 12th, before we start counting chickens. Those who want to pretend Brexit is done & dusted are the liars and fools that want to hide the truth. Expect lots of "look at the damage that the pandemic has caused" from those desperate to bury mistakes. How long before we see a resurgence of facism in England? Look out for groundwork like extending protection for police misd
  22. Those boats offend my eye :-( . I thought it might be the angle so had a quick look for alternative views but that confirmed my irrational prejudice. They are even ugly on the inside... so you don't get the "I'm aboard looking out at the pretty boats" perspective. Ah well, it matters not what I think. Cheers, W.
  23. This looks like a very nice boat: https://www.apolloduck.com/boat/hallberg-rassy-38-for-sale/657514 ..but those decks have an alarming amount of teak, that's presumably been there for 35 years. What would a buyer be letting themselves in for with something like this? For clarity, I'm not shopping and couldn't afford it if I was; anyway, this one has electric winches and in-mast furling. I'm just asking out of curiosity and the negligible possibility of some future windfall! :-) Cheers, W.
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