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  1. The Truth about Spring (1965) Visitors (2003) 50 First Dates
  2. W9GFO

    R2AK 2020

    Sure, but with prior authorization I am sure it could be permitted. There was a large commercial drone filming at the start of the race that I participated in.
  3. W9GFO

    R2AK 2020

    It's not that you can't use drones, they were used in the inner harbor for previous race starts. It is that you need to be up to date on, and in compliance with their laws - and those laws are a bit more involved than they used to be. https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/drone-safety/flying-drone-safely-legally.html If you really want to use a drone and don't want to jump through all the hoops, then you might consider using one that is under 250g like the Mavic Mini; registration and pilot certificate is not required for drones under 250g.
  4. W9GFO

    R2AK 2020

    Canada recently changed their drone laws, just FYI.
  5. Recently there was a video of someone narrowly avoiding running into a whale while racing. Only a quick response from the helmsman averted the collision. I would have thought that the noise of the stiff carbon hulls slapping the water would have given the whale the opportunity to get out of the way, but maybe that sort of noise is not understood to be a danger to the whale. Are there any methods to create the "right" kind of noise that would give whales warning that something deadly is coming their way?
  6. Notice that the walls of the cockpit are in line with the side windows. The hull of the boat is well beyond those walls - that creates a lot of space between those walls and the hull of the boat.
  7. If the watchman had patrolled the sleeping area at the right time he could have prevented this tragedy. However, the only way to be sure to be in the right place at the right time is to patrol the area continuously, or at least, very frequently. Is it reasonable to expect a watchman to patrol through a sleeping area every thirty minutes? Every fifteen minutes? Without any alarms sounding there would have been no reason to patrol the sleeping area more frequently than scheduled. If for instance we find out that they were scheduled to patrol every thirty minutes it would be easy to conclud
  8. Only if it was always at capacity - which it wasn't.
  9. I don't believe the material the hull is made of is a factor here. It could have been a steel hull and been equally deadly. It sounds like this fire happened very fast, which does not indicate to me that it was the structure that was burning initially. I can't think of any (comfortable) boat that I have seen that doesn't have a highly combustible interior, regardless of hull material.
  10. Perhaps it would have made no difference in this case, but that looks like a horrible way to get up to 46 people out in a hurry. If nothing else I would hope that on the sister ship they remove those three bunks and put in a proper ladder with a handrail.
  11. I take that back, it is clear that this particular crew member was asleep.
  12. The crew member that discovered the fire did so when he went to investigate a "pop" sound that he heard. I did not get the impression that he was asleep.
  13. The advantage that I see for using a ball joint for that pivot is simplicity. A regular bearing, even a self aligning bearing would require the axle to be at an angle relative to the end of the strut. Totally doable but a ball joint does not require that direction change and is therefor simpler to contsruct. And yes, I can see how it would be easier to thread the balls in or out to make height adjustments, but side to side adjustments would be more difficult. However, the main feature of the ball joint, the several degrees of freedom, is not utilized in this application.
  14. It only needs to rotate about one axis, a ball joint is not needed. I would expect ball joints to be used on the linkages though.
  15. Please do explain, be sure to include how adding cheap ballast would be beyond the abilities of someone intent on making sure that it stayed on the bottom.
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