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  1. dang, that is way better. I change my answer: More dollars than (Beneateau) Sense.
  2. Rather a bleak outlook for couples cruising in SE Asia painted hear - with most ending in divorce or death (and 100s of girlfriends coming forward). Or is that only if you cruise on a full keel boat?
  3. more money than Sense (get it???)
  4. What about Slack? Or Slackrity if you are feeling punchy.
  5. Thanks Crash! It was a really a combination of everything that made for a super lucky race for us. The wind was up from the start and stayed up the whole time. The first day/night was in the high 20's, gusting to low 40s. The rest of the race stayed mostly around 18-20 if I remember. Since the scoring was time over distance, a fast favored the slower boats I think. The other lucky component I think was that the wind clocked from the south, to west, to north. So the super fast boats rounding Montauk first probably had to deal with some amount of wind on their nose, while it was still on ou
  6. I suppose it depends on the length of the downwind leg. The reduction in drag would need to offset the added displacement from the water gushing in the giant hole in the bottom!
  7. Our little Bene did pretty well against these big budget boats in the Around Long Island Regatta. 2nd in the spinnaker fleet, and our keel stayed on the whole time
  8. I didn't check the log. But as you increase speed through water, it would stand to reason the log and wheel will be working harder, even if it is stuck. It would oscillate more in the stuck position due to increase water flow, but still read zero on the speed readout. I am not saying that this is definitely your problem, but it was mine so it is worth checking. Just pull the wheel out and spin it for 30 sec or so, and if your readout gives a speed above 0.0 then that is likely your issue.
  9. When you spun the wheel out of the water, did you check the readout as well to see if anything registered? Remember, there is a delay, so you need to keep spinning it while someone else looks at your readout. The reason I ask, is that we had the same issue with our Nexus. It would transmit speed to the display when spinning it out of the water, but when we put it back in, we could not get any water speed. It turned out that when we painted the bottom we had the plug in, and the gap between the plug created a lip of bottom paint that caught the wheel and kept it from spinning. We almost bo
  10. white people being white people
  11. It seems to me that the question is not what speed limit there should be, it is what speed is ok to drive your boat. Is it ever ok to drive so fast that your reaction time is less than your visibility? That visibility changes with conditions. On a clear night with a moon, you can see fairly far out on the water without things needing to be lit. When things are darker, and/or someone is impaired that reaction time slows down drastically. So your speed should come down as well. If I remember right, the woman driving was drinking and obviously going way too fast. So while the Nav lights bein
  12. Ok, time for a super dumb question from a cold water sailor. If you don't haul out, when do you work on the bottom paint/fairing, seacocks, etc?
  13. Thanks for all the good suggestions. Looks like I have some research to do, but this is a great start. I think in the end, ease of access from NYC will win out. Hampton and Norfolk are just a long way to travel for even a long weekend. So staying in the northern Chesapeake probably means using it more, even if we have to haul for the coldest months. I am going to look at St Michaels, Havre de Grace and Rock Hall as a start. I am not sure we can pull it off this year, but we would love to make a new routine with this.
  14. I am no world cruiser, but I spent two months sailing a Lagoon 42 this past winter. The boom was so big, and so high up that I did not feel safe sending anyone up to flake or organize the main while underway. It was a really easy solution. blow the mainsheet, blow the halyard. Sure, part of the main didn't come down all the way, but it was more than enough depowering to anchor and get settled, then go up and straighten things. It was a much safer and easier solution.
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