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  1. I once shared a PDF of an old Beneteau catalog with a former co-worker that I had been discussing sailing with. He replied with "uh, did you intend to send that to someone else? it's full of naked people!"
  2. That's when you pitch the Class 40 derived one design fleet for the annual Facebook Race to Hawaii.
  3. FB’s motto is/was Move Fast and Break things, so cross sheeting on a SC27 seems like the right strategy here. Maybe blow up some spinnakers at the slot too?
  4. I'd guess that it is a rental, and he will end up with a SunFast or a big Alerion soon if he intends to sail in the SF Bay. The list of software guys who are known for sailing is extensive, but I can't think of any that are well known from the FAANG generation.
  5. Setting asides thoughts about Facebook-the-company, I'm glad to see Mark getting out on a J/80. There is an absolutely staggering amount of money in the greater Bay Area in the hands of people only a decade or so into their career. A surprising number of my engineering peers have a substantial amount of sailing experience but haven't taken the time to think about sailing in SF. I'm confident that a skilled sales person could sell a dozen SunFast 3300s to non-managerial FB employees and create an amazing bay and offshore series. Or Moore 33s, or whatever Jim Antrim is currently dreaming up
  6. My first regatta was in upstate New York. The nice thing about snow is that it shows you exactly where the wind is going.
  7. Chicago is a much better fit for our requirements and looks like a great sailing venue. Long term we would like to live somewhere tropical, but COVID has pushed those plans back 5-10 years. Miami seems like it would be fun to visit, but good to return home from.
  8. What are you using for marine-safe enclosures for the Pi4?
  9. PG&E and the California regulators failed to do their job before, during and after. I mentioned Enron mainly to place the event in time. The boat I crew on lives in the harbor by GGYC and my boat is over in Brickyard. I love the sailing community and sailing in the SF Bay, it's just the everything else about the area. Maybe the Admiral and I have just aged out of sketchy cities and are ready for something a little more chill. Sanitation needs to improve significantly before I'd willingly set foot on BART again. My larger concern is that the power problems are likely a bellweth
  10. We had one of those, but the other half was in a front-end / rear-end freeway sandwich in it and walked away with minor discomfort and a ton of freeway driving PTSD. The replacement is a little more thirsty, but I suspect that on the green side it's a wash compared to the mass of heavy metals a Prius hauls around all the time.
  11. We aren't moving away from combustion in California - quite the opposite. A combination of shutting down nuclear plants and an utter failure to maintain out power grid for the last 20 years after Enron fucked it up are major contributing factors. Earlier this year, businesses were given the OK to run their backup diesel generators during brownouts. A vast drain on the power grid is an electric vehicle. So if you drive a Tesla or a Bolt in CA, you will be forcing someone else to burn dirty oil - not clean carbon neutral biodiesel, and not petrodiesel run through the finest German pollution redu
  12. Are they? Or are they great liveaboard / aquatic shag pads?
  13. Have you scoped out the local chandleries and boat yards, to get an idea of which parts are readily available and which will be harder to source?
  14. I was thinking about this from the perspective of receiving a random package, but it occurs to me that the situation might be different with regard to what are effectively stolen goods.
  15. eBay is your friend. People spend boat bucks on cosmetics and fashion items, and there are active communities that seek out and trade items that are generally rare or just hard to get locally.
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