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    Friday Tension Gauges

    From the NCD thread... this appears to be some sort of adjustable compression gauge.
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    So Which One of You Broke the Forums?

    The front fell off.....
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    A big project!

    One thought (although not one without ramifications) might be for Leo to sell Tally Ho to his host, for a dollar, with a contract that says he can buy it back for a dollar on some date (two years out?) Then the county's position gets more complicated. Instead of a 3rd-party doing "industrial work" on the host's property, Leo would be an independent contractor doing work on the host's boat on the host's property, and the whole concept of "industry in a neighborhood" goes away. (of course, that doesn't accomplish anything with regard to the Karen in the neighborhood...)
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    I have a friend who watched one of the Prada Cup races and then provided an amusing analog. "Remember when slot-car racing was a thing?" (yes, we're that old) "it was fun to watch, for a second, but after a while you're just watching these things go around the track, with nothing really happening, and it's only really exciting when one of them launches off the track and hits the wall. That's what this reminded me of" He's not wrong. Plus as an ex bow-guy, racing without sets and gibes and peels and takedowns seems... hollow.
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    Me too.
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    What Is It & How Did It Work

    I almost think it was some sort of home-brew jib boom. ring on one end shackled to a pad-eye on deck, the other end with sheets tied on.
  7. Yeah. I think what Bigrpowr was talking about is more like a Santa Ana in So Cal ..... a dry offshore (easterly) breeze that comes off the land at night and peters out the next morning Usually in a clear sky, no thunder/lightning/rain, just hot wind.
  8. Yeah.... that's (IIRC) the generic word for squall, but I have some vague recollection that there was a local name for the hot offshore breeze that pipes up at night between Turtle Bay and Mag Bay. Or maybe not. that was a lot of brain cells ago.
  9. vague recollection, we used to call that "el diablo", but no idea if that was a real name. And, yeah, I was somewhere behind you on a Wylie 46 in that race. That was an interesting night.
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    A big project!

    People keep saying there's a "new house" right up next to Tally Ho. I haven't seen it (google maps, google earth, bing maps, whatever) Old imagery? to my eyes it looks like the nearest neighbor's house is a good 100 yards away.
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    Maritime Art Anarchy

    Heh. Still have my Marantz, too. Wish I'd kept the technics linear-tracking turntable. and the vinyl.
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    Racism in Mathematics?

    I guess I'd mildly disagree. I don't have any part of me that feels like looking down on an immigrant, but from the (perhaps romantic, likely obsolete) notion that people who call America their home should want to be "part" of America, and proud to be American. To me that means learning the common language, the common culture, etc. It's either a new home for them.... or it isn't. My great grandparents (all of them- from Scotland and Ireland on my dad's side, from Germany on my mother's side) emigrated *to* America because they wanted to be Americans. in the case of my mother's family, they worked really hard to learn English, find jobs, assimilate, earn citizenship, and to their dying days they were all unspeakably proud to be Americans. And to raise the next generation of Americans. I look at things like - as longy mentioned above - "little saigon" in southern California, and see quite the opposite. I see people bringing their country with them into America and effectively demanding that America bend to accomodate it; if you want to do business in a restaurant on Garden Grove Blvd, you better be able to speak or read vietnamese, because nobody there will accomodate you in english. I guess what I'm saying is... what's the point of being in America if all you really want is to keep all the attributes of the place you left, but on a different patch of land? And by the time that has run it's course, what does "America" really mean if we don't have common ground in some pretty fundamental things like language, laws, and some shared idea of what America "means"?
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    A big project!

    I think Leo should declare Tally Ho his home, ASAP He could draw up papers with the property owner leasing that part of the property for $1/year or something. Similar to if they'd allowed him to live on that part of the property in a mobile home. Washington State has a no-eviction order going right now, because of COVID, so it'd be impossible for the county to tell him to move the boat, or stop living in it. And certainly he'd have the right to work on his "home". Who could possibly deny him that?
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    A big project!

    Might be valid in a neighborhood (although, even in a neighborhood, people run can do things on their own property, even things that might disturb the quiet during daytime hours) But this isn't a neighborhood, where you're 10 feet away while sitting on that deck. This is rural farmland. The nearest neighbor is 100 yards away, the next nearest close to twice that. (this is not the actual locale, but... similar enough to illustrate the point) If Leo's not doing the right paperwork (taxes on income, 1099s to independent contractors, etc) that's one thing, and fixable. But in an area surrounded by working farms and such, the nuisance complaints are bullshit. The property owner has every right to have a boat rebuilt on his property.
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    Racism in Mathematics?

    Yeah. It used to be that being a teacher was a passion. A teacher was a person who thrived on the idea of helping a kid learn. At least that was what drove my mom to be a teacher. And then she got her teaching credential, and learned that her "job" was not to teach, but to ensure that the right percentage of kids reached the right percentage of achievement on the tests that opened the tap on funding. And as you note, it bored the advanced kids, and frustrated the challenged kids. It was all about "the middle of the bell curve". And frustrated the daylights out of her. So she went back to school, got a master's in education along with a side of child development, and brought some great ideas back to the classroom about how to make the teaching process accessible to ALL kids, not just the middle-of-the-curve ones. Or, at least she WOULD have brought that back, except the teacher's union contract set the salaries for teachers based on their level of education, rather than, you know, whether they were actually good teachers or not. And so none of the local (SoCal) school districts would hire her, since they could get a fresh-out-of-college mold-filler for a lot less money. So it goes, in my opinion. The kids - and the desire to teach them - are a distance second or third priority, behind the teacher's union and the state funding.
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    Last IOR boat built

    <lol> and while Cheval-95 was a new-in-1995 Choate build, Pyewacket was a turbo'd rig on a five-year-old (1990) SC-70 hull. Or maybe that's just more alternative facts...
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    Last IOR boat built

    Heh. I'd put money on SC-70 Pyewacket (hull #18) being in the 1991 Transpac.... (not to mention, I raced against the SC-70 Pyewacket on Blondie in the '92 LAYC summer-sleds regatta while Orient Express - hull #19 - was still built built....) The Turbo-70s (led by Cheval-95 and Pyewacket) made their debut in the 1995 TP
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    Last IOR boat built

    I think the last SC-70 built was Orient Express, launched a few months before the '93 transpac. The SC-70 Pyewacket (not to be confused with the NM Pyewacket or the Andrews Pyewacket) was launched in 1990, IIRC But the broader point is probably pretty close. The last IOR-based design built might well have been Pyewacket, an Andrews-70 built in 1997.
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    A big project!

    I'm curious how many of the other neighbors have "home based industry" issues. I'm gonna guess, for example, that any of them who raise livestock or grow hay or whatever, have both revenue and labor associated with their efforts. Probably noise (farm equipment) and "air pollution" (odors) as well. Wonder if Leo can spark some of them to help him, as it helps them too.
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    Last IOR boat built

    When was the last IOR-50s regatta? When did the ICAYA last use IOR as the level-setting rule for Maxis? When was the last time an IOR class was recognized in the Kenwood Cup? (1992?) What about Admiral's Cup? Sardinia? Southern Cross? Sydney-Hobart? IIRC, IOR was still a "thing" in the 1993 transpac, but (except for the sleds) there were only a couple of IOR-rated boats, and the class disappeared after that instance.
  21. I think I've sailed with that guy. Hadn't heard about the owl, though. that's awesome, in a horrifying sort of way.
  22. he totally does. we've had joint therapy sessions, usually involving alcohol.
  23. I know this will pale in comparison to a lot of others, but the "worst" one that comes to my mind... Invited to do a Cabo race on a relatively recent and well-kitted Davidson 44. Had a couple of crew sessions before the start, it all seemed pretty good. 1st night out, about 50 miles outside the Coronados, got a big shift and it became obvious we needed to gibe in. So I suggested it. And got crickets. Finally asked the owner what the hesitation was about, his answer was "none of us have ever done a gibe at night before, I think we should just wait until morning". <O_O>
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    Gary W Mull

    what a great photo!
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    Does your municipality have a noise ordinance? Most towns do. Where I live, the ordinance says something along the lines that we're not to make noise likely to disturb the neighborhood before 9am, or after 9pm. If your town has something similar, that might be a good thing to include on the note....