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  1. That's how they've got much better at hurricane track forecasting, for example. In complex multivariate systems, sometimes you start with maximal data sets and then model backwards thru raw computational power, rather than beginning with a few presumptive equations and projecting those forward. Your other points relate to Desirable Traits and to the post-mortems of the '79 Fastnet and '98 Sydney Hobart disasters. Much ink was spilled at the time about why a certain size or type of boat suffered worse than others. Re-evaluations suggest the controlling variable in both instances was not h
  2. Strangely, Ish's "heaved to" is the correct verb form (past participle); "hove to" is the adjectival condition. Having heaved to, the boat is now hove to. English is weird.
  3. No, I didn't. I am very good at reading and analyzing texts. You seem rather heavily invested in the people and philosophies embodied in the book, which is fine. But appeals to authority, 'wisdom', and 'common sense' are intrinsically weak arguments, and this anthology is all that. The greatest (and most amusing) tension in the book is the feeling of betrayal that the same idols who designed their preferred boats and rating rules went off and created the IOR. The God Abandons Antony. Musical rendering of same:
  4. I own a copy of DAUCOOY and have read it a couple times. It has some very good information tucked in here and there. Mostly it is a protracted whinge by owners of CCA yachts that the (comparatively plebian) IOR scene has ruined their clubby gentleman-racer eminence and rendered their pampered yawls obsolete except as cruising boats. They point with the stem of a briarwood pipe to the pinched ends, the broad beams, the large headsails driven by the IOR rating rules and say: Tsk, tsk. While ignoring the absurd overhangs, slack bilges, and stupid little mizzens on their own boats, equally rule-dr
  5. All the best galleasses had windscreens. The really trick ones also had forward gun bastions:
  6. Bow roller seems a bit oversized. As someone who has completely recored a San Juan deck ... can confirm.
  7. Has nothing to do with 'go fast.' We do not race. The Ballad is a North Sea/Baltic Half-Tonner that moves well but likes a bit of wind to get it going. We hate motoring. A lightweight replacement for the stock 155% G1 will let us sail in light winds, rather than motor. The 138% working headsail on a furler simplifies inshore sail handling. The G3 is our sustained high wind sail, trying to think of ways to adapt it for a double-headed DW scenario. Doubt we'll ever use the 60sqft storm jib, but again -- it came with the boat.
  8. We built a 1.5oz masthead nylon drifter/Zero for our little SanJuan21, designed it specifically for the reach between MDR and Catalina island. Our first trip, we got stranded in the shipping lanes when the wind went too light for the working jib to pull or the heavy genoa to stand in the Pacific swell. Second trip, we had the drifter sail (tacked to a stupid little bow eye in ft of the furler with a climbing sling), and it was a revelation. Even tho overall winds were lighter that year, we added 1kt to our average speeds and breezed through the traffic separation scheme, making our own apparen
  9. Fine -- call it a lightweight/possible nylon drifter/genoa. Code 0 is a name applied to a rather broad range of sails today, from lightly flattish asys with a luff knuckle to board-taut Cuben decksweepers pulling 4000# of luff tension on an 6' sprit. The point of tacking it to the anchor platform is so we can leave the genoa on its foil and set the drifter flying, probably on a continuous line furler. It gets it out front for close reaching, preferred since the next practical tack point is three feet aft of the bow fitting. We are adding the platform because there's no room to rack a Manson ot
  10. Typical for a cutter to have the mast well aft, isn't it? What's the general opinion on either solent stays or set-flying inner/outer headsails as part of a double headsail DW sailplan? We have a masthead IOR 30 footer with slightly swept spreaders (plus fore&aft lower shrouds) and are adding an anchor platform. We plan on a Zero for close reaching tacked to the platform; then want to play with double headsails for lazy downwind work. Regular headstay will carry 138% dacron genoa on furler. I've heard a solent or free-flying masthead sail can slacken the headstay too much, make the fo
  11. I have clients in the oil & gas business. They pay cash when they feel like it, but they also work the credit game to excellent advantage. They could have paid cash for their $1m second home here in WY (now their primary residence); instead, they shopped mortgage rates and nailed down a construction/home loan at 2.9%. This is not a rate available to persons with limited collateral or income history. As high-net-worth people, they also have access to high-yield investment funds like ETFs and derivatives -- and the wherewithal to absorb risk that comes with those investments. These funds typ
  12. Bet that interior doesn't get hot at all in south Tampa. The cooler is there to stick your head in when you feel the heat stroke coming on.
  13. Mistook it for a J/70 there for a minute....
  14. Sass: what about the Alerion 28? 100% New England pedigreed looks, but an underbody that scoots in a wide range of inshore wind speeds. Modern sail plan easily managed from cockpit, social seating in cockpit and cabin, enuf brightwork for da boat snobs but you could varnish it in a day. Jib boom complicates foredeck lounging, I guess -- but foredeck on a 28 is pretty limited anyhow.
  15. It's the Barry White at max volume all night that gets on my nerves.
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