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Diarmuid

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  1. Bow roller seems a bit oversized. As someone who has completely recored a San Juan deck ... can confirm.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Mistook it for a J/70 there for a minute....
  9. 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.
  10. It's the Barry White at max volume all night that gets on my nerves.
  11. Absolutely. They work in highly-trained commando teams, launching the small ones onto docks while the larger ones swim under & come up the other side: The person who shot this video has never been found. Just his iPhone lying on the dock, with Siri saying "I do not understand helphelpohgodhelpme. Please repeat." Bullrails were created to prevent this sort of attack, but only manned rails with defensible fields of fire can slow these killing machines down.
  12. Those are gun loops. Part of the Coastal Otter Defense network. Three or four brave prone shooters could hold back an otter attack long enuf to get the children to high ground.
  13. Just reading the description leaves you breathless. Sample: on deck large deck spaces with pilot house helm area with lots of seating self tailing winches solar panels and vanished timber slat seats & anchor winch on bow of yacht also diesel engine fitted that has not been run in a few years we are told also furling head sail on bow possible cutter baby jib rig too if you wish Apparently, punctuation was stripped out with the boat's cordage.
  14. Not astroturfed or faked as such. The creator, one 'Moxie Marlinspike' (tall dude with dreads), really is a committed anarchist and anti-establishment hippie. He is also one of the finest computer coders and cybersecurity brains on the planet: https://www.wired.com/2016/07/meet-moxie-marlinspike-anarchist-bringing-encryption-us/ He created Signal, the clever open-source encryption protocol used by WhatsApp, Twitter, etc. He could be a multibillionaire, if he cared about money. Interesting character, with a very different world view than the majority sailing demographic.
  15. Hold Fast already touched the bottom of that pool and will never be beaten.
  16. "But the fourth one stayed oop."
  17. That of course is a false dichotomy. There are other choices than plywood vs. balsa for sandwich core construction; and the vast majority of sailboat hulls are not cored at all. Sandwich any wood product between two skins of composite, you face the possibility of water infiltration, core breakdown, and a difficult and expensive repair. On the upside, you get a panel that (while dry) is very stiff for its weight. Balsa, foam, or strip-cedar cores offer better shape development than plywood panels. Balsa's stiffness-to-weight and shear strength beat all plywoods and many foams, hands down; plywo
  18. Better set aside $200k a year for maintenance. ... Boat upkeep would cost you another $70k.
  19. There is no German equivalent for joie de vivre.
  20. Worked for the Royal Navy! Half pint per sailor per day. Or one gallon of beer, where available.
  21. "Smackdaddy! Smackdaddy! Smackdaddy!" (Hides under table) Did it work?
  22. All written by the same person, too. (I used to catch plagiarists as part of my job; you learn to recognize stylistic cues.)
  23. A long-running anecdote in our household, which my partner teases me with: We were visiting the hobo pool at Saratoga hot springs -- a rather rustic little spa along the North Platte river. The plunge pool was lobster pot hot that day, so most visitors meandered down to outflow where it mixes with the icy river water and soaked there instead. It was shady enuf under the trees, I risked unshirting. A little boy, with the charming tactlessness of youth, said "Daddy, daddy -- that guy's so white!" I waved and laughed: "I'm not white -- I'm Irish!" (Commitments reference) The dad (true W
  24. I was one of those very blonde little kids -- the kind of blonde you mistake at first for albinism, until you see the blue eyes. Summer was an endless ritual of burn/peel/repeat. And now I live at 7500' and dream of sailing Baja. At least sunblock is better today than in the '70s. But all those early burns can't have been a good thing. (I'm strictly a long pants and shirt person in adulthood. Still don't suntan very well.)
  25. Boat name suggestion: S/V Melanomads. ETA: I am a shit human being.
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