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Sneaky Duck

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    Rochester, NY
  • Interests
    Thistle Racing,
    Star Racing,
    Fishing, Hunting, and shooting clays.

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  1. I volunteered for mark-set boat duty today and a small squall came up. Wind made it almost impossible to hear my handheld VHF while i was moving marks around and rescuing boats that had flipped and got stuck in shallow water. It's got me looking at speaker mic's and headsets. I'm wondering what the upside and downside is of both options. What would you buy?
  2. My wife's really into gardening, and has been kicking around the idea of getting a bee hive to help her gardens, and make honey. I was looking online and found a really cool hive that's only sold in England. The company doesn't export it. Are there any ways to buy it and have it shipped to the USA?
  3. Because the star class doesn't allow multiple units in the boat. It's got to be all in 1 and especially as a new sailor to the class, I've been getting a lot out of the speed functions. I bought the shift because it's magnetic, and when sailing in areas with a lot of current, my thought was, I'd switch it over. Or use the prostart for training, super long starting lines.... whatever. Hasn't ended up being what I do though. I just stick with my current prostart instead of picking based on the day. perhaps if both used the same bracket i'd switch it up more, but they don't and it's an anno
  4. Just listed on ebay a Velocitek Shift, and Tachtick Micro... lets see if I can free up enough funds to buy one of these new ones.
  5. Yeah, I hear you. I watched a buddy drop his boat because he tried to hoist it full of water not thinking about the fact the boat was easily 2-3x it's normal weight. Thanks for the advice.
  6. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll take a look. I wasn't offended by anything Bob said, other then question his level of reading comprehension for my first question. I was literally asking what the load rating was supposed to be to be safe for my boat and crew... Not sure why we need to reiterate that it's important. Anywho.... who cares. Seaker, you may be right. What I call a carabiner, Winchard seems to call a "snap hook". I like the idea of the screw type shackler. As long as I can get my hand in there to clamp it down.
  7. Guys, when I got my new Star boat the bridle had a busted carabiner. The shop I get my parts from for that boat doesn't carry the carabiners so I've been trying to source it online and I'm running into some questions... 1. What should the safe working load be? The boat is... lets call it 1600lbs to account for sails and perhaps some gear. The bridle is a 2 point bridle which clips to the keel in front of and behind the barney post. I'm not sure the angles. 2. Are there high load carabiners out there that don't have eye for the bridle rope? The bridle I have is all spliced so if
  8. IF that second story is true I want to see the video!!! That's hilarious!!!
  9. This is a really good point. I think there's a point of pride sometimes with how hard our boats can be on us. And honestly, we need to tone down the talk about that when talking to new people. I race thistles mainly, and I've often said that we need to stop as a fleet joking when we meet new potential crew about "if they bruise easily." I've joked for a while that I wanted to make a teeshirt that says, "you don't know pain until you've sat on the toilet after a windy thistle regatta." All that stuff is in good fun with a group of thistle sailors, however there's no telling how many peopl
  10. HAHAHA!!! I've been part of this, in that exact situation. When I was a kid racing Sunfish on a bay of Lake Ontario, one of the guys our club was campaigning a Tornado for an Olympic campaign. Every year we had a for fun race around the bay where they'd do a staggered start. Sunfish would start, then 5 minutes later Lasers, then 5 min later..... till finally the Thistles started 35 minutes after the Sunfish. The tornado wanted to race. So they (not knowing when to start him to make it fair) started him 5 minutes after the Thistles. All I can remember is being around 13 years old in my su
  11. I agree 100%. Most fun I've had is racing Stars, Thistles, J/22's, Sonars, and as a kid Sunfish. None of those are particularly fast boats. But the fleet was competitive, and the people I was sailing with were fun. Heck a few years back there was no Thistle racing at our club and myself and a few buddies jumped in Sunfish and went out in a breeze and just screwed with each other team race style. Trading boats, and having a blast. Very few of us actually like that boat, but we still talk about how much fun that day was and how we need to do it again.
  12. That was the most credible theory i had heard. So, then since you keep the mast more vertical in heavy air, are you actually depowering by doing that?
  13. Ok, I know this was talked about at one point but i tried a quick search and couldn't seem to find it. I've heard a TON of different reasons why you rake your mast forward on boats like the Star or Etchells when going down wind but I'm curious what the real reason is? I know it's faster, but what is actually happening to my boat? Is it the extra weight forward helping lift the stern or balance the boat better? Is it the way the wind flows over the main? Is it just to loosen the forestay to help bag out the jib? Is it a combo of all of the above? I'm curious why that's fast, and to add t
  14. I'll have to look into if there's prohibited functions, but below is the list of approved electronics. I liked the look of the NovaSail, and the Sailmon, but honestly... my buddies have the Velociteks, so I went with what I knew in that way. Plus it was way easier to get my hands on them. Approved Electronic Devices for 2020 > Velociteck - Prism Dingy Compass > Velociteck - ProStart > Velocitek - Shift > NovaSail - NS360.Pro > TackTick - Micro Compass > TackTick - TO70 Compass > Sa
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