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  1. Two words: Disposable spinnakers. Just cut 'em free after the downwind leg. Owner's got enough money to buy new ones before the next race, right?
  2. Saw this boat today at KAM Marine on the Detroit River. Dunno who bought it but the transom decals are all redone with a Detroit homeport. Beautiful boat.
  3. Like I'm surprised the Xi Jinping apologist thinks the US Navy was doing something wrong. If you've been paying attention to the discussion, you'd know subs don't want anyone to hear them regardless of where they are, whether or not that's somewhere China thinks they belong.
  4. I might rephrase that to say: the game is already given up because the sub already knows where they are, so they might as well zoom around.
  5. I was on an Oliver Hazard Perry frigate for 18 months. I think I can count on one hand the number of times we deployed our towed array sonar. About as often as needed to maintain qualification with it. (The other ship I was on was an amphib, so ASW was limited to "watch out for feathers.") I think the Navy got significantly more pessimistic between your time and mine about surface ships ever being able to find a submarine that wanted to stay hidden. We were usually told the best way to find a sub was with another sub and the second best was with a helo. Submariners liked to tell stories
  6. Well, a submarine can use its active sonar to detect something further away than it can use that data for proper targeting, yes. But as long as it's pinging out active signals, anyone else can detect that sub from further away than the sub can find anything at all, for two reasons. One is that if a sound wave can travel a mile in the water, then it can travel half a mile to the target and half a mile back, but can be heard by the enemy a mile away. Said sound wave would not find the enemy 3/4 of a mile away because it would dissipate before returning, but the enemy would hear it. T
  7. You're not overstating it. Active sonar is less like a depth sounder and more like a giant flashing neon sign that says "HAI GUYZ LOOK AT ME I'M A SUBMARINE." Worse still, a sound wave can only travel so far in water, so, whatever is the maximum distance you can detect something, everyone else can hear you blasting away from twice as far off. So you can't detect anything with active sonar that hasn't already found you ages ago. Other than training in friendly waters, Navy submarines would only ever turn on active sonar when they know something is there and they're trying to kill it.
  8. The hat strap I got as a race freebie ten years ago. It's kept a dozen hats on board the boat. I like my hats.
  9. The J was lucky to come out of that with the rig still attached.
  10. I TOLD you your diver didn't clean the bottom this week.
  11. That doesn't count as expanding on your point. You speak as if what you say is proven fact, and expect the rest of us to read your mind as to why and how. And you've given me no reason to believe what you say is true. Am I wrong? Convince me, don't just condescend and expect me to agree.
  12. Then maybe you need to expand on your point so it's clear to your readers.
  13. So punish the con men. Asking Facebook to be the arbiter of truth is like requiring a newspaper to verify that a car is not a lemon before one may sell it in the classifieds. Only it's worse, because you run the risk of allowing Facebook to quash entirely valid viewpoints. When Anthony Fauci and the surgeon general were telling people NOT to wear masks in 2020, would it have been healthy for Facebook to use algorithms to suppress people who advocated their use? The measures currently being taken are at best useless. Such as the "context" that I recently saw, YouTube added to a video o
  14. I don't love government intervention into business or private lives at all. Zuckerberg is not evil - he had a fantastic idea that there was obviously a massive demand for and figured out how to make billions of dollars. Good for him. That said, we have anti-trust rules for a reason. Monopoly powers are bad for consumers in general, and a little government hand on the balance scales is not a bad thing. In Facebook's case, they - and Twitter, and other social media companies - need to be regulated like the public square. That means no banning people. But it also means fewer algorithms
  15. Eh, maybe. Article said 11 guys got bumps, bruises, and cuts. That kind of thing can happen just from a surface ship taking a roll in heavy seas. When the San Francisco hit a mountain, the boat went from flank speed to zero and injured almost the entire crew, broken bones galore, plus a guy who got killed. In comparison, 11 guys with an ouchie could be anything from a light tap on the side of seamount, to hitting an unlucky whale.
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