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  1. Randy and I were talking about doing Baja Ha Ha, Randy on his F25C Yo!, and me on my Olson 40 Euphoria. For certain, the major meals would be created by my wife, the chef, aboard the Olson!
  2. I am in awe of everyone who has done EC, regardless of path. What an incredible level of preparation, what an adventure, and what an effort!
  3. Sizzor being sailed by Matthew Smyth, Randy's younger son.
  4. Of course, Sizzor now is much faster with foils
  5. Um, no. I mean, there are opinions, and there is objective reality:
  6. With no overlap, just use the lazy sheet, no barber hauler needed. My jib leads to the rail, but using the lazy sheet, I can bring the clew in to the mast, or anywhere between. Takes a high clew of course. My jib clew is the height of the boom, so the leech of the jib helps the main (slot) as much as a deck sweeper, but without any end plate effect. End plate effect is real, but end plate effect only works at all if there is ZERO gap between jib and deck. One inch eliminates the advantage, and in fact causes a very large vortex, which means energy, which means drag. A higher clew greatly
  7. Golf handicaps work well in golf. We used to use golf handicapping in PHRF in Huntington Harbour, called it Huntington Harbour Handicap. Every regatta consisted of perhaps 4 races, and at the end of each regatta, ratings would be re-adjusted so everyone would have had identical times in the previous series. We had to introduce "ringer" adjustments so if a good sailor raced on a lousy boat (to help them sail better), the rating would get an often very large adjustment for those races. Each person decided how full race they wanted to be. Race your Catalina 36 with the dodger up and a d
  8. Install it on deck, such as the cabin trunk forward of the mast. The safe distance from a modern radar is measured in inches, like 4 to 6. If you are paranoid of being exposed to radar energies tens of thousands of times lower than the lowest limit of possible injury, many radars can be configured to send no power across an arc: set it so it ignores the mast, as you must do anyway. Yes, one problem with mast mounting is the signal must not illuminate signal cables, such as to your masthead VHF and wind instruments. IMHO, based on experience. the critical value of radar is t
  9. I went for dual end of boom 1:1 and 46ST winches. Works great on my Olson 40. This means two main sheets, one port and one starboard. Dead end at rail, up to end of boom, along boom to gooseneck, down to chainplates, and aft to winches port and starboard by the helm. Eliminates the need for boom vang (my Vang Master only lifts the boom, the tackle has been removed). This keeps the boom in excellent control during tacks and gybes, and no need for preventers. Lots less line. Got rid of the traveller, which is a boon for cruising but bad for racing as it of course takes longer to get th
  10. I experienced that many times. I meant that I was young and therefore invincible and unafraid for personal safety, and someone else was paying for the carnage. The IOR boat I owned back then, 75-85, was a SC27, and no downwind control problems with that slippery devil. We all started out using bloopers on SC27s, but soon proved they were always slower.
  11. The squirrelly boats I did not own, so I never felt scared.
  12. Another point: the higher HP versions of the same block tend to only have more power at the higher RPMs, and as mentioned before, you won't run it above the torque peak, so you might as well buy the lowest HP rated version of the engine. Cheaper and identical practical performance. Hence, skip the turbo versions. Only planing powerboats, with a wealthy owner, can really make use of turbos.
  13. Oh: Don't forget to use an AquaDrive! Very important for noise, but also to get rid of vibration that can cause lots of horrible problems with wooden boats.
  14. Lower RPM, lower (higher number) gearing, and bigger prop are all good things, and better than the alternative. So it is best if you choose an engine that has the lowest RPM for the torque peak, and the highest number reduction in the transmission, so you can swing the largest diameter prop you can fit. You really won't ever want to run your engine at 3600 RPMs, and really won't want to run it at 2800 RPMs. The weight is not important in your boat, or in most boats really: the weight is low and centralized. Also, the installed weight is roughly twice what the brochure says. With resp
  15. I usually tack downwind, so wing and wing is not the normal way I use the jib.
  16. Instead of a pole, I use a fundamentally safer and cheaper approach. A fully battened, non overlapping jib on hanks. The lower batten runs perpendicular to the forestay to the clew. This diagonal batten keeps the clew out and down without a pole. No jib furler. Assumes yours is a reasonably sized boat (e.g., a boat that is small enough to be safely sailed by two or less who are older than about 30 or 40). Furling is harder than hoisting, and dropping a hanked fully battened jib is less prone to cluster situations than a furler. And of course, furlers are a real problem in anchor
  17. During the 70s, 80s, and into the 90s, I travelled internationally very often, usually several times each month. I stopped flying on secondary carriers after three consecutive flights on China Airlines with missed approaches in fair weather conditions. In fact, these were the first, last, and only three times I flew on China Airlines. There is certainly a HUGE difference between airlines where the entire staff involved in flying (air crews, schedulers, and especially maintenance) speak, read, and understand english well, and those that don't. The primary European carriers are very good, a
  18. There are good and bad things about jet drives. After owning one, in my personal use, the bad outweighed the good by a significant margin. But others might have positive experiences. Anyone enjoy owning one for awhile?
  19. I agree: while a shoal draft keel of whatever design reduces your probability of running aground, that probability is always high when sailing in shallow water. Once you do hit bottom, a twin keel seems a far less dire predicament, even if that means a bit more difficulty in a glancing impact. And in many cases, being able to hit bottom and stay there, drying out, is in fact quite an advantage. So for shallow water, twin keels seem more sensible than one keel, regardless of the bottom of the keel. It's not all about raw performance or righting moment. As was noticed above, a deep kee
  20. Details on this boat, please. VO70?
  21. Casey and I are actually doing something about this. Casey is founder and therefore employ #1, and I am employee #2. Company is Terraform Industries, and here is what we are doing: https://caseyhandmer.wordpress.com/2021/11/01/scaling-carbon-capture/ tldr; we will eliminate the need for drilling and coal within a couple of decades by creating natural gas from the excess carbon in the air via solar electric.
  22. I hope the swim ladder in the middle causes them to at least think about it for a bit. Unfortunately, Sea Lions are mammals, and are pretty clever. There is one in our marina, and he does bump the boat sometimes in the middle of the night, and seems to play with us as we walk down the docks. I sure don't want that enormous animal getting too confident around people, and us in particular!!
  23. I got my most recent halyards from MauriPro, and was very happy with all aspects of that transaction: selection, cost, splices, shackles, and delivery. I did think about the lines for awhile, and looked at a nice selection at marine hardware stores and other places. Robline Admiral 5000 Dyneema SK78 double braid, 10mm. Different colors for each halyard and sheet, spliced with the appropriate shackle.
  24. Gelcoat lasts decades, LP paint lasts years. So while the gelcoat was MUCH more expensive than LP paint, the result is spectacular, robust, and easy to repair.
  25. 99 days in the yard total. But most of that was redoing the hull gelcoat that turned out truly stunning. The transom was the first to start, and since it involved finish gelcoat and deck paint, was among the last thing finished. Transom labor including paint: 148 hours over 15 work days Materials approximately $2000.
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