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  1. They all did that if they put a number on the sail. Lots of low number leads to duplicates if the fleet is large enough. Rating orgs with large numbers of boats sometimes issued numbers, mostly with 4 or 5 digits.
  2. I sailed a couple of times on a Bermuda 40 owned by a friend of my father. Plenty of cockpit space, but I found the "seats" too wide to be really comfortable. Good for napping, though.
  3. I think the hope was to get the easy reefing of the junk and the better sail shape of the gaff.
  4. This is the unsuccessful Bolger rig. It's a gaff rig with full length battens and control lines for each panel like a junk rig. The control lines are led to the short mast at the stern. Possibly, the problem was with weight, but I really don't know.
  5. The problem with questions like this is that, in order answer it, you have to have a long discussion about points of view, expectations, use cases, etc. The original rig was undoubtedly designed for speed or, possibly, speed for rating. The junk rig was developed for no-drama, short-handed work, and for common, easily available materials. The modern junk rig here looks like it uses high-tech material. If the owner likes it, it's great. If not, then.... I'm reminded that Phil Bolger designed a sort of combination gaff/junk rig. The owner struggled with it for a while, then threw it
  6. I know of at least two boat owners who used the model and hull number (serial) as their PHRF sail number. One was the PO of my boat, and he used only a couple high order digits of the hull number. That so offended my sensibilities, I use another number entirely.
  7. I've found it interesting that here in Stamford, CT, we don't come across many people who live in NYC and keep their boat here. I think there must be those who save 30 minutes by finding a slip in Westchester (Larchmont, New Rochelle, etc) and those who add 69-90 minutes and get a slip far enough east that they can reach Block Is in one day.
  8. I think we all can agree that, in a better world, it would be as easy to sample the bottom of a boat's fuel tank as it is an airplane's.
  9. There were several bad events about that time. It turned out that sailing 19th century vessels in the 20th century is just as hazardous as it was sailing them back in the day.
  10. GA aircraft design has been as affected by regulation as sailing as been affected by racing rules. In aviation, the role of rule makers is played by the slow, and very conservative FAA certification process. Your brand new Cessna comes with an engine based on 1930s technology. Things like fuel injection and computer controls are just starting to show up. And a 100hp airplane engine cost 10 times as much as a LA crate engine, and has to be torn down completely for overhaul the equivalent of every 30K-50K miles. Discussed here:
  11. For those who have an interest in IOR yachts, I recommend following Julian Everitt on Facebook. He is an Englishman who designed a lot of IOR boats. His comments make it clear that the IOR changed over the years, so all the boats don't have all the flaws and idiosyncrasies.
  12. In the days when the schooner rig was the popular rig for coastwise shipping, one of the big reasons was that a big boat could be handled by a small crew. So maybe, it's a good choice for a single hander. OTOH, they spent a lot of time sailing pretty slow, and spent time at anchor waiting for strong headwinds to subside. John Welsford, the small boat designer from New Zealand, once pointed out that in his part of the world, ketches were preferred because they had more windward work, and the ketches were better upwind.
  13. Rousmaniere was the editor, not one of the authors, but based on a short, long ago, conversation with John, it was more of a rewriting than an edit. But the idears are the authors'. I think the real value of the book now is to educate the reader on what the important things are, especially the ones no one talks about much like ventilation.
  14. We could use a more granular description of the Chesapeake Bay scene. We all know about Annapolis (too crowded for me) calling itself the Sailing Capital, but we also have Ajax, of the Rescuing a Tartan 33 thread, recounting his struggle trying to get even a small racing program going just a short way to the north. Personally, based on 2 hour visit on scorching 100 F day, Cambridge, MD looked pretty quaint, but it's not a big time sailing town. There are lots of places that have the arty shops and coffee bars, etc when it's "in season", whenever that it locally, but shut up tighter
  15. Going to the link doesn't give much more information than the picture. I wonder if it's one of the early S2 8.0s. https://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/boa/d/ulster-park-25-sail-boat/7291158321.html
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