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    Tethers - Quick Release or Not?

    Keep in mind that ideally a tether will stop you from going over the side rather than keeping you attached to the boat while in the water. Short tethers and fixed attachment points (padeyes at work sites rather than jacklines) help with this. I think if I were in the water at any speed I'd rather be detached from the boat and rely on locator beacon, strobe and whistle.
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    Tethers - Quick Release or Not?

    US Sailing Safety Equipment Regulations for Ocean and Coastal races require a tether with "a means to quickly disconnect the tether at the chest end." Doesn't specify "under load" but seems like most tethers meet that with a snap hook with a stout lanyard. Also requires life jackets to have crotch/leg straps, whistle, light, reflective material and be marked with the boat or wearer's name. Nothing about a personal knife but they do require a sharp, strong knife accessible from deck or cockpit.
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    Hand me down safety gear

    I feel like weighing the cartridge is better than visual inspection. CO2 can leak through holes smaller than I can see, but the scale doesn't lie. I agree that if you're retiring safety gear because you no longer trust it it doesn't make sense to pass it on to someone else, but if you're just upgrading because you want something newer and it's still fully functional (which is to say, you'd be comfortable using it yourself if you didn't have the new stuff) then why not? Although sadly I can see the point regarding liability - maybe ask the recipient to sign a release?
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    Wow Scooter. Don't hold back. Tell us how you really feel

    Yeah, AC these days is interesting and exciting in its way but it's not really recognizable as sailboat racing any more. If you want that, tune into Congressional Cup. Outstanding sailors match racing in Frank Butler tanks, routinely the best racing I've seen (and I'm lucky enough to be able to watch live from Belmont Pier)
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    State of RaceQs

    According to one source the iOS app is written in ObjectiveC and would need to be completely rewritten. The PC replay app has seemed wonky to me for a while as well. Even in its heyday a few years ago the help forum was never very active and didn't seem to be monitored by the team. I wonder, if they went to a subscription model would anyone buy it? I'd seriously consider it myself at a reasonable annual fee.
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    Racing Rules Of Sailing Poster - 2021 - 2024

    A niggle - rule 19 doesn't require the leeward outside boat to "keep clear", it requires her to "give room".
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    Sunfish Racing/Laser Racing

    Personal opinion, until you get to the higher levels sailing ability will be more important than weight. That said, lots of big guys race Finns.
  8. Easiest way I've found to fill an Origo cannister is to drill a 1/4 hole in the bottom of an empty soup can or a red Solo cup. Take the (cool) cannister out of the stove, put the can or cup over the hole and fill with fuel. It'll trickle into the cannister, spill free. Neat enough that, assuming no open flames nearby, I'm comfortable refueling in the galley sink rather than the cockpit. New gaskets can easily be cut from 1/8 nitrile. I think a 12x12 sheet can be had for a few bucks. I'd agree that if you're using the stove daily it's not worth bothering with them but useful if the stove isn't going to be used for a week or so.
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    Taxi dancer

    Not to quibble but timing doesn't seem right. LBRW is June & N2E late April. Are you sure it wasn't Midwinters when you lost the mast?
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    Stainless Steel Surrounding for Origo stove?

    Do people know the holey soup can fill method? Still have to let it cool but pretty much spill-free.
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    Calling All Captains!

    Check in with the Westerly Owners Association, it's very active in the UK and there are some Dutch members as well - you'll likely get all the help and advice you need. I wouldn't be surprised if you could find someone willing to make the sail with you. As 30-ish footers go they can be pretty comfortable as a live-aboard. I've got a Berwick (same layout as the Longbow except twin bilge keels), very spacious salon and standing headroom in both the salon and the forward cabin.
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    Jane Honda!

    Cuz it's got a nice rack on it?
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    Refurb 1988 Moody 376

    Yeah, but what's on there obviously isn't the original...
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    Refurb 1988 Moody 376

    Given the age of the boat, I wonder if that was once the ground plane for a SSB.
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    The watch of a yachtsman? Which one...

    Non-touchscreen is better for sailing - Garmin touchscreens get really wonky if the screen and/or your finger is wet. If you race, get a Garmin watch and the RaceQs smart watch app. In addition to a start timer (with a GPS-pinged start line) and basic speed/direction info, you can upload your marks and course charts into it. One of my favorite features is a prediction of TWD on upcoming legs of the course. You have to do a little mental math to translate that into AWA but it's super useful especially on random leg courses. It will also now automatically upload your track and marks to RaceQs, saving several steps in being able to play back your race.
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    Dive Boat Conception deaths - more details

    I'm curious, how many have smoke and/or CO detectors on their boats? Wonder if that ought to be made a USCG requirement? Would seem to contribute more to safety than, say, a mandatory trash dumping placard.
  17. We're trying to connect a GST 43 paddlewheel speed transducer. Network has a GPSMap 742 plotter, a couple of GMI 20 displays, a couple of GNX 20 displays and a GNX Wind display. We hooked up the GST 43 through a GST 10 adapter to the NMEA 2000 network. The network seems to recognize the device as it asks for a speed sensor calibration on boot up. We did the calibration but got "---" for boatspeed on the displays indicating no speed data coming from the transducer (not 00.0 kt as we'd expect if it was just a stuck paddlewheel). Anybody have any advice? Is there a setting we're missing somewhere?
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    Minneys Closed

    It's encouraging that it looks like they really will remain in business and I for one am happy with a "light touch" remodel that retains the traditional Minney's vibe. Would anyone really want a Minney's that just looked like a West Marine outlet store?
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    Room to Tack question

    Agree with all that, but if I were on Blue I'd still start talking to Yellow early, along the lines of "Hey, I'm going to need to maneuver here in a little bit and you'll owe me room, what do you think you want to do?" So if Yellow hasn't thought about it already they can start figuring out how they want to respond when the hail for room to tack comes. As long as you don't hail "Room to Tack" until you're close to the obstruction I don't think you break 20.1(a). And recall that Yellow can't hail for room to tack unless/until she's close-hauled or above so if she's reaching toward the obstruction she has to head up first and, as you say, windward boat has to keep clear.
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    Room to Tack question

    Yellow needs to take that into consideration in deciding how to respond to Blue's hail. If Yellow doesn't think that Blue will be able to tack and either cross or duck in a safe and seamanlike manner then Yellow should respond by tacking immediately herself. But if Blue is able to keep clear by ducking, even if it's a really big duck, Yellow is fine responding "you tack" and carrying on. And certainly in this scenario Blue's hail for room to tack shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.
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    Best Line For Micro Block Eyes

    There are a couple of fairly easy techniques for making a brummel eye in dyneema when the other end isn't accessible. You should be able to find a good YouTube with step-by step instructions. Or you can make a straight bury eye and throw a couple of stiches and/or a whipping on it and it will be plenty strong. I've heard that a straight bury eye is actually stronger than a brummel, as long as you secure it so it can't come loose. But it doesn't seem like maximum strength would be as important for lazy jacks.
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    armchair Protest Com.

    That seems like an obviously good thing to do - I'd be interested in hearing the argument against, I can't think of one off the top of my head.
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    armchair Protest Com.

    Yes, you're correct, it wasn't an "improper action" in the context of RRS 62.1(a) which is generally understood as the RC, PC, OA or TC doing something the rules don't allow them to do (as contrasted with an "omission" where the body fails to do something the rules require them to do). I guess I meant "error" in a more informal sense - it was allowed but they still shouldn't have done that.
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    armchair Protest Com.

    It's certainly a best practice (see SF's excellent cartoon in post #11) but for better or worse not required by the rules. Unfortunately this RC's first error was to choose "Very Bad !!" for their position.
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    armchair Protest Com.

    You may be right, but unless the RC has records of who finished which direction I can see this leading to a really ugly cascading protest hearing. As in: Boat A validly protests B, C and D for not sailing the course correctly. PC decides on preponderance of evidence that they did not and disqualifies them. But B, C and D testify that E, F and G also didn't finish properly, so; Close the hearing, make E, F and G parties and start over. E, F and G identify H, I and J who finished the same direction they did so; Close that hearing, add H, I and J as parties, start over....; And so on.... Doesn't mean it's not the right thing to do, but yeesh...RC would owe PC a year of beers for causing this stuff-up.