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About Santanasailor

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    North Louisiana
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    Sailing, cycling,
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  1. Not exactly though I understand your point. The B-52’s played a major part in breaking the siege of Khe Sanh. Dropping dumb bombs from 30,000 feet and hitting the intended targets within a 1/4 mile of the perimeter was the height of aiming and accuracy. It was among, if not the finest hour of any group of navigator/bombardiers. You had to be there to understand.
  2. Now that’s what I call a B-25!
  3. Nothing that good power washer, a shop vac and some bleach all mixed in won’t cure. One thing about bare interiors, Nothing but glass and short term wetness rolls off (or is shop vac-ed up) dries / cleans up like water off of a duck. THEN, I enlarged the picture and saw the wood….
  4. I always marvel at the length people will go, expense be damned to win a $15 trophy.
  5. I might add that stern looks a mite bit blocky. Also, a bit of overhang might help to keep the backwash from sloshing in. But it sure looks like it saves weight. Seriously, I wish there was a better way to resolve the old/unwanted boat issue rather than filling up landfill’s with their faded exoskeletons.
  6. That’s why as a young man I always wanted to follow my father in engineering and live and work in Seattle. As it turned out, despite a real talent in math, people wiht dyslexia have real issues learning math quick enough to meet the time lines required to pass calculus classes. So much for engineering especially for a fellow with a super talent in History. I miss being able to depend on our home grown airliner builder(s). Times are so bad, I frankly don’t feel comfortable in an aircraft anymore unless am in the left or right seat of the cockpit. Nor do I feel comfortable sailing dow
  7. I really don’t see the need or purpose of the long wings placed well before the end of the keel. Seems to me they would do nothing to prevent vortex creation and all they would all is increased wetter area and lots of drag. A good illustration of wetter surface drag. Let 75 yards of 4lb test monofilament drag behind the boat to eliminate twist. The rad had a serious bend and it needed to be tightly held. 4lb test is quite thin.
  8. Without a full set of lines it is hard to make a comparison, but jsut looking at the deck and sailplanes, the Ranger looks far less extreme. I my little mind, this is a good thing when it comes to boats designed in the IOR days.
  9. We have strayed a wee bit from dive boats, but all human safety starts with common sense. When I wrote software, I had to spend almost as many hours testing as I did writing the code. Still I would find errors when the program went into the wild. However, what I really learned was seeing the errors others made. Specifically not giving the user a choice outside of the choices the programmer included in his software. Absolutely The Worst, let me repeat Absolutely THE WORST applications were written by folks who NEVER worked in the field they were writing applications for. Going back a
  10. Best solution I have seen is the very large vats where they galvanize the large electrical power poles. A gentleman in the Rockwall, Texas was (may still be) in the business of building boat trailers and the vat was large enough to also galvanize his trailers. However, most steel hulls exceed the girth that such a vat and thus not a workable solution. Galvanized boat trailers look great in my opinion. That would be compared to painted steel trailers that much sooner than later develop a nice coating of rust and look like a place most Christians don’t want to go. Horse and Stock trail
  11. Good thing she’s a motorsailer. Lots of power available to run the electrics, elevators taking the “sailors” from deck to deck so they won’t be too tired when it comes time to jump in the pool. So much for sarcasm, I truly wonder just how much experience that the architect has in sailing vessels. It seems to me that the mast and sails are not an afterthought, but more of a decoration. She would be much better served as strictly a power boat. She would gain a shallower draft, both air draft and water draft while loosing nothing more than the appearance of a sailboat. I realize, green
  12. Looks like fun but like mountain biking, finding the right conditions would seemingly be a pain. (Around here, I never read about the fellows riding on their mountain biking trail but it seems that every week they are asking for volunteers to come work on it.)
  13. Let’s see, I have my choice This Or this Do I want a traditional yacht that actually sails wonderfully….. or some sort of nautical abomination that has some sticks sticking up that might actually catch a bit of wind if used, but no one in their right mind would ever try because it might spill water out of the swimming pool and sink the entire mess thereby causing an obstruction in the channel (because no one also in their right mind would ever take this “thing” out of sight of land.)
  14. How would one construct anything without destroying the hot-dipped coating at the point of welding or exposing raw steel at the point where it was drilled to rivet or screw it together?
  15. it appears her freeboard might catch a bit of wind on a beam reach. That said, her hull design might actually generate a bit of lift when close hauled. Hope they have good generators available to run the elevators. Wonder what the draft is? My thought, whatever they are thinking, double it, no triple it and have a really big bulb on the tip. That’s a lot of freeboard.
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