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  1. It’s true! Beta was technically superior. „Mismanaged“ = didn’t license to porn industry. Philips weren’t that scrupulous. The rest, as they say, …
  2. ‘Right’ and ‘left’ as seen from the cloud’s moving direction. Not from your boat. But that’s not the point. The most action usually is at the edge of any cloud. If it rains - wind comes out from under it. If it doesn’t, wind goes in. Adds these effects to the wind that is already there. So if you are sailing downwind and a raining cloud is coming up from behind, put yourself in front it. As the first squall hits, steer to one side and stay at the lateral edge of the cloud while it overtakes you. (The wind will veer a bit away from the cloud. Stay at the edge and adjust your sails
  3. Snapped a few ones @ the club today. Sorry for the reflections. Otto Protzen, ca 1910.
  4. Brilliant - one rudder right at the vertical turning axis, the other one so small, you couldn’t tack an Oppie with it.
  5. Why didn’t they just say a media helicopter fried their radio?
  6. There are more ways of lifting a hull out of the water than ground effect. What about tilting the rig to windward - like a big, robot controlled windsurfer? All that has to remain in the water would be a daggerboard and the rudder.
  7. … You and Clean did a management buyout?
  8. After six or so days away from land, right in the middle of the Atlantic, guy crawls out of the companionway, mug-o-coffee in hand, takes a look around and grunts: “Aaah - here we are!”
  9. Fuck of course it is!!! Has been for centuries before the advent of TV. (Seriously, I vaguely remember a case where an Italian dinghy sailor girl got caught by a paparazzi while peeing over the stern. She sued and the photographer was fined, not her. THATS the way things work over here and we pretty much like it that way.)
  10. Thank you Scot for the insights, the fun and the craziness! It was heartwarming to know that there are so many other sailing freaks, geeks and lunatics like me all over the world. So goodbye, and thanks for all the tits!
  11. My mother lives near a small lake in Berlin with lots of small islands. On one of these islands lived a guy wih his tetraplegic, respirator-dependent wife. Year in - year out he commuted for himself and the nurses by a small (say two-seater) hovercraft pretty much like this one. The only times he did not use the HC was when his wife had a severe medical problem and the SAR helicopter flew her out to the next hospital. Yes, it was fucking noisy all the time but somehow none of the neigbours ever complained.
  12. That may even make sense if you commute over a lake or river that freezes in winter and has thin ice in spring and fall. Not sure about the benefit of that Bimini top here though.
  13. I think if you can lead it around the brake/shift levers of a road bikes handlebar, it should go around the spokes of a typical wheel easily. Joining the rolls, however… yea, there will be a lump where the tape is doubled.
  14. Beat me to it. @sculpin: why don’t you use polyester for the repair in the first place? You can then gelcoat all over it no prob.
  15. Any info on the weather?
  16. Ok, seriously - this is the stuff. Look for the "cork" taoe by Cinelli that feels dry even when it's wet.
  17. Every time I see a plotter in the cockpit, it’s in front of a steering wheel. Where would you put the plotter for tiller steering? Right or left of the companionway would be out of the way but hard to reach…
  18. You have to sail your boat, ideally race it, to understand where to start optimising. Too slow on any course? - bottom job. Fast but won’t point? - sails. Different behaviour on each tack? - shrouds, spreaders. Too much or too little weather helm? - (mast) fore-and-aft trim. Loose three places on every set, douse, and mark rounding? - deck hardware ergonomics (or your crew needs training)…
  19. Thanks for letting us know. But don’t expect this thread to stop now. Like all teak or varnish threads it will go on for about five more pages on its own. Did I already mention Owatrol D1?
  20. When I was new to boat ownership I called my local sailmaker for exactly such an estimate. He said: „for white sails about this-and-that per square meter. A little more if the sail is small, a little less if it’s really big.” It cost him about thirty seconds and it got him the job in the end. Just sayin.
  21. Did you try to read it on a smartphone?
  22. Aw, come on! I commute by bike and one set of chain+sprockets lasts about one winter. (We have very little little salting over here, admittedly.)
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