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    Melges 15

    Hard to say where Melges is right now with demand high and BOTY, but yes, it's been known to happen in the past. Give them a call for the authoritative answer... jf
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    Melges 15

    I measured 70mm x 59mm profile so yes, Cumulus or Alto. Joint is just above the spreaders, 9' 9 1/4" from the base of the step. Taper starts at 15'3" from base, at the spinnaker halyard. Total length: 21' top of fitting to base of step. Mast is in my basement right now, so if there's something...
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    Melges 15

    Nelo will be producing the M15 in Portugal. Looks like they have been mostly a kayak company previously. As a new M15 owner, I hope this works out. Things can go off the rails when manufacturing scales up, especially to partners. But not like that's news for Melges, so I imagine they'll keep a...
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    Race Committee Equipment (Start Boxes)

    Horn details Why? Weaknesses Our old Ollie horn lives in a metal ammo box and had a few problems that I wanted to resolve: 1. No time display: the beeps fifteen seconds before a horn are the only warning of where you are in the sequence. 2. Accidental Horns: Remote manual horn button is...
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    Race Committee Equipment (Start Boxes)

    Last year we wanted to update our club's Ollie. I couldn't find a decent option either: we have multiple volunteer race officers and asking them to install and figure out an app wasn't a good fit. We needed a portable system to take between small support boats, a visible countdown timer, wired...
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    RS Toura?

    https://www.eastcoastsailboats.com/rs-toura/ The sail area is a little off from the "Final Teaser" but it's the boat. No weight. No published price.
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    Club Management Software

    A humble plug for the scoring software / website I work on. It's available for free use: https://www.sailscores.com/. We've been using it for four years now for our club's series and regatta scoring. A couple of other clubs have been using it as well. It is not club management software...
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    Melges 15

    My total time on a 15 is about one hour, so I'm no expert, but seems like you're rounding down numbers based on numbers already rounded down a few times. Melges 15 upwind sail area is 133 sq ft versus a 420's 110. The Melges is closer to a 470 (136 ft^2). Yeah, it's no 49er. I see the optimum...
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    Melges 15

    My experience with scows (limited to the last 10 years) has been pretty different. The lake I started sailing on 10 years ago sails scows because they are a strong one design class and crazy stable platform for taking a couple guests out for casual sailing. That makes it a nice inland...
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    Best lake for dinghy sailing MN

    Plenty of options around the Twin Cities; do you have a particular type of boat in mind or particular area? This is definitely scow country, of course. (Johnson Boatworks was in White Bear.) I live in SW Minneapolis, so I'm partial to the lake right by my house, Harriet. LHYC's big fleet is MC...
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    Dork-free hats

    I've got a Watership Trading Company hat. I chose this above a tilley for the slightly less "old man" styles and the quicker drying nylon. You can chose your level of geekiness/ brim size from many choices: http://watership.com/ I think I might have even picked mine up at a West Marine. :o...
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    Minneapolis area sailing?

    So I'm waking up from a what seems like a long dark winter, and here I am, relocated to Minneapolis. I'm renting a place for a year, while I figure out where to buy and where to escape for my weekends. I think I've seen a few people mention that they are from the area. What's the sailing here...
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    rc sailboat deal on ebay

    Um yeah, I know those guys. Oh wait, I am one of those guys... Two active groups in Chicago: Chicago R/C MYC Sail just a little ways north of O'hare. Almost all their sailing is on Sunday mornings, so not so many big boat sailors are involved. They alternate between a few different...
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    Verve results...

    I'm sure this is stepping on someone's toes, so I'll remove these as soon as I get a complaint or CYC gets something decent up, but here are the results in a more readable format: [editted again] ignore all my crap and check out Blub's stuff... Verve results Right now it's only circle C and...
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    Computers on boats

    Not necessarily true, particularly with laptops. Intel really got serious about minimizing the power used by their laptop chips about three or four years ago. Many older laptops had less efficient chips and loads of fans to keep things cool. Also, hard drives have gotten more efficient (for a...
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    PFDs for a toddler

    I just tried a bajillion searches, but couldn't find the thread that had this discussion a few months ago. Looking for a PFD for my 2 year old. I remember someone recommended an assym. design that wasn't uscg approved, but maybe nicer/better at flipping the lil' goof upright. Any links or...
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    Radical Rules Idea

    Agreed, I'm not for the idea. (I enjoy sailing to get away from computers.) But if you want to have some fun with this, maybe the central server decides who gets ROW arbitrarily... Port tacker: "The computer says we've got rights, let's cross some boats!" one minute later: "Uhoh, losing...
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    Toy boat invitations

    Two invitations to anyone that's around Chicago. Every week, Tuesday evenings, one design racing. We race Soling One Meters, a one design class with a relatively low cost. How else can you fit in at least 15 races after work? We race at Humboldt Park, which has free (& available) parking...
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    Your Foul Weather Gear Brand

    You probably know this, but self selecting survey reponses can be seriously biased. For example, I doubt you're getting many responses from people that have more money than time. They sail, buy expensive gear, but don't spend time on SA. The expensive surveys can build the likelihood of...
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    What do you do when a boat hits a mark?

    On a related note, unless you saw the mark touching the boat, don't assume that they hit it either. Bow waves can make it look like they hit when they didn't. Last season, I was on a 30' boat. We started at the pin end of the line. As we cross the line for the start, a boat to starboard starts...
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