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  1. J

    Dingy Racing - Ogre Sized man

    Agreed, the MC is a good boat for ogre-sized guys. MCs are happy as a clam with 300 pounds on the rail, and good fun in breeze. I find that MC sailors tend to be a pretty friendly and enjoyable bunch.
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    Dingy Racing - Ogre Sized man

    I'm an engineer, but I still have not necessarily found a correlation between engineering perfection and fun in boats. I'll even admit that an IOR boat from the 70s was fun as hell (imagine driving a dump truck loaded with lead shot down a mild hill on two wheels).
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    Melges 15

    Yeah, I've always done that on my boats, but there are a lot of people who don't. That said, it's also avoidable by closing the bailers in the event of a capsize.
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    Melges 15

    Bah! All boats should have a radial vang involving a three-foot radius curved traveler track inset into the deck or a rigid vang that looks like some undergraduate senior design project. It's not a real boat unless it has ridiculously expensive custom hardware! Bah! How can someone call...
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    Melges 15

    It's in progress, and there are people on the waiting list... but with the rate of M15 production, Madison will probably have to wait a year or two. I fully that once Melges can get caught up (hint: once supply chains in general stop being so awful) we'll see some in Madison. From what I'm...
  6. J

    Opti people are in a cult

    I'd argue that all sails have gotten insanely expensive. I just bought a new MC main this year - almost $1400. Wasn't that long ago that an MC main was $1000.
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    Melges 15

    I've got a few friends who have sailed M15s now, with one of them putting his name on the waiting list, and it sounds like it's basically the boat that lots of clubs definitely need right now, because it basically checks all the boxes. -Fun and exciting, so it has half a chance of getting...
  8. J

    C-429 Spin Sheets

    Define "soft". I personally love the handling characteristics of Endura Braid or Samson Warpspeed, but I can understand that not everyone is a big fan (it's pricey too).
  9. J

    Advice for young junior sailors.

    Having fun is far more important than coming in first, no matter what anyone tells you. If you haven't tried sailing with crew, do it. Lasers, Finns, M14s, etc. are all fun, but there is nothing like the feeling of sailing as a team. The fun of sailing with two or three other people, working...
  10. J

    Opti people are in a cult

    They serve their purpose. I have sailed them, rebuilt countless, and coached kids in them, and they get most of the things right. They are easy on kids, and you can put an inexperienced kid on one and you probably won't scare them to death. An average 5-year-old will still be able to trim the...
  11. J

    Big guy 2 person dinghy

    IMO the best boat for you is an I-20 (assuming you have people to race against). Probably the most fun two person boat on the planet. It's overbuilt, so 425 pounds on the rail and 25 knot winds is totally doable (done it many times) and makes for a screaming downwind ride. Despite all this, it's...
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    Don't give unexperienced kids expensive boats

    This also seems like a good time to point out the number of pretty experienced sailors who have totaled (or at least caused severe damage to) boats. Maybe it doesn't happen in other fleets, but every few years someone in our club (or a nearby club) has a really bad day. T-bones on heavy air...
  13. J

    sailing at the 2032 olympics

    Teh problem we have now is that lasers and 470s are boring as shit to watch even when they wipe out. So just do 18 foot skiffs or E-scows and pick the windiest venue around. With 30 knot winds and six foot waves there will be more carnage than you get in NASCAR or the NFL.
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    Don't give unexperienced kids expensive boats

    Yeah, it's probably more of an issue of putting inexperienced crews on a very unforgiving boat. The good news is that scows are built fairly heavy, so even when stupid shit happens it's usually pretty repairable. Hopefully this doesn't turn them off from racing, we've all done really stupid...
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    How smooth is smooth enough ?

    34 thou is an awfully thick film of water.
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    How smooth is smooth enough ?

    The amount of weight from that thin film of water on the deck is negligible at best. Taking a piss before the start will have a bigger impact.
  17. J

    Plain bearing vs ball bearing blocks

    For most of my applications I use Harken carbo blocks. Very rare that I've had any blow up. For little stuff (outhauls, cunninghams, etc) I often use their micro blocks. I tend to give preference to Harken since they're local (I'm less than an hour from Pewaukee), but I've also just found that...
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    How smooth is smooth enough ?

    From what I understand, surface finishes that would actually have an improvement over the polish we normally see tend to be very tricky and expensive to manufacture. Also, trying to gain an advantage by modifying your boat is a really good way to start some political infighting, which is a sure...
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    Dehumidifires

    No matter how hard you try to make something idiot proof, the world will make a better idiot.
  20. J

    Excuse me what the fuck?

    "If it sucks I'll park it in my neighbor's driveway" 
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