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    04-23-2018, 09:17 PM
    I'd be more worried about the excessive twist, personally. If any one section of that sail is correctly trimmed then the others must be incorrectly...
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    04-22-2018, 07:24 PM
    Yep, it was Sunstone. She was slipped immediately afterwards because she'd done some splines. Yes, the Noelex is very big for a trailerable, but...
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    04-22-2018, 07:14 PM
    The light 30s I've done the Hobart on would still be allowed to race, and I think the Noelex also would. I have no idea whether the Hobie would...
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    04-22-2018, 07:12 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Getting back on board in The Bilge
    As the head of US Sailing's safety committee (a former USN officer) said, if you go over unconscious then all a PFD will do is help them find your...
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    04-22-2018, 06:07 PM
    Apologies for mentioning this yet again, but years ago I was sailing very close (sometimes within sight) of a classic S&S design in a light 30 footer...
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    04-22-2018, 06:12 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Getting back on board in The Bilge
    There's an easy way to get back aboard something like an S&S Finnisterre-type 40'er or a J/36 (same hull as the better known J/35) with wetsuit and...
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    04-22-2018, 05:45 AM
    Dunno Phil - a Noelex 30 has done the Sydney-Hobart, and having raced that boat to Coffs and taken similar-weight 30 footers to Hobart I'd be happy...
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    04-19-2018, 06:39 AM
    It's not too bad, because we've got many more extensive waterways - even in Sydney there are places you can slot straight in. Of course there are...
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    04-19-2018, 04:59 AM
    Eh? Who is sitting on it? It's apparent that the graph shows that the 55 years + crowd are to blame. Ask me that in 16 days and I may have a...
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    04-18-2018, 04:27 AM
    45 is pretty common, but of course it's all relative to speed and going slow but high isn't efficient. Many craft will sail much higher, but only by...
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    04-17-2018, 11:14 PM
    I don't know - I've never checked. Nor, unfortunately, do I get to wait for favourable winds or like motoring, so I often go upwind and often enjoy...
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    04-17-2018, 07:12 PM
    My wife had a rescued hand-raised fruit bat (aka flying fox) when she was a kid. Apparently they don't so much land as crash onto things and then...
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    04-17-2018, 05:38 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Over 55s v millennials in The Bilge
    You obviously haven't had a kelpie pup in the house. Wiring a plug is what you do after they eat the cords.
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    04-17-2018, 05:31 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Over 55s v millennials in The Bilge
    As others have said, it's ridiculously biased. One can imagine a similar set of questions being asked when earlier generations were young. I didn't...
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    04-17-2018, 05:20 PM
    With respect, WX, it depends on what you're looking at in terms of windward performance. The boat the Junk Rig Association points to as an example of...
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    04-17-2018, 12:58 AM
    Manufacturer's serial numbers for production boats, pics and description for custom craft. The only boats I've had stolen are tenders, and I'll...
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    04-16-2018, 09:44 PM
    Are you saying that anyone who embraces death for what they believe to be a greater cause is insane or misguided? Anyone who is stupid enough to...
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    04-16-2018, 06:08 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Big masts in The Bilge
    Yes, which is why some of us don't really think that a marginal reduction in pollution is very important. If reducing pollution is the goal (and it's...
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    04-16-2018, 06:01 PM
    Yes, but did he put it up against an identical (or similar) hull in an objective test and prove that it was faster and/or more easily handled? I'm...
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    04-16-2018, 05:51 PM
    As far as I can calculate it (and I may well be wrong) the sail's pressure is so low that it would collapse instantly under the pressure of even 1m...
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    04-16-2018, 03:44 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Big masts in The Bilge
    The pollution involved in the construction would be enormous, surely?
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    04-16-2018, 03:35 PM
    As Tom Speer (Boeing wing designer and America's Cup wing designer for Oracle) and Mark Drela (MIT aerodynamics professor, designer of world champion...
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    04-16-2018, 06:40 AM
    Not really impressed. Their vids of the inflatable sail on a Laser sailing against a stock Laser aren't convincing, because the stock Laser is poorly...
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    04-16-2018, 01:39 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Comey the leaker in The Bilge
    It may not have been the best decision - all I'm saying (and I said at the time his reasoning could be just what he said in the book) is that it was...
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    04-15-2018, 11:06 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Comey the leaker in The Bilge
    Oh come on, it's probably designed to give atmosphere and a gist of the situation and the personalities involved. If someone from the left put up...
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    04-15-2018, 11:01 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Comey the leaker in The Bilge
    Yep. He was in a no-win situation; you get caught in such situations when you are handling investigations.
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    04-15-2018, 06:46 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Comey the leaker in The Bilge
    How much crime fighting have you done, Bobby? How many interviews have you done when you're working in an anti-corruption role? How many times have...
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    04-15-2018, 06:42 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread A Yacht Race in The Bilge
    Some sailors hiked Seawanhaka 15 fters/Half Raters in the same way in the 1890s.
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    04-15-2018, 06:30 PM
    Not at all - there is no connection between being happy to pay taxes, and needing a small boat registered. Here in Australia we are well to the left...
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