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    05-20-2019, 06:06 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Oz Politics. in The Bilge
    Up 2.6%, probably going to have the balance of power, and no longer sharing the cross benches with a bunch of right wingers. If a swing to the...
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    05-20-2019, 05:25 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Oz Politics. in The Bilge
    The DSS says it differently. "At the turn of the century there was no social security system in Australia. Charitable relief was provided to needy...
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    05-20-2019, 05:13 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Oz Politics. in The Bilge
    Surely you know that Labor was going to give it a go? ...
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    05-20-2019, 05:00 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Oz Politics. in The Bilge
    Are you trying to say that the entire middle class in Australia are poor battlers? By quite a few measures they are much better off than in earlier...
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    05-20-2019, 04:01 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Oz Politics. in The Bilge
    We're thinking about changing our attitudes in some ways. We've never tried to really work the tax system, for example, despite copping some big...
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    05-15-2019, 08:32 PM
    Yes, but the point was the poster I was referring to appeared to be saying that planing craft never operate at displacement speeds or that they do...
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    05-15-2019, 03:51 AM
    A surfboard being paddled out through whitewater isn't planing. Nor is a SUP that is not on a wave, or a typical short windsurfer in very light...
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    05-13-2019, 05:12 PM
    Not surprisingly, what you say does seem to be shown in the performance of real life hulls. At top speed even fast hulls like those of 18 Foot Skiffs...
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    05-13-2019, 05:08 PM
    What is the relevance of those papers to the claim that yacht designers are lazy? I can't see anything that indicates they are not the sort of papers...
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    05-13-2019, 04:19 AM
    Very true. The issue I have is that some people claim the AC WILL get people into the sport, against all evidence, when in fact it may turn them off.
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    05-13-2019, 04:18 AM
    I'm not sure, just because the costs are actually higher than in the 12 or J Boat days, even allowing for inflation, and the risks are greater - or...
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    05-13-2019, 04:09 AM
    The fact that the crew got scared could be utterly irrelevant. They may not have been experienced sailors, or known how to handle the boat or the...
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    05-12-2019, 06:27 PM
    People seem to get Lasers to tow happily up to claimed speeds of 15-20 knots, either manned or unmanned. Maybe they are doing it in flatter water?
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    05-12-2019, 06:15 PM
    Where is the "wild bull" behaviour? If the boat crossed the Atlantic alone it sounds as if the boat's behaviour was very good.
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    05-12-2019, 06:12 PM
    Nice idea; thanks.
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    05-12-2019, 07:30 AM
    There seem to be quite a few later 12s running around as working boats in charter use etc without a major rebuild. Chucking some furniture and a...
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    05-12-2019, 07:27 AM
    Well said. There have been two big studies about the public perception of sailing, and why people don't sail. The big reason that sailing is not more...
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    05-12-2019, 07:15 AM
    Not really. Look at what was pioneered in the AC and it's pretty much a particular sort of hydrofoil for cats (decades after other multis used foils)...
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    05-02-2019, 07:32 AM
    But I've found quotes in old books and magazines from the time when the bermudan rig came in, saying that it looked much nicer than the gaff or...
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    04-30-2019, 06:06 AM
    Well said. On small high performance racing cats we often use a 16:1 downhaul system, and sometimes the crew bends their legs while standing on...
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    04-22-2019, 07:54 PM
    With respect, the time taken to step any rig surely depends on many factors other than its basic design. For example, a stayed rig may be stepped...
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    04-22-2019, 07:20 PM
    The way you wrote your posts, including the comment about the west coast that "I'd think that there would be enough traditional boat knowledge out...
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