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    12-15-2017, 05:57 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Small boat pron. in The Bilge
    A timber Division II windsurfer. The former Olympic class came from the Div II development class. These were almost 13ft long, round bottomed, and...
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    12-15-2017, 05:29 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Small boat pron. in The Bilge
    Contender by Bonezzi. The last two timber boats they built are at my club. One of them was a wife's gift to her husband. The man himself. He...
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    12-15-2017, 03:06 AM
    That hull looks nice, John! Well done. PS - I'm not commenting on the rig only because I know little about lugs.
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    12-14-2017, 11:18 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread if Moore loses... in The Bilge
    So Americans are all enslaved, according to Moore. Look, guys, I'll cut you a deal. If the price is right I will BUY some of you poor enslaved...
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    12-14-2017, 06:11 PM
    If you haven't seen a bermudan mainsail being used without a winch then you should just look at (for example) an Etchells or any one of the other...
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    12-14-2017, 04:55 AM
    Depends what you're comparing things with. A metal-mast boat can set sails in a few seconds; a standard bermudan boat with a rig the size of yours...
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    12-14-2017, 04:39 AM
    She's a great boat, Jay, and a great performer in her day. But as you said in another thread, her PHRF should be about 194 or something. So compared...
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    12-14-2017, 03:47 AM
    The J/36 is moving to Port Stephens, onto a mooring in North Arm Cove. The Spencer 28'er and the rest of the flotilla are going with us to Armidale...
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    12-14-2017, 02:50 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Small boat pron. in The Bilge
    /\ Yes, the Germans do magnificent small wooden boats. The Renjollen as in your first pic are stunning, and in their day they would have made...
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    12-14-2017, 02:43 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Small boat pron. in The Bilge
    Here's my small wooden boat, photographed under a previous owner. Due to changes in class rules and the demands of the 28'er and other classes, her...
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    12-14-2017, 02:16 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Small boat pron. in The Bilge
    Be still my beating heart...... German Jollenkreuzer ("dinghy cruiser", although the first one actually has a keel). PS- I don't know why the...
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    12-14-2017, 02:08 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Small boat pron. in The Bilge
    Great thread Peter 12 Foot Dinghy, the first International dinghy class and still going strong; I had a go of an Italian 'glass version....
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    12-13-2017, 07:58 PM
    Rats. She's the last of a breed of home-made and designed smaller boats.
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    12-13-2017, 07:57 PM
    I can get up the sides of the 36'er after spending an hour or so cleaning the hull, but at the moment I'm not in training and at 54 I've got to be in...
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    12-13-2017, 07:01 AM
    What really worries me is the number of people on Seabreeze forum who can't get back onboard their own boat when it's moored. It would feel bizarre...
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    12-13-2017, 06:47 AM
    I agree with lots of that. I've been lucky enough to talk to many of the world's greatest designers of racing boats. They speak almost to a man of...
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    12-13-2017, 06:44 AM
    That's fine, but my post was addressing the speed issue.
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    12-13-2017, 06:44 AM
    Sure, older wineglass hulls can exceed hull speed sometimes, but Ersin implied that they were as fast in such conditions as flat hulled boats...
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    12-13-2017, 06:41 AM
    Sure - but Ersin appears to be talking about speed.
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    12-13-2017, 05:49 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Not Quite Australian in The Bilge
    Jeez, how silly I was to waste three years at uni, doing the second-hardest course to get into in NSW, when I could have known everything about...
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    12-12-2017, 07:08 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Not Quite Australian in The Bilge
    I do understand your view. We appear to disagree mainly on whether the relevant words have become so anachronistic that they can effectively be...
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    12-12-2017, 05:29 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Not Quite Australian in The Bilge
    Rick, there is definitely logic there. The logic is pretty simple - if the HC can ignore some plain words in the constitution (ie s 44) then they can...
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    12-12-2017, 06:43 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Not Quite Australian in The Bilge
    We do "need" the HC to interpret things so literally when they are not ambiguous, unless we want to change the entire legal system and all the...
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    12-12-2017, 05:21 AM
    But even the most highly-tuned and developed wineglass hulls, such as Dragons, J Classers, Folkboats etc have no chance against a modern flatter...
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    12-12-2017, 01:57 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Not Quite Australian in The Bilge
    Wow, what a lack of comprehension skills. Short version - there are rules of legislative interpretation on which our legal system depends and...
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    12-12-2017, 12:11 AM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Not Quite Australian in The Bilge
    The words I quoted are very clear. The issue was whether the HC "caused this mess by applying too literal an interpretation". The point is that...
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    12-11-2017, 09:30 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Not Quite Australian in The Bilge
    I've read the Wiki and the Hill and Cleary judgments, as well as commentary on them in the past. The words "reasonable steps" are unclear, yes, which...
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    12-11-2017, 09:05 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Not Quite Australian in The Bilge
    It is that simple in such situations, Rick. The usual rule is to follow the ordinary meaning of the words unless there is ambiguity etc. Only then...
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    12-11-2017, 07:26 PM
    Chris249 replied to a thread Not Quite Australian in The Bilge
    The alternative to the interpretation they adopted was arguably to change the way legislation has normally been interpreted for eons. Once that...
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    12-11-2017, 05:59 PM
    Yep, same here, like in our J/24 which had a two-time world champion sailmaker skipper and an America's Cup winning sailmaker trimming. Even in...
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