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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    And what many of the "always wear a PFD" brigade don't seem to acknowledge is two things; one that a PFD is often of little use if you do have such a confluence of conditions; and secondly that such...
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    On the other hand, PFDs and seatbelts can be seen as completely different. A PFD is something that comes into play in situations many of us get into regularly for fun - a seatbelt doesn't. PFDs are...
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    But if you get hit in the head and knocked unconscious, a PFD is quite likely to do nothing to save you. Most of the ones you'll wear on a small boat won't float an unconscious person well enough to...
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    In that case, arguably you're a fool if you do not wear a helmet in your car, when walking down the street, or in your bed. After all, the chances of dying as a result of head injuries while walking...
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    With respect (honestly) what's the worst that can happen if you lose a lanyard-less rowlock, in a narrow calm waterway? And how often does one anchor when rowing to a yacht?Obviously there are...
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    After checking the video, it appears that the answer is no, there are no lifeguards in the part of the famous swimming area that can be seen in the background of the video. I can't see what...
  7. Re: Looking for suggestions for my first build. South Florida daysailer.

    When you refer to "speed being more important than looks", what do you mean by "speed"? There are people who call boats around 17ft long which struggle to beat Optimists as speedsters, and there are...
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    While looking for stats I noted that in Australia, about 15% of those who drowned while boating had taken illegal drugs. bout 15% were too drunk to drive. Of those cases where medical information is...
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    If I recall correctly, the lightweight ss rods holding the cockpit cover had failed, leaving him fully exposed while sleeping. Secondly, he had to get into the water to get to the hatches where he...
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    As I said, there are sometimes lifeguards in some parts of the area. In other parts of that famous swimming and surfing area there are no lifeguards and are quite popular with swimmers and surfers,...
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    I'm no expert but a quick Google indicates that many people do not consider Venezuela or Cuba to be western. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_world#Latin_America_and_the_Orthodox_world
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    Sounds pretty typical - a bunch of people (the swimmers) are perfectly happy in the water. A couple of people go out in a small powerboat, capsize, and there's a near tragedy. Arguably the problem is...
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    Sometimes, in the most crowded area. Not where there are normally significant numbers of surfers. Nor is there usually a lifesaver during much of the week, during winter, or where many keen swimmers...
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    There's plenty of doctors on ice- and wild-swimming forums who write articles about the fact that training for cold water shock is quite practical and effective, and there's lots of videos of ice...
  15. Re: quickly now, to the exceedingly clean deck thread

    Such decks are a minority, though. There's many boats that do some fairly serious sailing (Transatlantics, Fastnet, Sydney-Hobart) with flush, or essentially flush, decks.

    22927

    Personally I...
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    I agree the stats aren't complete, but by the same token some of those who argue for more use of PFDs use the same sort of incomplete or misleading stats. For example, in Australia they refer to...
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    Re: What are the criteria that define an American?

    I was addressing the issue about whether other countries offer a good multicultural mix because your post implied no country could offer one like the USA, that's all.

    I didn't work long in...
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    Re: static caravan park

    My point was that the photo of the Traveller encampment didn't prove that the UK didn't have rules. They do, and they seem to use them just as the US does.
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    Re: static caravan park

    To be honest, "trailer park" sounds like a far sillier term. It could encompass a park full of boat trailers or horse trailers just as well as it describes a bunch of mobile homes.
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    Re: What are the criteria that define an American?

    The USA is a great country, but countries like Switzerland, NZ, Australia, Canada, Austria and Germany have higher proportions of immigrants. I'm not sure of the situation in the USA but Australia,...
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    Re: static caravan park

    The accompanying article states that large amounts of public money are to be spent cleaning up the mess, which shows that they don't just have rules, but they will spend to enforce them.
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    In that scenario, yes. Although one wonders whether they would just have made the difference between people dying of hypothermia and people dying from drowning.

    Google brings up several pieces...
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    Re: Penalties for scaling up plans?

    I know that WSA is the principle resistance at very low speed. It's not the principle resistance overall because it's not the main factor at medium to high speeds and when at the planing threshold....
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    Re: Always have a life preserver

    It does depend on the water you're on. As was noted in the last PFD thread, the chance of drowning is actually very small. In the UK, there are 64,000 people keen enough to go sailing each week, and...
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    Re: Penalties for scaling up plans?

    And I stand by the gist of my answer, which comes from talking to current designers, reading designers like Ben Lexcen, Uffa Fox and looking at the proportions of their boats, and experience in...
  26. Re: Bruce Pfund, Ugly Boats ('Proboats' magazine)

    Does he name any particular types or designs as being either beautiful or ugly?

    To be honest there's many a "character boat" that has the high freeboard and boxy shape we see in many modern boats,...
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    Re: Penalties for scaling up plans?

    Hey, there's nothing wrong with the last part!
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    One definite advantage in using "driver" is that it's not sexist, and less clumsy that "helmsperson".

    In a sport that is often criticised for being snobby, the use of self-deprecating terms can...
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    When this discussion has come up in a dinghy class where many crews are women, the discussion was anything but serious. :-)
  30. Thread: Law on knives

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    Re: Law on knives

    So guns don't actually work all that well for self defence after all?

    If they are poor when used for self defence, but proven to be effective when used for attack, wouldn't it seem to follow that...
  31. Thread: Law on knives

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    Re: Law on knives

    And what does your source show? It shows about 240 knife murders per annum in the UK, compared to 1604 in the USA. So on a per capita rate, the UK has a 75% lower rate of knife murders. However, on a...
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    The point, surely, is that there are different definitions of "reasonable force". In many western societies, having a gun and using it is much less likely to be considered "reasonable force" than it...
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    Interesting link, thanks. One point that interests and concerns me is that it indicates that some things advocated by the left (in this case, open carry but also judicial activism and violent...
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    That's interesting information about the state constitutions. I love living in a society where we don't carry guns but it's good to hear a well-researched, reasoned and intelligent viewpoint from the...
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    Fair call. One wonders whether the people who a few years ago said they would fight to defend democracy from the president will say the same thing now their guy is in office.
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    On the other hand, Brian, I've read a huge number of people claim that if the US had not fought under such severe political restrictions (such as not targeting many bridges and not chasing fighter...
  37. Re: St.Kitts & Nevis has shrunk by a quarter since 1961

    So she's not particularly "an intellectual" - she's fairly well educated but a working journalist.

    Why did you use the term as an insult? Do you hate education, per se?
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    So you're not worried about trying to stop episodes such as the one where a person who was not a felon used longarms to kill 50 people? Allowing that sort of incident sounds pretty flawed, too.
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    We have an American friend who was a fierce "right to bear arms" type when he moved over here. He was also a perfect example of the fact that there are pro-gun people who aren't like Tex - he was...
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    Yes, and if we follow Tex's logic, it means he can't comment on countries with strong gun controls because he is not in a country with strong gun controls.
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    What do you mean "And you KNOW that how?" Read my post. I asked a question, namely "do you have to be in an armed militia to volunteer when natural disasters occur?"
    Anyone who can read can see that...
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    Tex, it's great that you and others volunteered. But do you have to be in an armed militia to volunteer when natural disasters occur? Other countries have organisations of volunteer citizens that...
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    What's relevant to this discussion is that you claimed that the British can't use libraries, the internet and the television to become informed about gun laws. Where is the evidence for this claim?
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    Re: The demise of boat language

    Sorry for the confusion. I know what banal means. I was trying to using clumsy irony and hyperbole in order to probe why slang terms like "sled" and "jolt my gut" are seen to be OK, whereas a term...
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    Are you trying to say that Brits can't use the internet to become informed about gun laws? Are you saying that Brits cannot get hold of a copy of the US Constitution, which is a central part of the...
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    That act is normally used to prevent harassment via email and internet. It has been used, for example, against someone who threatened to murder a politician, sending her a picture of a knife, and who...
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    I did it because, sadly, in previous discussions of this sort some people have effectively blamed the high US murder rate on blacks. I wanted to avoid black men being portrayed as the cause of the...
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    Why would that happen? Have the people of the UK needed such a militia lately? What about the Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders? Have they needed a militia for that purpose lately?

    It appears...
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    Good point. Thanks
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    Re: Do we still need that militia?

    Fair call. The information I have seen indicates that many militia fans believe that they will be fighting against the regular forces and that was what my question was based on. They appear to...
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