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    07-18-2019, 09:45 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread LongPac Updates in 2019 LongPac
    On a warm, sleepy afternoon, one of my housemates drank the elixir intended for long periods of hand-steering. I won't be able to bring it to the...
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    07-18-2019, 09:19 PM
    You're right! The RBBS entry fee for my boat would be $855, plus whatever it takes to get a "partially or fully-measured ORR certificate." That's...
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    07-18-2019, 02:45 PM
    "Sorry, I had to bring the Alerion because my Class 40 was in the shop..." Scott Easom mentioned this possibility awhile back. I told him it...
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    07-18-2019, 12:29 PM
    I'd be interested, but RBBS is the same weekend as our SSS Half Moon Bay Race. Kleinman is the week before Drake's Bay - possible for others but...
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    07-16-2019, 03:50 PM
    That guy had too much time on his hands. Like the friend who built me a submarine, described WAY back in your thread.
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    07-16-2019, 02:38 PM
    Nah, if I'm going to hit something I want a good run at it.
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    07-16-2019, 09:12 AM
    Surprise! has a full bulkhead in front of the rudder post but it has holes through it for the engine exhaust hose, hoses from the cockpit drains,...
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    07-16-2019, 08:59 AM
    It's surprising that there were no mechanical fasteners. If you duplicate the metal "box" seen on the other boat, I'd go up a thickness on the...
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    07-15-2019, 09:41 AM
    It's fresh in my mind because of Will's boat in the LongPac and because I've been spending time in Surprise!'s stern area, staring at the rudder...
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    07-15-2019, 08:58 AM
    Not to pour cold water on it, but this is the biggest reason why another SHTP is not a sure thing for me. These collisions, with resulting foil...
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    07-14-2019, 06:33 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread LongPac Updates in 2019 LongPac
    Creative guess, but no. Since the mizzen mast was mostly unrelated I'll post that part - it's too boring for the meeting anyway. The tiller arm...
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    07-14-2019, 06:13 PM
    Will, do you still think the damage was from hitting something? Could it have been from wave action (given the rough conditions) combined with the...
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    07-14-2019, 10:54 AM
    Well done! There's another guy in the club I'm working on that way. I just sold him one of Ragtime!'s autopilots. Come to think of it, that may...
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    07-14-2019, 10:45 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread LongPac Updates in 2019 LongPac
    Brian solved Surprise!'s AP mystery inside of 30 seconds. We are enriched to have such talent in the SSS. It's stretching to say the reason was...
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    07-14-2019, 10:35 AM
    Wait - I'm still trying to sell that boat. I talked to a guy about it yesterday. Is Howard keeping it?
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    07-11-2019, 09:41 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread LongPac Updates in 2019 LongPac
    Indeed it was - congrat's Falk!
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    07-10-2019, 09:54 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread LongPac Updates in 2019 LongPac
    Yes, please! I talked to a reputable shop yesterday and they're booked until November! I have a call into another one - skilled labor is hard to...
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    07-10-2019, 08:45 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread LongPac Updates in 2019 LongPac
    1. With new rigging, was the apparent cause of the slack lower rigging stretch? Starboard side only, or both sides? Scott is on his way to race...
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    07-09-2019, 06:42 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Newbie in Singlehanded Sailing Society
    That's a big reason SSS runs the LongPac as a qualifier (the race this last weekend). For most, it's the first time they've slept underway while in...
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    07-08-2019, 09:49 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread LongPac Updates in 2019 LongPac
    I've tried in vain to organize the race into an ordered commentary, so I'll just post recollections as they come to mind. Here are a few about being...
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    07-08-2019, 07:41 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread LongPac Updates in 2019 LongPac
    Greg, I am so sorry. I understand all-too-well how it could happen, but that doesn't take away the sting.
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    07-08-2019, 12:14 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    You DID post it! She looked much better by the end of the day.
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    07-08-2019, 09:55 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread LongPac Updates in 2019 LongPac
    I plan to post race details but I still can't organize my brain. And I'm still bouncing - the physical effects feel more post-SHTP than...
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    07-03-2019, 08:06 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Good Luck Longpacers in 2019 LongPac
    Great, now I have "Rubber ducky, you're the one" repeating in my head. Your liferaft fits fine and is ready to go offshore again.
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    07-02-2019, 08:26 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    I ran out of time to get the waterproof panel cover modified and installed. The biggest problem is keeping the key switch dry. It turns out a...
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    07-01-2019, 10:28 AM
    Will it really be only 10-15 TWS at 126 40? One can hope. (GFS per Passage Weather.) And a southerly swell under NW wind waves - there must be...
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    07-01-2019, 09:45 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    I'm sorry there have been no updates for awhile. There's a new pulpit so free-flying sails can set ahead of it, and a new cable-less code sail...
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    06-30-2019, 08:31 PM
    According to Tommy Chong, "far out man." I don't remember. The offshore traffic area is a 38 nm radius out from Mt. Tam, so I'd guess they expect...
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    06-30-2019, 11:08 AM
    Do you believe Sail Flow (yuk!) or NWS and Passage Weather, which look better? What are you watching and what are you seeing? Also, what does the...
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    And then there is today's forecast, which is incomprehensible to me:
    TODAY
    SW WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT.
    NW SWELL 3 TO 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS AND S 3 FT AT 14 SECONDS.
    PATCHY FOG.
    What does it mean that there are nw swells AND s swells? Hmmm? That is, what would it mean to sailor in a 20' boat?
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    ps I also sail in the Berkeley Friday night beer cans, and there has been some wind out there, too. I'm the only single hander and sometimes I get exasperated by the comments, but it is what it is.
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    Hi, Bob
    I wonder if I can get some advice, please? I just registered my first PLB and plan to go outside the gate for the Half Moon Bay Race on my Cal 20. I sailed out past mile rock once (inadvertently, after being flushed out in the ebb during the Fiasco) and so I know that the bay and the ocean are different. ha ha. Like the whole world was under my hull, heaving up and then down, slowly. But that was then, and this is now. I have located offshore weather reports, so that's one thing. I have a handheld radio and a handheld gps doohickey. I feel fine sailing in the bay with a smaller jib in winds up to 25 knots, so it's not wind that is an unknown to me, it's the waves and "swell" and how those are going to feel that are a bit scary just because I haven't really experienced them yet. Given that I can handle almost anything the bay has handed me (I finished the 2010 Corinthian, in which there was lots of carnage), can you tell me what to expect of the following type information (this is NOAA's forecast for Aug 3)
    WED
    NW WINDS 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT.
    NW SWELL 3 TO 5 FT AND S 3 FT. PATCHY FOG.
    Thank you so much, Jackie Philpott Dura Mater
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    I'll bring the splitter to the next SHTP meeting unless you need it before then.

    -jak
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    Re: Downwind Rating --

    Have you looked at the recently revised DW ratings? VALIS (my Pacific Seacraft 44) got much-appreciated adjustment, from 81 to 99. Some boats ratings were unchanged, and I have no idea what the PHRF rating folks are using to calculate the changes (or the base ratings for that matter).
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    Good Morning,

    I would very much appreciate to get your explanation about why my posting regarding emergency rudder issues of yesterday has been ceised. I thought it might be of interest for your readership whats being available on the market in terms of safety at sea today.

    Of course I am aware that Hans Bernwall is considering this as his personal playground, even knowing that we of windpilot are manaufacturing SOS rudder now since decades.

    But while this might be an issue amongst competitors I thought that a forum administration would be able to spread useful information to their readers without restricting information that might be benefitial and important.

    Perhaps I should invite you for a closer examination to our product range... very certainly you may realize which kind of product improvements have been possible at a time where so many competitors standing still during decades.

    Thanks in anticipation for your answer to peter@windpilot.com

    kind regards
    Peter Foerthmann
    www.windpilot.com
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    Hey Bob,

    Sorry, I forgot to send my check in for the dial-in seminar. I thought I had already mailed it. Will do so tonight.

    Adrian
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