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    Yesterday, 07:18 PM
    The topic has been discussed before in this very thread, but it was easier to find the original article: "In the early 1700s, when the Spanish...
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    Yesterday, 06:39 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    There seems to be some interest in making this an SSS event, so I looked into it further. One rule (yes, there are rules) was apparently added...
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    Yesterday, 11:44 AM
    Lemon things. Philpott is kinda sensitive about this.
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    Yesterday, 11:39 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Latitude 38 just posted this. Somehow it reminded me of driving the patio boat at Big Bear Lake. As often happens, the blue sailboat won this...
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    Yesterday, 10:51 AM
    Yes! Confused because they both appear to be on pilings, Michael used the Corinthian Yacht Club in place of the Southampton platform. It was...
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    Yesterday, 10:44 AM
    I'm fresh out of lemon things to share.
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    Yesterday, 10:37 AM
    That explains why I don't have the newer version - I didn't race in 2012. The blue on 2012's shirt masks the fact that the buoy colors were wrong on...
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    Yesterday, 10:23 AM
    Sharp eyes will spot the result of a misunderstanding about the appearance of one of the other marks. I think this design was used again recently,...
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    Yesterday, 10:01 AM
    When I was the club's t-shirt wonk, Michael at the Pirate's Lair conspired with me to memorialize Gary Mull's well-researched article about our...
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    08-21-2019, 09:55 AM
    Thanks to that most nautical of charting sources, Wikipedia: "Captain (Sir) John Ross commanded the Victory during his second Arctic exploration...
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    08-20-2019, 09:05 AM
    This is in response to "towing" or drafting on another boat's wake. At the beginning of her second season, Ragtime! came out of Easom's Boat Spa...
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    08-19-2019, 07:55 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Sorry, I don't represent my home town very well. I'm glad you found some lunch - First Street Cafe? We just got back from Big Bear Lake. ...
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    08-19-2019, 11:27 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Well THAT's a surprise!
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    08-15-2019, 10:38 AM
    If the upper lifeline is taut on a Moore, Express 27, etc. the helmsman can't sit up straight without having his upper body outside the lifeline. ...
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    08-13-2019, 09:56 AM
    No doubt. Sounds like I should run a hacksaw up to her - she'll need a tabernacle mast to get back down here for Drake's Bay.
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    08-12-2019, 06:10 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Yes, North calls it their "Helix" luff - similar to what your Doyle guys have had for awhile. It still has a small cord in the luff to help with...
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    08-12-2019, 09:57 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    And not ignoring Philpott's post and photo - I would have rather been "up the Delta." I also could have used the swimming. Spending two days in the...
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    08-12-2019, 09:46 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    The seatrial yesterday went well. The new drive is smooth and quiet but it does pull the amps - always 2-3 when engaged, with spikes up to 8-9 when...
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    08-11-2019, 09:43 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    You have more confidence in my mechanical skills than I do. No, I need to go thrash around the central Bay and wring out this new drive.
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    08-11-2019, 09:20 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    It was working pretty well, after I put hydraulic fluid in it! I almost postponed the project until after Drake's Bay. But all my dock mates are...
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    08-10-2019, 11:01 PM
    So easy to sail, she sails herself - no skipper required!
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    08-10-2019, 10:15 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    With apologies to Will Smith. Old and Busted: The New Hotness:
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    08-10-2019, 09:22 PM
    I suspect this was a hard decision - Scott and Summertime Dream go all the way back. Scott, you are welcome aboard Surprise! any time. She's...
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    08-08-2019, 04:02 PM
    On boats I've inspected with wheels, the emergency tiller was usually difficult to use. It was often too short and had to overpower the friction in...
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    08-07-2019, 09:49 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Not in my experience. The panel on Ragtime! was quite exposed in the back of her dinghy-style cockpit. On the third key switch I installed a cover...
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    08-07-2019, 08:51 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Not to mention what Yanmar charges for a new switch. I'll put this on the list.
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    08-06-2019, 03:48 PM
    The Can loved ToT in OYRA. I was told the change only compressed the corrected times (without changing the finish order) but it sure seemed to give...
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    08-06-2019, 03:33 PM
    Yes, the Skip polars for Ragtime! were faster than the Bob polars.
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    08-06-2019, 12:51 PM
    That Alerion 38-2 is the newer design, like Cinde Lou's Another Girl, so 107 sounds about right for a So-Cal rating. Did it have a spinnaker? ...
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    08-03-2019, 09:45 AM
    It's actually "use tax" since it's used property. The tax is easy to avoid if you follow the rules to the letter. The CA CDTFA (formerly BOE) will...
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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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