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    Hi Skip - I am an amateur entomologist and...

    Hi Skip -

    I am an amateur entomologist and have looked for those water striders for hours on end while passing through the High - that's amazing that you found them! Can you tell us more about...
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    There is a Halobates water strider that is...

    There is a Halobates water strider that is pelagic, I have spent a lot of time looking for them and never seen one.

    Skip, is this what you're talking about? If you've seen them I'd love to...
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    The trouble with dinoflagellates is they are a...

    The trouble with dinoflagellates is they are a plankton and plankton live in the water. So do pelagic crabs (they have gills). That's why I'm suspecting Skip is aiming at something metaphoric here...
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    Hi, Skip - if you don't like the bacteria (which...

    Hi, Skip - if you don't like the bacteria (which *are* there but not visible to the naked eye), I'll vote for dancing stars reflecting in the smooth water of the High as the answer to you last...
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    Lakota Foremast and mainmast, depending upon...

    Lakota

    Foremast and mainmast, depending upon height of mainmast and whether or not the gollywobbler is set.

    Hal Holbrook

    Yes. Could also build one in ferrocement, but it would be slower!
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    Raymarine specifies the minimum compass safe...

    Raymarine specifies the minimum compass safe distance as 9" between the i40 display and the magnetic compass. It's in the i40 manual section 3.5...
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    That will entirely depend upon the depth sounder...

    That will entirely depend upon the depth sounder readout display. Can you tell us what you're planning to put in the cutout?

    On the other hand, if you treat an SSS TransPacific race boat as an...
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    This morning I got up and went reading about what...

    This morning I got up and went reading about what you are constructing - that's a fascinating design, solves a problem in a clever way, and looks like it can be made to work.

    My suspicion is that...
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    The ticket for veneer removal is a belt sander,...

    The ticket for veneer removal is a belt sander, and as you're working on a flat surface you want to support the belt sander in a base that keeps the belt level to the surface you're sanding. I have...
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    Well, the Dark Side has cookies! :)

    Well, the Dark Side has cookies! :)
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    Is the age of the halyards known? You definitely...

    Is the age of the halyards known? You definitely don't want to be headed off across the pond and having halyards break as you go.

    - rob/beetle
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    I was race chair for SSS TransPac when we had 8...

    I was race chair for SSS TransPac when we had 8 boats (2002) - and that was particularly exciting in the sense that we were struggling to figure out how to break-even financially! Hint: have every...
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    Hi Randy - Thanks for the update. Are there...

    Hi Randy -

    Thanks for the update. Are there plans to put this information the SSS website and the SSS TransPac site?

    Where did May 4th come from? I'm unaware of anything suggesting that...
  14. What currently prevents the rudder stock from a)...

    What currently prevents the rudder stock from a) falling out the bottom of the boat, and b) rising up into the hull? Whatever that mechanism is you might want to keep it.

    To hold the rudder...
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    My experience with ships running radars and...

    My experience with ships running radars and spotting you in amongst the sea clutter is not good - most ships have been unable to see Beetle on their radar. My favorite conversation with a ship was...
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    That's a very nice eye splice you made. Why not...

    That's a very nice eye splice you made. Why not go with spectra core double-braid (Warpspeed, for example), strip back the cover so you're only splicing singlebraid at the shackle, and bury the...
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    Hi Philippe - I have a 2:1 pole lift in the rig...

    Hi Philippe - I have a 2:1 pole lift in the rig (the lift does double-duty for hoisting and tensioning the vectran storm jib stay), with the bitter end spliced onto a padeye set in the spar. That...
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    Opinions about options with anchors among...

    Opinions about options with anchors among sailors? - never happens :)
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    I would hardly call Surprise! and skipper a...

    I would hardly call Surprise! and skipper a newbie - you've been there done that, probably have the anchor to prove it!

    I'm already down south in Channel Islands Harbor (Oxnard). For my runs...
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    I'm just learning about NMEA 2000 networking,...

    I'm just learning about NMEA 2000 networking, having installed the initial bits into Beetle to support a chart plotter. Do you carry a spare NMEA 2000 terminator/resistor to keep the network up if...
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    That's brilliant - a "bring your own sea anchor"...

    That's brilliant - a "bring your own sea anchor" event. In calm conditions we could raft up for a couple of hours and barbecue, then wobble off a little ways from each other and drift for the...
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    The Vic-Maui race is presumably still on, though...

    The Vic-Maui race is presumably still on, though no discussion on their website regarding COVID-19 ramifications.
    https://www.vicmaui.org/index.php

    A concern for starting and finishing any race...
  23. Hi Jackie - I was under the impression that...

    Hi Jackie -

    I was under the impression that outward facing communication from the SSS to another organization is through the SSS Commodore. Shouldn't your letter have been from Don Martin as SSS...
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    Cruise-out to the Pacific High?

    If Hawaii does shut down, or time runs out to hold the SSS TransPacific Race to Hanalei - anyone interested in a cruise-out to the Pacific High?

    I spent four days in the High on one of my return...
  25. As a data point, the World ARC Rally has been...

    As a data point, the World ARC Rally has been suspended, with boats being laid up in French Polynesia and the crews flown home. The Rally organizers are looking towards "late summer" to see how...
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