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    It's a Sandfish!

    Having sailed in that area I am familiar with the wind and dunes of the Michigan shore. Not surprising sand wedged the mast in, but more surprising someone strolling down the beach didn't liberate the mast to recycle for a couple of beers. The boat wasn't intended to be stored with the mast...
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    Field Trip to LP Rhode Island!

    Hmmm..., credibility appears to have gone right out the window... :rolleyes: Back to the original proposal, Field Trip to LP Rhode Island!. Anybody game to drop by on Sunday and shoot some pictures through the windows? . . . it's what's inside that counts. ;) .
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    Field Trip to LP Rhode Island!

    Thanks, I was looking in the wrong place (company). .
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    Field Trip to LP Rhode Island!

    I agree..., you don't cut your own throat by denigrating the supply side or shaking the confidence of the demand side. Is there a European forum like this one where we could listen in and see if these supply issues are wider spread than LP's US market? That might include scuttlebutt about...
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    Field Trip to LP Rhode Island!

    This link will get you the Google Map... - click on address - 200 High Point Ave Portsmouth, RI 02871 .
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    Racing downwind

    For an up-and-comer to racing, how would suggest to order learning each of these tactics by significance so they build one with another into a symphony of second nature responses? .
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    Hiking for an Old Man

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    Hiking for an Old Man

    BTDT ... darn turbos - should've had a trapeze wire off the stern.
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    Hiking for an Old Man

    …you’re catching on, but it’s all been very entertaining. :eek: Theoretically it should work, but in a very narrow band of wind and water conditions…, not to mention learning the recognition of and practicing the reaction to will likely equal or exceed the effort of just learning Sunfish...
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    Racing downwind

    Many sailing principles have been around a long long ... long time. ;)
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    Racing downwind

    One of the key downwind tactics is to get the sail centered over the hull. This reduces the wind's leverage for turning the boat to "windward" and causing undo weather helm, a condition that requires countering by the rudder and subsequently slows the boat. Photo - Sunfish Class NY Region...
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    Hiking for an Old Man

    :o OK, let's have a look a the practical side... What would this system need in order to function successfully? Would this be a mouse trap device or fly-by-wire technology? Which brings up another question..., why wasn't the daggerboard simply shortened years ago to create the capsize proof...
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    Hiking for an Old Man

    Heck, did you watch the 470s in the final round of the Beijiing Olympics..., they all capsized at least once. Dinghy sailing is like that some days. So you go out and brave the wind anyway or go home and mow the lawn. I go sailing (which includes an occasional swim). .
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    Leaky Mast

    Any indication of what made the hole? Right away there's a strong suspicion the mast is corroding from the inside out. In that case failure is probably not too long down the road. Usually the top cap fits snuggly enough to keep water out, but sometimes they need sealing. Caps are held in...
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    Hiking for an Old Man

    Or you could have outriggers that spring out, or perminant outriggers for that matter. What some people have already done with the sailboat design is to make the daggerboard a fixed element and they even add counter-balancing weight. There's no limit to what might be done... ;)
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