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Random / Re: Doge to a Dollar
« on: November 09, 2021, 03:18:15 PM »
How about Roblox?  The entire platform was down without real explanation last week for 3 days. Today the stock is up 42% (and man, if you bought in the crater).  200 million 7 year olds - and their grampys :) - can't be wrong.

PS:  Ford to 50

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Random / Re: More Danny
« on: November 06, 2021, 02:25:55 PM »
He just keeps getting better:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR4maEf-eCY
Was your video quality as poor as mine?  Stuttering images.  Horrible to watch.  i gave up

It is 4K and looks great for me but your playback might be much different.   There is a gear at the bottom right corner of the youtube player that will show you what resolution youtube is playing for you.  Click it and click quality.  If you have Auto (the default setting) on, Youtube will select the playback quality setting that they think is best for your current internet connection.  That may not work well though if your connection is really struggling.  You can always lower the resolution or check back later :).

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First thought: I love it.
Second thought: I could crash the hell out of that thing.

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Random / Re: Starship ready for orbit--with vacuum engines in place
« on: October 29, 2021, 02:45:28 AM »
How many times a week do we find ourselves saying, holy shit, these days?  This stuff is so amazing and so far out there, that I can only read, wonder about the super minds that are involved, and applaud. 

New Mac Pros this week, New Camera generation.  Categories that I have loved to use, and follow the tech from the sidelines since I was a kid.  57 Billion transistors in a laptop, etc.  For so long it felt like years between incremental advancements.  Now the impossible, the unimaginable is coming faster than we can imagine the changes. 

Damn, my simulation is powerful!

PS:  What is the host for our simulations anyways?  What system am I running on?

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Random / More Danny
« on: October 26, 2021, 10:08:45 AM »
He just keeps getting better:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR4maEf-eCY

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Sailboat Foiling / Re: Foiling Sailboats!
« on: October 24, 2021, 02:27:31 AM »
From what I could tell from my position slowly drowning myself, the hull of a moth is mostly imaginary. That's simply a more obvious way to have to swim back to shore.

Check out this (really nicely detailed)  moth build.  Incredible.  It boggles my mind that these things can bear (what I imagine to be) these loads, even for a short while.  No sane person would think that you should ever be united with one of these. 

https://www.sail-world.com/news/229181/How-to-home-build-a-Moth






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Sailboat Foiling / Re: Foiling Sailboats!
« on: October 22, 2021, 10:51:19 AM »
That is so great!


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Sailboat Foiling / Re: Foiling Sailboats!
« on: October 22, 2021, 04:27:41 AM »
Yup,  the centerline/inline foilers look too cool for these small boats.  Plus, it is closer to what we are used to.

It strikes me that with everything happening at the centerline, one (by one, I mean Bill) could build a sick (rectangular) narrow (6 inches?), overbuilt, fuselage centerline box with multiple attachment points for wand, mast stump, all rigging attachments, through-foil, wings, gantry, etc.  You could then bolt on various hull shapes/designs (probably slotted).  Modular, infinitely adjustable, super strong, upgradable.  Everything could mount to this box or the wings. 

Oh, the mind does move...


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Sailboat Foiling / Re: Foiling Sailboats!
« on: October 21, 2021, 10:25:05 AM »
I am sure there are benefits and it will be cool to have you on a different system. 

Check out the rigging on the UFO here to see if it suits you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaI0e63whvU&t=1141s

Waszp here:

https://youtu.be/kF90Yz48eJ4

Skeeta Here (said to be 15 minutes from a foils on start point, only 5 minutes if you can store mast up):

https://youtu.be/sZKcYdiRCsY

There are pretty big price differences in the boats.  In some areas this is fairly apparent.

This was my rig over-analysis:

Current Moth:  Carbon mast, full luff sleeve with many camber inducers, Carbon Spreader with shrouds/stays, Sailboat style carbon boom with gooseneck, Individual Cunningham and Vang.  High foot (easy to get under during transitions). All lines forward.  Extreme tension rig design, Most difficult to rig

Skeeta:  Carbon mast, no luff sleeve, Carbon Spreader with shrouds/stays.  Sliding track/halyard system, No Camber inducers (RAF style), Sailboat style carbon boom with gooseneck, Unified adjustable Cunningham and Vang.  High foot (easy to get under during transitions). All lines forward.  Low tension rig design, Easiest to rig

Waszp: Windsurf style rig on a carbon Mast, Full Luff Sleeve, Camber inducers, no shrouds/stays, dangling wishbone style aluminum boom, downhaul only, foot very low to deck.  Sheets from the clew (behind the skipper).  Looks like a windsurf level tension on rig, Second Easiest to rig

UFO:  Carbon Mast, no luff sleeve, track halyard system (significant feeding required), No shrouds/stays, Carbon wishbone style boom with aluminum spreaders, downhaul only, foot very low to deck at decksweeper, a bit more room aft of that.  Sheets from the clew (behind the skipper).  Third easiest to rig

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Sailboat Foiling / Re: Foiling Sailboats!
« on: October 21, 2021, 06:35:42 AM »
Great video.

The various rig types are going about it very differently.  Kind of choose your flavor.

I don't think there is much of a question who's king :)

Check out how granular you can get with this Moth rig.  Holy shit is that an impressive piece of kit.  40 MPH on water is rare air for sure but it is way cool to see how they get there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBQokdXk_8g&list=WL

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Sailboat Foiling / Re: Foiling Sailboats!
« on: October 20, 2021, 02:03:53 AM »
Look at getting things fixed and replacement cost.
 The UFO 's are well built. There is a great vid of how they build them and are constantly changing to keep things as efficient as possible.
 The Skeeta was not in production when I looked.
 

Those are all great points.  UFO looks nice as well.  The Skeeta design and videos drew me in but I can see advantages to both.  Skeetas are just now showing up here in the USA.  The distributor told me that the first container went to SailGP team who did some demos with them and I believe some made it into the wild.  They are expecting the first container in November for open order.  These are Cobra Epoxy boats.  Durability remains to be seen.   The partner brands and components that I have seen look good.  Not Moth level Sexy but well done.  This is all web stuff though, so always a bit of an unknown and a gamble. 








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Sailboat Foiling / Re: Foiling Sailboats!
« on: October 19, 2021, 11:28:58 AM »
This is great.  Just the listings from October will keep you busy.  These guys are turning stuff over like wing foilers :)

I have no good reason to be looking at this stuff...but I love it.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/399647313568164/

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Sailboat Foiling / Re: Foiling Sailboats!
« on: October 19, 2021, 08:59:18 AM »
Skeeta or UFO you can jump on and be foiling a few hours later.

Even a few months sounds great!  I am ready to fly again :)

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Sailboat Foiling / Re: Foiling Sailboats!
« on: October 19, 2021, 06:21:16 AM »
The sexy carbon stuff is like moths to a flame. Almost irresistible, and costly! Having said that, I'm looking forward to getting my 999 just so I can show my Moth buddies that yes, we also have thin, high aspect foils too now!

Perhaps unfair, but interesting to compare the footage of the Skeeta going downwind vs a well sailed Moth or Waszp, which basically has the main pinned on the centre line the whole time as the apparent wind is always forward, irrespective of the direction you're sailing.

Hah!  You will like this.  His conclusion, "They're pretty simple, the moths".  Yeah coming from an America's cup background :).  Check out his vang system.  They have those rigs crazy tensioned.  So cool, and massively efficient like you said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nF6glJ-Mxw8

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