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  1. Much too creepy for shrouds, we've used it for an adjustable backstay for years.
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    Westhaven Boardwalk

    Rigger, we've had both hollow and filled steel pilings installed over the last several years. Our local yacht club just replaced the last of its treated wood piles with hollow steel. Ditto the dolphins used to locate channel marks. The piles used to extend our ships' wharf are filled with concrete, I suspect to handle the greater loads. I do know the first hollow steel piles went into new construction in 1980 and are holding up well. Without the toxic treatment used on wood piles, the mussels grow thick and at least some people harvest them.
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    Westhaven Boardwalk

    We haven't been allowed to use treated wood piles in the land of the Douglas Fir for many years. Steel, concrete or concrete filled steel have been preferred, in order of expense. The earliest of the mandatory steel pilings are 30+ years now and have a rusty red patina but otherwise hold up well. And yes, Puget Sound is salty.
  4. Yes, you can register in Delaware if the boat is kept there at the time of purchase. Each of the 50 states has its own registration system; you could just as easily register in Texas or one of the states without a sales tax (very roughly your GST) to the same end. The states I know of don't require citizenship, local or national. The qualifier is where the boat lives on a permanent basis. State registration is not federal documentation. The latter is not available to non-citizens. If you stay in the US, there's no particular disadvantage to state registration. You may transit among any of
  5. Swiftsure is the major international race in the Pacific Northwest. Although run by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, a large percentage of the entrants (including Marda Gras) are from the USA. It is a big deal up here.
  6. The elegant rules quiz is from UK (Ulmer Kolius) Sails and can be found on their website. You can also buy the DVD from them. Grant, you're correct. I was trying to show how the rules are more similar than different and when they differ. But it's also true that both sets of rules forbid contact. Sorta like basketball used to be.
  7. The Colregs mostly apply when racing because, with a few exceptions -- overtaking is especially notable -- the rules are the same. The RRS were established to govern situations not addressed by the Colregs, typically at starts and mark roundings. Even then, port/starboard and windward/leeward form the basis of the RRS, but additions are made to establish either tactical advantage or safety. For newbies, take the small part of an evening to read Part 2 of the RRS. It won't take long. After you've read them, go out and watch situations develop and try to determine which rule applies and who
  8. Agreed, IT. Our little inlet -- 6 nm long and 1.5 nm wide -- has to accommodate a wide assortment of sail and power vessels. In terms of numbers, racing sailors are often a small minority; alas, racing sailors who understand the RRS are a minority of the minority. I always assume the worst and act accordingly.
  9. In fact, the Colregs and the RRS agree when boats are in open water when conflicts are between port and starboard or windward and leeward. The Colregs weren't written to cover situations at starts or mark roundings because neither happens unless the boats are racing. As racers, we agree to be bound by the RRS -- see your Sailing Instructions -- as they apply to us and other racers. With all others, the Colregs still apply. I've had port tack afternoon cruisers insist that, because they weren't racing, our rules didn't apply to them, ignorant of the Colregs that definitely did apply. That's
  10. For starters, the lighthouse is close to the sea at high tide, maybe a hundred meters or so. But indeed your collective legs have been pulled. None of Paul Allen's yachts are named Zune (reference to a not too well received iPod competitor from Microsoft, no longer on the market but introduced well after Mr. Allen ceased his Microsoft affiliation). The yacht in the photo does look like the superstructure of Octopus. There are at least two others as well. Then there's the length mentioned. 128 feet is large, but not mega-yacht size, less than 40 meters. Octopus is about 140 meters, though most
  11. "A Brummell is one form of a splice that can form eyes, thimbles or other fittings. It's a word often used wrongly as most Brummel splices aren't." KM, not sure what you mean here. I use the Brummel as described in Brion Toss's Rigger's Apprentice as a means of locking the eye when it's not under load. My understanding it that it adds no strength to the splice, this is determined by the length of the bury. Is this incorrect and if so, please elaborate.
  12. In the US where the term PFD was, alas, invented, there are several categories, including some that could not possibly be life jackets. We are required to carry a throwable flotation device (Type IV) that could be a seat cushion or a horseshoe buoy or a life ring. None would be wearable as a jacket. Now we have a Type V, a devious classification that includes all inflatables equipped with harness attachment points. While wearing a PFD is not generally required of adults, Type V devices can only be counted in your inventory if they're being worn. Types I, II and III are essentially similar, dif
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    River Clean Up

    As I recall, they found a few automobiles when they cleaned up the Viaduct Basin for the America's Cup. But unlike New Jersey, no bodies were found in the trunks (boots?).
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    Sailing Anarchy

    Not sure the tax thing is illegal. Foreign nationals are liable for taxes on income derived in the USA even if they're not residents, but paying ahead in NZ would likely fall into the tax avoidance rather than evasion category. I suspect ETNZ had some expert legal advice on the subject if they did as alleged. No, i would not qualify as a provider of expert legal advice in any country.
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