Started by billy rubin, November 01, 2019, 09:49:47 PM
Quote from: hermes2015 on November 12, 2019, 04:42:16 PMLet me illustrate what I meant about Taylor Lautner. I am so unbelievably shallow, and such a sucker for a pretty face, that my knees turn to water when I see this photo from a time when he was still cute.
Quote from: xSilverPhinx on November 12, 2019, 09:00:57 PMQuote from: hermes2015 on November 12, 2019, 04:42:16 PMLet me illustrate what I meant about Taylor Lautner. I am so unbelievably shallow, and such a sucker for a pretty face, that my knees turn to water when I see this photo from a time when he was still cute.I'm not even going to ask whether you're Team Jacob or Team Edward...(Twilight reference....and no, I don't read the books or watch the movies!)
Quote from: Icarus on November 13, 2019, 02:20:17 AMOh yeah Siz. There is definitely another sailor on this forum. That would be me. Even at my ancient age I can still get my rocks off when sailing my little dinghy.I have sailed competitively for many years (not anymore) I have had a variety of hot rods and dog boats. The list includes International 10 meter canoe, A- cat, Windmill, Thistle, Laser, Flying Dutchman, M20 scow, and some others that were less thrilling but less demanding. Have crewed on many a fast boat too. I have always wondered whether the Aussie sailors, Kiwis too, were crazy, what with the likes of the Aussie 18s and other suicidal machines. We yanks do admire the Oz sailors for their skills, maniac dedication, and many developments............Brethwaite and all. You have one of the most brilliant naval Architecture researchers right there at University of Adelaide. His name is Leo Lazauskas. I don't suppose that he is into such exotic go fast machines like the one you show in the pictures.Title of this thread: What is the last thing you bought.........Hmmmmm, that beauty will have cost a prince's ransom at the very least. It is beautiful. The height of the mast tells me that you had better be damned good at getting in and off the wire. Here is a salute from afar.
Quote from: Icarus on November 15, 2019, 04:06:29 AMSiz, forgive me for placing you in the antipodes. I still think that the Aussie sailors are maniacs. I admire many of them though. Not to question the skills of the Brit sailors of course. I am pushing 90 so I do not sail hot rods anymore. I do still sail my little 16 foot home built sharpie. It is a capable little boat that will plane readily in a fair breeze. It is not even in the same world with the boat that you have shown. I have built dozens of boats over the years. One of them was an Austrailis cat that was the designated boat of the IYRU A- class of the day. That was a long time ago. The M20 is not merely a "meh" It can stay with and sometimes defeat an FD on a good day. The Windmill was a "Meh" in terms of high performance. I sailed that one for a while because we had a large and very active fleet of them in my town. There used to be a lot of those in older times. There were even fleets of them in Finland. My teen aged daughter was my crew. She was a better tougher sailor than I was. When daughter Terri went away to university I had no crew. OK dump the Windmill and get a single hander. It was a Laser. I sailed competitively all over the southeast and I frequently ended up at or near the weather marks with a red haired teen age girl in her own laser. She and I were fierce opponents that always seemed to be on the same side of the course and close to one another. She had a potty mouth that she used frequently to question my ancestry. When I had legal room at the mark she exercised her vocabulary quite eloquently. Truth to tell, that kid was a better sailor than I could have hoped to be. She went on to become an Olympic sailor which proved the point that she was a hell of a lot better than me. Please pet that gorgeous boat that you have. It is a beauty. My favorite all time boat was the IC. It was a Proctor of Brit design as you may know. The class has changed into a much skinnier choice of boats and they are wickedly fast but a bear to keep upright, despite the hiking plank. Not many boats can plane to windward as the IC can and does at times. I actually found that the hiking plank was faster in tack, and easier to use than the trapeze of the FD and cats.