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Re: Mutiny at Dawn - Transpac Race 2013
This whole water kerfuffle mystifies me. The boat in question tips the scales at about 10 tons. Somehow I really SERIOUSLY doubt that filling the tanks would have made much of difference in her performance. I think the skipper just forgot to top them off before he left. He sure doesn't seem to have put a whole lot of thought into much else (like a decent sail inventory, organizing a shakedown cruise or two, making sure that HE knew how to fly a spinnaker, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera).
affect trim... quite a lot... and if you're in race mode, you certainly don't want to carry water in the wrong place if you can help it at all because, depending on where the tanks are located, it can definitely slow you down.
Never mind the water, I've known people to shift their entire engine
and drivetrain a couple of inches forward or back just to get the balance right.. and then use Velcro tape to hold up ceiling linings just to save the weight of screws.
Finally, how is "Skippy" going to get his boat back to SoCal? Is Chef gonna crew for him?
A bad day on a boat beats a good day in the office
Last edited by Classic30; 08-07-2013 at 03:25 AM.