Proud to be a boring health and softy crap following sissie!
I have no idea why a 50" long Marblehead Class sloop was being turned into a ketch but I decided to follow through. (Hey, what else is there to do in Lockdown).
Besides, this hull dates from the early 70s and I think it's racing days are behind it. The main mast is 1.3m tall and the keel is 35cm deep. The keel weight is 3.6kg of solid lead. It will, of course, be radio controlled. The rest rides on a whim. And I'm loving learning to make sails on an old 60's electric singer. There's a lot more to it than just random cloth shapes.
"...are we human, or are we diver?"
The overall situation would be helped if we adopted a similar position to some other nations where winter tyres are either mandatory or encouraged via either reduced insurance costs/loans (as in some provinces in Canada) and storage is available for the removed set while not in use. While winter tyres might not be an absolute requirement here (given the proportion of mild winters we normally have) all season tyres might be a good compromise in a lot of areas and could be incentivised instead. I wonder if more people might choose all seasons if manufacturers gave an option at initial purchase.
I believe there are issues with road surface wear with proper winter tyres if there is no protective snow cover, which is us most of the time. Hence the prescription of a time for fitting in most Scandinavian countries. I have had four wheel drive cars (not SUVs) for the last 25years and would not be without it. Its a bit like my FIL used to say (he was in army engineers in India) "An elephant is expensive until you need it, then, nothing else will do!"
Evolution is great at solving problems. It's the methods that concern me.
All seasons tyres generally are shit. Neither one thing nor the other. A true winter tyre has a softer compound and is noticeably better on cold wet roads than a summer tyre. The latest development has been the new Michelin Cross Climate tyres (summer tyres with a snow grip pattern). I bought a pair for the driven axle on the van, hoping that they would be OK on the wet grass and mud when we take the trials bikes out (car park is a field). I have to say they are very good although in a van size they were not cheap. I liked them so much I bought a pair for the driven axle on the Insignia as well. We have just had our one day of snow and I can report they are good but not quite on a par with the real deal.
I think the insurance thing was an urban myth - I have run snow tyres for years. I understand that some insurance companies can be moronic about stuff but I don't know if it was ever tested in court? Would love to hear if anyone has real world experience of it? I have heard the same about a tow bar even thought the insurance covers towed equipment liability as standard.
We give £350m a week to the EU. Let's give it to Dido Harding instead.
Frosty walk - 14 photos I think. Done as a post instead of an album, so not sure what the link will do https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=...57924764142874
Definitely don't doubt Dawn - not if you value your life
Yes link works even for those of us without FB
Nice pics BTW
Personally I use snow socks on the car - really good on snow and enables the car to outperform 4x4 cars / tractors on ordinary tyres.