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  1. 18 points
    Sometimes there are some strange markings on the nautical chart. This time it is a 'ringdyke. I know the place, my mother grew up in this new polder. A few days before WW2 ended the retrieving German troops mined the dyke and blew two holes in it. The polder flooded and all inhabitants had to evacuate. I grabbed some of the material I could make and find and composed a very short historic document. Enjoy! The polder flooded
  2. 13 points
    Big waves on Lake Michigan in Grand Haven. A striking shot snapped by Mike Borstler.
  3. 12 points
    I've been following all the Sturm und Drang regarding various new rig designs with interest. And when boats like the Aero arrived on the scene I was very close to pulling the trigger and buying one. After all, I've been sailing my 1991 Irish hull for 36 years - always trailered and beach-launched - and at my age (70) having a boat you could pick up and carry the whole thing was mighty tempting. Then I started looking closely at the Aero and its kin. It's just not pretty. I've decided to stick with my old friend. It not only looks like a proper little yacht, but the relationship is beyond skin-deep beauty. It has been a hard-won extended courtship. For years I swam almost as much as I sailed. But now we know each other well, and I can't kick her to the curb. Dennis Tomales Bay, CA
  4. 9 points
    My soon to be boat and retirement home, closing in 6 days. After 30 yrs of slaving at a desk to pay for my kids schooling and saving for their college, susidizing my ex, and sailing on other people's boats, the admiral and I finally get to play. woohoo!
  5. 9 points
    Thank fuck he's not my president. When this crooked clown actually got elected it was like America failed a national IQ test. I suspect he was as surprised as everyone else. If you're going to vote for somebody, spend an hour or so doing a basic search on what they've done, what their reputation is, and so on. It's like checking the weather before you take the boat out. Only an idiot wouldn't do that. And if you're a journalist who's been giving him a rough ride, watch your back...……..
  6. 8 points
    You're an asshole. Darwinian yes, but they were trying to help rebuild their community after a natural disaster. If that makes them Trump voters count me in.
  7. 8 points
    last year we launched the boat after 6,5 year build. We had to inspect the daggerboard because it did stuck the last part, after a little sanding it fit perfectly.
  8. 7 points
    Tell them to get fucked. Wayne was an asshole, not much question about that, but he was the biggest movie star in the world for decades. If they can name an airport after those shitbag Dulles brothers they can name one after the Duke. Fuck P.C.
  9. 7 points
    As a survivor who recently “fought” a battle with a stage 3 sarcoma in a bad location, including an initial “inoperable, less than a year” diagnosis, I’m all for whatever metaphor someone with a potentially terminal disease needs to use to face each day. I’m a big believer that attitude does make a big difference in many cases. High dose chemo isn’t an easy or pleasant journey and the temptation to say “enough” is always in the back of your mind - every single day. Family, friends and a strong belief that you aren’t finished living all play in how much you can take; probably as big an impact as the skill and knowledge of the oncologist. I can never repay my loved ones and friends, including some here, for their support. Getting your ass kicked and then walking back in the door for more 2-3 days after you start to feel human again isn’t for wimps. I have enourmous respect for those who fight and also for those who decide for themselves when the fight is over. I’ve walked that path and I’ll defend the right to frame it anyway they wish if it helps them face one more treatment or one more day.
  10. 7 points
    Neither... because of the "but" behind "yes". How can there be any question whatsoever that the US would go to war for Israel? Israel is the Holy Land, where Jesus will return and judge both the living and the dead. God created Israel for that very purpose. The Promised Land for God's chosen people. Such a place MUST be saved from religious fanaticism.
  11. 7 points
    Gov. I love you man and miss sailing in Texas, (but Charleston doesn't suck!). As the local Laser District Secretary for the past 2-3 years we've been making changes to encourage growth across all 3 rigs. The 4.7 has been a struggle for sure, but last year we actually had a growth year across all 3 rigs. I don't know what brought out 5 4.7's all of the sudden, but I do know those kids are in Radials this year. We have coordinated our District schedule with the regional organizing authority's Jr Championship Series schedule, (SAYRA is a super strong region). This has allowed all the Opti and Bic kids to see a path beyond those boats and 420's. In addition parents who were sailors back in the day have been encouraged to get a Laser and go out and play instead of sitting on shore watching the kids play. Also, when we do this the kids get two chances for results. SAYRA championship series and D12 championship series. I believe cost and availability to good used equipment has been a primary barrier to entry and growth. We waived the LP parts only rule and have a grass roots "boat finder", (me) to connect people with boats when someone is looking. Allowing kids and adults to get $2,000.00 decent hulls, replace parts with Intensity stuff and get on the line has been big for us with local district participation. You are right. Gone are the days of "Laser only" regattas in our area. People just don't have time and attendance was down to nearly zero. So, we've adjusted. Changed our standards. It has worked. 3 years ago I started a frostbite series at my local club. We had 3 full rigs show and that's it. This year we have 8 full rigs, 10 radials and 3 Bic's registered in the series with 17 of them having participated. The FFY, (because we've done it this way for Forty Fucking Years) theory no longer works. Jr's are the key. If you can get them and THEN drag in the parents you'll be in fine shape. However, the radial rig is a big part of it.
  12. 7 points
    Did someone say redneck shit? Redneck repair engineering flowchart.
  13. 6 points
    My John Wayne story: The best area for racing dinghies in Newport Harbor is the area bounded by Lido Island, Bay Island, Balboa Island, Harbor Island, and Bayshores. This area is now the bailiwick of the Harbor 20 fleet. John Wayne's house was on the southern tip of Bayshores and his pier extended into the bay (red circle on photo). The deal is, when the wind is southerly to westerly (90% of the time) you can get a good lift on port tack near that tip of land. The closer to the point, the better the lift. John Wayne kept Dobermans and they would run out to the end of that pier and protect his property from youngsters who might be planning a seaborne invasion. The dogs would bark up a storm. Intimidating. So the smart tactic was to sail as close as you dared without getting bit, then, as you pass the dogs, splash them with some water. This got them REALLY pissed off and they would bark twice as loud at the boats behind you, scaring them into tacking earlier and thus not getting as much advantage from the lift!
  14. 6 points
    I've never done much cruising, but I'd been dreaming of doing this trip for a few years now, and it was (a small) part of the reason I bought a trailer sailer. Drove the 160 km (100miles) from Hobart to Strathgordon after an early knock off Friday afternoon and stayed at the motel. Launched Saturday morning, and set off with no destination in mind. There are no charts, and no mobile reception for the most part. We had a google satellite image, and a scan of an old map saved to a phone to give us an idea of where we were... Arrived back at Strathgordon at noon Monday for a relaxed de-rig an trip home, arriving back at the club before 5pm Monday. The trip may be ticked off the bucket list, but I'm already planning to do it again, as we hardly scratched the surface... We did have a decent sailing breeze at times, but the camera came out when it was lighter... https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Lake+Pedder/@-42.9026063,145.8924941,10z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0xaa6f02f2519e29ad:0x2a03c94e1bbb3530!8m2!3d-42.9531822!4d146.1974107
  15. 6 points
    But he always fetches the weather mark.
  16. 6 points
    Not so Shark free in Kingston last August.
  17. 6 points
    It was 40-years ago that Eric Tabarly's vision of the first ocean going foiler became a reality. Ocean racing multihulls have certainly come a long way since that time! Just a guess, but I suspect that Eric Tabarly would be thrilled by the successes of the Ultim's by Macif, Gitana (Groupe Edmond de Rothschild), Sodebo, and the Multi70, Maserati. From the Ultim Boat Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UltimBoat MACHINE TRANSLATION 40-years in advance "2"! Eric Tabarly's vision on Paul Ricard's foils but not only! The huge original wing mast, the sails, the first system of saffron, the arms with the tarps everything was there already.... Two articles of the magazine boats of April and July 1979. and for that of July 1979, you have to look who is the author of the article the "Fluoroscopy" Paul Ricard was very innovative yet this decryption was possible in the press at the time, but unfortunately impossible now for a new flying machine... This link has too many photo's of Paul Ricard to post in this link. https://www.facebook.com/UltimBoat/photos/pcb.1707710165997219/1707710065997229/?type=3&theater This link has four pages of photo's of Paul Ricard taken by photographer, Jean Guichard http://www.jean-guichard.com/photographs/all/all/all/all/all/paul%20ricard/all The history of Paul Ricard http://www.histoiredeshalfs.com/50%20multis/G%20J3%20Paul%20R.htm
  18. 6 points
    My daughter just loved hanging out in my cabinet shop while I was working. I could give her a stack of wooden shapes (chop box cutoffs) and some Elmer's Glue and she would make amazing constructions. I figured that Elmer's White wasn't much different from school paste which the kids often ate. She was happily building away one afternoon when I ran my forefinger into the band saw blade when the small piece of wood I was cutting split. I gasped and grabbed my finger in my other fist and hoped she hadn't noticed. She did and ran for the first aid kit and took over the triage. She was only 6 at the time and I didn't want her to see the wound but she was braver than I was and ordered me to let go and she had it rinsed with Hydrogen Peroxide and compressed and the bleeding stopped in not time. I nearly passed out but she was a pro. Must have been a kids book she had and must have read a hundred times (probably made me read it half of those!). Doctor Dan the Bandage Man was one of those classic Golden Books and actually had 6 bandaids on the inside. She save the day on account of that book. https://www.kilmerhouse.com/2008/07/doctor-dan-the-bandage-man
  19. 6 points
    If you go back before 1973, for US waters, "uninspected towing vessels" did not have to have a licensed captain. After that, the law did require such a license ("OUTV", Operator of Uninspected Towing Vessels), and all of the existing captains were "grandfathered in", meaning no new exam (if I remember correctly), just proof of service. New would-be captains had to apply for a license, prove service, and sit for an exam (I know this because in my Coast Guard days I was giving those exams for a while). Then you have to renew that license every 5 years, which requires an update physical and an exam (typically "open-book" exam, they want you to get into the Nav Rules to find the answers). So Jim, what you saw in '76, I think would be much less likely today. No conscientious captain wants to get his/her license jerked by knowingly skippering a tug or tow that's not lighted correctly. Yes, on a long tow with battery lights on the barge, they may become dimmer, and I personally wish there was a requirement for more than just red and green showing from forward on the towed barge--it's hard sometimes to spot that red or that green from a distance, and if you see them both, you're already in a bad place. On Inland waters, a "special flashing light" (flashing amber light) ion the middle of the barge bow, helps immensely. But most inland hawser tows aren't that long. Offshore is where we could really use that flashing light, so you'd be seeing two lights from ahead, not just one. What I'm trying to say is what we already know--it's way harder to see the barge than the tug. So pay *really* close attention to the tug lights. Two whites in a vertical line? Yellow towing light on her stern? Stay the F away from anywhere near that tug if you can't cross safely ahead. Those tows can yaw so don't count on seeing it directly astern. Three whites? Longer than 200 meters astern, up to, theoretically, infinity. And don't assume because while passing astern (you idiot, after seeing two whites) that since you see no cable or rope hawser, that you're in the clear--the cable typically sags well underwater. Some of us may have crossed between a tug and a long tow at night without realizing how lucky (and stupid) we were. And we never noticed the yellow towing light on the tug's stern. (which can be mistaken for orange "house" lights many boats use). Your handheld VHF is your friend. That captain is likely listening to Channel 16. Call, wish him a good evening, and find out what he's towing if it is not obvious. Be careful out there! And, when posting on sailor-only websites, don't be too eager to slam-dunk the tug and tow. It hurts their feelings ;-)
  20. 5 points
    Own a Laser? Tempted by one of the new rigs from rival builders? Use a training sail from Intensity or Rooster? Worried about splintering the class? Fear not! The Prism Class Association has been firmed to welcome Lasers of all hues. If it has a Laser hull, any rig will do. We are a broad church.
  21. 5 points
    Upwind he's a Pinscher.
  22. 5 points
    RR you are too old to understand what AOC is. I only get it because I have nieces her age from brooklyn and they showed me what it's all about. She IS the political mainstream if you are her age, nonwhite, and educated. AOC represents all the people that are disgusted by lobbyists, excessive greed, corporate corruption and handouts, and the fact that you can buy anything you want if you have enough money in the USA.
  23. 5 points
    We miss lesbian robot
  24. 5 points
    Tom, here is another chapter for my book, Fatty had an old salvage Hughes 36 (I think it was) that he and his wife had salvaged after losing the boat they built in the boat commune in Boston during Hugo. They got a pretty good deal and had done a nice job fixing it but then wanted to circumnavigate in it with their young daughter. Those boats had ply structural bulkheads that sat in molded channels in the hull interior liner with a few bolts/screws fastening the along the perimeter. Fatty knew that for a long ocean voyage that it would be far better to actually bond the bulkheads in place with epoxy and glass tape so he spent a lot of time grinding back the perimeter of the ply and the gelcoat of the flanges in order to improve the structure of the boat. They all lived on board and his wife would head out to work and drop the youngster off at school while Fatty would put on the paper suite and drape the interior of the boat and chip and grind half the day and then hurry to vacuum up the dust and clean up so that the boat was habitable at night when the family came home. All his neighbors in the anchorage admired his persistence but the thought of sleeping on a boat with major fiberglass work in progress made many a head shake. He slaved away for the whole week but finally had the nasty grunt prep work done and his epoxy kit had arrived in time for the big layup over the weekend. He had looked at the WEST cans sitting at the boat chandlery and figured that a gallon of 105 resin with the blue label would need the quart of blue label 105 hardener since the numbers matched. People had told him that he should use the slow cure 107 in the tropical heat down below decks in St John but somehow he ended up with 105/105 and even bought the calibrated hand pumps to assure proper mixing. Saturday morning happened to be his 6 year old daughters birthday so his wife had planned a whole days worth of beach party for her and her school friends at the beach and resort pool so Fatty would have the whole day to get the job done. He took them ashore and dinghied back to the salt mines and got an early start in the somewhat cool of the morning. He tackled the main bulkhead first and had his biax cut strips of tabbing material all pre-cut and trimmed to length so the application of 5 or 6 layers all tapered in nicely went according to plan. He went of deck and pulled off the respirator for a breath of fresh air and a premade lunch and was pretty pleased with himself. He gave the wife a big thumbs up that all was going well before returning below to start on the bulkhead at the aft end of the cabin. He was shocked to see a puddle of still uncured resin in the sump of the main bulkhead that the resin had been carefully mixed maybe three hours earlier and then with horror noted that the FG on the vertical sides of the hull were draining out and the strips overhead were starting to drape down! He started wondering if he had been supposed to use 5 pumps to 1 pump for the desired mixing ratio but decided correctly that the pumps were responsible for all of that. He mixed another batch and added some more Cabosil to thicken it and managed to coat the overhead reinforcments before they fell down and hoped that the chemical reaction would soon kick in and start the cure. He then turned his attentions to the other bulkhead and the shroud knees hoping that it would all cook off before dinnertime. Mid afternoon he had the rest of the tapping laminated in place but still no reaction in the resin on the first batch and he finally realised that he was using 105 resin to 105 resin and that it would never cure. He hollered out to a boatbuilder neighbor asking if a 'hot coat' over everything would help, something that can sometimes help with a slow cure in polyester. The neighbor came over and knew immediately what mistake had been and said to just strip everything off and wash down all the gooey bonding surfaces with acetone and start over with HARDENER and resin tomorrow. I total dismay he managed to pull everything he had spent all morning down and tossed the wet biax into the dinghy in which he had laid out a big piece of plastic. That was followed by rags and boat linens soaked in acetone/resin mix as he swapped down as instructed and each time he ran across the cockpit with dripping armfuls of muck to drop into the toxic pile in the dinghy he tried to ignore the increasingly more vocal messages from his wife on the beach. The party was breaking up and the guest Moms who were not already lounging with the ladies on the beach would be arriving to pick up the kids. He finally had things stripped down and somewhat clean below and jumped in the dinghy and headed to the far end of the beach where the resort dumpster were in hopes he could sneak the uncured pile of crap without being noticed. He pulled the dinghy up and went to check that there were no hotel maintenance staff around the dumpsters and found the coast was clear. As he returned to the beach he was horrified that his daughter had spotted him and the dinghy and invited all her friends, "lets go play in Daddy's dinghy!" By the time he got there they had all piled into the dinghy and were all well basted in the uncured resin and then were all jumping back out in disgust at the sticky mess all over themselves. Of course they were soon rolling around in the beach sand and all looked like those Mexican Wedding Cookies with the confectioners sugar dusted all over that we all love so much. Fatty was trying to round the kids up to attempt to detox them but they were now jumping in the water which just further emulsified the sand and resin. About that time his wife showed up with a string of concerned mothers in tow all shocked at the spectacle before them. Not Fatty's finest day...
  25. 5 points
    Not sure if I told this story, so.... Dad had to go in for a Lower GI and I was there when the nurse was reading the questionnaire regarding his prep. She asked if he followed the instructions of two soap water enemas followed by one tap water enema. He replied "Yep. But it was difficult to get up to the faucet." She stopped, blushed, and stepped out of the room. Could hear her laughing in the hallway. Dad had a satisfied smirk on his face.