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  1. 27 points
    Apologies for the poor quality image. It's an old camera shooting through a telescope from a long way away.
  2. 26 points
    Sweet of you to say J I miss you all very much, even snaggy. My time working for SA, especially before the lawsuit and then our family fertility problems, when it was still me and Mer on the road, was some of the best of my life. The network of amazing people we built continues to be a source of great friendship for me today. To be around as the sailing media found its way in a new world, to be around to witness the birth of sportboats and foiling, the mainstreaming of multihulls, the drama of Larry vs. Ernesto, all the amazing stories and events we worked - it was a real privilege. I only made about a third of my income from SA, the rest came from commentary and photo/video/social services for classes, events and manufacturers, and I ignored a key fact about working on the road - most of your work comes from working on the road. So when we had Josephine and I cut back on my travel, I found it hard to get enough gigs to pay for my family. I still work with a handful of companies and events that I really like, so you'll still see me in Charleston, Chicago, and possibly Tokyo. But that's now mostly just for fun and to take my daughter someplace interesting. No more begging rich people for work. I spent the last year helping a friend start up several commercial growing operations. That was fun and lucrative and I now have a ridiculous library of genetics, but once the setup is over, it's all pretty dull, and after they did their private placement, it became just another corporate gig. And now, after missing a great deal of my young daughter's life, I've gotten rid of the Delta Skymiles card and am sitting in an office making paper and wearing my lawyer hat again. Right now I am drafting a construction loan agreement and lease for a new bank for a firm full of nice people and easy going management. It's not St. Maarten, but it ain't bad when I got this to come home to. Much love to you all, even to the bitches and the haters
  3. 26 points
    thanks for the comments and sentiments, one and all. Even the fat and old one This race was everything and more than I ever expected. It was an unbelievable and awesome experience. I hope some of my scribblings were able to share the adventure, and provide some amusement and entertainment. Sunday was all about getting to the dock, having a meal and then falling asleep. Monday was a scramble to get the boat sorted and entertain a couple classrooms of kids who came down to the docks to see me and Dragon. Then Rob Windsor, Mark and Eileen Washeim all shoved off for Key West. As of this evening, they are off the USVI. A flight home for me this morning, and in the office this afternoon. Jack was correct about the strategy and my decision, and with 20/20 hindsight I think I sailed an almost perfect course for my boat and the conditions. Better to be lucky than good, I guess. With another 20 miles of runway on the last day, I probably would have caught Tibco. No small feat given that 123 is (in my view) the most versatile design in the fleet. Chocolat Paries might have been in play, but everyone else was frankly out of reach after the first few days. I feel real good about the outcome.
  4. 25 points
    Eight years ago today we lost Spike Perry. The SLIVER project was started just about that time. The project was then dedicated to the memory of Spike. The Spike Burgee will fly on FRANCIS LEE today.
  5. 25 points
    OK...so I've nearly sobered up... and want to say a few things to the SA team that have followed the Voodoo story. Firstly - Thank you for your support and input! From the outset I've put thoughts and rough ideas into this group for consideration and feedback...I've been very upfront about our thoughts and had some valued responses. This group is an amazing source of information for those that are prepared to take the risk!! I won't mention names, but right from our outset with the Cookson 12 training platform, there has been great knowledge shared here...and we have benefitted from the experience of the group. The rationale of choosing an R/P in the 60-70 ft range has been absolutely vindicated...our amateur (mates, family & has beens) program made us a tight team. Adrienne C as navigator was a perfect compliment to our outfit - that woman is the best - generous with her knowledge, professional, friendly, committed as a team player....most importantly a great communicator prepared to share that experience and mentor....cant say enuff about her value to a crew! Anyway....to all the SA honorary Voodoo croo members out there....thanks so much...it's been an awesome ride...and who knows, maybe we'll get to do it again in the Transpac. Happiest New Year... stay safe Couta out!! Voodoo 8th - Line Honours 3rd - IRC O'all 1st - IRC Div 1 3rd - ORCi O'all 1st - ORCi Div 2
  6. 23 points
    I suspect the negative reaction to this young woman’s venture has two roots. First, it is a bit of a BS publicity stunt; Second, I’m hearing a bunch of cranky old folks that seem jealous of a young person with a big following who is trying to make a difference, Grampa and Gramma – it’s not a good look. You should be encouraging the next generation. Sailing, especially at the high end is all about publicity and marketing – and yes this is a PR stunt. Seriously how does the America’s cup make for better software or superior “drivers' cars”. How does sailing around the world make for better trucks or cars or paint or wind turbines. Stop the hypocrisy – of course it is bullshit marketing. We regularly have threads about the death of sailing, how will we be getting people back into sailing...etc. WAKE THE FUCK UP – here we have a star of the teenage world, with million+ followers and lots of media coverage choosing to make a statement by sailing. This thread should be all about how does the sailing community build on this fantastic PR opportunity to promote sailing to a new generation rather than crapping on a teenage girl who is trying to do good.
  7. 22 points
    So far this kid has activated 1.4 million students in over a hundred countries to protest climate change. You want to sit around splitting hairs over the exact measurement of a unit of carbon or back the kid? Go Greta Go! https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Thunberg
  8. 20 points
    Sufficiently grainy?? I ended up with sunburn and eyestrain waiting for them to sail back in, and unfortunately they were still miles away from me when they started packing up. But they were foiling, and Mercury-less.
  9. 20 points
    A couple of things to bear in mind before any of the haters start throwing more shit around; 1. Plenty of talented and committed people have put a lot of work into building and maintaining this boat, to see it in this condition is going to be heart breaking for a lot more people than just the owner. 2. For the crew, at least the more junior ones, this was their home and they've likely lost a lot of personal possessions and probably their jobs. Regardless of your opinions on the ultra-rich and their 'dick swinging', there are many more layers to this story and people that are probably way more impacted than the owner. Most of these people work in the marine industry and are part of the extended community that we all belong to. So, don't be a dick - if you really don't like superyachts then move on to the next thread....
  10. 19 points
    OK, spare me the "f off newbie"...been here before but had to re-register. I was lucky enough to get up close to the boat, and I can honestly say any pictures out there so far simply do not even come close to doing it justice. It's incredible..."porn star" finsh carbon throughout (not black paint as it looks) and just details details details everywhere. Check out the forward windows on the cabin top and the nav lights built into the stanchions for starters. And...here are the foils. They look perfectly "circular" to me and very unlike any of the wide, flat, "Corsair Wing" designs elsewhere. This thing is an absolute WEAPON and Alex has probably already won the psychological startline battle in this. It is an incredible machine and I am 100% rooting for Alex this time round!
  11. 19 points
    Lots of special days, but none better than this. Dad's last sail. He was a mess from the Parkinson's and the associated dementia was robbing him of his mind. But, on this day, for just a few hours, he was the embodiment of joy. Wish I had done this more often.
  12. 18 points
    Buying my Sailboat I have been thinking about the value of writing this for a few days and now I am writing, so you decide if it is of value. I retired in October of 2016, there were a variety of reasons but I was 52 and I realized that there is not enough daylight left in my life. At the new year I looked at finally getting some kind of formal sailing training to add to my years of actual sailing dinghys, hobies, flying juniors, mono’s of around 25’, and occasional crewing on larger stuff. I knew how to sail small craft but never skippered anything over 25’. American based ASA sailing schools are abundant and it appeared to me that the quality and the experience was variable, plus the cost was something that seemed excessive to me. I then looked at other options and found that RYA classes were available in lots of places that would make the whole experience more adventurous. So off to Spain I went for three weeks accommodation aboard along with breaky and lunch with daily classes and a great bunch of classmates. It was a great time and I made friends with whom I still keep in touch with today. So I have a RYA day skipper cert. and an International Certificate of Compliance. 2017 and 2018 went by and I could not stop a divorce so I succumbed and January came around again and I was still losing daylight. I had spent that time doing occasional work for the old employer and took up mountain biking and yoga to fill the time I was not dreaming on Yachtworld, Yacht Market or iNautia. Got a contract on the house and a closing date in early April, so I contacted the brokers for my top three choices from the boat search and bought a one way ticket to Italy where boat no. 1 was sitting. Italians are funny, it seems that multiple brokers list the same yacht and compete for the sale. My broker met me at the airport in Rome and we immediately went to look at it. While we were there another broker brought his clients to look at it and the brokers huddled and bidding started. Now don’t get the wrong idea, I am convinced that I was not being played by my broker, but I was being played by the seller and the other broker. I walked away. I would have liked to buy that boat, but I was not going to play the game. For the following few days the broker and I looked at a few other boats and I learned a lot about the very bureaucratic process that must be accomplished to buy a boat in Italy. There is this little blue booklet that is effectively the title and it must be completed by the administrator of the port where the boat was first registered. This may not be where the boat is today, but hey you have to go back to where it started to change it. I would highly recommend having a buyers agent who is fluent in Italian and your language, along with this process if you go boat shopping in Italy. I got stuck in Rome over Easter. Its amazing, you can’t go anywhere out of Rome. Trains are booked, rental cars are gone, flights are full. So you just have to suck it up and go to the Vatican for Easter. It was a great experience. Boat no. 2 was in Bari and I finally got out of Rome and off to Bari. Well it was actually just north of Bari in a little town called Manfredonia. Train, bus and a lot of walking got me to a nice AirBnB near the port and the next day broker no.2 showed me boat no. 2. It was in great shape, a little above my budget and I wanted to make an offer right then but I decided I needed to see boat no. 3 before I made an offer. Boat 3 was in Corfu so I went to get a ticket for the ferry from Bari to Corfu and found out that it only ran once a week so I spent a few days in Bari doing the tourist thing. I had a great time, Bari is a fun town. Then the day before the ferry to Corfu I got an email from broker no.3 and found out that the owner had moved the boat from Corfu to Malta. Well I had never been to Malta and what the heck. So I took a not so cheap flight from Bari to Malta with a stop over in Rome. Of all things to happen while I was waiting for the connection in Rome I got an email from broker no. 3 that the seller had now decided not to sell boat no. 3. I went apeshit. I begged and got indignant. I was pissed off. But I had never been to Malta so I went. I also called broker no.2 and said to write up an offer and I would be back after a few days in Malta. So I got to Malta and did the tourist thing which by now this whole trip had been more of a tour then a boat buying trip and I wasn’t accomplishing what I set out to do. Anyway I remembered the name of another broker who was based in Malta, that I had read about over my 2 years of searching and I decided to go see them first thing the next morning. I walk in and say Hi I’m here to buy a boat and what do you have for sale in the 43’-47’ range? The first guy looks at me funny and then goes and gets another guy who speaks better english. So they have this boat and it’s a 38 footer, it’s a 2017 model and the owner is in over his head and you can get it for a good deal. Okay it’s a bit small but lets go look. Well it was too small for my desire, so I asked what else was available. Malta broker says that there is this 43 footer that we take care of, but it has been sitting unused for a few years. The owner has kind of disappeared and we are just getting it ready to try to sell it if we can get his attention. It has a new jib, new sea-cocks but it is filthy and really needs a good cleaning before we should show it to you. I ask to go look at it because it was actually the same year and make of boat no. 3 that I missed out on. So we go look and yes it is filthy and the log book says that it has not gone anywhere since 2011. As we are walking away I throw a verbal low offer on the table and Malta broker says I’ll ask my boss and we will see if the owner will take it. The next day, Malta broker called me and said that the owner agreed to my offer. Oh shit! When can we get it pulled and surveyed? How much money do I need to move and where? When can I take possession? Lets make this happen. Oh and it needs a new bimini, dodger, stack pack, toilets, batteries, the list goes on. Oh and can you get a cleaning crew onboard asap. Well I bought it. I have been living on it for 3 weeks now in Malta. I did go back to the US to get my gear and my dog. I never made the offer on boat no. 2. I have cleaned the boat top to bottom inside. Had the hull cleaned. Had a underwater high resolution film survey of the hull, rigging survey, systems survey. You really can’t get a boat pulled with no prior appointment this time of year. I got insurance. Waiting on having it de-registered from Malta so I can get it US documented. Running rigging has been removed and dynema is scheduled for Monday. You'll hear more from me soon. I hope you enjoyed that.
  13. 18 points
    Even though they've been one of our competitors, I've had great respect for the business Kyle built. This is a hard industry, no question, and I'm sure Kyle thought long and hard about the most profitable way forward for his business. For what it's worth, I've gotten a lot of messages of support from our customers. We've offered to Kyle and his team to purchase the majority, or just all, of their dinghy parts. I haven't heard back yet, but this is a standing offer for me to get on a plane with a blank check and buy that from them. We're also trying to communicate with them that any of their staff that are going to be displaced, should apply here, as we could make homes for them. Finally, we were already in the middle of it, but we're doubling down on our catalog expansion, building out a full custom rig department, and massively expanding our hardware stock here to serve sportboat and keelboat customers. We had a staff meeting yesterday, and we're going to focus fully on finishing that project over the next month or two so we can support sailors with the hardware, line and parts they need. - George
  14. 18 points
    IPLore - I am one of the CEO from RS Sailing (we have 2). I do not really write on forums by your post pretty much sums it up. We have lost this one and we always knew taking on the largest class in the World would not be easy. Change is tough. We completely understand how smaller MNA would struggle and that is why we spent so much time on a transitional plan. You are right, it did hurt (only for a short while) but on Sunday evening on my way home all I felt was pride - We had a go, did it with a smile and made some friends on the way - This is the RS way. It was a real team effort. So we can walk away with our head held high and go back to growing the brand - as you said 'sailor by sailor, club by club, boat by boat BUT I do not see it as the hard way - This is the fun. It is what we have done for 25 years and what we will continue to do...it is why we love what we do. From RS Tera to RS Aero to RS21 we will continue to get more sailors on the water. As a team we reflected today on the pass few weeks and I can honestly we feel like winners. The support we have had from around the world has been unbelievable....and for all those that have liked, comments etc...thank you Jon - RS
  15. 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
  16. 18 points
    I was on shore for my live interview show, and then live with the ABC Grandstand radio for the start. Channel 7 has full rights to all live vision - so there was really no point going on the water. I am not allowed to even do live Instagram stories. I had two sidekicks on the water sending me vision and intel so that I could tell you guys what was happening, and the ABC were cool enough to let me live stream our commentary that was going to national radio to my Facebook in exchange for me staying on shore to help them out That broadcast only went to five minutes after the start, so I just kept it rolling for you all on Facebook. Was the absolute best that I could do! About to board the plane, and will keep you posted as often as I can x I am working with the CYC as of yesterday afternoon to help with some of their social media coverage, but they have more hired me as a talent - I will still be doing my own coverage thanks to the support of Musto, Harken and North. Happy Hobart everyone thank you for following - the more you watch and share, the more I events I can cover around the World for you guys x
  17. 17 points
    Business has well and truly picked up!
  18. 16 points
    Entirely appropriate massive claps of thunder as she completed her first lap ...
  19. 16 points
    There's a piece of multihull history that's just begging to be told. I've been following this story from the sidelines for several years now. The story of this boat serves as an important lesson about the yachting industry, as well as a turning point in the history of Gunboat, but there are so many subplots and twists to this boat's past, involving so many characters...and the best part is the story is still unfolding. A development this morning gave me a good laugh so I decided I had to share. In the Gunboat South Africa era (2005/6?) a pair of brothers from Latin America approached PJ about buying a Gunboat 62/66. The brothers loved the design but felt the price tag was too steep. Pj assured them that they could never build a boat like a Gunboat for less money, anywhere, and his offering was the best deal going. To try and close the deal PJ (apparently) comped a week's charter aboard Gb6202 Safari (IIRC). The two parties had gotten down to details in the contract but the $3.4m (or whatever the price was) was just too high. The brothers figured PJ was making heaps of money at that price and they wanted a deeper discount than Pj could offer. Despite the free charter, negotiations stalled. Around that same time, PJ decided to stretch the 62 tooling to 66 feet (basically in order to accommodate more equipment and offer more luxury). Now...PJ and MM had had an agreement where MM would get royalties from every GB62 sold...but PJ argued that he was no longer selling 62's, he was selling 66's, so MM was no longer entitled to royalties. Pj told MM to go pound sand. That obviously wasn't a popular decision with MM. Back to the brothers...Frustrated with negotiations with PJ, the brothers approached MM asking if MM would sell a "likeness" of the GB62 design. The brothers wanted to have a GB62 built themselves (without all of the cream that they thought PJ was skimming). MM figured any sense of loyalty between PJ and MM was sorta out of the window so they happily helped. MM changed the bow profile, some corners were rounded, some construction details were changed...but it was a GB62v.2 in spirit if not in name. The brothers went to several builders before settling on Lyman Morse in Maine (back when JB Turner was still there, before JB left for Front Street). PJ was furious that he'd been "betrayed" by MM. He'd spent $100's of thousands on design for the Gunboat 62, he'd spent months trying to close these guys, he had comped a charter, the sale was HIS fish to land, it was HIS design to sell. To MM, after the 62/66 royalty situation, it was the quick and the dead. "Mala" was the final and definitive nail in the coffin for the relationship between GB and MM (though their relationship had apparently been on the rocks for a long time). That breakup ended up driving PJ and GB to Nigel Irens Design for the Gunboat 78 (started in SA), then later the GB60 (China) and finally the GB55 (USA). The GB/MM era was over. Some would argue (including myself) that Gunboat never found its footing after the split with MM. MM would have to wait until the HH line to find commercial success in the market segment again, when MM and Hudson would join forces to settle their blood feud with PJ. As for the not-a-Gunboat 62, "Mala Conducta" was wildly overbudget and way behind schedule. The "outrageous" $3.4m that PJ had been offering for a Gunboat was a bargain in comparison to the (reported) $7m that "Mala" ended up costing. (That excludes the very real possibility that the brothers would've been victims of GB's bankruptcy in SA if they'd gone with PJ...but ignore that fact for rhetorical purposes). Despite the cost and delays the boat was fantastic. I got to see her not long after launch (2009?) and went for a sail. She was heads and shoulders better than any comparable Gunboat of her day. Interior finish was beautiful, the styling updates were perfect. She was the best boat Gunboat never built. There were teething issues (as you'd expect). They snapped a rudder or two, they had issues with the rudder cassettes, but the boat was fast and strong. Before you knew it she was off to the Caribbean and onward to Panama. As for GB/PJ, by the time Mala launched PJ/GB had gone out of business in S. Africa (PJ insists it doesn't count as a bankruptcy, though many would contest that characterization. A difference without a distinction, maybe?). The global economy was melting down and orders were canceling left and right. In truth, PJ had never really been making money hand over fist the way the brothers had assumed, or even making money at all. Even though he had 4 boats under build, without new orders he couldn't finish the boats that he already had contracts for. It turned out buying a Gunboat 62 at a loss for PJ actually WAS a good deal. The first GB "bankruptcy" in SA had revealed the Ponzi scheme nature of boatbuilding. Borrow from Paul to pay Peter in this case, I guess. In the end, Gunboat would go bankrupt 3 more times, repeating the same Ponzi scheme over and over again ("FAKE NEWS! Not bankruptcies!" PJ is yelling at his computer screen somewhere). Having seen behind the curtain, though, I'm much more sympathetic to PJ's difficulties. It's just really fucking hard to build a boat "on time, on budget, on spec", especially if there's some expectation of profitability or a sustainable business model. About a year after launch "Mala Conducta" was struck by lightning in Panama. Structurally the boat was ok but the electrical system was plagued by issues. "Mala" was an early adopter of Lithium batteries and networked electrical systems. They backtracked to Curaçao to haul out and fix the boat. They flew some techs down from Maine to work on her and at some point during her refit the Lithium batteries caught fire. The contractors barely had time to get off before the boat was engulfed in flames. In a stroke of unfortunate luck, Curaçao has some excellent firefighting equipment as a result of oil refinery/fuel storage industry on the island. Instead of spraying water on the burning boat (which wouldn't have worked) they used chemical (foam?) to extinguish the fire. That meant they put the fire out moments before the boat was inarguably a total loss. It had the appearance of a boat, but it wasn't a boat. The resin had burned out, the foam was gone, but the "shell" was intact. I was told you could push your finger through the deck. Below shoulder-height the boat was "fine" but the main bulkhead was toast, the ceiling/deck was scorched, the jack stands had punched through the flooded hulls. To the insurers (reluctant to pay out on a $5m+ claim) it was a repair job. To everyone else it was a total loss. Engineers were flown in, boatbuilders, etc. and no one wanted to touch the project. The insurance claim went to court where it languished for about a decade. The story went quiet. Throughout the saga I followed the story out of sheer morbid curiosity, but I continued paying attention long after the fire because I wanted to believe there was an opportunity there. A power cat! A cheap Hall mast! A sailing cat using a kite instead of a mast! But alas...there's nothing more expensive than a cheap boat. I talked with the guys at MM, I talked to the skipper, the broker, everyone said it was trashed. I was told nearly a year ago that the case had been resolved and the assets would be for sale but I didn't make a move. There was no play to be made and I passed on whatever opportunity might exist. That's why I was so surprised when I saw that a couple of hippies bought it about 6 months ago. They also have a Lagoon 560 that they seemingly live on full time. https://m.facebook.com/Ocean.Nomad/ They managed to get both engines running, jury rigged a stumpy alloy pole for a makeshift mast, strapped the Hall mast on deck, repaired the obvious holes, and splashed the boat. They excitedly put a call out on FB looking for volunteers to crew from Curaçao to the US (in convoy with their other cat). They set sail...and...it seemed to be working! They sailed around Cuba, cruised the Bahamas, and made it to Savannah. Their FB posts showed them hiking waterfalls, swimming with the pigs in Staniel, basically living the dream. It was never revealed what they paid for it, but for a heartbeat I thought "Damn, maybe they DID get a deal and I missed it!" That thought was brief, though. I knew that any refit would be in the millions. There was no deal there. Inevitably the project would be abandoned. It was just a matter of time. That's why I got such a good laugh this AM. The project is for sale, "any reasonable offer considered". https://yachthub.com/list/boats-for-sale/used/sail-catamarans/morrelli-and-melvin-62-luxury-performance-sailing-cat-mala-conducta/231214 I feel bad for the hippies. I'm sure this adventure HAS been an adventure, but it must've also been expensive and time consuming. Any "adult in the room" would've told them to save their money and spend their time elsewhere. It seems to me like this boat has some bad karma wrapped up in it. Luckily for them, they seem to be pulling the plug before the bleeding gets to be too bad. Anyway, this story has been going on for years now. It's like "the Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. The drama keeps unfolding, each chapter more tragi-comic than the last. Eventually, maybe someone will hire a bulldozer to turn this boat into landfill, or maybe someone with more money than sense will fix it for real. Either way, it'll be interesting to see how this story ends. What's the lesson? Buy used. Or buy new from a billionaire who doesn't care about profit. Or don't buy a cheap used boat. Or don't start a high-end boatbuilding business without a bankruptcy lawyer on speed dial. I dunno. That's the "Mala Conducta" story.
  20. 16 points
    "No taxation without representation" should be a reasonably familiar rallying cry to most Americans. The bottom line with Brexit is that the EU is a non-democratic body that sets rules that folks have to live by, but have no say in creating. If you doubt me, pick any rule you like and figure out who you might vote for to support it, or oppose it. If you can't identify a representative that you can directly impact with your vote, then you are not living in a democracy. The EU is a benign dictatorship designed with the sole purpose of stopping Germans taking panzer rides to France via Belgium. The reason that the Europeans are so hysterical and want to "punish" the Brits for leaving is because they equate weakening the EU with an existential threat to peace in Europe. That same reason is why they have given up their own sovereignty to an unelected bureaucracy - it keeps the people well away from making stupid decisions, like cheering-on genocidal loonies gassing 6M people or invading Russia in autumn without food or warm boots. Or shooting old ladies from rooftops in Srebenica or rounding up thousands of fighting age men and shooting them in the back of the head in the forest or...... Brits have their own dis-functional governmental system that stops them doing shitty things to everyone except the Irish. They don't need to pay for an unelected Frenchman, a dithering Dutchman and a monstrous mobile cadre of grey-men who's average location is somewhere between Strasbourg and Brussels. All that - and I'm actually a "remainer". Scooter doesn't know shit either - Brexit is not racist, it's perceived self interest.
  21. 15 points
    Thanks for the love gang all ok will post when I know more on the boat I’m upset at myself and the press and the fact that it damages the multihull fraternity’s image let alone the insurance implications ...
  22. 15 points
    Sorry for the long post, maybe some will find it helpful. I had time to write it while my wife and I made our 400 mile/51 hour trip from Newfoundland back to Nova Scotia!! I tried to learn everything I could about the choices I was looking at leading up to buying Boundless. I learned a fair amount about the various Catana models, about which the broker Don Buckle’s knowledge is truly encyclopedic. I chartered a C471 in the Caribbean, and I visited the Catana yard in 2015, and I looked at many boats for sale. I tried the same exercise with Outremer, and did a delivery on O51 Archer from Nanny Cay up to Little Creek, very impressive, and also visited the Outremer yard in 2015, and looked at a number of both the older series and the newer series boats for sale there and elsewhere. I looked at a couple of the Switch 51 cats, and also the sole Switch 55, and a few one-off boats along the way. I increasingly focused on Chris White’s Atlantic series as time went by. Main Pros: I actually really like the forward cockpit. There is some additional weather exposure going upwind, and many people fear water filling such a big box. There are four 3” straight through drains, it won’t hold water for long. Most importantly, it is an incredibly safe place from which to sail the boat. You are inside a waist-high pit, 10 fit from any edge, with all lines and winches right there. There is no climbing up or down or in or out, there is basically zero exposure to overboard risk. The only reason to leave the cockpit is to fly a spinnaker, or furl the mainsail. It’s close to the windlass for easy anchoring coordination, and it’s in the shade of the house when anchored in the typical trade wind afternoon, yet gets the breeze - heaven. And a bit of a multi-hull secret I learned - yes the good ones are fast, but this makes the stern kinda loud with the wakes; it’s quiet up here. The pilot-house salon is a dealmaker for me. Full 360 degree visibility seated or standing, warm and dry. Real doors in and out - two of them! Lots of desk and table space, lots of floor space, lots of seating. Full steering station is a bonus - it’s really rare to have an inside station where you can actually drive the boat if you wanted to. The aft deck, which is a huge space. And I like the dinghy parked on deck there instead of hung on davits. And we keep one of our folding bikes set up on a trainer there, and get cardio at anchor or underway. All the separate spaces on the boat - three on deck, with double entrances to the house, no pinch points, no companionways. Oh, and yeah, it’s a really cool looking boat. Main Cons: Engines under the aft bunks - I would strongly prefer not to have engines in the accommodation space. In practice it’s been OK, but not my favorite. Advantage is weight forward, not parked right at the stern. Fuel tanks in the accommodations - I’d really prefer to have them where many cats do, up in the lockers either side of the mast. On the other hand, the weight is low, and we have huge storage for ground tackle and the deck gear at the mast instead. No “island” bunk - rules out an entire segment of the market I think for a boat this size, and Chris has found a way to turn the amidships bunks 90 degrees to solve this in later designs. In practice it’s been fine. Choosing one: Chris did a clever trick with the A47 mast foil - he pushed the interior beam of the house way out, and got a visual space almost as wide as the A57, at the fairly minor price of pretty narrow side decks on deck. Of course the salon is noticeably shorter fore and aft…..The 90 degree pivot on the midships bunk is good, though the headroom is a little tight. I wasn’t that impressed by the design and execution of the steering equipment. The pros and cons on the mast foil for me I wrote about in a post above, but in the end the boat was too small for us so the foils weren’t really the deciding factor. The A48 we didn’t look at, using the A47MF as a proxy and knowing we’d find it too small. So we focused on the A55 & A57. Chris told me that the only difference between the hulls is a two foot stretch of the forepeaks, for the sole purpose of making the staysail bigger to ease the sail-area gap up to the genoa (good idea we have found). And all the A55’s have centerboards except Spirit (sealed up), and Iron Wing (whale bottom with daggers). Chris also lowered the aft deck on the A57, though the underwing clearance is the same. And Chris switched from Bongers to Alwoplast, claiming they built a lighter boat and with less fairing compound. The three Alwoplast boats I’ve seen are certainly nicer than the two Bongers boats. It certainly seems the Alwoplast boats experimented more with different textiles - Boundless has a lot of extra carbon, and S-Glass, and Kevlar all in the layup. She was said to be 1,200 lbs. lighter than previous boats. The last three A57s were built at Aquidneck. Atlantic 55 - said to be 6 Spirit - 2001 - Bongers #1 - modified - we passed - sold in 2017 Rocketeer? http://sailrocketeer.com Javelin - Chris’s boat Synergy/Iron Wing - 2002 - Bongers #4 - we saw and passed - for sale Ft. Lauderdale Segue - 2003 - Bongers #5 - we saw and passed - still for sale Myor - 2010 - Lombardi Yachts - amateur semi-completion - for sale Beaufort NC Atlantic 57 - said to be 11 Espiritu Santi - 2008 - Alwoplast #1, now for sale Nogal - 2009 - Alwoplast #2 (out cruising) Anna - 2009 - Alwoplast #3 - gone aVida/Boundless - 2009 - Alwoplast #4 we own her now Pata Gao - 2010 - Alwoplast #5 Agility - 2010 - Alwoplast #6 (US, same owner later bought A47MF Agility) Pacific Eagle - 2011 - Alwoplast #7 (Australia?) Hekla — 2011 Alwoplast #8 - We saw - we liked, but sold 3/18 - (MPenman - yours?) Leopard - Aquidneck - capsized, recovered, CW bought from insurance co, in NC for refit. Lely - Aquidneck Cerulean - 2010 Aquidneck - for sale A few questions came up in the thread above: We talked to the owner of Myor, and with CW about her. The hull and deck are a quality professional build. In my opinion, you can strip off and throw out pretty much everything done after that. So the price/time/cost equation just doesn’t work. A57 capsizes - It’s a light boat with a big rig. Operator error is a distinct possibility. Reading between the lines, my personal guess is that accounts for Anna. Leopard I think was in the s**t happens category. The A57 as a rough guesstimate is probably close to double the cost to maintain over the A48. Surprising maybe, but I doubt far off. The A47 might be a bit more than the A48 in the end because somehow that unusual design is going to cost unusual money at some point. Segue is probably the best deal on offer right now, though I haven’t seen the results of the refit done after we saw her. The owner bit the bullet and spent a bunch of money, but she’s also been for sale a long time….. And for Solarfuel - I’d say that unless you find a dealbreaker in the A47MF when you visit, that’s likely to be the best fit for you and your situation. The learning curve for a non-sailor on an A57 would be pretty fierce…..for example, we have 28 pieces of running rigging in our cockpit. I just counted. In the end, it’s really hard buying boats in the 48’ - 58’ size range. They take a lot of maintenance, yet these owners generally don’t have the time to do it themselves. And beyond the usual boatyard/trades help here and there, they generally don’t have the money for a full professional maintenance program. And we encountered more than one owner whose attitude was - I fixed the things that broke, what do you mean the boat’s not well maintained? In general owners in this range tend to “use a boat up” and then move on, with shock they can’t sell for purchase price plus receipts from repairs!! In the end we bought the best boat we found that we could reasonably afford, and we still spent another 15% and three months in the yard doing absolutely necessary items to go live aboard cruising. We’ll spend another 10% and 2 months in the spring to do some updates and improvements, on top of a regular maintenance program. And so on. Hope this is helpful - of course I can keep going, we invested a lot of time in this choice. Happy to talk if somebody wants even more granularity.
  23. 15 points
    My son got his hands on a free yacht, a foxhound 24. She had been waiting for two years on the wharf when he got her. The water stood 20 cm in her hull. But he saw her fine lines and decided to restore her (a bit). It is a no-budget boat, he is a student. But he can use all the boat related stuff I collected in 40 years. I filmed it and what started as a funny videoclip ended a bit melancholic, seeing him sailing away (ish). It is a long clip, 9 min. But you can blame Johann Strauss for that, he composed the Blue Danube and made it 9 minutes. Enjoy:
  24. 15 points
    Dear and nearly long-lost friend Lia Ditton has a story to tell. Read it. Why Did You Stop Sailing? A journalist in Portland, Oregon asked me a year ago. Why Are You Rowing the Pacific? Everyone asks me this. In 2011, I starred in a horror movie, except that movie was my life. I had a stalker and you know him. You probably follow him online. The messages at first were one liners, but over the months they became lengthy scripts from a sick, disturbed mind. “I am Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde…” The emails were sent from names of people in the sailing industry or hybrids of sailing names. Sometimes photos were attached, of me that week. The calls were unregistered. The phone company had no record of them. Something called ‘pinging’ - I learned - an automated service you can select online, to harass someone. It didn’t matter what email address or social media account I used. The messages came up to 6 a day, sometimes sent to people I interacted with online. By Christmas of 2011, I had stopped writing for all sailing publications including Sailing Anarchy. I don’t remember when the hot sweats started, but I remember the nightmares in detail - waking up unable to scream, waking up as my throat was being slit. I sat in the living room one day beside my life’s possessions all boxed up. I was planning to swim to the Scilly Isles at night, knowing full well I wouldn’t make it. I was afraid of myself - afraid if my stalker turned up in my alleyway, I would grab the kitchen knife and kill him. This was year two and I now knew who he was. The police got more involved on the request of my uncle, a policeman himself. The stalker went on the list as WANTED in the UK, but he was on a train back to France before they could grab him. He was no fool. I moved apartment, moved again and then to Spain, alas too late. My appendix ruptured, then for a year, I was on a special diet to save my spleen. I was corroding, from the inside out. Amazingly, I got a job - in the Sahara, for an ultra marathon company. The Sahara is beautiful, brutal, raw and so was the race, The Marathon des Sables. I waited all my career to join a women’s Volvo Team, but I didn’t apply for Team SCA, because I couldn’t. My life was a shattered pane of glass, held together by tape. But in the dust of the desert I found hope and three years after it started, I ventured back into sailing. At first I suffered heart palpitations at the sight of boats, - the stalker works in the sailing industry - but over time those went away. My first job was as safety officer for the ocean rowing race from Monterey to Hawaii; my second as boat captain of the 110ft solar powered catamaran ‘Planet Solar.’ Then again I was safety officer for the second edition of the rowing race to Hawaii. The ocean was calling me back. Rowing the Atlantic in 2010 was a diversion, a fun side show to my main love of racing boats. Naked for 73 days, the oars extensions of my arms, I could feel the ocean. Whales swam alongside and clicked to communicate. I felt I belonged. I felt wild and free. When I began this project to row solo across the North Pacific, to be the 1st woman and 1st person to row land-to-land, I don’t think I knew my motive. Now I do. In 1,850 miles of training, rowing my boat in the bay of San Francisco and down the California Coast, my body has become strong. I have picked up a huge following of all ages, but particularly young girls. And for those girls, I want to throw open the doors of possibility that they can do and be whatever they dream of. Rowing the Pacific was never about rowing, but what it represents: resilience in the face of adversity, determination against all odds and dogged unwavering perseverance. I don’t know how you move on from an experience like being stalked - it left shards of glass inside of me. But what we do know, is that over time glass is weathered by the sea. My typhoon-proof rowboat is about to be built and I am set on leaving Japan right before the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Think of it as the Super Slow Olympics as I’ll leave before the Olympics start and probably still be rowing after they’ve finished. I have one more thing to say. The man who stalked me is a sailing photographer.
  25. 15 points
    So I just finished my clinical rotation in a prison with murderers, rapists, addicts, drug dealers and petty criminals. Some were in for 3 months. Some are in for life. Over 1800 "offenders," two concertina wire fences, one of them electrified. Here are my impressions: Many of the offenders are on anti-psychotic meds. Buckets of them. Most of the other meds are pysch meds, but not anti-psychotic, specifically. It's obvious if there was more mental health treatment on the front end A LOT of offenders would not be in jail. Doors are dangerous. Treated a guy that had two black eyes, bloody lip and other injuries. Said he walked into a door. Must have done it several times with great force. After the sixth time of bonking your nose on the door, maybe open it? Next day treated another guy with similar injuries. He, too, walked into a door. I don't know why OSHA hasn't become involved yet. A cover up, maybe? Prison is graduate school for criminals. The amount of hustling, scams, angles and schemes going on is stupefying. One night the guards found a 5-gallon bucket of home-made hooch. How crafty, devious and practiced do you have to be to hide that for as long as they did in such a no-privacy, regimented place? When we gave an offender a plastic bag to ice his swollen jaw we labeled it with a sharpie, an expiration date/time and notified guards. That's how much things are tracked in a prison. Neck tattoos < face tattoos < full face tattoos < full face and skull tattoos "gay for the stay" = HIV for life NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. They do not separate elderly because that is a form of discrimination. You fucking kidding me? The nasty offenders don't spare the old folks; they see them as easy marks to shake down. One punch can fracture multiple face bones. Does it give a 30 year sociopath a moment of reflection when he sees what one of his punches does to the face of a 75 year old? From what I've seen, it does not. Always a bigger fish. When I was treating one guy that walked into a door I was thinking, "Who the hell beat the shit outta this guy?" He was over six feet tall, young, white supremacist tattoos, muscled and mean. Later that night I saw a guy waxing a floor. He was close to 7' with shoulders as wide as a doorway, and his entire shaved cranium was covered with tattoos of skulls and fire. And he seemed really, really intent on grinding out any little blemish that offended him. Dumb and smothered. A lot of the guys in for petty crimes and drugs were getting into more trouble and digging deeper holes once they got in prison. Many of them appeared quite dumb. I mean-- Forest Gump dumb-- "borderline retarded." Sometimes manipulated, sometimes desperate and without any sort of coping skills, sometimes just dumb--- in a place that is brutally unforgiving of any bad choices. In for a year? Now you're in for 5. I've always thought the American prison system is bullshit, especially the profit-driven private run facilities. Turns out, I was right. Out of the 1800 in that place, if you got rid of the crazy ones and the dumb non-violent ones and just left the murders, rapists and other violent felons, I'd bet the population of that prison would go from 1800 to 300.

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