• Announcements

    • Zapata

      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About captain_crunch

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Location
    Smithfield, VA
  • Interests
    Sailing, Kayaking, Sculling, & Oyster Gardening.
  1. The Corinth Canal

    My father has a condo facing the sea on one of the upper floors of the southernmost highrise in Loutraki immediately to the north of the Corinth end of the canal. The canal is amazingly approachable from shore side. There are no fences. I remember one time my family stopping at the Vasilopoulos supermarket near the old high-level highway bridge across the canal. I walked across the parking lot and through some scrubby bushes and found myself peering over the edge of the cut several hundred feet down to the water. In the United States, there would have been a ten-foot fence with barbed wire on top, or perhaps a concrete wall, but not in Greece. There used to be a small taverna at the Corinth entrance of the canal, but it was closed when I visited this past summer. There still is a nice taverna.called "Kanale" alongside the canal at the Isthmia end. At either end of the canal are bridges that sink to the canal bottom to allow ship traffic to pass. If you ever find yourself traveling from Athens to Loutraki, Corinth, or points further south, I highly recommend detouring to the taverna in Isthmia to water the operation. .
  2. What is your favourite sailing film?

  3. What is your favourite sailing film?

  4. Save "Keep Turning Left"

    Okay, Dylan! I've been shamed into making a contribution. When you receive a payment from a guy with the unpronounceable Greek name, that would be me. I have to admit that I've spent far more time watching KTL videos on YouTube than reading the sailing magazines I actually pay to receive. I greatly appreciate that PayPal is an option. Perhaps I could be of help by providing a link to the payment page. http://www.keepturningleft.co.uk/mob-funding/ Regarding your battle with Google < http://www.keepturningleft.co.uk/blogs/googles-immortal-digital-grudge/ >, isn't there some way to reset your relationship? Could you establish a new account with a different e-mail address and credit card and re-upload the KTL videos? Could you use your wife as a proxy to set up a new account?
  5. The pure physical beauty of a Westerly Centaur

    Quintessential Swedish sailboat - International Folkboat Quintessential French sailboat - Dufour Arpege Quintessential British sailboat - Westerly Centaur What's the quintessential American sailboat? Catalina 22? C&C 24? MacGregor 26?
  6. Dufour Arpege Advice

    That isn't a fair comparison. The 310 is a much larger boat than the Arpege, and a new 310 probably costs 40 times more than what my cousin paid for his Arpege.
  7. Dufour Arpege Advice

    Do any members of this forum have advice regarding a Dufour Arpege? My twenty-six-year-old cousin-in-law just bought a 1969 model. The following is what I know about the boat. - She's one of three built with bowsprits. - She has a two-cylinder Universal diesel. - She has bow and stern pulpits but lacks lifelines. - She needs to be rewired.
  8. The current issue of a British sailing magazine features an article about a gentleman named Roy Starkey who built his own ferrocement sailboat during the 1970s and set off around the world with his girlfriend and very little money. While in Tanzania, his girlfriend tied a weight to herself and jumped overboard. After an appropriate mourning period, Roy placed an ad for a new girlfriend/sailing mate. This approach seems to have worked for him. He has spent the last several decades wandering about the world on his boat with a string of girlfriends and very little money. In his ad, Roy stated that the applicant must: - be a girl - have a non-South African passport (because Brazil and many Caribbean islands refuse entry to South Africans) - be less than 5ft 4in (because the spare bunk is a bit short) - have no sailing experience (I don't need to be told how to run the boat) - have some money, including enough for a flight home (otherwise if push came to shove I'd have to pay for it) I wouldn't expect this approach to work today. I would think that the typical young lady of today would prefer to buy her own sailboat and be her own captain. Just in case, I've passed the article along to my young cousin who just bought a Dufour Arpege and has dreams of voyaging about the world.
  9. Best Small/Medium Towns for Cruising & Raising Kids?

    There are many small towns around the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries that are worthy of consideration. I'll give a shout-out for my town, Smithfield, Virginia, "Ham Capital of the World".
  10. Re-naming a boat - traditions and superstitions

    My first boat was 22' Sea Sprite sloop that was named "Freedom". I wasn't fond of the name but I didn't change it, and I had no major problems with the boat. My second boat was a 26' International Folkboat that was named "Lady L" when I bought it, but there were some old life preservers on board that were stenciled with the name "Grendel". I returned the name to "Grendel" and had no major trouble with the boat. My third boat was a 23' Steiger Craft Block Island powerboat. It was named "Bring It On" when I bought it. I renamed it "Christinaki" after my wife. We had an official renaming ceremony officiated by my 14-year-old niece. I blew up two engines in that boat. Most of the time that I owned it was spent waiting for the engine to be repaired. That was the one boat that I have never regretted getting rid of. My current powerboat is a 19' Kencraft Challenger. It was named "Baby Blues" when I bought it, but the name bracketed a graphic that showed a marlin instead of a bluefish. I peeled the name off the side and have left the boat nameless. I've had no major trouble with the boat.
  11. 28 foot cruisers?

    There's also a J27 in Norfolk, but the asking price is much higher and it might be a bit too much of a racer. http://norfolk.craigslist.org/boa/4906165956.html
  12. 28 foot cruisers?

    If I were retired, I'd be very tempted by a Sabre 28 presently on Craig's List in Annapolis. http://annapolis.craigslist.org/boa/4903814780.html
  13. 28 foot cruisers?

    Regarding raising and lowering masts, I've been impressed by the system used for the Com-Pac Eclipse. The mast hinges above the boom, which simplifies getting things rigged and unrigged. For me, the issue is not academic. I have a pier upstream from a bridge with a vertical clearance of 12 feet.
  14. Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    ^^ Was it possibly a Colvin Gazelle that got butchered?