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    Sailing, Kayaking, Sculling, & Oyster Gardening.

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  1. captain_crunch

    Exemplary Cruising Videos

    Eric & Susan Hiscock's "Beyond the West Horizon." The trailer can be viewed for free, but there is a fee to download the full video.
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    Exemplary Cruising Videos

    Check out "Following Seas", which is about the Griffith family's voyages on Awahnee. It's free to watch with Amazon Prime.
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    The photo is from "The Sailor's World" by Arthur Beiser. The photo is probably by Stanley Rosenfeld. The caption is: New IOR rating rule encourages closely similar racing boats with sloop rigs and fin keels. Result is fine performance with strong crews in deep water, as Improbable shows, but most boats built to rule are less suitable for cruising than formerly. Who benefits from situation is mystery to many yachtsmen.
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    Finn sailing

    ^^ Elaborating on the above, for someone not engaged in serious racing, perhaps righting the boat from a capsize or lifting the mast when rigging the boat are limiting factors for weight of the sailor.
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    Finn sailing

    Is there anything about the Finn that fundamentally limits it to men over 5' 10" (178 cm) and 180 lbs (82 Kg)? I understand that pumping is a big part of gaining good performance in the Finn in light air, which provides an advantage for heavier, stronger crew. It seems that advantage could be neutralized if either 1) the Finn competitions were divided into lightweight and heavyweight categories, or 2) pumping were banned. I see speculation that the Finn is in danger of being eliminated from the Olympic games in order to facilitate the goal of gender equality. At present, the Finn is designated in the Olympics as the class for heavyweight men only. If the Finn is eliminated, the boat for all solo sailing would be the Laser, which would leave heavyweight men without a boat. Perhaps it would make more sense to eliminate the Laser and conduct both the male and female solo sailing events with the Finn. I actually recently considered buying a Finn, but I'm only 5' 7" and 145 lbs.
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    Coolboats to admire

    There must be at least a thousand different dinghy classes. One that has always appealed to me is the Finn. The Finn has been an Olympic sailing class since 1952, longer than any other boat. It has a catboat rig like a Laser, but the hull is more substantial, so the crew is less likely to get a wet butt. The mast is unstayed, so rigging the boat is very simple. On YouTube, there are videos of Finns racing in winds that would seem crazy for most other unballasted dinghy classes.
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    Adrift Movie

    I took my wife to see "Adrift" this afternoon. The following are few observations. 1. The boats seem much more credible as ocean cruisers than Robert Redford's boat in "All Is Lost." 2. I was pleased that they had a few scenes that showed the pleasures of cruising before the storm. 3. Yeah, it is as much a chick flick as it is a sailing movie. 4. I'd like to read the book to see if the movie in any way reflects the actual handling of the boat during the storm. I would have expected them to lower the sails much earlier and run before the storm under bare poles with lines streaming aft to slow the boat. Perhaps I've read too much Adlard Coles. 5. Without giving away the end, it is very sad. 6. Before the seeing the movie, my wife was scared of pirates. Now she is scared of pirates and storms.
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    How about a Santana 20 for $600, or a Wylie Wabbit for $400. There are some folks in the Annapolis area who will be getting good deals.
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    Coolboats to admire

    The Wylie Wabbit is another boat that I've long admired. It looks like a lot of fun, but I think my wife and daughter might find it too tippy.
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    Coolboats to admire

    The remodel looks gorgeous, but I'd actually rather have the all-fiberglass original. Perhaps I might feel otherwise if I were rich enough to pay somebody else to do the varnishing.
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    Coolboats to admire

    ^^ Yeah, the Stone Horse looks like a lot more fun than the big Hinckley.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Perhaps this will stop the thread drift.
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    Sterling Hayden

    "That's nice shooting soldier!"
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    Plans To Redevelop Alameda Marina In The Works

    Twenty years ago, there were two nice marinas, a boat yard, and a couple of seafood restaurants at Willoughby Bay in Norfolk, VA. A developer bought the boatyard and one of the seafood restaurants, leveled the buildings, started the foundations for a bunch of condos, and then went bankrupt. The smaller of the two marinas seems to still be doing okay. It caters to larger boats. The larger of the two marinas now seems at least partially derelict. Many of the boats in that marina also appear derelict. Part of the problem is that there is no longer a boatyard nearby that can do even the most basic maintenance. City planners seem to view marinas as amenities and boatyards as eyesores. There is a lack of understanding that boatyards are necessary in order to have viable marinas.
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    Coolboats to admire

    The early Moore 24s had decks that were completely flush. Web Chiles's Gannet is one of the early ones. The later Moore 24s had a small cabin trunk. This is sometimes referred to as the sport model.