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    Barefoot RAID

    Two questions: a) How would one go about shipping a trailered Welsford Pathfinder from the US East Coast to the start? b) Does Ajax want to come with?
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    Florence

    It just moved significantly on the last breaking wave. I give it an hour.
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    Florence

    This cockpit vid is pretty great. These folks appear to know exactly what they're doing, and it's fun to watch them work. Even more cool when you consider all the measurements being taken in the back.
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    Florence

    Yeah, but they said no to Kent Island Sailor this morning. I'm just surprised that they rescinded the coverage when the cone moved...I hope they don't try to do the same since the cone moved after they approved my haul but before it happened...
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    Florence

    Strange. I'm in the West River; called them yesterday morning and they said no coverage, so I called them from my dinghy right after the 5PM Hurricane Center update and they approved the claim and sent me a claim # immediately. Boat was hauled this morning. Is it because the cone changed with today's updates?
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    Selling a boat - reverse auction?

    Ad is up! http://sailinganarchy.com/classifieds/show-ad/?id=3863 I decided to go biweekly on the price drops. Let the experiment begin....
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    Selling a boat - reverse auction?

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    Florence

    This is the forecast from Windy for next Friday evening. 50+ kt northwesterly winds at the mouth of the Bay, plus lots of extra rain seems like it would mean significant flooding? What’s most concerning for the Mid-Atlantic is that all the models show an immediate hook to the northeast after landfall, taking this beast right over the region regardless of what part of the coast takes the first hit.
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    Selling a boat - reverse auction?

    I think this is a valid way to look at it, but it seems like the worst that could happen is that no one buys the boat before I hit my reserve, or absolute lowest number I want to sell for? I understand the difference between the following of the Centaurs and the Ericsons, but the E35-2 is a fairly well-respected and well-reviewed model, and this boat has a lot going for it that other models of the same age and length might not, including a Yanmar diesel with less than 900 hours. I guess I could see someone looking at 27-footers being interested if they could get something a bit bigger for even money. I'll be paying winter storage in a coupla months, so it seems like a decent gamble to take.
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    Selling a boat - reverse auction?

    Good question. Haven’t thought of it. I imagine we could freeze the price at the point someone indicates they want to buy, pending survey, and then continue the auction if the sale doesn’t go through?
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    Selling a boat - reverse auction?

    Thanks Dylan...did you have a particular system you used? EBay or something else?
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    Selling a boat - reverse auction?

    Looking for some advice from the CA braintrust: I need to sell my Ericson 35 on the Chesapeake Bay. I've already bought another boat and want her to find a home with someone who has the time to use and maintain her. And yes, I bought an ad, a few months ago, and I'm about to buy another. I've posted her in all the usual spots and haven't gotten much response-just a few tire-kickers, some of them with some fairly wild trades in mind. I've already confirmed with my accountant that donating wouldn't be helpful for me, and to be honest I need to get at least a little cash for her; and she's worth it. The transaction isn't really high enough to require a broker, and I haven't seen any brokers on the Chesapeake do much more for lower-cost vessels that what I can do with an internet connection. I'm not suckered in by the sunk-cost fallacy and realize there are a lot of old boats for sale and not many buyers. This brings me to my idea: A reverse auction. I'd set a price for the boat, post it, then drop the price by $500 a week until someone bites. The buyer would have to make a decision about how low a price they'd want to wait for without losing the boat to someone willing to pay. Any thoughts on this idea? Has anyone ever seen an auction that uses this approach? I'd appreciate any thoughts.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    When I bought Resolute she had expired flares from every decade of her life, from the 70’s through the ‘10’s. And that was just the tip of the iceberg...PO had also replaced running rigging twice and kept the old line. I took three large Rubbermaid tubs full of line off the boat. The strangest was that he’d had the head rebuilt and kept (bagged and neatly labeled) the retired joker valve.
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    Boat sling design-help!

    Ajax was "moveable ballast," except he kept rolling to leeward. : ) It is completely different than our larger, traditional cockpit boats for sure. When I sailed on a friend's Pathfinder, I sat leaning against the forward cockpit coaming, facing aft, with the main overhead. In my boat the rigging for the centerboard prevents that, something I hope to change fairly soon. On Sunday I found that, while at the helm, leaning against the aft coaming (or the top of the raised outboard, depending on the tack) facing forward with your feet stretched out felt really comfortable. I think it takes a while to learn to "wear" a boat like this one. There are a few rigging tweaks that I gotta figure out, most frustratingly how to keep the jib sheets from catching on the nub of the main's sprit boom on every tack. Ajax was very helpful in figuring out sail shape, luff tension, etc. It was kind of like detective work since I was never able to sail with the PO and see how he did it.
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    Boat sling design-help!

    Glued at screwed! The designer/builder is adamant that we finish it quickly to protect the glue from any possibility of moisture.