redboat

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About redboat

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  • Birthday 06/26/1949

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  1. redboat

    Who knows snow blowers?

    Live in Spofford. Bought the snowblower in Keene at a dealer that closed shop. Used to get parts in Brattleboro but they no longer carry Toro equipment. Had Tuckers in Keene pick up and service the blower and my John Deere tractor but they don't sell Toro or regularly stock Toro parts. Found a shop in Winchester that does. Have heard good things about Troy Powersports.
  2. redboat

    Who knows snow blowers?

    15 year old Toro bought from dealer that closed. Actually have a hard time finding parts in my area of southern New Hampshire. Go figure. Agree with having extra shear pins or proper bolts around. Always break in the middle of the task and during the most frigid or inclement conditions. Tip. Put the specific tools you need to replace aside and ready to go. It will speed an uncomfortable task. Also get a pair of the sacrificial guide shoes on either side. They do wear down. I'm getting chains for the wheels this winter. Have a decent slope on part of the driveway and if there is an icy base the machine simply takes off down the driveway in a graceful often sideways slide. The stuff of stupid youtube vids but dangerous. I wear spikes if it's dicey and don't have a problem but the machine isn't as fortunate. Starts easily but having the electric start is a nice backup. Invest in the warmest waterproof mitts you can find.
  3. redboat

    A Really Cool 30' Daysailer

    You mean like this................ http://classicsailboats.org/portfolio-view/c-raymond-hunt-international-410/
  4. redboat

    A Really Cool 30' Daysailer

    Rekindles the love for my old 110. Remains one of the best boats I ever drove upwind. Remember the turbo 110 that was developed and discussed in these hallowed forums?
  5. redboat

    RIP Austin1972 1972-2020

    Haven't been on SA for a bit and read this. Several exchanges over the years but never met him. A thoughtful gentleman, admired and appreciated. Carry on Sir, wherever you are, I'm sure you will. Genuine Respect from this quarter.
  6. redboat

    Daysailer for old people

    Sea Sprite 23, a Carl Alberg design Edey an Duff Stone Horse. A classic comfortable easily handled boat.
  7. redboat

    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    Hy baby, $300 and I can use your image for life? Sounds like the deal a porn photog would offer an innocent or not so innocent subject. With those goofy oversize aviator shades and his constant hustle patter, I wouldn't be surprised. Real estate, wedding photographer? Really?
  8. redboat

    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    What is the likelihood of Gomer finding some other drifter/grifter scamishness to pursue, sneaking back to the boat to remove the one or two things that have minimal value and then walking away from the fine yacht leaving storage charges and ultimately disposal responsibility to a victimized yard? He's a really amateurish second rate hustler. Youtube enables that sort of behavior. We all benefited from the brief amusement. Having said the above I hope he returns and continues this monumentally brave hyperbole fest. Wonder if he'll hook up with another feminine attractant to drive internet interest. Or is it back to living at home with mom and working at the local used car sales lot for our hero?
  9. redboat

    Where would you retire?

    My heart would be with the E22. Sailed for decades on the Western Long Sound and loved them since the day they hammered the Soling in the bogus Olympic trials. If I ever get my sorry ass out there the J22 is the more likely candidate simply because it's more versatile and there appears to be a fleet at Cherry Creek as well. All this talk and I'll probably wind up with a 12 foot aluminum skiff with electric trolling motor and a beer cooler.
  10. redboat

    Where would you retire?

    Drove around Dillon during the winter and saw that Shock 40 on the hard. Completely upset the notion I had about sailing there. Seems like pretty serious overkill. Never having seen a chart of the Lake don't know how much of it is inaccessible because of the draft that boat carries. Just a quick followup to your comment, is the Etchells fleet growing? I thought the Etchells and Stars there were dying out. But I know nothing of sailing there and defer to your wisdom.
  11. redboat

    Engineering Career in Sailing

    Yes indeed, and kudos for doing so. Being an old bastard I've been around for awhile and followed you and your work since way too long ago. You've always been able to self promote, get ink in various sailing publications (pre and post internet) and skillfully carved a niche for yourself in the sailing world. Very few are able to do that. It's not just the NA side and sailing about on your glorious creations. You I'm certain would agree that the business side is the tough bit and where most brilliant designers are weakest. But feel free to comment. I'll gladly defer to your personal experience.
  12. redboat

    Engineering Career in Sailing

    Clearly some enthusiastic sailor/engineers have made a go of it so there are exceptions but the generalization still applies: Avocations and Vocations Don't Mix. You should try while you're young and have little to lose. You can then also look back without regret and say you tried. As a reflective footnote, also gives me pause to think how great it is in this country that you have so many varied opportunities. Yeah, I know you're probably white and not poor , but still.....
  13. redboat

    Model Railroading

    Just remembered, if you're ever in the Boston area visit the Charles Ro Supply store in Malden MA. Supposed to be "America's Largest Model Train Store". I wouldn't doubt it. Place is enormous with every guage imaginable. Worth the trip just to see everything. Makes you feel like a kid again.
  14. redboat

    Model Railroading

    Kept my old o scale Lionel set. Set it up a few Christmas times for my son when he was a young 'un. Most recently set it up for his sons when they came over for the Holidays. In two years my granddaughter will have the opportunity. Girls can/should play with trains too. George Olson was apparently quite a model train enthusiast.
  15. redboat

    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    Probably everyone else's fault but Gomer's. No sympathy. He two bit hustled everyone he ran into and will no doubt continue to do so after taking his beloved drone and moving back in with his mother. Jess appeared to be a simple easily manipulated soul. Hope she moves on. Boat will probably languish with unpaid storage bills in some southern yard until it meets the scrap heap. Damn that little engine was a trooper. Kept running in spite of daily abuse.