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  1. rattus32

    Guests realistic expectations

    When we took a Beneteau First 36.7 in Fr. Polynesia (2 tall couples and it was tight), I discovered it was placarded as a max. 10 passenger boat, and listed on the charter site as suitable for "up to 8". I nearly split my gut when I saw that - 2 guys well over 6 feet, 2 ladies at and near 6 feet, and the wiry 5'5" French guy wondering what was so funny. "But your bags, they are so big... you do not need any more than a Speedo and 2 t-shirts!" ("and ze ladies, only a bikini bottom..." with a Groucho smirk.) Aside: Best damn sailing trip we ever did. Meeting the fishing boats at dawn at the docks when the ahi catch came in at Huahine, ladies picking up other ingredients (damn they start early, otherwise all the subsidized baguettes were hauled off 2 dozen at a shot by the local ladies; that and the fucking roosters going off at 3:30 AM you can hear across 200m of water), and chowing down on boat-made 2-hour fresh poisson cru on the sail to Bora-Bora did not suck. One head, behind the forecabin door. Even a longer term couple would have been tight. Guests/more on board? Hell, no!
  2. Off Center Harbor teamed up with Brooklin Boat Yard to market plans and kits for a slightly modified version of Whio named Aroha. https://www.offcenterharbor.com/plans-och-aroha/ Man, this would be an ideal platform for a marinized Smart Diesel conversion...
  3. rattus32

    American Dumbass

    Just "Ridin' with Biden" would be adequate. ...although I'm kind of partial to "Flush the Turd on November 3rd" flags as well. ;-)
  4. rattus32

    American Dumbass

    Fear and Loathing in Lhasa?
  5. rattus32

    American Dumbass

    Huh - as far as queue jumping goes, that is the exact opposite of my experience from both sides of the aisle. At our local ski hill, it's the Brits, Swedes and Nordihoovians that are the exemplars of the queue jump, as it is apparently the accepted norm in Europe. Add in inexcusable behavior in our drinking establishments, where the combination of unfettered drunkedness and altitude (2500m +, at the base) make for a lively combination. No one sheepily lines up like 'Muricans, but they tend to call out anyone who attempts to do so. My German side is ashamed that they are only a distant second to the aforementioned groups. I find that those of the greater British area (including Ireland) and their descendants enjoy flexing their inferiority complex about all things american to any within earshot.
  6. rattus32

    American Dumbass

    Sorry - I was wrong, politics yes, not into the identity sort, but the inconsiderate assholes have a way of identifying themselves. Having served 5 years in Texas (commuting part-time, thankfully), I know there are many considerate and thoughtful citizens there as well, with whom I will always gladly bend an elbow. I got a rise from the " 'Murican Dumbass" defenders, although, who tend to be geographically concentrated.
  7. rattus32

    American Dumbass

    Bigotry against Texans - now that's a hoot! Hypocrisy much? Part of our usual annual 4th celebrations has been the kickoff of the Bravo Vail music festival, that features the NY Phil, Dallas Symphony, lots of other outstanding musicians from all over the world. The DSO have always been some of our best customers, and we appreciate them. Then again, they're great people, not butthurt rednecks. Wife's place is one of the very few in town that remained open all along, and hasn't had a single employee struck with the Covid-19 virus. We plan on keeping it that way, and if we have to reject a few of your comrades, it's worth every single penny of your lost business. Try to enter without a mask, get tossed. Simple. Was just our rule, now it's the town's.
  8. rattus32

    diy cooler?

    We used one on our long Sea of Cortez shoreline camping trip via Eurovan. It was terrific, even during 100°+ days, and didn't come close to draining our dual-battery setup. FWIW.
  9. rattus32

    diy cooler?

    Saw a blurb about a German cooler made by a manufacturer of vacuum insulation panels, called Qool. Not represented in NA so far, but appear to far outperform the overpriced/overmarketed Yeti goods. Now to add an Engel-type LG linear compressor unit or a cold plate... https://newatlas.com/outdoors/qool-box-vacuum-insulated-cooler/ The insulation panels alone might be promising.
  10. rattus32

    American Dumbass

    Naah - not just Americans. I'm both am American and a German, and I've seen the worst of the residents of many nations. To stereotype: Try to beat a German to the last room at an Austrian inn, skidding to a stop into the last spot in front of the entrance. or to keep a Norwegian at his place in line at a ski gondola. A Frenchman away from the hostess stand, while having patiently waited for your reservation at at restaurant. A Brit at a bar. An Aussie at an anchorage. Every nation has its assholes. Mr. Zatara is one of our worst examples, with both the MAGA and gun fag streaks running strong. I suspect with the collapse of his oil patch bid'ness cash flow, he's become unhinged and is lashing out. I stopped following them a year go after he started his "freedumb" rants. Sad, because the rest of his family seemed stable. We own, and my wife runs a successful restaurant in a resort town that happens to be cool in the summer, thus attracting a lot of folks from undesirable parts of the country. During the holiday, I stood guard at the door blocking idiots that refused to wear masks, despite local orders to do so. But, Texans. We're infested with them, despite spraying for them twice a year. Doesn't seem to work that well. We only charter for a couple of weeks every year, but we try to associate with the (sailing) cruisers, whom we find to be interesting, open-minded, and most definitely not jerks. I find this to be true about all types of inveterate travelers - gotta, wanna, blend in as best we can, be respectful of the locals, and be ambassadors for our kind.
  11. rattus32

    chesapeake charter?

    Thanks all, from me as well. We're (finally!) not bound by school/university schedules and late September's always been my favorite time to travel nearly anywhere in North America (or Oktoberfest in Germany, wine country in... well... anywhere in our hemisphere, or the Greek islands don't suck too badly then either). US for this year nevertheless. No marina cruising for us. Stop back at the family household in NH on the way back and catch a non-monochromatic fall. And lobstah. The crabbage would be an extra-special bonus. Our pursuit of tasty shellfish anywhere is relentless. ;-)
  12. rattus32

    chesapeake charter?

    I like this concept too, and my UVA grad daughter and her S.O. are into the idea as well. It's one of the few parts of the country we haven't sailed yet. I am, however, alarmed at the number of boats sporting air conditioning. We're OK with heat, but only as long as there's a substantial breeze. Is there a non-aircon, sailable (as in, with a breeze) season in the fall? When would be best? Oh - and crabs. Is October reasonable? (And yes, I have checked with Windfinder, was looking for insider info, like "best breeze is further south")
  13. rattus32

    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Quoting the ABF site: Canned meat products Personal import of commercially manufactured and retorted meat products is permitted. The products must be in cans, jars or retort pouches and must be shelf stable (not require refrigeration or freezing to maintain quality). We check this kind of border information everywhere we travel. Our long-life "products" were in commercially sealed, and as I mentioned, chemically (I hate that, but...) and thermally stabilized in metallized mylar bags (called retort bags in labs) from some trail food outfit. Allowed. Dogs took 'em anyway, maybe because I opened one and we shared it while in the air, and "scented" the target in our carryon bag. Asshole. And I'll also continue enjoying vlogs I enjoy of people actually getting out there and exploring far further than us, but in the manner to which we're accustomed, like (pre-baby) Delos, Dylan, Free Range Sailing, Wind Hippie, RAN, etc. while you gnash your gums and shake your fist at the clouds.
  14. rattus32

    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    You bet. First 3 times coupled it with work in Melbourne (even saw the Grand Prix in Albert Park in '97!), then brought the family over afterward. Been all over the East coast from Melbourne to the Daintree, by car, Adelaide, wine regions, and from Perth to Shark Bay on land. And sure, sailed the Whitsundays numerous times, but spent time offshore diving in the GBR Maritime Park as well. Exploration by land and sailing are our passion. I'm sure we haven't scratched the surface, but we've experienced as much as a pausing traveler can in the 6 months total we've been there. And actually engaged with quite a few folks far more pleasant than FKT.
  15. rattus32

    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Talk about entitled... We were well aware of the quarantine rules. No objection to the hyper-dark chocolate my kids brought, as frankly, yours sucks. These were declared, double commercially factory sealed, dessicated, and sadly, preserved and thermally processed. And after having travelled six times to your country, five with the family, emptied our wallets, and experienced the bright shining cultural void and intolerance of your countrymen, yeah, we've seen enough. Imagine if I tried to smuggle a declared and sealed jar of Vegemite into the US. An Ag inspector would ask, "are you really bringing this shit back home?" "Yeah, as a practical joke on our friends." "Have at it." And before you inevitably go there, I've also had it with our National Embarrassment, the so-called president. Shame your handle says it all. A fine representative indeed.