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  1. BruceB

    Show your boat not sailing

    Not sailing? Easy!
  2. It’s not just sailboats that have become “...more complicated...”. This world we live in is a different place. From our phones, to our television, our cars to our homes, life is simply very different. I find myself both drawn to some of modern life and repulsed by parts. Such is the impact of progress I guess. As for the sailboat industry, the signs have been there for ages. The biggest and most exciting Newport boat show I ever attended was my first show in the late 1980’s and people were talking about how it was nothing like previous shows. Thirty years later the Newport International Boatshow is a bit of a joke. I wish I was bright enough to understand all of the forces responsible for what has happened. I’ve participated in lots of conversations on the subject and heard a lot of ideas and I’m not sure it is easy to pin sailings demise on any single event. My thinking is that as we evolve as a society, we are continually losing touch with something pure. Gone are so many of the ideals we grew up with and took for granted. Yes, we’ve made some progress as people but we have given up ground too. Things like a self reliant attitude, that I believe is a necessary trait for cruising under sail are dwindling rapidly. Never mind having the time or funds... Most people who sailed 40 and 50 years ago had interest in and took the time to learn some navigation skills, sailing skills and had a curiosity about weather. Many people made the budget work by maintaining the boats themselves. With weather and navigation being a simple glance at the screen of your phone, maintenance something done only by someone else and a day sailing consisting of unfurling the headsail only, sailing has lost more than we know. In this day and age of insurance companies peddling policies to protect Junior from the stress of a flat tire that he has now idea how to change, how can we expect people to want to (gasp) sail? It is not just sailboats... Bruce
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    "I'd rather sail than varnish!", who says that?

    We’ve done gloss varnish on our cabin soles for years now too. I am always amazed at the reaction people have when they first see it. It is fine, no more or less slippery than any other finish. Of course, I also way my non skid... have to be careful there for a week or so but then it is fine.
  4. Having spent just a bit of time boating in the PNW, cruising there by “zero” mast type certainly makes sense to me . Both my wife and I love sailing but to be able to make a new destination in the comfort of a pilothouse when the conditions are less than perfect is pretty nice! As beautiful as the PNW is, and it is stunningly beautiful, I’d say the weather is less than perfect most of the time... They tell me that July and August are perfect though...
  5. We have only been in the PNW cruising for about 5 weeks total. Boat came home to New England where we have lots of rocks and a few clams. Having owned fiberglass bottom dinghies for some 25 years now, we’ve not had problems. Hitting rocks at speed with the tip of the keel 7’ below the surface was a different story...
  6. Ted Peters Smoked fish...awesome place! Found it after seeing it on Diners Drive-in’s and Dives. Was aparrently one of Guy Fieri’s all time favorites. Waitress told us locals eat mullet and that they have Salmon and Mahi for “visitors”...
  7. AB uses a Hypalon fabric, not of their own manufacturer. Orca? I believe that the consensus was that the Achilles fabric may be some of the best. As of a year ago, aluminum Achilles models were reported to be of Chinese manufacture. We were in the process of trying to shake out a brand new trawler some 3000 miles from home and we had about 5 weeks to cruise in the PNW. We’d decided to bring an old roll up Aquadutch PVC with us and of course, it deflated and in a fairly spectacular manner. This was our old offshore stow away boat and I thought it had a bit more time in it...I was wrong. We needed a dinghy stat and we found a local dealer in Bellingham who gave us a good price and could hook us up now! Dinghy, Weaver standoff’s and an electric start 10 HP Honda are what we ended up with and although I’d always thought we’d purchase an Achilles, I’m happy with the AB. It planes easily, it is comfortable enough and the build quality seems great. Having seen too many aluminum hull dinghies with peeling paint and not being a fan of the typical V shaped floor was enough for me to eliminate aluminum from our search. I don’t mind faded glass or paint as much as I dislike peeling paint...I’m sure there is a medication that would allow me to coexist with peeling paint... most manufacturers offer an unpainted aluminum option. That’s what I’d do...I remember the prices of the various manufacturers boats being closer but there was a lot of wine being consumed so...
  8. When we slipped over to the dark side, we decided that we’d move from our Trinka 10 to a RIB (in for a penny...). I always thought we would purchase an Achilles but when I saw that much of their production had been moved to China... we ended up with an AB. Not aluminum but rather fiber glass. Im sure the Chinese or Japanese made Achilles are fine. Just not what we purchased. We did a 10’ model with the flat floor. 10 ho Honda and life is great. If if you buy an aluminum floor rib, look into getting one without paint/powder coat as they look better after the first year.
  9. BruceB

    "I'd rather sail than varnish!", who says that?

    In all fairness, I should admit that I am trying an acrylic teak furniture sealer on a little folding teak table we use in the cockpit of has a very “original cetol” hue to it... there is no way I’m going to varnish this table and grey looked dirty. I could simply strip and oil it, it does live under the upper deck...the jury is still out.
  10. BruceB

    "I'd rather sail than varnish!", who says that?

    Cetol? Admitting to using Cetol is kind of like telling the world that you learned to sail by watching La Vagabonde videos... Bruce
  11. BruceB

    Block Island Anchoring In Questoin

    It all comes down to there being too many people... There is no question that “mooring anxiety” exists and it is the reality here, especially in late July and August. We find it easier to head to Maine, the phenomenon exists there too, just to a lesser degree.
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    Block Island Anchoring In Questoin

    Block is our “go to” quick weekend destination. Although I would be surprised to see CMRC actually permit the anchoring area for moorings, who knows... I will say that when it is busy, the anchorage can be an interesting place to watch when weather comes up. Short scope, rafted boats and all of the malay that goes with too many people in a small area can lead to interesting watching and VHF listening. In fact, when it blows, we always turn our radio on and listen to the chaos.
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    State of the art boat wiring, 1959.

    I am not fond of the ABYC change to yellow for negative. Even on our one year old boat there are all sorts of electrical devices that use the old/much more common black for negative in their included wiring, making for black to yellow connections everywhere. it is all neatly done but it irks me. Anyone know the reason for the change? Bruce
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    State of the art boat wiring, 1959.

    I’m not worthy either in this case. We simply bought the boat, the credit belongs to the manufacturer, and Tom as he is actually creating some lovely wiring!
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    State of the art boat wiring, 1959.

    We’ve gone to the dark side... American Tug 395. Pretty awesome way to spend time in the water even if it doesn’t have sails... Bruce