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  1. DrWatson

    What Tools and/or Materials Am I Missing?

    Clamps. All of them.
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    new Pogo 36 - any intel?

    Ours splashed on Friday Just under 2 y from order to splash... we got lucky.
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    Sun Fast 3300

    Some said the same about the Pogo36 - but the more you see it the better it gets. I think it's more of a "challenges the norms" kinda thing. See something unexpected - and recoil... But the Pogo is definitely not designed to rate well as I understand it. Designed to sail and cruise and flip the bird at ratings?
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    Round New Zealand 2-Handed

    Upwind is not really the Pogo40s forte, and the SF3600 is considerably newer, no? Looking at the tracker just now, it must be damn light up around North Cape and you can see that the Pogo is getting killed! One thing I noticed was that if you look back and replay the tracker for the first leg of the race, Krakatoa II the Pogo40 was pretty much even with Titanium and Motorboat II at the front of the pack up until Cape Brett, whereupon I'm guessing it went light and the sticky starts to show. Both MBII and Titanium look to be pretty well kitted out, with MBII carrying 5 new sails, incl. new #1< after having just come out of a major refit. Don't know much about Krakatoa but maybe she's not carrying such a fresh wardrobe? Katana (SF3600) is likely also pretty well kitted, and seemed to do pretty damn well in the past. That prediction for weather looks like the whole country is facing armageddon...
  5. Long haul? Can't say, haven't been there yet. Coastal? Depended on the mood of the skipper (once, he quit smoking 1 day before so that was particularly unpleasant), or depends on the level of crew exhaustion. Round the cans? We used to have a couple of beers etc. then half way through the season we realised we were doing ok in the series and figured if we applied ourselves we might get there. After that, we were a dry boat until we crossed the finish line each race. Won the series. Cruising: Kids on board? Dry. Mates on board? Depends.
  6. Wasn't Speedboat/Rambler 100/Loyal deck stepped? I think also that Pogo 50s are deck stepped. Might be wrong though.
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    Brexit, WTF

    Brexit. One of the three dumbest things a country has ever tried to do in the last 250 years. the other 2 are: 1. Starting a ground invasion of Russia in Winter. 2. Attempting a ground invasion of Russia in Winter.
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    Royal Huisman Flip

    Seems fine, boat still got launched, lol.
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    How many lines are on your boat?

    27 from memory come back to the cockpit... 4; main, spin, Jib, stays'l - halyards 7; 1 main, 2 jibsheets, 2 stays'l sheets, 2 code 0 sheets 4; 3reefs, 1reef downhaul 3; cunn, vang, outhaul 4; floating sheet leads 1; stays'l cunn 1; spi tack 2; pole in/out 1; jib furler 2?; (continuous) code zero furler 2?; traveler also continuous. Shit that makes 31...
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    Show your boat not sailing

    "It'll only take 4 months worth of weekends to build....." ] Not actually my boat but it was mine for the week in August. My own one is still in the build queue... waiting....
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Is Truth still moored in Wickford?
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    holy christ!

    Years ago, when I was younger and marginally more stupid, we were coming back from a Coastal Classic. About 4 miles north of Tiri channel, under full spinnaker and main at 0330. Farr 727. Boat was ticking along perfectly, surfing along on the occasional gust. Then it hit us. A gust just built over about 30 seconds. Pitch black so we didn't see it coming. Initially if felt like all the other gusts, just bear down and go for it, but it kept building. Before we arsed over the spray from the bow wave was arching up above the height of the boom making a wall of water each side of the boat going right back and hitting the water somewhere aft of the transom. We could see that clearly, as suddenly the whole place lit up like a reactor from the phosphorescence in the water as the wind and rain hit. As we lay there with the masthead pretty much in the water we managed to blow the spinhalyard and ease the main enough to regain some semblance of control. But not before I watched the water bubbling over the coaming and starting to head for the companionway. Scary shit. Escaped pretty much unscathed aside from bruised egos and a total fuckin mess down below. Scariest thing was that just 3 min before it hit the skipper had been relaxing on the foredeck watching the dolphins limed in phosphorescence dancing along side. We'd have lost him if he'd stayed there much longer. A good learning experience. LOL
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    Sun Fast 3600

    Trading up for a Pogo 36?
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    what is it?

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    Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    I think that article said the fishing boat found him in January??
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    Land Yacht for Sale (Brisbane Qld) $500

    Sailed across patagonia... Y'know, the bridges are often washed out...
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    Construction of a Pogo 12.50

    Thanks for the tips. Interesting to hear about the prop walk, I wasn't paying attention in July when we visited Combrit. I think the definition of "lucky bastard" is somehow rather relative in this setting. You can at whim go and sit on your fantastic boat whereas I must wait another 10 months and take a 3h flight just to touch the sea...
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    Construction of a Pogo 12.50

    Hi Shaggy, I was about to write to you asking about how you found manoeuvring with twin rudders and a single prop and ask for hints. The reason being the exact scenario you describe above - only it will be Greece in October next year when we charter their Pogo 36. Don't want to look like a dick, eh...
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    new Pogo 36 - any intel?

    What's not to like?
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    Wahine 26

    nice pic, sorry my innuendo was too sutble.
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    Wahine 26

    I guess it depends upon how we define luxury. Is your definition of luxury a space full of booze, babes, n black jack? Or a space full of marble and gilded furniture? is luxury being able to sail, fast close to the wind and with a cold beer in your hand? I'm pretty sure I've experienced (quite) some luxury in the cockpit of a Farr 727 under the Auckland harbour bridge at 10am on a Sat morning. And I've experienced faux luxury in a €1000 a night hotel room on Lido in Venice... Luxury is not the things you have around you, but the way you have them, the way you view them... it's all about POV....