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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    This columbia ad, specifically the cutout for the brochure request really brings back memories. As a boy i collected several brochures in a binder. Eventually I worked up to checking the box for the 50. I guess at the 50 level you get a sales call. I remember my dad handing me the phone to talk to a salesman about my interest in the 50.
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    A big project!

    Then his punchline is "Eventually, I will finish two years early."
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    Pettit Black Widow Video Review

    It has been on my boat in the south Puget sound. Now in the water for 15 months. I sanded the paint on the hull only to about 220 level. I brought the rudder home and prepared it to a polished level. The slime is cleaned fairly regularly, with a bent brush and then free diving on occasion. The hull has stayed in great shape but last month I was surprised to find a lot of barnacles on the rudder, rather suddenly. I wonder if the polishing I did interfered with the protective process. I didn't use the recommended polish.
  4. There are a few bad events that will stay in my mind forever. However, thinking of the good ones, I have a very found memory of sailing off alcatraz, headed back towards the city front in the fall olympic classes regatta on a Tornado. The boat felt great, the sails were backlit (fall lighting), new and just looked gorgeous with the Transamerica pyramid behind it.
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    R2AK 2019

    I remembered some scientist being given credit for below the water line concept and found this: USA was the "revolutionary" second choice, the product of the computer wizardry of Star Wars scientist Heiner Meldner, aerospace engineer Alberto Calderon and naval architect Gary Mull.
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    Craigslist Finds

    The owner should take it to the Antiques road show .. or maybe a Christie's auction? The bidding starts at $1750
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    Craigslist Finds

    Well, when you consider the importance of the Sunfish, the provenance of this boat and the fact that I didn't know a wooden version existed, I'd say at least double what you said. Former #18023 sailor, 52 years ago.
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    Sail or Bail 2?

    Sorry I didn't look at your link. From the auction listing: "Hops. Sailing yacht. Length: 9m. Entered on behalf of Thanet District Council. To be sold WITHOUT reserve. Guide price £2,000 to £4,000" They probably got the length from the rated length.
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    Sail or Bail 2?

    length 9m so a half tonner. It seems dutchie knows the boat. I would have said a humphreys.
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    There are some old pictures of Improbable on the Facebook site IOR,RORC,CCA ocean racing classes.
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    Kettenburg PC. It must have some problems.
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    shit show (front page)

    I meant to quote the part about heart pounding thrill of 12 meter racing doing pre-start circles(I think that was the guy who quoted you). Anyway, when Stars and Stripes was running away and then making a timed approach in the first race final, I measured my heart rate at 90 something while watching live TV. I few days later I went running with my future wife and it was 90 something, but lower. I don't miss it though. Time moves on this cup should be interesting.
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    Someone Make an Offer

    Two old wooden 31 ft boats. So only He he
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    R2AK 2018

    If he had steering or a propulsion problems, i don't think he would have headed into a place where he would need both!
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    R2AK 2018

    He probably decided to take a rest while the wind is next to nothing. He has been sailing since well before 5am this morning.