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About Forestdawg

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    The Hinterlands
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    OR, R2AK, getting an old boat back on the water, paddling about.

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  1. Forestdawg

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    This seems a bit over-priced. But they have bought the farm and just in time for hallow'een "we don't know witch year and who make it."
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    Coolboats to admire

    I was unsure whether to post this in the "Craigslist: Not Mocking" thread or here. But ultimately, in my mind at least, this is a cool boat to admire. In the early '80s I was in between jobs and spending the summer hanging out in Kingston, Ontario. A friend of mine asked if I would be interested in being a crew member on a local yacht for the Wednesday night races. Up to that point, my sailing experience consisted of a fair bit of sailboarding and a little bit of sailing Albacores. "Sure, why not," I said. That summer I learned an incredible amount about big boat sailing during my time on Bagatelle. Owner Don Currie was generous with his knowledge and patient with the newbies on his crew, unless you were seasick. He did not suffer and had no time for those who did. One highlight for me was our foray in the Freeman Cup race, out of Oswego that year. We sailed out from Kingston the day before, partying a bit and feeling good. After a rough crossing, most of the nine crew were sick as dogs, though all but one recovered before the race start. That guy was dead weight for the whole trip and Don wanted to throw him overboard. Bagatelle was an older boat even then, heavy compared the the new boats of the day and slow in light air. But she moved when the wind picked up, and I vividly recall coming up on watch at zero-dark-thirty in the middle of Lake Ontario. The hired gun driver had set the spinnaker and the boat was moving ("don't tell Don," he warned us). We were giddy as we passed boat after boat in the dark. I contemplated what would happen if I fell off. In the morning, the wind died and all the modern boats caught up and passed us. Oh well. Don was philosophic, he knew the boat was not that competitive anymore but he loved to sail and loved to race. Bagatelle was kind of a training vessel for young sailors in the Kingston race scene and I am grateful for my time on her. Now she is for sale. Maybe Don has passed. At the time I did not know the pedigree but I think the description in the listing puts her in the cool boat category:
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Some backstory on the single-handed sailor above:
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    Solo Figure 8 record?

    I'm surprised there hasn't been more chatter about this fellow, it is quite an accomplishment. Here is another article with an interview, he is very mattter-of-fact and humble about things: This Solo Sailor Looped the NW Passage and Cape Horn Twice in One Epic Year Here is the official website:
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I believe this is the colour of green one turns after eating a bad shrimp:
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    My work here is done.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Hmmm, I do need a new come-along. Not sure it is worth the drive and the effort to prepare a suitable Viking funeral for the rest of that poor vessel.
  8. Forestdawg

    Craigslist - Not mocking

    I'm putting this here more for the ad than the boat. Most buy & sell ads are lacking a lot of essential information about the vessel, whereas this one tells you a story about it, gives you every last detail about the equipment and evens lists the seller's views of the pros and cons of the vessel. And he'll even deliver it and teach you to sail. This guy clearly loves his boat. Given the lavish description, the pictures are pretty lame and the happy faces for privacy are a bit creepy. 31 foot Sailboat, nay, Gentleperson's Yacht
  9. Forestdawg

    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    ^ Thanks, FO. Looking at the website, he appears to be a very creative, talented and interesting dude. Had I the spare change, I would definitely buy some of his sculpture, or maybe commission some kind of cool outdoor cook stove. Just not the boat. Though the spartan interior has a certain appeal, and that wood stove would keep you cozy on those cool Lake Superior evenings. Just realized that I've driven by that fish in Marten River a few times, it is quite eye catching.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I wasn't sure whether to put this here or in the ugly boat thread but I think the price makes it mockable, considering what else you could get for $30,000 CAD right now. Anybody want to buy the S/V Dill Pickle?  
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Ooops. Seems I missed it on the first go rounds, then was fooled by the fact that the current ad was posted just four days ago. Can't believe someone hasn't snagged it so their kids could have a pirate ship instead of a tree house. Or, as you say, an awesome one-off bonfire.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Free boat, what could go wrong? Better yet, it is a "Schnooer." In fact they'll pay you $800 to take it away.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    This just popped up in my Facebook feed. The best part of the ad: "Just needs to finish top deck and some details." I am not even sure of the intended purpose of this vessel:
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Here is an article on the GGR that just popped up in Outside Online. Likely nothing new here to you followers but well-written and a good summary for those of us not so familiar with the history:
  15. Forestdawg

    Craigslist - Not mocking

    Point taken, though the 4'-ish draft seems to be OK among Georgian Bay sailors. Sailed a Mirage 27 with a 4.33" draft up through those islands once, I was on the bow with a lead line and we only bumped once... Really, I'm just a sucker for the woodwork.