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  1. J the landlocked dreamer

    Gunboat 68

    And indeed it seems that they are sharing their brain-trust. Check out sailpuffin.com. Specifically, the entry on May 18, 2019 ('Chasing Performance', section titled 'Help from Gunboat'), in which they talk about shared hull construction/infusion technology.. And then the entry on June 29, 2019 ('A Green Puffin', section titled 'Solar Power'), in which they talk about using some similar equipment. FYI, Sail Puffin is a newly built Outremer 4X. It was built for the former owners of Sail Wildling (sailwildling.com), an Outremer 5X.
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    Looking forward to the invention of cleats in Canada

    DDW, every time that I pass your boat I hear you loudly, wishfully, playing the Pink Floyd song that has the words: Ooh, I need a dirty woman Ooh, I need a dirty girl Will some woman in this desert land Make me feel like a real man? So is it any wonder that your lines feel the same craving way???? (p.s., you really should take some singing lessons; because your sing-along voice is several keys <octaves?> too high )
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    Visiting Vancouver - hope to connect to a Wednesday night raceboat

    It went well, thank you, Spankoka. I managed to catch a ride on a Division 3 boat (with skipper Dave and crew; all kind and tolerant). They wisely assigned me a task where I could do the least amount of damage: mainsheet control, from a position that was largely out of their way. It was fun, intriguing, and informative to be out there. For example, near the start, with so many boat swirling around, jockeying for position. It was at that time that I had the most potential to be of actual use. We had approached the start line 20 seconds early. So what Skipper Dave should have done was hand me a line and thrown me overboard as a sea-anchor . Later we had a wee bit of excitement when another boat, um, tapped their mast top against our mast top . Fortunately nothing came down, and we all kept going. West Vancouver Yacht Club sure is a wonderful place from which to sail! Even going out from and later returning to the marina was beautiful. And then to have the mountains and islands as a backdrop while sailing was very special. There were apparently whales out there last night; we just needed them mixed in with us as a moving obstacle course to make things complete <although more seriously I wouldn’t want to be disturbing them>. Next week there is one thing that I will do differently, though. I’m used to being thrown around by water; in fact, I love it. So I thought that I was going to be fine last night. But my land-locked water is of the moving river rapid variety. It would seem that ocean water movements have a, um, different effect on me. So next week I’m going to show up with some strong meds firmly in charge of my tummy. Fortunately, Skipper Dave and crew only poked a wee bit of fun of me last night. Heck, one of the crew even kindly held on to the back of my life jacket as I ‘closely examined the water’ . I’m glad that I went. I’ll happily do it again during this trip and future trips to Vancouver. Even if it is raining, as Vancouver has a penchant to do <sorry, I couldn’t resist that bit of ribbing > Expat, thank you for that clarification.
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    Visiting Vancouver - hope to connect to a Wednesday night raceboat

    Jud, I can’t help but conclude that either: You’ve just invented the most incredible rodeo move ever (shall we call it the ‘McSputnik Space Shot’?), or Your creek-running boofing skills are incredible!, or You are very lost (and I shouldn't trust your navigation skills anywhere), or "Complete destruction of probe; mandatory portage" <rest in peace, Bill>. Norse, yeah, yeah, yeah
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    Visiting Vancouver - hope to connect to a Wednesday night raceboat

    Thanks, guys. I like a thrill ... so if a boat is going out and they'll have me, then I'm game . I did already contact Dale. He kindly suggested that I just show up and ask around. I'm feeling hopeful. Now I just need to figure out how to return something to the upright position if it is bigger than a Hobie. That's easy to do isn't it? A little tug here, a little jury-rig there.
  6. Hello all. I live in landlocked Calgary. But I'm visiting the Vancouver area for a couple (2?, 3?, 4?) of weeks <I'm due a break, after coming off of a hectic stint dealing with Indigenous consultations for the TMX pipeline>. I'm keen to get out on the water. Zonker, SloopJonB, and Jud have all kindly given me some suggestions for the yellow crew circle at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club in Jericho, and for something equivalent at the West Vancouver Yacht Club (again, thank you guys). I shall indeed pursue one of these on Wednesday night. But does anyone know what time on Wednesday night for those two clubs? Also, if I can connect with and commit to a racer ahead of time then that would be even better! Please PM me, and I'll send you my email address and phone number. Now, I do admit that I am a newbie <I don't think that solo hobie catting in the Caribbean and Mexico would count ... even if I can get it upright again in swell >. But I will come bearing a 6 pack of beer (Alberta brewed, of course). Also, if you don't win the race, then I make for a wonderful designated scapegoat . I did bring my lifejacket (this particular lifejacket even has an integrated safety harness, albeit normally intended for river rescue purposes). If you have a very wet boat, then I also have my cold-water river drysuit with me, too. I can be deadly serious or (relatively) relaxed; take your pick from the 'boat culture' continuum. Anyone willing to take on a proverbial 'hitch hiker'? Cheers, John
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    Visiting Vancouver - hope to connect to a Wednesday night raceboat

    Yeah, yeah, that's me . I'm the most muscular desk monkey that there ever was. No marketing fluff at all here. Nope, nah ah, none. Trust me. Oh, I look better of course. (hey, we've already slipped into an alternative reality, so why not? ... besides, it's fun to poke fun of Saskatchewan, and Kansas for that matter). Speaking of looks, Norse Unicorn, I did a google search for your name and Squamish. This is what came up (and I didn't even have to type in 'rain' to get this picture with Squamish rain in it). That is you, isn't it? : Far more seriously, thank you guys. I appreciate the suggestions and guidance. Jud, at what time do they race out of West Van? Is there an equivalent to RVYC's Jericho 'crew wait area'? Should I get in contact with anyone ahead of time? If it is of help, then I can send you via PM my email address/phone number to share with them, for them to contact me at their pleasure. I can certainly get to West Van easily enough (I have access to a car while I'm here).
  8. Hello all. I live in landlocked Calgary. But I'm visiting the Vancouver area for a couple (2?, 3?, 4?) of weeks <I'm due a break, after coming off of a hectic stint dealing with Indigenous consultations for the TMX pipeline>. I'm keen to get out on the water. Zonker and SloopJonB have both kindly suggested the yellow crew circle at the Jericho Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (again, thank you guys). I shall indeed use it. But if I can connect with a racer ahead of time then that would be great. Now, I do admit that I am a newbie <I don't think that solo hobie catting in the Caribbean and Mexico would count ... even if I can get it upright again in swell >. But I will come bearing a 6 pack of beer (Alberta brewed, of course). Also, if you don't win the race, then I make for a wonderful designated scapegoat . I did bring my lifejacket (this particular lifejacket even has an integrated safety harness, albeit normally intended for river rescue purposes). If you have a very wet boat, then I also have my cold-water river drysuit with me, too. I can be deadly serious or (relatively) relaxed; take your pick from the 'boat culture' continuum. Anyone willing to take on a proverbial 'hitch hiker'? Cheers, John
  9. J the landlocked dreamer

    Caption Contest

    "Maybe if I act like a bored, petulant teenager <or apparently like one of LE's dates ... ouch> then I can get 'grand sugar daddy' to think that I'm still young with enough energy for this game"?
  10. J the landlocked dreamer

    Gunboat 68

    I'm unclear <pun intended> as to what your peccadillo with women's make-up has to do with anythi... Oh, wait; my bad. <My standard peace offering: ; Ask DDW to explain it, if necessary>
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    Remote Cruising on Trailable Yachts

    Yeah, yeah, yeah; details, details. So I took some poetic licence . Otters ARE cute as the dickens. And that picture is what I could quickly get my hands on earlier today. But I'm home now. So I pulled out some of my OWN pictures, in order to show that yes, I am familiar with Sea Lions. Also, to show that while it is true that I am currently land-locked, I was once very familiar with the West Coast . These next two pictures were taken just off of the Carmanah Point Light Station (CPLS is in the background of the second picture). I took them when I was working as a 'Hiker's Advisor' on the West Coast Trail, in Pacific Rim National Park. Personally, I always found them to be friendly and curious, and not threatening <maybe they just recognized my own friendly, fun personality? >. Here is a cool video of this behaviour (with divers) in BC: Yes, I fully agree about using 'common sense' around wildlife (be it sea life or land life). For example, there are times that I'll steer well clear of bears (Black, Grizzly, and particularly Polar ... and grouchy sailors). But there are other times that you can read body language, and know that you are quite safe. For example, the next picture is of a Grizzly Bear. I took it when I was doing some work in Banff National Park. He knew that I was there, and I knew that he was there. He was contentedly eating flower heads. From experience and training I could well read the situation. I safely passed within about 30 m of him <but don't try this at home, tourists; I've seen tourists do very uninformed things, like purposefully approach and pressure a mom Griz and two cubs - sheesh!> Conversely, I once passed a mom and two cubs who were on a steep avalanche slope; she turned to our helicopter, beckoned us with a wiggled claw, and clearly said "I dare you to fly a little closer, boys". Uh uh!> Going back to the West Coast Trail (and admittedly going off on a tangent), this last picture is of one of DDW's earlier boats. I forget which cove this was; you'll have to ask him. He clearly had refused to use our bull-rails <a 'bull' being the link to 'wildlife'; get it?>. And look where it got him. No common sense, that boy.
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    Remote Cruising on Trailable Yachts

    Um, Grith, I know that Funslut suggested that you use a small boat for your travels. But he was on the west coast of Canada, where the most dangerous creature is a gang of these guys (ahhhh, how sweet ): P.s., the population of these guys is growing in Canada. Probably because in Canada we provide good habitat for them (e.g., in the form of bull-rails, which they happily use for sunning; although we provide these as much to peeve DDW as to please the otters) But I'm surprised that you would even consider this alternative, given that you (as you have noted) have to deal with these guys in the Kimberley's of NW Aussieland : If you want some scale for that picture, then I think that the trailer for your planned boat would fit this guy nicely. And I don't think that cleats (eng.) aka taquets (fr.) would slow them down, either (sorry, DDW). So might I suggest that you think in the direction of a bigger boat!!! And with even more horsepower!!! Besides, I agree with you that Ishmael's knockers are going to need some room just to turn around inside your boat. Although I suppose that the counter argument is that you'll be thrilled to stand in close quarters while this happens. Hmm, how to make the trade-off between avoiding the terror of a croc, or seeking the titillation of, well, you know ...
  13. J the landlocked dreamer

    Synthetic Teak for Cabin Sole

    From the look in her eyes, I think that it is safe to say that she thinks that you are NOT
  14. It's sunny (sort of) in Vancouver.  Who would have thought that that was possible ^_^?  Too bad that the wind has died right down after yesterday's windstorm.  Otherwise I bet that you'd be out on the Sound right now.  You just can't win in Vancouver, can you? :P

     

  15. J the landlocked dreamer

    Sailing Books for Children

    It has been quite some time since I was a kid. Heck, even my own kid is no longer a kid. But many of these stories still look like temptingly good reads for ME. Hmm. My kid has started to talk about now having her own kids. Maybe I'll use them (or at least the talk of them) as an excuse to get and read these books. I'm just being proactive, you understand