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    Gary W Mull

    The Frosty Morn was inspiring enough to search for more info, and there's a great 3 part series from the builder showing the cold molding method. A true craftsman The Building of "Frosty Morn" Section 1: Lofting & Setup. The Building of "Frosty Morn" Section 2: Setup and Planking The Building of "Frosty Morn" Section 3: Decking, Fitting Out, and Launching
  2. Good guess, try an Alien 21. Faster, I'm guessing, and beachable unlike the Freedom. And cheap.
  3. Here's mine, based on similar criteria. 20.5 x 8.5 cat rig. Sleeps 2 humans and 2 dogs.
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    Boating While High

    Meanwhile in Alaska you're looking at $70 per eighth for half decent. Little supply, much demand...
  5. Details. Just wanted to throw in a local "less is more" option. He also says "very blindly" in his post, so I'm taking his requirements with a grain of salt. How much is actually required to get into sailing and take a boat out for the weekend in Puget Sound? Certainly not more than this modest little Freedom. To the poster: we just watched a Hobie 20 beach cat make it to Ketchican via Haida Gwaii!
  6. This might be a real nice first boat to grow with, and way less cash:
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    R2AK 2018

    It's been an enormously entertaining year, from my perspective. I'm rooting for all of the top 4 teams and many more after that. I wish we'd had a prediction thread to review- many surprises! Meanwhile First Federales are cranking for the finish at 6.7 knots. I assume in twilight. They spent a night moving slowly on purpose to reduce risks and to assess damage after hitting a log. Good seamanship, I'd say. And now pushing for the win. Congrats to the ladies!
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    R2AK 2018

    Nevermind re wild card. But yeah Lagopus is close...
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    R2AK 2018

    Day 5 clip of the day:
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    R2AK 2018

    7.3 knots for Wild Card! Their level of stoke must be high.
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    R2AK 2018

    The tracker on SLAG always seems to report a slower speed than I would expect. 2 knots through Seymour with the ebb? Really? It seems like they are always going slower than the boats behind them, yet remain in first place. Hmm. Something in that math is not adding up. edit- 7 knots now, much more reasonable. Figures, as soon as I say something...
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    R2AK 2018

    Shout out to Team Torrent. Leading the race almost 15 hours in, on a SUP. I would never have considered that a possibility. Then I read his Bio...
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    R2AK 2018

    Ptarmigan heading due south now, with a loop thrown in there? Hope they are ok out there. edit- North now, back on course?
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    R2AK 2018

    There's also the steampunk method. Somebody got creative!
  15. Hey, I'm a non racer unlike most of you, so here's my perspective on why I have zero interest in becoming a racer. 1- Boring. Going around in triangles in the harbor sounds straight up boring. I'd rather go slower, and see some scenery, than go faster in a triangle. 2- Rules. The rules are seriously overwhelming. Not only that, but they are not clear or easily applied. The proof is spread across multiple threads here. 3- Too many people. Everywhere. Billions of us, who all want to have a view of the water. This makes life on or near the water very expensive, and very constrained by rules. Want to have a little place on the lake with a dock? Great, hope you have a million spare dollars. Also, on this point- sailing is a GREAT way to finally get away from all the land-bound hordes wandering around the shopping malls. Get out there on the water doing something almost nobody knows how to do, away from it all! Umm, and then jam myself into a pack of people all doing the same damn thing going around in triangles yelling at each other? Why in God's name would I ever choose to do that? So, which sailing races actually look interesting? The R2AK for starters. Amazing natural setting, real challenges of the sea, unique personalities and boats. Zero yelling, and almost no rules. Those two points are not unrelated. Basically, everything that normal racing is NOT, and yet it is much closer to the spirit of actual sailing. Sailboats were invented to move from one place, to a NEW place. I do have massive respect for long distance ocean racing. One of the interesting wrinkles in the R2AK is that there are multiple routes to take. Again, a bit of actual seamanship. Not only that, but I can actually respect each R2AK sailor for their effort rather than their wallet. Maybe this is a big piece of it. People choose to pursue activities where they are inspired by role models. It's tough to find that role model when top sailing involves a big crew of hired guns, a very rich owner who's probably not even on the boat, and a bunch of personal stories that probably aren't very interesting when looked at closely. I would recommend copying every rule from the R2AK and trying that out, to see where it gets you. More races like that, which can actually be interesting to non-sailors. This, of course, needs no introduction: