Tom Keffer

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    Hood River, Oregon

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  1. Tom Keffer

    Jack lines

    It's worth reading the report from the MAIB investigation into the death of Simon Spears:
  2. Tom Keffer

    Jack lines

    ... and for good reason.
  3. Tom Keffer

    Updating US Navigation Lights: LED, 2 Mile

    I agree. Their steaming /deck light is a bit flimsy, but their other products are excellent.
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    Winding Down - an end in sight

    Yes, Oregon is cheap, but cruising the Columbia gets old fast. I end up going north every year. Mooring in Oregon only makes sense if you want to live here.
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    Finngulf 44 Cruising

    I agree with the Sabres. Performance is similar and they are great looking boats. We came close to buying one, but preferred the J/42.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Great film! Looks like the son did it as a father's day and birthday present?
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    Finngulf 44 Cruising

    I don't blame you. Keep searching... There are lots of J/42s that do not have the crazing.
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    Finngulf 44 Cruising

    It was a problem for a few years before and after 2000, but not all boats were affected. Mine is a model year 2000, and has had no problems. One owner did a complete peel at great expense. While it fixed the problem, I sure wouldn't want that yard bill! The crazing could be an issue in New England if you store your boat outside over winter without a cover. Freeze / thaw could open up the cracks even more, although I haven't heard of that leading to any further problems. Otherwise, it is cosmetic. Expect it to be reflected in the price. -tk
  9. Tom Keffer

    Finngulf 44 Cruising

    Just remembered that Barry Dwyer is selling his J/42, Tribute. Unfortunately, she suffers from crazing.
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    Finngulf 44 Cruising

    That kind of sailing describes my life pretty well, except we tend to go north, instead of south. The J/42 has been perfect. Be sure to watch the J/4X owner's forum. Every once in a while a boat comes up for sale. Or, even better, join the group and announce your interest.
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    Finngulf 44 Cruising

    To the OP: what are you going to use the boat for? Pure cruising? A mix of cruising / racing? Coastal cruising? Passage-making? The J/42 is best as a racer / coastal cruiser. Very stiff boat, excellent at upwind, average downwind. They would not be my first-choice for an around-the-world trip, although they have done it. What are your plans??
  12. Well, that solves that mystery! There certainly isn't standing headroom now. I'm 6' 2" and spent two weeks on board during the Camden Classics series last summer. Afterwards, I was walking around like an osteoporosis victim. Thanks for contacting Jan.
  13. Thanks for posting those links. Until I saw them, I had not realized just how different the restored coachroof is from what they started with. From the plans in the Herreshoff collection, it looks like she's now closer to the original intention. I wonder where (and when) Mashnee picked up those oval portholes? I doubt she was built that way. -tk
  14. Mashnee, a 1902 Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 30. I wish I had a close up of the varnishing job. It's the sort of boat I'm glad other people own!
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    If this is the "B. Lewis" I'm thinking of, wasn't he an oceanographer as well? In fact, department chair? As I recall, he lost his ferro-cement boat when it collided with some rocks.