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  1. Roam

    Coolboats to admire

    I think this is a very cool boat but I may not know what I'm talking about. What do you think?
  2. Having built a dinghy all I can say is that it's a huge amount of work, It will take at least twice as long as you expected, and you could buy a used boat for half as much as you spent building your own. I placed an order for my second build yesterday. -Hugh
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    Exemplary Cruising Videos

    Look for 'Christian Williams' on YouTube. Did a couple CA to HI and back videos. Well done with a touch of philosophy and and pleasant timbre to the narration. No bikinis but a couple nice Ericsons.
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    Pros and cons of sailing to see the world vs other means.

    I've managed to travel over or around 3 continents by motorcycle. A large part of traveling by motorcycle for me was my love of riding. It was as much about the challenge of the ride and spending umpteen thousand miles in the saddle as anything else. I feel the same way about sailing. I want to sail a lot and I want to do it well. If you're only planning on a year or two trip the cost of a sailboat could fund much or all of a motorcycle trip. A lot of the cost is going to be determined on the life style you want. I like camping but I prefer sleeping in a bed. A campsite in France cost as much as a three star hotel in Buenos Aires. Someone could steal or vandalize your motorcycle as easily as break into your boat. I also think riding is more dangerous than sailing. I'm planning on spending a decade or two circumnavigating and in that scenario I think sailing would be much cheaper than traveling by motorcycle. I also really like the idea of being able to sleep in my own bed and drink coffee out of my favorite mug. When I get to Australia I still plan on buying a cheap used motorcycle there and touring that continent and then selling it when I'm done. Where do you want to travel and how do you want to live? -Hugh
  5. I sent him a few dollars a couple weeks ago. On the same day I also tipped 'Salt and Tar' and 'Acorn to Arabella'. Check them out if you're into boat building.
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    Hard vs soft dinghy

    I built a Nesting 11' Spindrift from B&B last year. I don't have a bigger boat to yet so I haven't had the chance to use it as a tender but it sails well. The nesting version should only be about 10'lbs heavier than the standard version. The plans are less than $100 so it's a drop in the bucket compared to the entire cost of the build. The nesting version should only be about 10'lbs heavier than the standard version. I can actually move the heavier aft end of the dinghy around on land with out using my hands. I just stand up inside of it and the seats rest on my shoulders so I can walk around wearing the dinghy like a cape. The primary reason I built a dinghy is I couldn't find any commercially built nesting dinghies. It was a ridiculous amount of work. But now that the memories and scars have started to fade I want to build another boat. My Spindrift is the blue boat with the old guy in it in the attached picture.
  7. I know you were originally looking for a manufactured boat but if you could pick up one of these used it may fill your requirements.
  8. I think Dylan should take some of his hours of footage and put together a 'Slow TV' video. You don't really watch 'Slow TV' it's more like background music with pictures. Television to read by if you will. This video is sadly only 18 minutes long and but it's a great start on the genre The original "Slow TV' video was a bit over 7 hours long and when broadcast was viewed by 1/5 of the population of Norway
  9. The soap opera comment about these vlogs gets made a lot but I don't think it could be further from the truth. Soap operas are filled with drama about who slept with who and how that person was actually the other persons long lost sister who was married to that other cat who was the twin brother of the other person who died in the mysterious car accident. The vlogs are more fairy tales or as Weezer put it in 'Island in the Sun' When you're on a golden sea You don't need no memory Just a place to call your own As we drift into the zone On an island in the sun We'll be playing and having fun And it makes me feel so fine I can't control my brain We'll run away together We'll spend some time forever We'll never feel bad anymore
  10. I've watched every episode of Delos and KTL and have donated to both. Unlike most vloggers of the bikini variety the Delos crew seem to be competent sailors.
  11. After visiting the Amel yard Brian said that they planned on 'finishing" their voyage on Delos. Not sure what finishing means but I expect they will complete a circumnavigation in their current boat before upgrading.
  12. Thanks for all the suggestions, I'll look into them. I wasn't looking to race my boat more to spectate when I wasn't sailing. I don't want to camp but I'm not looking for anything fancy.
  13. I don't have any place picked out in Florida. I just want to head somewhere warm where I can do some sailing for a week. Could be the coast or it cold be a lake. I'm looking for pointers as to a good destination. If there was something like a wooden boat show or some races to attend that would definitely be a bonus. I'm also interested in trying to learn how to windsurf so if there was a school where I could take windsurfing classes half the day and sail my dinghy the other half that would be cool also. My dinghy is a Spindrift 11N from B&B Yachts which I built this year. I didn't get it done until late September so I've only had a few chances to take it out.
  14. I'm thinking of taking my dinghy down to Florida for a week in late January or February and was wondering if there was anything interesting going on around that time that would be worth checking out when I'm not sailing the dinghy. I've never taken a boat with me on a vacation so I'm really not sure how the logistics of it all would work. If there was someplace I could stay and leave the boat in the water or pull it up on a beach that would be ideal. I have a nesting dinghy that I carry in the back of my truck so I don't want to take it apart everyday and load it in my truck if possible. Thanks for any recommendations, Hugh
  15. If a new vlog shows up with bikini click bait in the thumbnail I tend to tell google that I'm not interested. In the opposite vein I like the "Follow the Boat" vlog but hate their thumbnails which tend to be overly dramatic while their vlog is pretty down to earth and boring (but in a good way).