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  1. ChrisJD

    cruising anarchy

    I've been wondering about whether recreational sailing will be allowed up here in Massachusetts waters when Pinniped is finally ready to go back in a month from now. It would suck, but I could easily see the argument that they don't want the Coast Guard and the harbormaster's office to have to worry about idiots running aground while socially distancing themselves and a couple six-packs offshore. It's certainly not an "essential business."
  2. Thanks. That doesn't sound that bad. I'll look into it.
  3. That is a really helpful thread! And I admit, I never looked at my Pantaenius policy closely enough to know whether I had the depreciation issue or not. Interesting, and good to know for when I try to get quotes in the Mad Max wasteland we find ourselves in this spring. Two policies enter, one policy leave! @mvk512: no idea on the age of your boat, but I commend you to the thread that @Oceanconcepts just linked to for Geico. Curious if the issue persists.
  4. Oh I completely agree. If they figure out a way to undo this mess and continue my policy for another year, I'm almost certain to renew just to avoid having to deal with it right now, but otherwise, eff those guys. And I'm petty enough that I'm going to bring this up with every single other boat owner I know who is or might one day be considering insurance.
  5. Email this morning (all emphases in the original): Dear Mr. ChrisJD, Due to structural business changes of the lead insurer for your Pantaenius America Yacht Policy, it is not possible to renew your current policy and the policy will automatically expire on June 7, 2020. However, Pantaenius America may have the ability to continue servicing your yacht insurance needs without interruption by arranging alternative coverage for you with different insurers. ... Due to the age of your vessel, the carriers we are currently working with will require an out-of-water survey, no more than two years old, in order to offer insurance options for the coming policy term. An updated survey must be submitted for review. First: wtf? I've had the boat (1996 Sabre 402) for three years, insured with Pantaenius the whole time, have paid every premium on time, and have never made a claim. Is this typical? Second, where do I find a surveyor who's able to complete an out-of-water survey with the country under COVID-19 lockdown? Any suggestions? Obviously I'm not looking for the most in-depth survey in the world right now as I already own the boat and am just looking for someone to tell me the hull is good (I assume). Boat is currently on the hard in Salem, MA. Of course we had her surveyed when we bought her, but that survey is now three years old, so apparently no good. I'm hardly eager to continue to work with Pantaenius, but unless I can convince them to re-up me for another year, I suspect any other company I go with is going to require a new survey as well, so quitting them in a huff unfortunately doesn't solve this problem.
  6. ChrisJD

    Lusting on Yachtworld

    My favorite Philip Larkin poem: They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had And add some extra, just for you. But they were fucked up in their turn By fools in old-style hats and coats, Who half the time were soppy-stern And half at one another’s throats. Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, And don’t have any kids yourself.
  7. ChrisJD

    Lusting on Yachtworld

    Personal trip down memory lane: my parents' boat when I was a kid, which I recently discovered is now available for purchase, many years after their passing. Unfortunately my wife has vetoed a family reunion, in part because we'd likely need a full-time captain and in part because she displaces five and a half Sabre 402s. Some great memories, though - maybe yours someday!
  8. ChrisJD

    Lusting on Yachtworld

    It’s a toy, but God, what a gorgeous toy. You could overnight if you had to but probably wouldn’t get a lot of sleep. Ultimately answers the same question as: If I had truly unlimited funds, I’d spend my summer weekends daysailing one of the above and then have my crew sail the family and me for longer trips on an Oyster 60something while I sipped a cocktail (because what’s a vacation for?).
  9. ChrisJD

    Show your boat sailing thread

    The upside-down photo from the bottom of the world is a nice touch.
  10. So the reason we need to ban my Sabre from anchoring 500 feet offshore overnight, nominally in order to deal with abandoned junk, is white guilt and Obama?
  11. What do you consider abandoned junk? A sailboat anchored overnight 500 feet offshore?
  12. ChrisJD

    Show your boat not sailing

    Well that’s gorgeous. Warderick Wells? Literally one of my favorite places on the planet.
  13. ChrisJD

    Lusting on Yachtworld

    While on the subject of Hinckleys My favorite part of the listing: “CHIMERA was sold by the original owner in January 2019 where she underwent an extensive $300,000 (9) month refit by Hinckley. Shortly after, she was shipped to the West Coast and arrived in November 2019. After enjoying her for a short time, CHIMERA is now available for sale and remains in the care of her full-time Professional Captain.” I suspect Yachtworld may not have been the only type of lust involved, but maybe the rich really are that different and the owner just got bored.
  14. ChrisJD

    Show your boat not sailing

    Impressive fit; who made your cover? Ours is nearly 20 years old but we’ve noticed it getting a bit flappy on the bottom, even as it’s too tight to sew up the front and the back.
  15. Forgot to mention: it's worth asking the broker about gelcoat crazing before you buy a plane ticket. Sabres of that vintage are notorious for crazing, and our boat only didn't have it because it had it so bad from the factory that Sabre actually took it back and repainted it at their cost a few years after she launched. When we were looking we saw a couple of boats with very minor crazing and a couple that we simply wouldn't have been able to stomach. It's an expensive problem to fix if it bugs you.