Commercial Boater

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  1. Commercial Boater

    SCOTW Pick Offends the "Sea Gypsy"

    Our proud forum has many traditions, some of which are more appealing to the neanderthal parts of our brains than others. There's certainly a valid debate over whether traditions like the tit tithe for new users are appropriate or good for the community. SCOTW is another one of those grey areas, which may or may not reflect on the Ed's own troglodytic tastes more so than the entire website itself. I personally am far more interested in the feelings of the "chicks" featured in the posts than the opinions of their self-proclaimed defenders. But a post by a sailing blog I've been reading for a few years gave me pause, and not in a good way. Because according to Emily of Dinghy Dreams, " should stop reading Sailing Anarchy." Her central claim is that the recent SCOTW pick reflects a misogynistic focus on the part of SA as a whole which downplays the achievements of female sailors for the sake of ogling their bodies. Admittedly the recent SCOTW was rather racy, but it was also nearly immediately followed by an article extolling the amazing virtues of Hillary Lister and her accomplishments. There's certainly some give-and-take at play here, but something about Emily's one-sided, self-aggrandizing take rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it was the way she threatened to go to SA's advertisers over Scot's "sexist discourse." Or her strange view that anarchists must necessarily be "freedom fighters... and allies." Her schtick is that she's a women sailor in a mostly male-oriented community, so she must deal with constant oppression and scorn by the defensive, childish males she encounters. I don't know if it's the stereotypical hipster dreadlocks, or how eager to help everyone she meets seems to be, but this narrative seems trite. It might be the free sailboat she was given after receiving a free photography session, or the multiple free dinghys and assistance building more, or the near-constant begging for donations, or the free dockage she routinely gets. This seems to me to be a case of a millenial choosing to live in "fashionable poverty" and complaining how difficult their life is even as they receive regular assistance and donations from other people. I like this blog and it's one of my regular reads, but this killed me. Has anyone met this Emily before? What was the sense you got from her? Will she be a Jennifer Appel?
  2. Commercial Boater

    Hard dinghy oars & oarlocks - what works best?

    Like Nota said, a sliding seat makes all the difference. It feels pretty silly to row with just your back and arms after you've felt how great it can be to put your legs into it. You need the right dinghy, though--it's not too hard to find a drop-in sliding seat rig but you want to make sure it can fit. Carbon fiber sculling oars are awesome. I have a pair of 8 ft oars from my rowing days that are neat, but don't have a dinghy that would warrant them currently after our neighbor pulped my rowing shell while plowing snow. Bronze locks with wooden oars are a fine solution. Leathers are annoying; Worst Marine sells rubber cuffs which do the same thing and don't require sewing or nailing. This might be one of those things where the solution doesn't lie in a product, but a habit. Using an ergometer at the gym, or making it a point to row a few times a week, will hugely increase your endurance and calluses. This could save you $500+ if you're looking at a sliding seat and CF oars. Best of luck and happy rowing, CB
  3. Commercial Boater

    what is it?

    Such a strange age gap in terms of FB usage. I, and 90% of the people I know, stay logged in to Facebook 24/7. Lots of folks choose not to use it, but I couldn't think of anyone off the top of my head who doesn't stay logged in. As for the question of "what is it", I have no idea, but I do see that nobody has asked the essential question yet of: what's it rate??!?
  4. Commercial Boater

    New Single Handed Sailor

    Good luck! Got any pics for us? It's always nice to hear of those living the glamorous dream
  5. Commercial Boater

    Want to do a new design 30 square meter build

    People who want to sail buy a boat. People who want to to build a boat build a boat. This isn't a law of the universe but seems quite often the case; do you currently own a boat?
  6. Commercial Boater

    "I'd rather sail than varnish!", who says that?

    I would be astonished if that boat didn't live in a heated indoor shed... one that's also probably bigger than my house!
  7. Commercial Boater

    Rad new Ran Fast40 for Niklas Zennstrom

    Is it legal to marry a boat???
  8. Commercial Boater

    Costs of New Sails

    Imagine being such an unpersonable fuckwit that you have to make a new account to ask a question every time, and without failing derail the thread just as fast. Cool car, though.
  9. Commercial Boater

    How are We Perceived?

    As a young man, most people doubt the accessibility of sailing and regard anything with lead as a rich man's toy. Yacht clubs are seen as elite spaces for wealthy old white men to cackle at everyone else. The world has only been getting faster with each new generation and hullspeed equations remain frustratingly consistent. Young folks don't have the attention span for an 8-month race around the world or a regatta where even the fastest boats never exceed 30 mph. As a commercial fisherman, many regard yachties as spoiled assholes. It doesn't help that many once fishing-oriented ports are now yacht nests. Rising costs of moorage and coastal living that wealthy recreational folks can better afford (and often are the cause of vis a vis gentrification) displace commerical fishermen. The combination of some folks' entitlement (we've had yachties yell at us at 8 AM for getting to the fuel dock before them) and total cluelessness (upside-down radar reflectors, no running lights, etc.) is pretty damning too, even if it's a minority of folks who do those things. And yet here I am, a young man and commercial fisherman who also sails. Clearly there must be some self-hate involved?
  10. Commercial Boater

    Relative Sailboat Builders Quality

    There's a Colombia 27 sitting in St. John's Pass that seems to suggest otherwise. That said, it does seem uncommon on old boats, even very abused ones. Chronically overbuilt and underused, I suppose...
  11. Commercial Boater

    Craigslist - Not mocking I've been eyeing this one for awhile. I hope to see it after I get back home in May. Looks well maintained if old and a bit "cosmetically challenged." Repowered with a diesel, new upholstery, recently cruised with all the trimmings. No idea what the guy did with the lifelines but apparently he likes to live on the edge? Tartan 30's are plain but I really like them. They seem like solid old boats with a good design. Here's hoping it's still there when I get to see it.
  12. Commercial Boater

    Best Race Committee Boats

    I'm also a fan of lobster boats. All the bigger clubs up near me that can't afford a brand-new boat tend towards used commercial boats. A little bit of gelcoating and teak trim (if that's what gets your rocks off) and you have a seaworthy, near-indestructible boat. Yacht club duty will hardly phase a boat designed to haul traps and it should last a long time. Nice cabin down below for storing things, good visibility from the cockpit, big open deckspace for spectators and officials, and stability as they're designed to be a stable platform for hauling traps in all but the worst weather. Some have an open transom or a transom door, which is nice for access from the water. Plus there's just something about Downeast-style boats that just works.
  13. Commercial Boater

    Community Reputation

    This is a pretty common feature of most forum softwares with reputation management. These might just be the default titles, and the admins just enabled the feature for whatever reason. Or they're all having a laugh at us. "So it goes" as Vonnegut said.
  14. Commercial Boater

    Rhodes 19 CB

    I've sailed an 18 CB version which is about 200 pounds less but otherwise similar in shape and rig. It was pretty sticky but would plane in 10-15 with two sailors of moderate skill. Not a sport boat by any means. What "specific task" do you have in mind?
  15. Commercial Boater

    Prop Cutters

    You've made some sweeping generalizations. Perhaps you don't know many commercial fishermen. Most folks around these parts are eminently concerned with the science and best practice- just read any copy of National Fisherman and a huge portion of it is about the science. It's really only the old guys who grumble about "damn regulations", and many fishermen support science by hosting observers, going to lectures, working with oceanographic institutes, etc. The "punitive regulations" I'm talking about refer to mooring allocations to recreation and commercial usage, fueling dock hours (you can shut down a fleet by mandating that the fuel dock not open before 9 AM), etc. 98% of the public, as you say, also do not view fishermen as evil and greedy. That would be odd considering that 50% of the world gets the majority of its protein from fish. Most others don't even know we still exist. The majority seem to approve, in a "how quaint" sort of way. That ridiculous idea that fishermen want to catch every fish in the sea makes no logical sense- if we did, we'd be out of a job pretty quick. We try to catch as many fish as the scientists and regulators say that we can. Even more, almost all fishermen believe in global warming. Fish and lobster stocks are moving north as the gulf of Maine warms, and that impacts us hugely when they cross into Canadian waters. We have a vested interest in environmental preservation. Most of the damage is done by the big steel boats- draggers and the like that destroy bottom habitat and are supported by big lobbies. Asking for reasonable accommodation of our livelihoods from people at liesure who are almost certainly one or two tax brackets above us is not asking them to stay off the water. No fisherman goes out of their way to create obstacles to liesure boaters. The truck driver comparison is interesting. About 50% of all tractor-trailer crashes are caused by passenger car drivers and truckers more often die or get hurt than car drivers in crashes. Yet most people view them as the bigger menace. The r/truckers subreddit is interesting; every trucker has loads of tales of aggressive car drivers putting them at risk.