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  1. Shu

    Canned Meat Anarchy

    A butcher was one of the many jobs my grandfather had. He lived in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, so scrapple was one of the things he made. He described the process to me when I was a boy. Scrapple started from a meat product called "pudding". Pudding was made from the last tidbits of edible food left from a pig carcass. Bones with tiny bits of meat still clinging to them, the entire head, including brains IIRC, and any other edible bits and scraps were put in a big pot and boiled until everything was completely falling apart. The resulting semi-solid mush was pushed through a sieve to remove any bits of bone, and pudding was the result. Mix cornmeal and pudding in boiling water and you get scrapple. Once cool, it sets up as a solid cake, and can be reheated as a hot-cereal-like mush, or it can be fried. By the time I was a boy, the very high cholesterol content of pudding and scrapple was out of vogue, so it was a rare treat to have either. Pudding was very good heated and spread on toast, and much better than vegemite in that regard; but I didn't grow up with vegemite. People like my grandfather used to make use of every bit of nutrition available from a butchered animal. It sounds gross to us today, but they made some extremely tasty food with these last remnants.
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    Over (way too) Easy

    Had an experience a little over a year ago sailing in a So Cal Santa Ana (offshore heated wind) up to 30 kts in my Corsair 28 (Ian's design). The gusts hit so hard that the bows would visibly depress before the boat accelerated and developed more planing lift. It was quite scary for me. The center hull is designed to plane, but the boat has to accelerate first.
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    caption contest

    Jerry recently completed his green boat project, proudly proclaiming that it's 100% locally-sourced, holistic, all-natural construction materials were corrosion free. Unfortunately, he neglected to consider the 100% natural processes of erosion, waterlogging, and rot.
  4. I love how the purchasers of a company are only too happy to enjoy the assets of their new company, but refuse to honor the liabilities. As for theft? Yeah. +1
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    Deep Frying Turkey Aboard

    I love that scene. The master of swearing eloquence is so angry he can't come up with anything to say and finally splutters "sons of bitches" (which they are).
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    Ghost boat in the Gulf

    Holy smokes Rasper, At first it read like you were mocking one of Vwop's truncated tales. You are definitely a master story teller.
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    Tattoo 26- WTF???

    Farr 740 Sport. My Dad had one of those. I loved that little boat. The wraparound window definitely took some getting used to. I don't think I really got used to it. I just tried not to look. Our first sail once he got it home was in a strong southerly. We sailed upwind a while, past the Carlsbad power plant and then turned around and set the spinnaker. We kept practicing gybes, which took some getting used to. On such a little boat, the helmsman had to gybe the main and handle the running backs, while steering the boat under the spinnaker. The boat had no problems at all, no hairy white knuckle ride, no hint of wanting to broach. It all felt so relaxed until we looked at the speedo, showing 11 knots and often pegged (I think 11 was pegged). Before we knew it we were at the San Onofre power plant, and it was time to turn back, astonished at the miles we covered.
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    Laser 28

    There was one in the SA classifieds a few days ago.
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    Laser 28

    Draft is the key for launching-ramp trailering. A neighbor with a Merit 25 at 4' draft was able to ramp launch. He dry sailed from his home and sailed regularly. My Dad's Laser 28 at 5' draft was just too much. Maybe at just the right ramp and with a lot of coaxing it would be possible.
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    How many lines are on your boat?

    The British I-14's tend to have way more lines than Raz'r's. They also tend to kick everyone's a$$. Notably, the world's winners (Brit) in recent years have had relatively simple boats. One world's winner stated that they started out with adjustable everything. As they sailed (and sailed and sailed) and sorted the boat, they found the sweet spots and found a lot of controls could be fixed. They ended up with a fairly simple boat (by I-14 standards).
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    How many lines are on your boat?

    The high performance dinghies become complex out of necessity. You can't send the crew down to adjust the variably-perforated bucket-fanabulator, because he's too busy trying to keep the mast pointing up. Everything you need to adjust has be done by line from the windward rail, or extremely quickly during a tack. And Raz'r: a gybe controller? I gotta get me one of those. Do you need a solar panel for the auto-gybe controller? Edit: I get it -- daggerboard gybe controller. Nevermind. But what I wouldn't give for a tack-controller; man I suck at tacking.
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    Ghost boat in the Gulf

    Not a Yankee 30, though it fooled me for 1/2 a second. The transom is the wrong shape and the coach roof is too hard-edged.
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    When do you just fucking Give Up ?

    Glad to see Forte stepped up. I still think your Megabyte vendor owes you at least one mast, including shipping. If you ever end up buying a boat from them in the future, ask them to take the cost of that mast off your final negotiated price.
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    How many lines are on your boat?

    I listed the stuff needed to sail the boat. I also left out tie downs and soft shackles, because these items could be replaced with hardware.
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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018

    How's she doing?