freewheelin

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    Battery Charging at Mooring

    Thanks. When looking for PWN or MPPT, what size/type should i look for?
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    Battery Charging at Mooring

    thanks, Zonker. Yeah, exactly. I don't even know if it needs to rollup if it is small enough. Just something I can leave out in the cockpit when I am cruising or away from the boat, but can disconnect and stow below when I am racing with crew or sailing with friends and need the space. That's the idea at least.
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    Jetski Attempted Murder

    anyone else read the story and think, "yeah, that sounds about right"?
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    especially sitting in dad's yard
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    have to get what they can before the baby pops out and they have to pivot to a mommy vlog
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    Snowflakes and sailing

    did she lose the other half of her shirt and her pants zipper in the separation? poor thing...
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    First Caribbean charter, looking for advice

    I've charted from St. Thomas with Island Yacht Charters. Good outfit - but they only charter Island Packets if I remember. Still, if it is your first time and you only have a week or 10 days, I would go with one of the Tortola outfits. Take the ferry over, deal with customs that way, and play around in the BVIs. USVIs are really cool, BVIs are first-timer paradise. My first time in the BVIs was 2002, and i don't remember it being nearly as developed as the last time i went in 2015. My guess is that even after the storm, there is more than enough to have a week of fun in the sun.
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    First Caribbean charter, looking for advice

    from transportation to charter, BVIs will be hands-down cheapest. Aside from being the best for your purposes. Want to keep the cost down? Charter a mono. And look at B brands instead of Sunsail or moorings. BVI Yacht Charters and Horizon are both good. Fly into STT and take the ferry. You can save some by eating on the boat, and will hear that a lot. But having been down there a slew of times, I think you miss the best part. Sure, eat breakfasts and most lunches on the boat, as well as your boat drinks. But save your money by going for the smallest mono that will fit you comfortably, and skip all the add on nonsense (SUPs,, kayaks, scuba, blenders, provision packages, whatever else they try and sell you). Then use that money to eat and drink your way through the BVIs like it was meant to be - it's vacation after all!
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    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    that is funny, I always thought of this kind of layout as American, since I had only seen it on Pearsons and Hunters
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    good point. doubt though they are going to live aboard that 22 up on a trailer, so now they'll have to factor in a place to live and rent. shame they didn't abandon comfort and find some work to pay for the jump.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    And an odd one. Before doing anything in it and after bothering to replace the teak deck. 90 miles from their dream spot. My guess is there were some issues with it (engine or hull) that strategically didn't make the videos for resale value. Or maybe they just had trouble making the jump, even in front of a studio audience. I would have thought they ran out of cash, but that falmouth will end up costing them the same after all the sunk costs getting it up to speed. even if they do go somewhere interesting, I think I'd feel to badly for the dog watching it stuck in the 22 for anything much past a weekend.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I'm the other way. Nice couple and they worked hard on their HR from what we saw. Made a huge deal about planning a dream cruise to Cuba. I've been following along and enjoyed it. Then they got cold feet, ran out their papers, and sold the boat before learning to trim the sails. The furthest they got was a motor-sail to the dry tortugas. I will tune back in if they end up going somewhere, but buckle in for a lot of footage of airbnb's and talk about minimalism along the way.
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    Armchair Retirement Plan

    For those into the lifestyle, but prefer to stay on shore https://www.thrillist.com/news/nation/latitude-margaritaville-jimmy-buffett-retirement-home My guess is that this is a niche that is larger thank we'd think. He is a pretty shrewd guy. As his fan base ages, he's got a supply to meet each demand.
  14. come on now, who are we to argue with bulletproof credentials like this: Those who know me personally know of my connection to the F.B.I. I am a dual citizen of both Canada and the USA. I spent 44 years of my life down there and married into an F.B.I. family. Thus, I have many law enforcement contacts i mean this guy lived in the states and married someone with a retaliative who possibly spent time in the FBI
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    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    beautiful boat
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    Newbie from Seattle eyeing getting this boat...

    I got a lot of really great advice here on this thread, couldn't have found my boat without it: My advice, just go look at every boat you can. The pictures are almost always wrong. And if your wife is the sailor - make sure to take her!
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    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    The liner is a real downside on the 305. Mine had already been stripped to bare fiberglass in the V and quarter berths. The main area (saloon?) looks fine, but it is sagging a bit over the nav station and the stove. It really bugged me at first, but I have been told is a huge and messy project. In the meantime, I propped the sagging sections up with some spare batten material that was about the same color that kind of snapped them into place. Honestly, I had forgotten about them until just now. So I guess it really does depend on what "good" is. I am now not sure I want to go through the hassle of ripping them out, provided the quick fix keeps looking fine. I don't think anyone on our boat has realized yet it is an issue.
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    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    This boat has been listed like this for at least two years now. I doubt it is a creampuff.
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    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    Looking at the mostly green options, the price difference between the two J's and the F-345 and the O-34 could make up a lot of those increased slip and maintenance fees. Like 10 years worth...
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I was in the Tobago Cays in December and saw/had to listen to a drone around. I haven't been to the BVIs since 2015, but i imagine they must be buzzing around like flies down there given the ubiquity of these youtube videos. they are probably smacking into each other in the baths.
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    Babe or Boat?

    Agreed on that friend. You married? Cause if you think the journey involves anyone being the boss, you may have found the wrong jelly there PB.
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    Babe or Boat?

    Yikes. It doesn't seem like you are the type of guy who should have to worry about that choice, since a) choosing your partner over the boat doesn't seem like its a real option anyway, b) even if it was, i doubt its the boat that would keep your partner from wanting to sail off in this imaginary situation. So now that that is done, I am curious what your thoughts are on team Sail Like a Girl winning the R2AK...
  23. that is depressing. after spending 4 years in DTA staring out the other way wishing I was a one of the boats in the harbor, it's been a bit of a dream to take my boat down and dinghy in to the city dock. Guess i better hurry :/
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    I think someone said it earlier, but a tracking of marine supplies, sails, services, etc. would give a better indicator of popularity. Tracking the sale of bottom paint would be a closer indicator than new boat sales. For sailboats in particular, dollar sales of sails and running rigging could do it. Those certainly aren't getting more durable.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Doesn't "retail" imply sales of new boats only? If so, that is only a mark of the economic situation of boat manufacturers, not interest in the sport or activity of sailing. Those two don't really correlate. In the boom, there were too many builders building too many boats too well. Supply outpaced demand, then factor in the durability of the product, and there is a glut in the used market. Price goes way down (AKA people buy used for cheap because they can). That's micro. Who buys new boats?