freewheelin

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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Come on, let's be honest here. Look at who is donating. It's the misguided old man fantasy that they donations will become friendship, and before too long they will be motor-boating with her down island - and giving her the missing mast.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    It is sort of like how all bands lose their edge once they make it. Something about the authentic coming up struggle is appealing, and everything past that is a letdown. They all eventually become U2. And you tubers will become Vag. They'll still make money, you just won't understand who is watching. Pretty soon, the new delos vids will come pre-loaded when you upgrade your ios.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Wait, really? I get the exact opposite vibe and the Vags have always come off to me as arrogant and entitled. Maybe egocentric is the vibe. I am not trying to be hard on them, and it's awesome so many people like them and they can make a career of it. It has nothing to do with incomes or backgrounds. Blue collar or middle class (which used to mean the same thing, but that's another thread). It is just what shows do you prefer. Do you prefer travel shows or reality TV? Delos focuses on the location and the locals. Vag focuses on themselves and their story. Looking at both of their latest videos showcases this perfectly: Delos - Filming on site at Carnival in Trini Vag - Discussing the pregnancy, how she is feeling, and what their plan is.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Ok, I'll bite. Here are my opinions on your questions. 1. Who are these disparate audiences for these two leaders where each keeps both content providers level pegging at the top of the tree? I like Delos, and will watch an episode every now and then if it peaks my interest. I have watched Vag, but can't get in to them and find them super boring. I like Delos for a peak into long-term cruising life, and am interested in the destinations for future visits myself. I think they do a good job showing both. I was talking to my cousin's husband (not a sailor) and he had the opposite take. He thought Delos looked dirty and hippy, and loved Vag. He kept going on and on about brows is such a natural beauty, blah blah (in front of my cousin and my wife - it was a weird conversation). Different people watch different things for different reasons. 2. It seems the lag time between real and upload to the Interweb is not important to the Delos audience. If so why? This question is confusing. Why would someone care if there is a time lag? 3. Does Delos's content being arguably more diverse translate into longer post production time and to preserve quality it simply takes longer. In other words to shorten it would reduce quality? If the answer is yes, it still doesn't answer Q2. I think the reason is more material collection time than production quality. They seem to want to do more before making a video. They are getting closer and closer to real time though, so there may be a day when they are making a video about what they had for dinner like Vag 4. Does Vag content being less diverse translate into short post production time and allows them to produce with less lag time and they see that as being important? Same answer. I popped in and watched an episode a few weeks ago. The whole episode was that they wanted to go into a cove. There was a reef, and their chartplotter malfunctioned, so they were scared. So they called someone in France to ask them to fix the chart plotter, then used a cruising guide to go into the cove (which I would have preferred anyway). End of episode. 5. Will one last and the other fades away? They will both fade away. Just depends on how long. 6. Do people regard the content of each worthy of revisiting like a good book, or is it just watch and forget shit? As a comparison I'm sure many fans of Dylan, but not enough, have KTL saved on their hard drive. Absolutely not. 7. Is there a untapped demand outside what these two market leaders produce? For instance KTL or other variants. Yes and no. There is a demand outside these two. It is the opposite of untapped and is super saturated. Some viewers (including myself) prefer watching a couple starting out and learning, cruising the Caribbean on a $40K boat and a depleting budget of $1500 a month, showing their mistakes and adventures with a video camera. Somehow seems more authentic and closer to the dream than those making $10,000 a month walking around an island with 6 cameras videoing every second. Do you ever think about how odd they must look down in the islands? Can you imagine taking the dinghy into Lazy Turtle and it effectively being a TV set with all the cameras recording everything. Kind of ruins the fantasy to think about.
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    Beneteau First 305?

    I bought a First 305 in April. I love it, and it is perfect for what I am looking for. I would be happy to answer any questions about my experience so far. Not sure what you are looking for, but here is a thread about what I was looking for that got me to the First 305:
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    Start Sequence Timer - Display

    I have an old either wind or depth display (don't recall) that the previous owner/crew put their knee through the screen of and doesn't work. I have more instruments than I need - wind x3, speed, depth, radar (that I took off the boat), etc. So rather than replace it, we just keep the cover on. Since I don't need the others, I was thinking it would be great place to put a start sequence timer that the crew can see rather than rely on watches. So the hole is the size for a standard old style ray-marine display (4" x 4" or something like that). Has anyone seen a product out there that would fit?
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    Start Sequence Timer - Display

    Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for. And seeing it, I now know I don't want it. I rather like the idea of the weatherproof ipad mini and running a tactics app. There seem to be some where you can mark the line similar to ProStart. It seems cheaper than a prostart (if i buy an older/refurbished model), and I have the option to use as a chartplotter as well. Seems a good use of space on an already cluttered bulkhead. I can probably make and install a piece of plastic that acts as a mount as well as a plug for the open hole fairly easily.
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    Start Sequence Timer - Display

    There is nothing wrong with a wristwatch. I started this thread hoping for a cheap and easy way to replace a dead instrument display with something useful - rather than spending a few hundred bucks on a new display i don't need or doing glass work.
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    Start Sequence Timer - Display

    pro start is sweet. unfortunately it doesn't look like it can/should be left out on the bulkhead. also, it is $600....
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    Start Sequence Timer - Display

    This is a cool idea. Issue would be taking it off (which we would want to do) would leave an open hole. I was hoping for something that I could leave out in the elements to be a permanent plug. Maybe it would be easier to find a plug and go with something like this?
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    Bente 39 – Opinions?

    Ja, Klar. Er sagte, sie wolle schnell gehen. Und du kannst immer einem Deutschen glauben. Naturlich.
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    What boats?

    That is it. Even the winches are in the right place. And yes, that is quite a tiller.
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    What boats?

    thought the Ranger 33s were wheel-steering
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    What boats?

    Maybe Pearson 26 for the yellow boat in the first ad? Flared companionway, doghouse profile, and shin-smasher tiller all seem to match. https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1982/pearson-26-3182236/?refSource=browse listing
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    Battery Charging at Mooring

    Thanks, I will try to remember that
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    Battery Charging at Mooring

    I am going to apologize in advance. I am sure this has been covered 100 times on this forum, but I tried to search and could not find anything. Basically, I keep my (new to me) boat on a mooring and I loathe running the diesel to charge the batteries. 9 times out of 10 I sail on and off the mooring, and would prefer to only have to run the engine when there is no wind and I need to get somewhere. So I am trying to figure out the cheapest, low maintenance option for solar charging of the batteries while the boat swings on the mooring. The goal is to be able to race and/or day sail every weekend without running the engine (unless I want). A couple more details. It is a 30ft boat, with two 12 volt marine deep cycle batteries (in line for now, will rewire and isolate a starting battery this winter). Normal draw is minimal (bilge pump, speed/depth/wind, and sometimes the stereo) for day sailing or racing. I have no problem running the engine for an hour or so a day if I am out cruising for a week or weekend causing usage to increase. I would greatly prefer something modular over fixed. Sadly I got lost quickly in the world of solar. I am sure there are others out there in the same situation, so I am looking for advice.
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    Battery Charging at Mooring

    I meant parallel. Sorry, I always get the terms mixed up.
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    Battery Charging at Mooring

    Thanks for the tips. Something was wrong. I think that I mentioned I have two 12Vs in series. Isolating them, I discovered that one was completely dead and wont hold any charge. So it was also drawing down the other battery. I have taken it out of series, and now everything seems to be working well. The solar arrangement is holding my (now one) battery at around 13.8V. I am hauling in a couple weeks for the winter, so I didn't bother replacing the battery. I will replace both batteries before launching in the spring, and will hopefully have no issues. I'll try to remember to post an update or a picture or two next spring. I love the peacefulness of sailing on and off the mooring.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Seems like almost a necessity. The donations from people giving money to feel like part of the adventure must certainly dry up, unless you can make that more tangible for the donors. Also, years of "wish you were here with us" emails from remote atolls in the south pacific pile up, then become unavoidable when "here" is just a 4 hour flight to Grenada.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    That is Delos's brand though. The floating community, where everyone is welcome. They could have wanted to throw her overboard the whole time and never would show that on their TV show - just edit it down. They need to show the happy positive dream lifestyle. Remember, they are in the charter business now, taking their patreon "friends" on the boat in the Caribbean now as a thank you (for just the right donation). She was off the boat as soon as they hit Brazil, and seemingly she has gotten no mentor-ship from Brian while buying that zombie with no mast off craigslist or wherever.
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    Atlantic in November

    "Someone Knows Something" from CBC is a great one as well. Like Serial, but stronger investigations.
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    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    Congrats on the boat! Looks like a great fit.
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    Fall Cruising on the Chesapeake

    I was in St. Michaels for a wedding this past weekend and saw a weird race going on. I only caught the end, but cruising boats were coming into the harbor under sail, towing a dinghy. they would throw an anchor over, not waiting for it to set, load someone in the dinghy who would row to a dock by the maritime museum. It looked like that was how you finished, and two of the boats came down to a rowing race. It looked like fun! Glad to see Chesapeake folks still going strong this time of year.
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    Ultimate cruising boat?

    yes, I was.
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    Ultimate cruising boat?

    does it come with its own logs, or do you just chop down some trees and shove them under the boat?