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  1. EvaOdland

    Hate on my new that 70's boat...

    Final thoughts. Well the season close is upon me. We hosted our season closing party with a good turnout of old and new friends, both from the docks and world beyond. We drank and ate a fantastic spread of food in the green roofed building in the background in the pic, one of the perks of being a slip tenant, a really nice community pavilion overlooking the marina and lake beyond. Ahead is one last weekend on the boat and the weather is looking to be fair but chilly, my daughter and her new man are coming to spend part of the last weekend with my partner and I. My grown daughter has been a frequent participant in my life, something I am wildly thankful for. My dock neighbor has hauled out so I could take a few snaps of the profile of Avalon. She has a modern classic look from the side. Nice sheer and freeboard...the big flush windows are a tad awkward but were a harbinger of designs to come but the sheer line hearkens to the past. Like an old hull with a modern doghouse, it creates a slight conflict to the eye in profile. Next to Avalon is a spanking new Dehler 38, I spent many an afternoon comparing the designs and found something deeper. The span of time between the boats, it essentially represents my life up to this point. An apt metaphor. In the 40 years that separates the two boats I went from teenager to a young adult, into marriage, parenting, career, divorce, and uncovering the truth about myself. As my career winds down I find that after all that time and change, I am still me. Just as both boats are still sailboats and their shared purpose and function marries them in form, each representing the ideas of the day, so too was I a product of my times. I fit the function that was expected of me but unlike most my age, I changed with time, I redefined and rebuilt myself. Most who know me can attest that this is an accurate statement. Some can argue the merits of that change, I don't, the opinion of myself and the love from my friends and family is all that really matters. As I start the prep for winter haul-out I can't help but reflect on the fact that I had a wonderful time getting her ready for the many seasons to come. I surprised myself. Still with many things yet to do, I did meet all my goals for the season and had ample R&R. I can't thank the PO and his family enough. They kept the boat up well and made many upgrades over the many years they owned it and at 40 years old, the boat is in really lovely condition. I am very lucky to have as nice of boat at this point in my life, which is tenuous at best. Approaching 60 I have learned there are no guarantees for a long life. I have no trust or inheritance awaiting, only my health, meager retirement savings and social security to sustain me well enough to live out my remaining time. I always planned to retire small and enjoy life now. That is exactly what I did and will continue to do. I am going to say farewell to this thread for a good while and active participation in SA in general. I will lurk from time to time and may return to post something interesting about Avalon - "that 70's boat" and any adventures I may partake in with her. I hope to have many in the coming years, but as we all know too well, life does interrupt plans. So I wake to expect only another day, anything beyond that is hopeful fantasy. Take care and thanks for reading. Eva
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    This is sort of cute...I would name it - "Minion"
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    Thank you. Even though ships are forbidden to dump plastic waste, a large busy cruise line will lose plastic waste overboard for a variety of reasons. I applaud this decision. https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/norwegian-cruise-line-plastic-bottles-trnd/index.html Snip: (CNN) — Norwegian Cruise Line is the latest business to get on board with reducing its environmental impact. The company announced a plan on Wednesday to eliminate single-use plastic bottles on its ships by January 1, 2020. Norwegian said it will replace more than 6 million single-use plastic bottles per year, starting with the Norwegian Encore, the cruise line's newest ship, which launches in November.
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    Hate on my new that 70's boat...

    Ooooohhhh...I see. Thanx... If you look close at the bow pic I have fixed dock fender bumpers...so coming and going from my slip no need to muck with fenders. But I do like the covers for the other times...
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    She crossed the Atlantic as mostly a passenger on a Open 60. She appeared in front of recalcitrant U.S. Congressional lawmakers and spoke her mind. What have we done lately? This girl...this young girl...even with whatever support of adults she may have, sailed across the Atlantic on a fucking sexy ocean racer and laid out what we all know needs to be said...she can say the things we can't....because she has nothing, and everything to lose... I want to sail across the Atlantic on an Open 60. I want people to listen to me about climate change but I know that is not going to happen, so I celebrate her. When I was her age I was sailing small boats on an inland lake but I also got to spend time on the helm of a 72 foot wood ketch in the Apostle islands on Lake Superior. It seems like ages ago. It was a different time but looking back I can see how different the world was. There was no giant garbage patch. Coral reefs were not dying. Micro plastics were not showing up in the bloodstreams of fish in the Great Lakes. There was still commercial fishing n the Great Lakes for native species. there wasn't rafts of plastic garbage in the marinas. I know this the world is not the same as it was 40 some years ago, but can anyone say it has gotten better? No one is asking you to embrace Greta as a spokesperson for whatever group who is aiding her...just listen to her and your own children and grandchildren, and remember the world we once had, accept what know to be true and do something to help.
  6. The biggest strains on the planet are done by less than 1/4 of the population. The other 3/4 live in conditions that pale in comparison. Point the finger at ourselves before anything else... the first best step is to ban plastic containers and bags....we need to stop choking the wildlife with micro-plastic...before we kill off all life in our waters... the pic below is the NE corner of the inner harbor on a SW breeze shot this past weeken...this is probably stuff that blew in from the park and discarded off boats INSIDE the marina... Any given day you can spend the entire day cleaning up plastic like this....the problems are huge and many of them will take a huge effort but we for sure can ban single use plastics...right away and make a huge visible impact. (Queue SA'ers yacht club racers who own plastic bottle or bag plants to call me a snowflake...and to say all that does is take away jobs from people...)
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    Arete' tri going for Chicago to Mac record again

    not a great option...they may not have a choice...but michigan west coast is littered with sand beaches and if the wind dies as predicted the waves will beat them to the beach. i would bet they have a tow ready to intercept when they get across
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    Arete' tri going for Chicago to Mac record again

    that looks like drifting with the wind... the wind is suppose to ease later tonight...given its a tri they probably have the ability to stay afloat and make a soft landing on a beach in michigan or get a tow...
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    Arete' tri going for Chicago to Mac record again

    ton of rain fell all night across the west shore...rivers are running high on flash floods....logs in the lake could be bad...water is as high as its been all season...not to mention 50 years...dock mate tore up power boat drives on a log recently.
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    Arete' tri going for Chicago to Mac record again

    if its the real deal CG will repeat the Pon Pon... coast guard hailed arete...one time...odd, but they could be on the phone now...
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    Arete' tri going for Chicago to Mac record again

    just heard a Pon Pon for Coast Guard sector lake michigan...arete is taking on water 18 miles off Kenosha Wi.i cant hear arete’s transmissions...i have had the vhf on all morning gusting to 35 knots in marina in Milwaukee, will keep listening...
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    OpenCPN for a tablet? Other option?

    I have iNavX on an iPad mini. Works pretty well. Has vector or raster map capabilities. Plots AIS too. I had a YakBits Yakker 2 WiFi NEMA device sending AIS and GPS data to it via WiFi from a VHF. Worked well...I am reconfiguring this setup on the new boat.
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    Here something inspiring

    Oldest person to circumnavigate solo just finished on the 7th Septuagenarian Sailor of the Week https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/09/british-woman-jeanne-socrates-oldest-person-sail-around-world-alone SNip A 77-year-old British woman has become the oldest person to sail around the world alone, non-stop, and unassisted. Jeanne Socrates, from Lymington, Hampshire, completed her 320-day voyage in Victoria, Canada. She was accompanied by a flotilla of boats during the final moments of the journey, while hundreds of people cheered her on from the harbour.
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    Hate on my new that 70's boat...

    the teak cap rails, and hand rails now have at least 2 coats of Sikkens Cetol... Avalon is now ready for her 40th Birthday Party... the hand rails took so long because I waited until all the old varnish fell off...its a very lazy but effective method of varnish removal...pretty much in keeping with me