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    Any thoughts on 1987 Aloha 30?

    Wow! Beautiful work!
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    Any thoughts on 1987 Aloha 30?

    Thank you for your very comprehensive answer. What was needed for the conversion other than removing the binnacle, relocating the engine controls and installing a long S-shaped tiller on the bracket supplied w the stubby emergency tiller?
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    Hand-held UHF + GPS

    I thought about painting it, and I might end up doing exactly that, but it feels weird that isn’t an off-the-shelf option.
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    Hand-held UHF + GPS

    I am looking for a backup UHF / GPS. I want it float, and would prefer to be able to be seen / found easily whether in the water or in a dark cabin. I was surprised to see that the choice of yellow / orange case is not available. This Cobra comes in white: https://www.defender.com/product.jsp?path=-1&id=3706474 It has the added feature of connecting via Bluetooth to a cell phone so you can make receive phone calls through the UHF, letting the phone itself stay safe belowdeck. (I have dropped a phone in the water and would prefer not to repeat). ——- Standard Horizon HX890 only comes in blue, but it has a strobe that lights if dropped in water (which is no help in a dark cabin). On the other hand, it does have an FM receiver which might be nice to have. https://www.defender.com/product.jsp?name=standard-horizon-hx890-floating-handheld-vhf-radio-w-gps-dsc-and-fm-receiver&path=-1&id=5375216&cartId=15455184 ——- I prefer the Cobra because white, but am looking for any other thoughts on reliability, ease of use, other features, etc, other possible choices below $400. (I prefer lots of dedicated buttons instead of the more modern ones with just a few “simplified” buttons. I also have big hands etc, so a large radio is actually preferred over ones the size of a bar of soap.) Cheers, Gabe
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    Any thoughts on 1987 Aloha 30?

    Agree about specifics. Thank you.
  6. Have not seen the boat yet. Will be used for day-sailing in WLIS. Freshwater boat w 13hp Westerbeke engine. Any thoughts, known issues, etc, etc ? Cheers, Gabe https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/aloha-30
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    legal/illegal immigrants

    Statutorily, I agree that it’s (probably) not significant. However, it’s one more drip, drip that says it’s ok to be mean and petty to all sorts of people if you happen not to approve of them. I saw a video this morning of a woman yelling at two Koreans in a Starbucks. Whatever you might think of various ethnicities, Koreans have been exceptional in this country (work hard, go to church, study hard, super-nice, etc, etc), and I don’t think that there is any way that this woman would have felt empowered to freak out the way she did without a lot of the drip, drip, drips over the last couple of years:
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    legal/illegal immigrants

    ... yearning to process chickens (:-)
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    legal/illegal immigrants

    A - none of us have the time to get into “what’s wrong w NYC” (:-) B - I last looked 2 years ago. Stuff may have sprung up since, but if so, they’re being awfully quiet about it. C - my basic point is that they are being “all stick / no carrot” about it which is sort of baffling. I doubt that the average Norwegian immigrant with a Comp Sci degree will be interested in washing dishes in a restaurant until midnight, picking tomatoes or working in a chicken processing plant ...
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    legal/illegal immigrants

    Everybody waxes nostalgic about Ellis Island but that was a place of terror for immigrants — if the officials on the island thought immigrants were sickly, too old, likely to be a burden, etc, etc, they would put them back on the ship for return trip to Europe. In the 70s immigrants had to have an “Affidavit of Support” from family, friends or churches whereby they would be responsible for the new immigrants such they would not become a public burden for a minimum of 5 years (at which point they became eligible for citizenship and all restrictions disappeared). I don’t know but I suspect that these new rules are just tweaks that largely reflect “facts on the ground” anyway. What confuses me about what’s going on these days, is the purpose and tone of the changes. They say they want people who can be productive and who can become fully-participating American citizens. If that is so, why are there no longer (like there were in the 70s) organizations where people volunteer to help new immigrants learn to speak / read / write English? It seems like this would be a perfect sort of “whatever you do onto the least of these” sort of activity and it would go a long way towards getting people meeting and learning face-to-face, and it seems that people from the “bully pulpit” on down would be recruiting both students as well as teacher volunteers for these programs. (I volunteered for a while at a program that tried to do this at the New York Public Library, but it was only in 3 branches and the vast majority of the people who showed up were college students and other long-term tourists, but almost no actual immigrants at all.) Cheers, Gabe
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    Nobody Wants To Take Up Sailing

    I agree completely that sims can be wonderful and also add that for younger generations (I am 55), it is likely that virtual experiences may seem more “real” than they do to older folks. It is foreseeable that as sims and VR get better, the effort and increasing expenses of keeping a non-virtual sailboat in the water will seem more trouble than they’re worth to some people. This will likely be an additional factor and obstacle to consider in terms of how potential new recruits relate / respond to sailing and sailboat racing.
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    Nobody Wants To Take Up Sailing

    I agree completely, but we have both the example of the “6-motherfuckers-on-the-cabin-top,” as well other examples in other fields where I’ve seem folks of all ages get caught up in “virtual” pursuits. ——— As a matter of fact, while searching for sailing sims earlier, I came across a “car mechanic simulator” which seems incredibly odd to me, but, I guess that these are the times we live in ... (:-) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hzSPMq9ejeA
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    Nobody Wants To Take Up Sailing

    I read about a thing (but I forget what it’s called) that if you are watching an activity you yourself have participated in, you can sort of transport yourself in place of the people you are watching. If you’ve never done the thing you are watching it stays much more abstract and possibly boring.
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    Nobody Wants To Take Up Sailing

    I worry about this kind of stuff too and about the general virtual-izing of life (such as “talking” to internet strangers about how unsatisfying the actual humans in our actual lives sometimes are) (:-) (:-) This particular discussion begins to veer into sociology, philosophy and all sorts of other disciplines I know very little about, but I’ve seen its insidious effect in other pursuits and it will be an increasingly real factor we will all be running into. For instance people can participate in low-cost auto-racing w Sports Car Club of America, or they can just build elaborate simulator setups at home and “race” a computer or against other people in different locations. For these people, I am not sure how you would go about making a case that actual real racing is better than simulated racing where the weather is always good and if you crash there are no extra costs or delays. For sailing, the sims appear to be relatively crude, and trimming the mainsheet by clicking a mouse lacks a certain “je ne sais quoi” (:-) But let’s say that somebody develops a full-size setup where you ride a rig like a Waszp foiler with active motion and an immersive VR environment. I think that such a thing could provide a pretty compelling experience and that people would enjoy “racing” against one another, from all over the world, without having to contend with travel, crap weather, and mosquitos. How would you go about showing these people that the fun they’re having is “inferior” due to the waves, wind, birds and horizon being simulated? So anyway, the scenario I described is pretty close to happening and pretty close in some respects to your 6-motherfuckers-playing-Pokémon-GO-on-the-cabin-top scenario. It will be an increasingly common thing to run into, and I have no idea how to begin to think about it ...
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    Nobody Wants To Take Up Sailing

    Ironically (in my humble opinion) in a big place like ny with lots of things going on and lots of to’ing and fro’ing, I find that most people just want to get their stuff done and move on, and I am actually, on the whole, pleasantly surprised everyday with how well we all manage to get along with each other, in spite of all the many diverse challenges and frictions that surround us. If we didn’t all learn to let things go and move on, none of us would ever get anything done ... Cheers, Gabe