Gabe_nyc

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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Irrelevant but possibly interesting: ”Red Mill” is “Moulin Rouge” in French. Red Mill Bob may be having more fun in there than he is generally given credit for (:-)
  2. So I have a new (to me) and pretty boat in a marina with lots of gulls. People have all manner of sparkling, dangling, flapping things but it doesn’t seem to make much difference. In years past I found that if I set up enough streaming pennant strings to make a difference, setting them up & taking them down became a chore in itself. A boat moored next to me had a VERY LOUD electronic squawker but this was only somewhat effective. I am thinking of buying a giant piece of soft netting w 4” grid that I would raise about 10-12 ft high up the mast and then have it encircle the boat like a skirt. There would have to be a couple of slits at the shrouds and other accommodations, but not a big deal. If you have any other arrangements that you have found to work please share it here. Cheers, Gabe
  3. Snakes appear to deter gulls nicely, and it would not be difficult to set them up to be wiggled by the motion of the boat in the water. That being said, my problem this year is so acute that mere deterrence is not on the menu. I will post pics of my decks soon, as well as of the covering I’ve made. In the meantime, I’m also considering this solution, which would be exceedingly effective, but more expensive than I would prefer:
  4. The marina is on the north side of Long Island. JFK airport is at the south, about 6 miles away. One guy heard a rumor that JFK has a new program to chase away birds better than in the past to prevent any more “Miracle on the Hudson” accidents. However, this was very vague and may be apocryphal. As far as I know, nothing else has changed in the area - it’s been fully built up and very residential for decades.
  5. This is what the stuff is. Mine is a slightly nicer grade, 8’ 6” wide. I am using black, but the texture of the orange is easier to see: https://www.thetarpswholesaler.com/heavy-duty-orange-debris-fire-retardant-safety-netting-4-x-150?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-_a1od3W5AIVA4bICh3MSw-OEAQYAyABEgIEkfD_BwE
  6. Hi Henley, Thank you for the suggestion. I have a friend who is a birder who suggested similar. However, the situation this year is quite dire and I am beyond deterrence measures, to “full-prevention” mode. Last Tuesday I wanted to go sailing and the boat was so gross that I just turned around and never even got off the launch. Yesterday I was power-washing / scrubbing / crafting at the dock and heard many other similar tales of woe. (Nobody knows why it’s so much worse this year than in the past.) MY SOLUTION: I found a plastic mesh fabric used on construction sites. It’s strong, light, very flexible, easy to work with, can be sourced locally and relatively cheap ($200 / 8’6” x 150ft). There are several grades available but any of them should work (but only comes in black and orange). I made a crude tent that covers the entire boat, and that (theoretically) does not afford any places to perch other than the masthead. I will see in the next few days if / how well this works and make it easier to rig / de-rig. I will post some pics as soon as I figure out why SA does not like pics from my iPhone.
  7. So you have the Ultrasonic one? And it works and it’s quiet so it doesn’t annoy the neighbors? Thanks, Gabe
  8. Thank you. I found a source that can supply very large pieces as would work for a 30’ boat. They can make the mesh from 180 lbs load line or 330 lbs load line. Do you know the strength of the net you are using? Also, they can make 2” mesh or 4” mesh. What do you use, and what do you recommend in the light of your experience?
  9. https://www.worx.com/hydroshot-portable-power-cleaner-wg629.html (note that the $79 price shown does not seem to include battery. i got mine for $160 w a bunch of accessories as well as battery. Instructions say to only use fresh water. If you use salt / brackish you probably should at least rinse it off w a bit of fresh water afterwards.
  10. I bought a Worx battery-powered pressure washer that sucks up water from ... the water (:-) and it works ok on bird poop, but eliminating it to begin with would be even better ...
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    Nobody Wants To Take Up Sailing

    It’s funny how these things go. It might not be considered “modern” because the graphics are not up to snuff, but for the people who can benefit from it, the graphics would be very secondary as long as the physics modeling was accurate enough ... Hopefully somebody will decide to bring it back in some form ...
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    Nobody Wants To Take Up Sailing

    So the decisions were made by some sort of AI, or was there a person at the other end?
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    Nobody Wants To Take Up Sailing

    I had been meaning to ask about this exact thing. Especially if you can run it with the clock speed set at 200% or whatever, it seems like it would be a tremendous learning tool to use during the off-season. My only caveat re sims is a gem from a flight instructor who said that “Practice makes permanent” — if you practice the wrong thing in a sim, you could be even worse off than if you had practiced nothing at all.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    https://newlondon.craigslist.org/boa/d/gales-ferry-bladerider-fx-international/6963087483.html ”it’s harder than I thought ...”
  15. 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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    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.
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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
  25. I will NOT be racing this boat. I am looking for easy day-sailing in WLIS. A local 1981 J30 would fit the bill nicely but I do NOT want to have the traveler in the middle of the cockpit. There is a “shelf” at the bottom of the companionway that looks suitable to relocate the traveler to. Has anybody else done this, and do you all see any problems with doing so?