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  1. PHM

    San Diego Storm Prep

    I completed my winterization last Sunday (added the extra spring line)—it was especially taxing after a grueling sail in 0-5 kts of wind and 80F+ temps. We even healed a little bit for about a minute and briefly considered reefing...
  2. Link below to an article about the founder of the Catalina Classic--Bob Hogan, who along with his wife Carol got my family into sailing in the early 1960s. We lived next door to the Hogans while Bob was building his 33' ketch (Discovery) in his backyard. While building the boat, Bob would throw his spent beer cans off the stern, forming a mountain of aluminum by the time the boat was finished. Bob, Carol and their two young kids cruised Discovery to Mexico and through the Pacific during the '60s when it was uncommon for a family to do that. His last Catalina Classic was in 1995 at age 63--my dad, Carol, Bob's grandson Dan and I were his escort on my dad's boat. A remarkable guy with an amazing family, and a true waterman in every sense of the word.
  3. Moore, I don't have an answer to your question about current location, but do know the boat and heard lots of stories back in the day from our friend Bob Hogan. Sounded like some epic times!
  4. A few months ago Osita (J-100) on A dock at SDYC was for sale. Spendy for a 10m boat but probably fits your needs nicely if she’s still for sale—I think J-boat’s description of the 100 almost perfectly overlaps with your wish list. My boat is on A dock and I’ve noticed over the years that Osiita is well kept up—and looks like she can be Sailing in 5 minutes.
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    Mesh Lifeline netting

    Toddlers definitely have an unrealistic understanding of water. When our daughter (now 22) was 2, she suddenly walked into the deep end of our friend's pool. My wife fortunately was keeping a sharp watch and jumped in fully clothed to pull her out. About a year ago, we asked our daughter if she remembered this incident--she did, and said she remembers the water looked so nice, and she was surprised when she sank to the bottom. She said she doesn't remember being scared, just surprised and wondering why she wasn't floating on the surface....she had never sunk before, because there had always been someone in the water to catch her....
  6. Just watched his E-38 to Oahu video again (and have seen the E-32 video several times). Really like the videos, maybe because he's 74 and it gives me hope that I'll still be able to do this after I'm done working (currently am 59). His dry humor resonates too. My family has had an E35-2 at King Harbor since the '70s and we still enjoy it on trips to Catalina--just an all around good boat for SoCal. The biggest wind we ever had it out in was a 35 kt Santa Ana gusting to 40+ as we escaped Avalon (on our way to Cat Harbor). Boat did just find with a double reefed main and no jib...just feathered the main in puffs and all was cool (and fortunately the main didn't blow up....). The old atomic 4 was useless against that wind, however (has since been replaced with a diesel)...had to be towed out of Avalon by the Baywatch.
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    Barn Find Cal 40

    The Cal-40 changed ocean racing forever, certainly on the west coast. Before the Cal 40, the hot California ocean racer was the PCC (48' full keel wood Kettenburg design...the boat my dad crewed on and I learned to sail on during the '60s). The Cal-40 blew them away from the very first race and never looked back. Kind of like Ragtime did in her first Transpac...
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    OK, I sort of get it, now

    He may have included "and I'm a Boeing engineer"...that was a first-rate job in Seattle in 1958. Sailboat with no job (or independent wealth) would definitely not have been appealing...
  9. PHM

    OK, I sort of get it, now

    My father in law landed his first date with my mother in law by blurting out "I have a sailboat" (1950's in Seattle). Having grown up in Anacortes and always wanting to learn to sail, my mother in law eagerly took the bait. Turned out it was a Star, which they then proceeded to cruise (yes, cruise) in the San Juans before my wife, their eldest, was born. It was quite a step up in luxury when they got a T-bird after the kids starting arriving. Over the years the four of them cruised that T-bird every summer, once all the way up to the top of Vancouver Island. Mother and father in law are both still going strong--we just had my father in law's 90th birthday a few weeks ago.
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    OK, I sort of get it, now

    I think it was one of Bob Perry's old design reviews where I read the perfect size boat for one person or a couple is one that you can push around at the dock without a motor. There's lots to say for that. My dad still sails his Ericson 35 into the slip, but it is an upwind slip at the very end of the finger, so the perfect slip for this. One of my most memorable trips was in high school when some friends and I were going to take the boat to Catalina. We got down to the boat Friday afternoon and the starter motor was shot. Being teenagers without a care in the world (or many functioning brain cells) we did the Catalina trip anyway 100% by sail. In hindsight we were pretty darn luck lucky to have wind both ways, especially given that we left so late on Friday...
  11. PHM

    OK, I sort of get it, now

    Some of the better performing cruiser-racers from the '70's and '80s seem to be a good compromise. My dad (age 83) is still cruising his Erickson 35-2 among the islands off SoCal. The cornbread he bakes aboard is a big hit with the grandchildren. One of the best sails I remember from the past 10 years is returning home from the West End of Catalina to King Harbor in July 2016--the most relaxed ("I don't have be anywhere anytime fast") and enjoyable sailing I've had in a long time, with multiple generations aboard. Sure, I could have been going a few knots faster on my FT10, but I couldn't have baked cornbread or napped in the cockpit! And ironically, it would have shortened what turned out to be one of our best days sailing ever!
  12. I really liked your video! Have enjoyed several of your videos in the past too. 7 out of 12 squares that appeared afterwards were your videos. And that was after a pretty good session watching surf videos earlier tonight. Maybe youtube knows I'm an old fart too, no matter how much I watch Kelly Slater and John John Florence ripping up the waves. I mean that in the best way possible!
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    Don't leave Hawaii

    I sailed on 86'd for several years when she was based out of Alameda--great times! Glad to hear she's still going strong. Funny timing...I was just in Oakland yesterday and was wondering what had become of her....
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    Why don't more people race?

    If more of us followed your lead (see bolded text in quote), more would be sailing. There's a reason the hot rums in SD get >100 boats while the "more serious" events get way less. Not to say that we don't enjoy racing full-on with a finely tuned and intensely focused team, but when that's the only game, year in and year out, it gets old. Since the '60s, I've had long periods when most of my sailing was intense racing and long periods when it wasn't. It's the pure joy of sailing and being on the water with family and friends that keeps me coming back again and again.
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    The Yacht Club - Do you get value from your dues?

    It's worked well for my wife and me (SDYC). Discount on our slip compared with public slips in the same basin offset the initiation fee years ago. My wife races senior sabots there at least once a week and this has become an important part of her social life. Plus many other benefits to us over the years. No question that it has been (and continues to be) well worth the expense for us. And we probably use the club 1/5 as much as many members do. I guess it depends on the club and the person. SDYC is devoted to getting people on the water--just what a YC should do, and is a great club for us.