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Cruisin Loser

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    West Texas, Taos, New England
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    Sailing, Skiing, Rock Climbing, Palindromic Prime Numbers, Blues Guitar, and the most fascinating person on earth - my Wife.

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  1. Coolboats to admire

    With all due respect, I've spent over 2 years not discussing the rescue and subsequent events on these forums. Suffice to say I was present when the boat was hauled and those pics were taken, inspected the damage and discussed the methods of repair with the owner and the boatyard. I am an engineer with nearly 40 years of practice and am entirely satisfied that this area is now immensely strong and there will be no recurrence, as evidenced by my willingness to buy the boat. At the time I turned down more than one offer for a magazine article. There are accounts online, none of which had my direct participation. This one is the best: https://www.jamesgblaine.me/rescue-at-sea-a-series/
  2. Coolboats to admire

    I'll be keeping the name, but changing the hailing port to Midland, Texas. I love the name. She will never be a dock queen, she's done 15 or more Bermuda's already, and been to the south coast of Newfie multiple times. Monsoon, her owner and I were already friends, I had repaired some things for him in Bermuda. I haven't much discussed that episode on these forums, and am always a little surprised when people know about it. There was a pretty long article about it in the last Marion-Bermuda race book. Mrs. Loser believes it is destiny that brought us to this point. Tom, the for'ard dodger allows the hatch to remain open in the rain and in most inshore sailing conditions, aiding ventilation. I'm waiting for the cabin door to close, flying east to clean out Sparky. This is bittersweet, we have loved that boat, sailed her hard and she has always behaved flawlessly. She was our forever boat, but we didn't see this coming, and I just couldn't turn it down. Someone will get a great SW-42.
  3. Coolboats to admire

    Thanks Bob! That's nice from someone who knows delicious. Olaf, she is a 48' Alden, Niels Helleberg design, custom built by Brooklin Boat Yard and launched 2005. Behind all of the pretty is a tall carbon mast, deep fin keel with bulb, carbon spade rudder, and the most breathtaking raised panel Herreshoff interior I've seen. She sails like the wind. In Maine, and I guess everywhere else, she's considered Spirit of Tradition. Performance wise, she is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Among the details, each successive oval cabin port going forward is slightly small than the last, to match the taper of the cabin top. Her (original) owner is a dear friend who has sailed on Sparky, and I have sailed this boat with him, we've also cruised in company. His main concern was that the next owner appreciate her for the special boat she is, and have the means and willingness to maintain her in the style to which she has become accustomed. Otherwise, he would not be parting with her. What sealed the deal is Mrs. Loser, who has enthusiastically embraced this as our last cruising sailboat.
  4. Show your boat sailing thread

    Yes, I believe that is she. Where'd you find the photo?
  5. Coolboats to admire

    Seems likely that this is our new ride:
  6. Coolboats to admire

    Watch it there feller, I'm the Loser here, don't be poaching my chickens.
  7. Mast or boom furling?

    Well, since I posted that I've made a deal on a boat with in-boom furling. The boat has, to me, an enormous mains'l. Since 90% of my sailing is with the bride who is not a great sailor, the in-boom was an important consideration.
  8. Mast or boom furling?

    I've sailed extensively with both, including several thousand miles offshore with in-mast in all conditions. For sail shape and performance, take the in-boom. For convenience, a good in-mast system is better than the reputation would have you believe. For the record, mine is a Hood system, fabricated by Hinckley, so is very robust. We've found that you can tweak helm balance with the in-mast by rolling in or out small amount of sail. You can also shorten or add sail going downwind in all but very strong conditions. With vertical battens don't get roach, but it you don't get negative roach either. The sail shape on mine always surprises racing sailors I have aboard, in a good way. In light conditions you sail more, since it's so easy to roll sail in or out. The biggest drawback to in-mast is not jamming or screw-ups. In 13 years with our system, that has never happened. The drawback is the larger, untapered mast section with an internal mandrel that increases weight aloft and windage. This is somewhat ameliorated if you use carbon.
  9. I am really impressed with Shooter Jeff and Tom

    Around here they are grain fed - they descend by the many hundreds on farmers fields, largely milo (sorghum or millet). Makes them very tasty and somewhat disliked by farmers. They hang around Big Spring and up by Ira, Texas, by the thousands. You can't (well you could, but it's illegal) shoot them on the ground. My foreman in Big Lake, Texas, tells me that, as a kid, they'd all carry their varmint rifles to school, put them in the coat closet for the day, then hunt varmints on the way home. When you make a living raising sheep, coyotes aren't cute.
  10. I am really impressed with Shooter Jeff and Tom

    I don't hunt them, but I've eaten them. Very, very nice. We have a hunting season and friends hunt. Requires multiple licenses. What's your position on abortion?
  11. Coolboats to admire

    There's no place better for wooden boats than Ballentine's in Cataumet. I suspect they are more expensive than the places up north, though.
  12. Show your boat sailing thread

    Also a UK Tape Drive.
  13. Coolboats to admire

    Hell, someone is asking $120K for a recently rebuilt Herreshoff "S" class daysailor. http://brooklinboatyard.com/mischief-2/
  14. Musical Anarchists Thread?

    An AC-15 is hardly a lunchbox size amp. I have an AC-30, AC-15, and AC-4. The AC-4 gets played almost daily. It has an attenuator switch so you can dirty it up at low volumes, (The Fender Vibro Champ EC has a similar switch, at roughly 4 times the price, but it is a nice amp). Even a 4 watt tube amp can be way to loud for a small space. For tiny amps with multiple voicings and effects that can run on batteries the best I've seen are the Roland Micro Cube and the Yamaha THR. I have a micro cube in my office, a THR on the boat. Both are great little amps, I might give the nod to the Roland for overall tone. Hey Valis, we're going to see Charlie Musselwhite tomorrow, just got tix for Joe Bonamassa in May.