Cruisin Loser

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About Cruisin Loser

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  • Birthday 10/10/1954

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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. Cruisin Loser

    Still Sailing?

    So sorry. My daughter has had it since childhood. Pernicious, nasty thing.
  2. Cruisin Loser

    Show your boat sailing thread

    Yes, for Castine-Camden and Camden-Brooklin. Some boats have kind of abused it by towing what are, essentially, pool toys. For this series BBY loaned me a very nice, low drag, narrow, rowing skiff that could be perched on a stern wave with almost no drag. Some boats have custom carbon dinks. Some pull inflatables right up to the stern so the dink is 90% out of the water. The best VHF hail in 2019 was "Otter, Otter, put your dinghy in the water". Dinks are not required for ERR. It was very subdued compared to past years. There were no shore activities but the caterers took orders for BBQ you could have on your boat. The ribs, chicken and corn were actually quite great. I recently received a complete set of drawings from her original owner, who also included development drawings showing the design evolution. The bow went through several iterations until the desired balance and aesthetic was achieved.
  3. Cruisin Loser

    Used EPIRB- Would you ever?

    Why did he sell the boat and not include the Epirb? When Sparky went to Maine Maritime we included the Epirb, sat phone, and a nearly new Winslow high end life raft. LRSE in Tiverton can service those or give advice. Call 'em. We had a battery changed on one and it tested fine a couple of years later.
  4. Cruisin Loser

    Night Runner is on the market

    You're confusing Maine with Nantucket. Maybe Camden is a little like that, but I'm not in Camden enough to know. We've spent exactly 3 nights there in 16 years of cruising the coast, all three for races. It's a great boat at a great price. Would look nice in Maine.
  5. Cruisin Loser

    Show your boat sailing thread

    I posted this on the Maine thread, so please forgive, but I think it's a great picture. Vortex to the left, Restive to the right, we had a great day racing on Penobscot Bay in the Castine - Camden wooden boat race. Vortex is a cold molded Swede 55 built and owned by the president of Brooklin Boat Yard, which also built Restive to an Alden design.
  6. Cruisin Loser

    Around the Vinyard Race. Ok to use your engine?

    FIFY A year ago in the Camden-Brooklin Wooden Boat Race there was a parking lot at the top of North Haven. Brilliant came flying in to a bunch of becalmed boats, with their mass they glide like a beast. Skipper kicked in his engine and threw it in reverse to avoid a collision. He really had no choice, it's a narrow passage, plugged with classic, expensive varnish hogs, no clear path through the parked boats, the primary rule is don't trade paint. I'm pretty sure everyone approved of his decision. I could have polished the bronze end cap on her boom.
  7. Cruisin Loser

    Show your boat sailing thread

    Braised rabbit is pretty darned good. Of course, you could probably braise nuclear waste and serve it over rice and I'd love it.
  8. Cruisin Loser

    Cool stuff you see in boatyards

    That's the one in back, I'm trying to figure out the one in front. I'm pretty sure the resemblance of both to space stuff is no accident. How've you been? Sailing much? ERR was pretty subdued relative to past years. Just got back from nearly a month aboard.
  9. Cruisin Loser

    U.S. boats ignoring Canada’s border closure

    You do know that the famous photo of kids in cages was taken during the Obama administration, and that significant numbers of "families" are nothing of the sort, they separate them to find if they are, in fact kids being trafficked and are with people who are not their parents? It's complicated, and could all be easily resolved if our borders were respected, as everyone seems to agree that Canada's should be.
  10. Cruisin Loser

    Boat books

    Right now I'm reading a book I got 6 months ago and am only now getting around to, about the America's Cup crews from Deer Isle, Maine, that crewed Defender and Columbia. The author is a friend and fine sailor, Mark Gabrielson. Quick, fun read.
  11. Cruisin Loser

    Boat books

    Nobody used vocabulary like Conrad, which is interesting because it was his second language. He was Polish, and learned English at sea.
  12. Cruisin Loser

    American Dumbass

    So they are unauthorized visitors, and when the the Tongans fly a drone over them they threaten to shoot it with a flare gun? Someone needs a bottle of chill pills.
  13. Cruisin Loser

    Guests realistic expectations

    A few years ago, when we had the Hinckley 42, we were at the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta to crew another boat. We got invited to a big, fun party/dinner on yet another boat. When it was found that we had extra bunks, we got guests. Lovely young people, the wife loved them, she made pancakes and bacon, they cleaned up. We used to invite gangs of rock climbers to our home in Taos. They'd be on couches and the floor, but it was almost impossible to stock enough booze for 15 people after a day of hard cragging. We woke up one morning, astonished at what the kids had gone through the night before, my wife observed "they're young, they'll bounce back". She was right.
  14. Cruisin Loser

    U.S. boats ignoring Canada’s border closure

    Generalizing is fun, looking down your nose at people is fun, but not the kind of fun I like. We had hoped to cruise the Bras D'Or again, but the border is closed and I follow the rules. I love Canada, but I guess my heli-ski money will stay home this year. You know who doesn't respect borders? Mexicans who come here illegally. Now, I really don't blame them. A border is an artficial construct, an imaginary line, on one side of which is widespread poverty and corruption, on the other side is unimaginable opportunity and wealth. But, in an age of Covid, it would be nice for us who live near the border if we could enforce our laws without being branded racist. If it is OK for Canada to clamp down, with which the vast majority here seem to agree, then we should be able to clamp down on our southern border.
  15. Cruisin Loser

    Thinking about living aboard-what to get?

    No doubt. We spend a lot of time giving thanks.