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    Ft. Lauderdale to Key West

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    Chartering a boat for racing

    I've always brought my own sails when I charter.. Sell them your old set and get new or propose that they buy a used set of sails to use.
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    Crazy weight reductions stories

    Crew and I were 15 lbs over 1 day before star NA's.. Several hours in the sauna, a liquid diet and some constipation medicine did wonders. Weighed in 5lbs under. I was so weak I couldn't even pull the main in the first day.. definitely took a few days to get back to normal.
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    Boat Captain/Manager?

    I've done exactly this in exchange for use of boat when I want it.. Cleaned her, used her, ran motor, etc etc. Worked out excellently. Make sure his seamanship meets your expectations, write up a simple contract (you break it you buy it) and done.
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    Annapolis - Powerboat on Sailboat Crime

    Captain of charter vessel aint gonna be a captain no more. Doesn't matter who's to blame, both parties could have taken more affirmative action to avoid a collision. "Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision. " "(a) Every vessel shall use all available means appropriate to the prevailing circumstances and conditions to determine if risk of collision exists. If there is any doubt such risk shall be deemed to exist." Charter captain should be tried for negligence. As a Sailor, this is my worst nightmare. As a Captain, this is my worst nightmare. All you can do is roll your eyes and thank god no one was hurt.
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    Is Viking life raft still in business?

    I drive past their Miami office every day. Definitely alive and well. PM me if you want me to stop by
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    Swan 42

    Decks are soft. Surveyor is coming to look at it next friday. I'll report back with results.
  8. Looking for a 54" diameter steering wheel cover. Doesn't have to cover binnacle as well. I've seen the DIY kits, but has anyone just bought one from somewhere?
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    Life with a deep(ish) keel in Miami

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    Miami to Havana Sleigh Ride Thread

    Looking forwards to update! I'll be joining on my Kalik 40
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    Private Charter in South Florida or Keys

    message sent
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    Pogo Like Sailboats in North America

    She will not get out of her own way. Needs a square top main or atleast a 120/code 0 up front. Rig is flimsy, depowers well though. Build quality is mediocre at best. Way over priced for what she is. Would much rather be sailing a seascape 24.
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    Zhik Jackets Advice

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    Towing Nerdiness

    Gotta be a jeep GC. They made them (still make?) in diesel trim a few years back. Another option here is to buy a K2500 Suburban with a 6.5 detroit. Just put 4k on mine in two weeks towing a star, 17mpg vs the 9 we used to get with the E-150.. and she was the best handling, easiest towing "rig" I've ever driven. Years better than E-150,4runner, etc etc. Big ole' front seat means you can drive in any position you want, especially with the bench. Big ole' storage area means you'll never run out of space to dirty up.
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    Tragic youth sailing accident

    Agreed, but prop guard or not, the FIRST thing one should do regardless of how fast they're going/direction, whatever, is to kill the motor if someone falls over/they are approaching someone in the water. Sadly, I think poor training on the instructors part is to blame here. Will be interesting (not in a good way) to see what happens in court...