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    Women, Boats, Liquor, not in any particular order.
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  1. bstamerjon

    Guns on Boats

    I might have told this tale before. Standby spill response duty in Prince William Sound on a tug tied to an anchored barge. Just before lunch I was in the wheelhouse BSing when the F&G RIB comes round the point doing 40 and aimed for us. So we all went to the back deck. Their first question - do you have any deer aboard? (Hunting season) We said no, want lunch? They declined, sternly. Asked if we’d seen any hunters. Nope. There was a guy anchored next to shore, but he’d left before 9. They asked again if we had deer aboard. I said the company won’t allow guns aboard, so we have to snag them with treble hooks when they swim by, but none had come near yet. The look of disbelief was priceless until the rest of the guys burst out laughing.
  2. Sheesh. Go weld some aluminum. Go glue some CF laminate. I wouldn't trust third world welders on an aluminum mast. Add to that: If you are packing a welder around on a boat in salt water the guts will corrode. As will the consumables. Will it work when you need it? How long will sealed epoxy containers last?
  3. You could've bought the Taku for $300,005. If'n you wanted to hemmorage some money refitting. But your guests could bring their cars!
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    5 mm

    How many ten thousandths is it out of line? Have you checked it with an electron microscope? Done the quantum entanglement calculations to determine how many molecules it is off?
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    A few questions on hurricanes

    Alaska????? when it is blowing over a hundred here, it is a little breezy. Go go back to Kansas, toto.
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    A few questions on hurricanes

    Thank you for that, I have been thinking about inquiring about plans for Chris White's Hammer Head 54. It is claimed that it does 10 knots under motor. It'll do close to 600 lots of you grind it up, box it and fly it on a 747. Going fast in big confused seas in a light boat might not be what you think.
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    A few questions on hurricanes

    What if a meteorite hits the boat while it is tied in a shallow mangrove creek? Will the thieves aboard sue? And the unicorns, what about the unicorns?
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    Engine hours - how many is too many

    Force over area = pressure. It takes pressure to make horsepower. Large displacement and or large bore/short stroke. Pressure = heat. At peak load I've seen 1400c on pyros. That temperature is nearing critical points in some alloys. Moderate loads compared to nameplate data, warming under light load, sufficient cooldown time (the thermal mass of a sailboat engine is not that of an EMD 645), clean oil, proper coolant etc....
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    Dec 5 - WA State Ferry Hits Powerboat

    If you are dead and right, you are still dead. Had a weird encounter crossing from Bimini to Ft Lauderdale at night. Encountered the fleet of cruise ships turning laps around a race track awaiting a berth. Night time. Lights on cruise ships. Lots of lights. Can't see their nav lights. They are making bare steerage. We were motor sailing at 8 kts. So how are you supposed to maintain separation when you can't even tell which end is the front?
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    Has anyone used an articulating rudder on a sailboat? Trim tab on aft end of rudder turned by a short tiller with a slot that goes over a peg aft of the rudder shaft. Allows the advantages of a wedge on the aft end of the rudder for reducing the dead zone near the center where the rudder doesn't function well, but reduced drag. Has been fitted to some ships and greatly decreases turning radius.
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    Anchor Geekdom

    I posed this question amid some of the anchored Bristol Bay fishing fleet. Would you get better holding with: XX anchor with chain and rode Or XX anchor of weight of previous + weight of chain. Generally shallow anchorages. Mostly sand and glacial silt. No weeds to speak of. Only rocks I've found are round, and only in the low water channels. We sometimes have 5 boats rafted on one anchor.
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    never fuckin' mind

    Fuck 'ol rover and sell the pups And the president told me "endeavor to persevere" I don't think much, So I might not be
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    Paris (Kiwi Spirit) calls it quits

    Guy by the name of Ernie Kinsler, a black sheep heir to the Ford fortune, bought an old wooden tug called Sea Lion. He hired half of Port Townsend to come to Friday Harbor to make it into a piano. Then he got the bright idea to stick masts in it to participate in the Vancouver tall ship regatta. His crew all called in permanently sick. I think Ernie ended up in Yelm where JD Knight/Rampha channeled his fortune to somewhere besides his pocket.