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    Random PicThread

    I was curious and looked that up about the wing spars. It's possible that they did that to that particular aircraft, but according to the Smithsonian, the example they have just outside DC was flown to Dulles, towed into the hangar and drained. Other than that (and obviously all the other stuff you'd need to actually actually get one flight ready), it is in "fly-able" condition. There is an act of Congress that requires in most cases retired military aircraft are required to be "De-Mil'ed" which basically means that they cannot be restored to flight condition easily. For museums, this usually means that hard to get, but necessary parts are removed or disabled in a way to make the aircraft hard and expensive to restore to flight status. For most aircraft this probably excludes structural changes since you don't want the plane to fall apart while it's on display and hurt somebody. The only treaty that I have heard of that requires aircraft to be destroyed or visibly broken are the ones that govern nuclear weapon delivery systems, like what they did with all of the older B-52s. Congress has also required special stuff to be done to the F-14s on display to prevent the Iranians from getting spare parts for theirs.
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    Looks like the Pima Air and Space museum outside Davis Monthan AFB/AMARG near Tucson. If so, I think they have it under cover now, but a lot the aircraft they have are out in the sun.
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    New to sailing - open to boat advise

    From your screen name it seems you might be in Kansas? Where are you looking to sail the boat primarily? Back when I sailed at Cheney, Sweet 16s had a decent little one design presence so that might be something worth looking into as well. Even if you aren't ready to race, having a boat that has a local class will open up a lot of local resources to you and can help you learn a lot as a new sailor.
  4. and they've started dailing it back now too. Too many people taking advantage of them.
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    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    Keep in mind that the C&C 34+ is almost a 36 foot boat...
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    The "real" Hawkeye (probably pulled from here at some point):
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    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    Yeah, my wife wasn't happy when we heard Bob had bought his 911. She had raced against him on S2 7.9s and watched him clean up and knew he'd do the same with the 911. Ultimately, we've been too busy racing on OPBs and having little kids to race ours, so it hasn't mattered.
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    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    Olson 34 is basically a scaled up Olson 911 which Schumacher designed. So, yeah even though George Olson designed the 34, it's not a big surprise the Olson 34 looks a lot like the Express line. Call it a half sister.
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    Even if you just drive around the monuments at night it's worth doing. Traffic is usually less too and you can do a lap around the mall relatively quickly. Many of them are even better to walk at night though, especially the Korean War Memorial... add in some fog and it's downright eerie.
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    Cool story~~~~

    Yeah, this was without any scuba gear, but it was also surreal to be hauling canoes up a hill in a forest and dropping them into a relatively small pool. Caves are pretty cool like that.
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    Went to look at a Catalina 22....

    Nice solution for the AP and good to know about the threads. Another option is to go with a riser and mounted the AP to the seat bench. I put one of these on the bottom of my tiller:|344|2028687|2028719&id=1492738 I'd probably knock that think off the boat the way you have it now. Might want to engineer up a leash for it.
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    Dinghy sailing in Kansas

    I never sailed at Milford in Kansas so unfortunately no help there... my Kansas sailing was mostly at Cheney Lake, near Wichita. Another option close to Milford would be at Tuttle Creek Lake just north of Manhattan. The local club there is and there might be a member willing to help you out. If school were in session, you could also reach out to the Kansas State Sailing Club. Back when I was there, they had a small fleet of Lasers, 420s, a 470 and a few other random dinghies. I've been gone long enough from the area that I don't have any current local contacts. Good luck!
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    Cool story~~~~

    I've been watching this with interest and I'm very glad they were able to find the group. Hopefully they will be able to get out without too much drama. Now that they can be resupplied, boredom is hopefully their biggest challenge. There are caves in the US that are mostly dry, but have a water entry that is only accessible at certain water levels. One in Missouri that I did a spelunking trip into you entered via a stream in canoes. There was just enough room for the relatively flat topped canoe to transit through the opening. You laid down in the canoe on your back and used your hands to pull yourself and your gear into the cave. Once on the other side the cave opened up to a much larger area. The guides then showed us where the stash of supplies were. If I recall, there was a month or so of provisions for a 10 or so person group and it was located 20 or so feet above the cave floor on a ledge. The guides indicated that it was rare that groups were stuck in the cave, but it did happen occasionally. They were really careful to schedule trips around heavy rain storms. Very cool cave and I'm glad I was able to go on that trip. It had several passages where you had to go completely underwater to transit between rooms. Several mud tunnels between that were not for the claustrophobic, but a lot of fun if you're not.
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    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    The cockpit port wasn't standard on our Ericson built boat, but from pictures that I've seen of other boats, it might have been a factory option. If not that, a number of owners have added them. I put one in our boat a few years ago and it definitely helps and wasn't that hard to do.
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    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    The quarter berth on the Olson 911 is decent sized, but kind of a tunnel to crawl out of. I've banged myself up by standing up too quickly a number of times. Like most quarter berths, airflow back there can be limited. I added a solar vent and a port into the cockpit to help. Still need to add 12V fans throughout, but that is more of a Chesapeake issue than a CA issue. Asym can be resolved by adding an aftermarket spirit. I like the looks of the Trogear and C-Spirit options for older boats, but have never sailed with one. I know of a guy who put one on a J/30 for cruising and loves it.