unfix8r

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  1. Hello kids of Anarchy! I am a volunteer for Footloose Sailing in Seattle; we take disabled people of all kinds sailing. We have acquired a Harbor 20 for our club, it's refurbished at the factory in San Diego, and we need to get it up to Seattle. The first quote we got was $1.40 per mile! Eeep! Thought I'd throw it out there to see if there were any Anarchists doing the run. We are a 503c non-profit, so it may actually be tax-deductible, as well. There's no mad rush, as we are not doing a lot of sailing, but there's a good chance we will by year's end. Boat is pictured below. Thanks!
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    How do you stop a British Seagull?

    I'll never forget taking my girlfriend at the time out for a cruise, and after I pulled the ripcord like a man, and the Seagull started on the first pull, I thought my girlfriend was aghast that I had started the motor in such a manly and efficient way. Turns out it was a shriek where I whipped her in the face with the cord. As if my lack of love life needed helping along.
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    TIps for new sailors

    - Roll your sail, yes, but do it on a 4" PVC pipe. It will keep you from creasing the sail 12x each time a sail not rolled on PVC will. -Spinnakers stored wet will bleed their colors. -Sunscreen like a juggalo for regattas or you will burn. -Embrace capsizing. As much as raptorsailing says go out in the light, heavy is awesome and more fun. -learn more than one knot. You should know at least a hitch, a bend, and a splice. Tying them quickly has saved my ass more than I should admit.
  4. Hello FD Fanatic; I too have an FD, and I'm practically the only one in the Seattle/ PNW. Where are you located? ?
  5. I live in Seattle, Washington, and would really like to do the upcoming 54th Annual Whiskeytown Regatta, just outside of Redding, California, May 25th and 26th, but both of my normal crew can't make it.... I need some crew! There's another FD crew looking for a skipper, as well. It's a 12 hour drive from Seattle, and I'll be dragging a Flying Dutchman sailboat, one of the fastest boats around, with me. It's a trapeze boat, meaning the crew wears a harness, and hangs off the side of the boat to stabilize it. A quick search will get you some awesome shots of the boat underway here. I'm planning on leaving Seattle on Thursday, which means Friday could be a practice day for us. If you know the boat, you know it's about performance, but is pretty comfortable for a dinghy. I'll buy you a dinner on Saturday night, and beers, as well... woot woot! I'll be camping on site there, but there's no requirement (or expectation) that you'll share the tent with me... I'm happily married with a kid... no funny business, but some people say I'm fun. I can teach you to sail in a day if you don't already know how. I can also crew if someone doesn't feel comfortable on the wire, but knows how to skipper the boat. Anyway, it should be fun, and I'm hoping someone in Redding / Redding area is willing to hop "on board" with me. If you have any questions or want to leap right away, please get in touch. I look forward to meeting and sailing with someone new! Thanks, Peter
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    What to know about buying a Flying Dutchman

    Did you get the boat? I remember it.. orange, I think. It'll be a great lake daysailer if that's what you are looking for. It'll be nearly the fastest thing on the lake, as well. I have an FD in Seattle, I'd e happy to talk rigging with you if you post some pics.
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    Does your dinghy have a name?

    I've used these guys for the reflective lettering... it really pops, especially when trailering or low light. Streetglo They also have an online tool to see what it will look like.
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    Does your dinghy have a name?

    So you have an FD! Woot Woot! I own "The Wounded Moose Deuce" -- and I suspect that I "raced" against the Flying Tomato in Santa Cruz a long time ago, if it was the same one, something like 80 gallons of water gushed out on the beach after racing. Putting the name on the side is best, I think for FD. Noone can see the back, anyway, and on my Lindsay, there isn't any back, just a big open hole. Post a pic of your boat! !
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    best new foiler for beginner?

    Let's imagine for a moment that knew what the hell I was talking about when it comes to foiling. (I don't) But as a dingy sailor, the UFO looks like it has all the benefits: stability off the foils, retractability for easy launch, a rig that isn't complicated, nor foils to cut you in half when you swing around/ fall/ move. Its cheap in price, high in quality, and IMHO set to be the "people's foiler" that gets bandied around. The goal is always to have other boats to compete against, and this one meets so many of the points that people are looking for, so... IMHO the UFO would be my choice for my next boat. It also seems like a boat you could let someone borrow without fear of "breaking a twitchy thoroughbred" to experience foiling, and buy one for themselves.
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    Craigslist Finds

    https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/boa/6097420787.html I know, Tempest's aren't dinghies, but they are close. I think 3000 dollars is a "bit" high, like 10x too high!
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    Craigslist Finds

    That's a Ballenger deck; I fwded it to him. Must be difficult for you guys to see your hard work rotting away in a field somewhere. The trailer is worth more than that boat, I'm afraid, but that wouldn't stop an idiot like me from fixing that boat up. Let's face it: The FD is hands down the queen of dinghies.
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    Craigslist Finds

    I know, not a dinghy, but still, 300 bucks for a Cal20 with sails and a trailer? Hmm. http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/5959244478.html
  13. Dave this is awesome... please let me help promote it on the West Coast when there's a chance.
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    Best Sailing Knife

    I'm a big +1 on the Boye Knife. It's made of dendritic cobalt crystal, so it's non-rusting, non-magnetic, and its so fucking sharp you could cut time with it. I have one for my daily carry, and two on the boat. Even when the knife feels dull, the dendritic nature of the metal in a microscopic level means the knife is still as sharp as any other, but cuts high tech lines like a serrated blade. I use my Boye knives for diving, as well. Having a knife that actually cuts is pretty amazing, but the Boye knife repeatedly wins all the Practical Sailor contests, and for good reason: It's the best. Boye's knives are expensive, no doubt, because his factory in Arizona burned down. I have my complement of his knives and continue to recommend them to everyone I know. Being upside down under a dinghy is not the time to have a shitty rusty blade. It's time to cut shit and get back to air.
  15. constantly futzing on the FD.

  16. is pumped about FD Nationals!