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    Ugly dodger collection

    One of my favorite views from the cockpit spoiled... Guy must have gotten one hell of a deal on that fabric...
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    Ugly dodger collection

    Truly impressive craftsmanship and woodworking skills do not necessarily a beautiful dodger make... ;-) I'll bet laying on a touch-up coat of Epifanes on the underside of this lid is gonna be fun, eh?
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    Paris (Kiwi Spirit) calls it quits

    LMFAO! Yup, that's perfect, alright... ;-) Except I'm not sure most Little Old Ladies would be able to climb up into that settee/sofa/loveseat/whatever the hell it is on the port side, that thing had to be one of the more curious things I've ever seen on a boat of that size. I don't know what size human that thing was configured for - I'm 6' 5", and my feet were practically dangling above the cabin sole when I sat on it... I can't imagine how it would be comfortable for anyone...Plus, it was way too short to even curl up on in anything short of a fetal position, the only utility it really had was as a step up into the pilot berth... Without question, FAIRWEATHER is a stunning example of the finest Maine craftsmanship, and Lyman Morse's in particular... However, there is some pretty weird shit going on inside that one, for sure... ;-)
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    Paris (Kiwi Spirit) calls it quits

    You did a great job with that rudder, Bob... FAIRWEATHER was beautifully balanced, really an awesome sailing machine... Agree about the layout, I can only imagine the 'traffic problems' that would occur with more than 2 people aboard... Far and away the boat's best feature, were the pilot berths... If I could die in my sleep, I couldn't imagine a better place than the leeward one aboard that boat while sailing a reach, those things were incredible underway ;-) Really a pity that pilot berths have all but disappeared from production boats today... Scariest thing about that boat, to me, was attending to the engine... It was set deep down below the galley, and that entire galley assembly had to be lifted up by a pair of hydraulic rams to reveal the engine... With all that Corian or granite or whatever countertop space, that whole deal must have weighed 1,000 pounds... All I could think of while lying underneath it to check the oil, is a French guillotine... ;-) Really would have been nice to have had some provision to prop the whole deal up with some sort of additional locking support strut, but I never noticed any such thing... I think a dark hull would improve her looks immeasurably, those portlights against the white hull definitely spoil it, for me... You may recall, I took her out around Hatteras in late January of that year... When we got into Charleston, we met up with the only other crew to have been dumb enough to be out there that time of year... The one aboard one of your Stevens 53s, as a matter of fact... ;-)
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    Paris (Kiwi Spirit) calls it quits

    Wow, the list of CRUISING WORLD Globe-Girdling Cover Girls who never fulfilled their Mission Statement grows ever longer... ;-) On a serious note, I certainly hope there's not some health issue or similar with Mr Paris that's driving this decision...
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    My newest project

    Sweet looking boat, Bob, really nice to see something like that still being drawn these days, I love it... Like many others, however, I'm trying to wrap my mind around the twin engines on such a boat... Someone's gotta ask, is the client actually a Sailor? He's familiar with the concept of 'drag', I presume? I understand the client is always right, but it seems he might be wanting that setup for all the wrong reasons... I hope you're gonna draw the line at designing a full cockpit enclosure for Mr Lucky, however... ;-)) Based on my experience with powerboats, I have a hard time picturing twins placed 40 inches apart affording too much in the way of additional maneuvering ability around the marina, especially with a full keeled boat... That's not gonna spin 360's like a cat, or a Sea Ray - at least not very easily... And, I would think she's still gonna need a bowthruster... With that cutaway forefoot, sheer/bowsprit and amount of windage forward (I'm assuming headsails will be on furlers, no?), once the wind catches that bow, she'll be GONE, despite the 20 HP twin diesels... The underbody reminds me a bit of Chuck Paine's Cabo Rico 42, and when maneuvering that boat in close quarters in a good breeze, the bow thruster could not possibly have been undersized, you always wanted more... Without a thruster, certain tricky maneuvers simply, particularly when backing down, simply would not have been possible...
  7. This has to be the biggest shocker since the loss of RAW FAITH...
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    Paris (Kiwi Spirit) calls it quits

    Well, in fairness, his example is not quite that bad, the boat - at least for this second attempt - was hardly coming fresh out of the box... He did at least do the Bermuda 1-2 with his son Alan on the return leg, and two trips from Maine down to St Augustine... And, it already has been down to Cape Town and back once before, though Stanley himself was only aboard for one of those legs, and of course will be flying home again this time, as well... Not making the return trip himself could have been a huge missed opportunity for him, I'll bet a guy like Steve Pettingill could teach him a thing or two about sailing such a boat... I can only begin to imagine what I might learn, if I had the chance to sail with a guy as accomplished as Steve from Cape Town back to the States... Although, it's not hard to imagine that like many deliveries, one of the conditions of the skipper accepting the gig, might be that the owner NOT be along for the ride... :-))
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    Paris (Kiwi Spirit) calls it quits

    If 20% of the effort required to build a new boat were put into making the existing one useable he would be half way around by now. He just wants his handlers to bring him another rock. I guess Green is only important on the outbound trip. Yeah, downsizing to 56-58 feet, that'll will make all the difference, to an 80 year old, alright... Prudhoe Bay to Key West on a motorcycle, in under a week? Seriously? Which odds would you guess are slimmer? Lyman-Morse building the next one, or Wouter Verbraak coming back as navigator when TEAM VESTAS WIND rejoins the VOR? i may be getting pretty close to putting this guy on "IGNORE", something I very rarely manage to do... :-))
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    Paris (Kiwi Spirit) calls it quits

    Holy shit, sounds like the mainsail shredding may have been a blessing in disguise:
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    Paris (Kiwi Spirit) calls it quits

    What's a real sailor? Well, in my opinion, someone who wants to sail around the world for the pleasure and sense of accomplishment that comes from SAILING AROUND THE WORLD... As opposed to those who are motivated primarily for recognition, or the fame that comes from "Breaking some freakin' RECORD"... Paris reminds me of half the people paying big bucks to be guided up Everest these days, and who will likely never climb another mountain in their life... Shit, even Chichester had to stop once... And, Stanley still has a lock on the "St Augustine to St Augustine RECORD", which I'd never heard of before he referenced it on his site... Probably, because no one else has ever started and finished a circumnavigation in St Augustine, perhaps? :-)) but, seems to me, a "real sailor" would at least sail his own damn boat back home, instead of having a delivery crew do it for him... It's not exactly like he hasn't budgeted the time to do so, after all... The guy has spent a couple of million building one of the more impressive "Globe Girdlers" in recent memory... The route back home from Cape Town to the Caribbean is by almost universal acclaim one of the world's best ocean passages, and features a stop at St Helena, one of the more remote and fabled voyaging destinations anywhere on earth... I don't pretend to understand what motivates a guy like Stanley, but I would think most "real sailors" would relish the opportunity to sail such a boat, on such a passage... but, perhaps that's just me... :-))
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    Paris (Kiwi Spirit) calls it quits

    NOTE TO SELF: Never, EVER, undertake a voyage under sail, THE SOLE PURPOSE OF WHICH IS THE ATTEMPT TO ESTABLISH SOME SORT OF RECORD... These 2 abandoned voyages are proof that this venture was NEVER about sailing, or the truly impressive achievement of a solo circumnavigation... Once the possibility of breaking Dodge Morgan's record is off the table, he quits... The guy has spent millions building The Ultimate Globe Girdler. He could put into Cape Town, have the main repaired or replaced, and resume the voyage, no? Isn't that what most real SAILORS would do? Give that boat free rein to do what she was built for. Hell, he could still lay claim to his "First Completely Green Circumnavigation" Horseshit, right? I'm guessing that's what Dodge Morgan would have done... So, I'm glad 'The Record' remains his... :-))
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    Paris (Kiwi Spirit) calls it quits

    Second dumb question: why does a RTW solo sailor have a man overboard alarm? LOL! Well, the boat is not always gonna be sailed solo, for one... His initial major shakedown was doing the Bermuda 1-2 last year, with his son Alan aboard for the return leg... He also subsequently did the Marblehead-Halifax race, presumably with crew aboard: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Nid=111290&refre=y&ntid=0&rid=4 And, the plan has always been to cruise the boat with family or friends after this venture, so seems unlikely such a feature built into the AP would be disabled simply because he's sailing solo... Paris often describes stuff with a perplexing lack of clarity, wouldn't surprise me what he's really talking about is an 'Off Course Alarm', instead... One really does have to wonder, however, about the installation of an AP that won't turn off when the breaker on the main panel is tripped, no? Poltergeist onboard, perhaps? :-))
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    Paris (Kiwi Spirit) calls it quits

    Uh-oh... One autopilot down, 2 to go...
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    Paris (Kiwi Spirit) calls it quits

    I would think he probably has Calder's book or similar stored on a CD or his hard drive... Hopefully, he doesn't have to be maintaining a 9 knot average to have sufficient power to boot up the computer to read it... :-) Frankly, I'm a bit surprised he admits to some of this stuff... If I had let my Code 0 flog itself to death as he apparently did during his first attempt, damn sure I would have concocted a better excuse than the fact that it all happened after dark... :-) I'm gonna guess that even if he had possessed the technology to do so, Dodge Morgan would not have been calling back to his shore team to ask how to troubleshoot a water pump...