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  1. So, I'm going to find myself in Germany once again in July 2018. I thought to myself, "why not do a bareboat charter in the Baltic?" What recommendations and experiences do others have for such a trip originating out of Germany? I would like to know about experiences with different charter companies, possible requirements (I'm a US citizen), places to see/avoid, possible routes. Some particulars: been sailing about 10 years, own a 4ksb on an impoundment lake that I sail quite often ASA 101/103/104/105 (Basic keelboat/coastal/bareboat/coastal navigation) certs have one week long bareboat charter under my belt (earlier this year, 36' Catalina, Pensacola FL) 4-6 people on this cruise, 1 competent active sailor, 3 semi-active sailors on the boat besides me We're going to be in Hamburg for my daughter's wedding, so why not also make a cruise out of it? Vielen Dank!
  2. Bareboat Charter in the Baltic. . .tips?

    Already have my FCC General Radiotelephone. May have to bring it along.
  3. I got out and sailed my Banshee last Sunday -- it was in the hi 50s here. 3/2 wetsuit was plenty warm, until the sun was obscured by clouds. . .
  4. State of the art boat wiring, 1959.

    As a confirmed "knobs and switches" kinda guy, I *love* the black toggle switches!
  5. Anarchist Hacks

    +10 on that. Learn to sharpen a straight razor, inherit a couple (I have my grandfather's and great-grandfather's) and it's cheaper still.
  6. . . .and with the opposing viewpoint, no, they are not a pain in the hamshack (or anywhere else on your anatomy). Once you get the tuner dialed in for say, 40m, *write the settings down*. Go to the next band, repeat. Then, the next time you're on 40m, set it to those settings you wrote down, tweak it with your SWR meter and you're good to go. Easy peasy. Also, ATUs are a fun thing that you can build yourself -- there's many different variations to choose from.
  7. I haven't read the whole thread. Once you get the basics of your boat setup sorted and know your propagation, look into QRP. You'll find out you don't need as much power as you think to make and keep a comms channel open. Also, you might contact some local AK hams to get an idea of what conditions have been like recently (given the current sunspot cycle).
  8. Bareboat Charter in the Baltic. . .tips?

    Things are shaping up -- going to charter out of Neustadt (was there last year for Hanseboot, by accident) in the middle of July. Now starting to figure out where to go (with all the above helpful links).
  9. Sold everything to sail the world...boat sunk on day 2

    For when they screw the pooch a second time?
  10. Bareboat Charter in the Baltic. . .tips?

    Not yet -- still working on it. Thanks for asking, though.
  11. Craigslist Finds

    I bought a basic Harken small boat setup -- 1m length of low profile track, the car made for soft shackles, and the end stops that allow dead-ending the line in. For now, I'm not going to mount controller lines, but rather sail it like I see Finns sailed, without controlling the traveller. If I don't line that, I'll affix control lines. Actually for now, it's 3 degrees and it's under 3" of snow, so I'll just sit inside and ponderate upon it.
  12. Craigslist Finds

    Ja, changed the avatar. Traveller is legal and was available as an option, mounted along the top of the thwart. I've been wanting to put one on mine, and just received the parts the other day -- this winter's project! Should be something to keep me out of the bars, if only for a little while. . .
  13. Craigslist Finds

    Banshees have their problems -- most often rotted transoms, from what I can tell. Getting a new set of drapes for mine this winter, and even affixing a traveller (finally). Now, here's an Albacore -- wanted one of these in the worst way about 10 years ago. this one is even not that far away, but sadly I have no room for it. https://springfieldil.craigslist.org/boa/d/sailboat/6405418377.html
  14. Misogyny in sailing?

    Really? The fuckers are *always* chewing on boat hulls in my marina. It makes it damned near impossible to get any sleep when I'm there on the boat. . .
  15. Craigslist Finds

    I have a CF golf shaft blank as a hiking stick on one dinghy, and the LAX stick as a hiking stick on the other. Must say I prefer the LAX stick.
  16. Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Nah, you should be able to build an Opti in less time than that. . .
  17. This is interesting... Cooper 42

    Double offset companionways?! Instant death!
  18. Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Not really mockworthy, and kinda sad that it never got finished (as many don't). Might be a good deal for someone that can finish it quickly. Steel Boat
  19. Craigslist Finds

    LAX goalie stick shafts work well, too. Bigger diameter on the held end, as well (easier on my old hands, anyway).
  20. I'm making a rudder

    +1 on this. I did something similar to this on a CF/foam core rudder I built. I didn't cut 50 mm off the trailing edge (more like 15-20mm), then wedged in a strip of CF tape I had already epoxied out and let cure. With some additional glass and fairing compound, worked a treat.
  21. Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Or the beginnings of a great Adventure. "We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. . ."
  22. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    a full load of seamen
  23. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    with a look of surprise on my
  24. Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    North Chili, NY. I think that says a lot. . .
  25. Resin wont harden...

    Well, how'd it go? I had something like that happen once with polyester resin. Wrapped the whole thing in plastic, put it in the bathroom (smallest room with an outlet) with a space heater (and exhaust fan) going, and left it for the weekend. Seemed to work. On the other hand, if it's already been a couple of weeks, hope ain't-a-gonna cut it. . .