Kris Cringle

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    Lusting on Yachtworld

    An alternative, if you have them, is to use dorade boxes. I built a couple with Lexan tops to admit sunlight. The light thru the down pipe is impressive and natural in the dark head and passageway on my boat. I used a clear deck plate in a forward dorade box over the anchor locker(which is open to the vee berth) to do the same (plus give access to the deck wash nozzle).
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    Stainless Steel Surrounding for Origo stove?

    We've been using this on our 'sink board' on the boat for 15 seasons or so. Works great once a year or so.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Nail on the head. Being surrounded by old boats and watching newer ones march into the grinder, it only makes sense that some boats endure due to design. It's easy to critique a design in the moment it was conceived. It's not possible to tell if a design will endure until you get decades away, maybe a half a century. That would support why some wooden boats endure even though they weren't designed, or built for longevity. I don't want one of these, but there's no denying the design endures way beyond the build time frame.
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    Coolboats to admire

    1 mil. doesn't seem out of line for a new build of this quality. "0 Carbon(?)" sales stick. I wonder if E-power and the simpler systems of a boat like this (daysailer, occasional overnight race) brings the cost down a bit?
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Good thinking. I just looked at rebuilding an obsolete gear on my obsolete diesel in my obsolete sailboat. Once they open it, they found other problems. So I took a rebuilt obsolete twin and so far, so good.
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Nothing to add on the vids posted but I'm guessing these vids are spurring many of the posts I see on groups on restoring fiberglass boats. A typical post went up today of a guy in Va. who is living on a Catalina 30, on the hard. He has the boat gutted, engine and a few bulkheads remain, dust everywhere (did I say he's living onboard?) and is about to begin, "The remodel". I won't follow his 'adventure' but I can see a single guy sucked in by these how to (and gratuitous soft porn) vids by these boat 'remodeling experts' on Youtube. Maybe the girl will join him after the 'bathroom' is complete? The only thing I know for sure is that a large group sees the huge supply of old neglected sailboats as homes, dwelling. These Youtube vids have to be helping. You never hear mention of Don Caseys, "This Old Boat" or whatever it was. The sailing parts would get in the way of the remodel.
  7. I'm into heat when I cook. The tools so to speak. I like to change the chemistry of the food. Searing, I love searing things. Marine 'cookers' are usually a step between campfire and household, at their best. A cooker that puts out much heat needs a strong vent overhead, something you never see on a boat (under 80' or so). An oven is one thing, or a burner beneath, which can utilize much of the energy being burned and limit excess heat. Broiling works mostly on radiation from above. How much heat does it take to broil? Quite a bit I think, or you need extra time. For something about 1" thick, it takes approx. 7-8 minutes per side to reach an internal temperature of 145F (and that is with the broiler pre-heated for 10 minutes or so). The overhead burner on my old restaurant stove runs from front to back and spreads a flame over the entire broiler grill. High energy waste lost in simple heat not to mention energy used.
  8. Me too on the Magma. That is a high heat device unlike my galley range and the perfect place to grill anything thick. Plus it makes a great second burner off the aft rail. We have a large thick frypan to fits inside and the top closes over it, except for the metal handle, which makes it perfect on a rolling boat. For cooking breakfast home fries, eggs, bacon, all together, it''s the perfect burner. A little slow to first heat up but then it's easy to run from low to high. I would think it's a little like cooking on an Aga.
  9. When the regional CNG dealer sold, I stumbled on this Coleman. Low, fit inside our cookers rail. Serious heat with a large BTU burner that is easy to micro adjust. After removal of tank, it fits in the oven.
  10. When we were in the Bahamas with a Kenyon alcohol stove, spare parts were readily available. Seems most bigger boats carried old Kenyon burners, pump mechanisms, etc. "I threw it in the dumpster when it threatened to burn my boat up!" was a common reply. Why so many kept the parts was beyond me. We bought our alcohol, at hardware stores back then. I have no idea what it was but it worked and was cheap (and we still live).
  11. We had a Kenyon 2 burner on our last boat. You start it the same as the Maxie. The Kenyon was under pressure though so you could pump up the burner quite a bit if you wanted to boil something. Your Maxie looks quite hot, amazing (after the Kenyon) that it's gravity feed. Should be a good cooker without the finicky problems of the Kenyon (pump cups, burner filters clogging to recall a few).
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    The audacity of youth

    If this helps at all Jud, that scenario makes me very nervous. I'd feel better if you said your daughter was doing that 20-mile crossing, solo. Your daughter knows what she doesn't know whereas your wife's cousin sounds like she hasn't seen how badly things can go out on the water.
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    The audacity of youth

    Nice write up, Jud. It occurs to me that many of the vids I never click on, in this thread, suffer from lack of doing the simple work of editing. An editor I've worked with calls it 'barfing on your keyboard'. You can do that with a phone, too. Your piece of your niece rings a few things for me. First, how quickly kids grow. What a chasm can (usually) exists between say 19 and 22, or 22 and 27. And add that everyone is different. Plus your year-round climate (sort of) makes this more common than areas that freeze up near solid on the coast(mine). BJ's point is one I've seen; kids that grew up around boats - most of them at least - know what they don't know. It's not too surprising to see a new exodus of mostly young people take to old fiberglass boats with a focus toward a place to live, first. If you grew up living on a boat, you may have a different eye. For the uninitiated, once you're living on the boat you can then start to explore this strange world of traveling around the world and making $$. Sailing and what lurks below your bed in your old boat can be sorted out last. The vids like Sailing Uma I suspect (I haven't watched beyond a minute or so but they seem well done) are driving some kids to the life. They make it look like an easy step and for some, it could be. Many of these entrants will give the YouTube world a go and a few will rise above the crowded pool. It sounds like your niece and boyfriend are taking it slowly. Keep us posted.
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    Here Comes The Night

    My boat looks good in the lens from a distance but we shouldn't mix up and 'owner maintained' boat with a yard maintained yacht like CL's. Brooklin Boatyard is a place of artists, buildings for various tasks and their owners appreciate the service and quality they can get. My boat stores out doors under tarps and while I keep it looking pretty good, I can't achieve the same quality of yard maintained boats, I don't have the level of skill required and frankly, working outdoors limits what you can do. I've won one award. At a meet of Alden boats down at Mystic Seaport a few years ago, I won the coffee mug for "Best Owner Maintained Alden". Sitting with my wife, she chuckled, "Aren't you the only owner maintained boat here?" That was true. Great boats and their owners, DIY or Carte Blanche boatyard, are wonderful to be around. We all have fun!
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    Dylan's New Boat Anarchy

    Amazing layout on a 25' boat. With heat, dry shelter, standing headroom and a winter to burn, do you plan to do any rough editing, dubbing or other work wile onboard the Whale? Seems you have some good small workspaces to spread out a little for video work. Sometimes it's inspirational to work in the setting you film, photograph, write in. Plus it would be interesting to see this addition in your finished products.