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  1. The sailing forums have always had a huge audience of cruising dreamers. "I wanna be doin' it! Show me how. Which end is the bow?" I think the forums are now on the wane with social media picking up the dreamers. Nothing wrong with cruising dreamers, I was one once. I see the forums these days(excepting a few select ones like CW), picking up a new audience; "I wanna live the dream - I will live on a boat!! Which sail-boat is the best to live on?" I've 'cruised' enough, for me. I'm just a coastal sailor now. I love to sail. The one thing that sailing media (magazines, now vids), doesn't have for me, is sailing. The new sailing vlogs are doing a great job of sweeping up the new dreamers and soon cruisers. Probably the actual doers, are the most critical of the vloggers. That's nothing new. I haven't found many of the vlogs to hold my interest because they don't have the sailing I'm looking for. The couple of vloggers that are making the $$$ are obviously doing the right thing for their audience. You have to write - shoot, and or film well to capture the essence of sail. Without sail, in a sailing vid or blog, I'm gone unless there's an interesting travel log or something else(let me know when that happens). Sailing is an ancient, and current way of life, for some of us.
  2. Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Our ears will enjoy it. You can't hear the wake of a Guillemot which makes them so pleasant to be around.
  3. Another interesting boat

    One of the advantages of a yawl over a ketch is, the mizzen is usually stepped outside the cockpit, and nearly always aft of the cockpit sole. Seems that would be an intrusion on the Swan. I like the boat though, I'd try to live with it. It needs it's kick-ass for speed!
  4. Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    That's right, we'll only allow you to hit a 70 mph, legally. You don't need mufflers either. That lobsterboat is always a problem. I don't think all the fishermen can afford to haul and store some of the boats. We also have a few sailboats that stay in the water for the same reason. How they survive is beyond me as the weather can be fierce.
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    In the first shot, the running backstays are un-hooked from the pad eyes, the pelican hooks are loosely draped on the lower lifelines. See them just above each corner of the transom. On the third shot of SAYONARA the running backs are connected above the letter S and A on SAYONARA. If you look real close you can see the Pelican hook levers. There appears to be no running backs on SPICE, the Concordia yawl. They could be stowed at the mast or maybe the owner doesn't use a staysail and simply leaves them off. Not a bad idea, they are an annoyance that are only needed running a staysail. Then they keep the mizzen stayed against the forces of the staysail.
  6. Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Rockport Maine. It doesn't seem to crush the hulls but the ice does cause problems. A couple years ago a lobsterman couldn't get out to his boat because of the ice. That was a problem because the battery was dead that pumps the bilge and the boat (a wooden hull), leaks,...always(not too rare for fishing boats). He takes the battery home every few weeks, to charge (hasn't heard of solar yet). Turns out the ice saved the boat as it held it at the waterline so she didn't sink. He and his stern man finally headed out with the dinghy. This is standard Maine fisherman practice: They skid the dingy out on the ice, holding onto to gunwales - real tight, never straying from the dinghy in case they have to pile into it. They're on their own because no one could help(in a reasonable time) if they went in the water. They made it. They didn't wear PFD's, they never wear PFD's. In Maine, you can crash into a tree at 90 on your Harley, with no helmet, and die legal.
  7. Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Here's a hot sailing vid from my harbor: Note the Cape Dory Typhoon with a genoa bagged on the forestay.
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    That's how my yawl is rigged. Over rigged, actually. There are 8 rigging deck attachments. The pelican hooks are easy to reach back and release from the cockpit, which you have to do shortly after turning off the wind. The jumpers begin to hit the mizzen quickly off the wind. Both jumpers are released here in this photo on a near beam reach. The best thing about the jumpers is stepping-un stepping the mast: Easy for a helper to hook the pelicans aft and tie off a halyard forward-pronto, stepping the mizzen by hand at the docks. I think I've seen some Concordia's with no jumper stays. And maybe with only one that can be hooked to the stern pulpit when a staysail or spinnaker is rigged? The pelican hooked jumpers are pretty common even on larger yawls like this one, SAYONARA a Nielsen yawl.
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    Why don't you come to the event at Mystic Seaport this summer? They have fit our Alden get together in the weekend event for Classic Yachts and the Seaports Antique yacht event. Space is reserved, dates are set but details are still being worked out by the Seaport and an Alden owner out of Stonington Conn. Updates on the event will be posted on our Facebook page, Alden Yachts. I'm planning on sailing down.
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    Kind of high but could it be a winch of some kind(maybe hydraulic or electric)? I was looking at the double ended mainsheet arrangement, there are a lot of lines to trim.
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    Serious mizzen trim people.
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    Good eye, and true I think. But the actual ports in my house, are curiously, not the flattened ovals you see on the plan drawing. In fact the D ports are not the same from builder to builder. Perhaps the elliptical shape that I think my boat (and others that were finished at the Molich yard in Denmark), I believe are elliptical. I should have a better shot but this on e shows the elliptical top line, the best. Plus I spent so much time cutting a template for the new trim, I got to know the shape,...more than I wanted to. Perhaps the credit should go to Poul Molich in Denmark(long deceased).
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    With New Years coming we're promoting Alden design work for an upcoming get together at Mystic Seaport in 2018. 1958: John Alden design office in Boston. You can spot an Alden Challenger, a mile away. And an Alden Mistral, Zephyr, Countess… A prominent link in these Alden designs are the unique - large,“D” ports, first penciled on vellum in 1958. I am curious about the history of the “D” port design. Research shows similarly styled windows in auto design, in the same 1950’s era. I found a classic old bloke in a musty wool suit, sitting next to a vintage 1950’s Jaguar window. The flattened oval shape was in fashion when Alden drew their Challenger ports. Is this the “D” port origin, automotive style? I like to think the designers at Alden were channeling an older form. Fashion is fleeting, Alden style was/is timeless. Here's my take: The shape of the ports, specifically the graceful top line on the pair of Alden Challenger “D” ports, is ancient. Alden’s designers drew an Elliptical shape - a perfect curve that is formed mathematically - for the top half of the pair of “D” ports. This lovely form that draws the eye, is the familiar, graceful, elliptical arch, which dates back to (and before) the Renaissance period. An elliptical arch is classic, and never goes out of style. Alden was challenged structurally, installing the big ports in the solid 16” mahogany house side. But they wanted this unique port design - dearly, and were willing to incur the added costs and complexity the “D” ports would add. A large laminated beam as well as full house depth drifts, were needed between the ports for strength in the weakened house side plank, between the D port cut outs. Alden also wanted a bright cabin below in the Challenger. They got that. To further accent their design, they used a delicate wooden trim to secure the tempered glass. The trim was proud of the house side. This element leaves a lovely shadow line that constantly changes. When it came time to replace the delicate port trim(years ago), I enhanced the detail by milling the stock oversized. This accents the detail by extending the trim, further out, beyond the house side(plus it should be easier to remove and replace in the future). 52 Challengers were built with Alden's signature “D” ports. On the eve of 60 years removed from the drafting table in Boston, Alden’s design work continues to be timeless.
  14. Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    Hi Dylan, my wife and I watched your latest Scotland vid, a second time(on her request). It really is a fine clean piece of your work. I mentioned some of the things my family enjoys about KTL vids in my letter, but forgot to mention one of the best features, the sound! Sound is quite amazing in this one. The music you choose always makes us want to know who the artist is. Your music choice always pairs well with what's on the screen(how do you choose?). And then there is your narration which is lovely, unique and interesting. Finally, the places where there is near silence except for the sounds of the water, sea birds, you get the beautiful sounds of a the boat sailing, gently. Nice work! Those are cute kids above in your post, but that ad makes me almost get sick in my mouth,...