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    Why I still love New Orleans..

    My wife grew up there and virtually all of her (very extended) family lives there still, but most have moved out of Orleans Parish to Jefferson. The crime in Orleans Parish is just terrible. It's not that you're in danger all the time, but every day there increases the odds you will be a victim eventually. It is grinding. Her dad was a judge and her siblings are mainly attorneys. All are VERY busy! My son is a sophomore at Tulane, so we still get down there a ton. As said, Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest are fun but can be exhausting. Late March/Early April are the best times to visit for a taste of "normal" NO. Also the Southern YC has a pretty extensive list of reciprocal agreements with other clubs. Lotta fun and great fried chicken. If you get uptown, my two favorite restaurants are Patois and Clancy's. Worth the trip! I have a love/hate relationship with the place. Love the food, the music, the culture, the architecture, even love the way the place smells like it is slowly moldering away in the humidity. Hate the crime, the politicians, the lack of any improvement of infrastructure and the post-Katrina self pity that still exists thirteen years after the storm.
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    American Whiskeys

    Jack Daniels isn't bourbon. It's Tennessee sipping whiskey. Doesn't make it any less tasty! Bourbon must be made in Kentucky, using the barrels only once.
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    Grilling 2018

    Somebody said something about pellet grills not doing well in the cold. We took my Rec Tec up to our ski house in Maine over the Christmas/New Year holiday. Smoked a brisket over night when ambient temp outside was -10 to -15. It held the 220 degree cook temp perfectly all night. Burned through more pellets than usual, for sure. My buddy was so impressed he ordered one for himself right there. Somebody else mentioned pellet grills an another arrow in the quiver. That's the perfect way to think of them. There is no one perfect grill/smoker for every situation. When I have the time, it is hard to beat steak or leg of lamb cooked on a grate over an open fire using pecan or almond wood. But 95% of time I don't have that luxury The Pellet grill let's me have the wood fire flavor without the hassle.
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    Grilling 2018

    I'm a little surprised nobody has mentioned wood pellet grills. Great for all kinds of grilling/smoking/baking. I got a Rec Tec last year and my trusty gas Weber hasn't seen a lot of action since then. Wood fire flavoring without any hassle. And there are different kinds of pellets for differing levels of flavor.
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    The Four Carbon Cutters project

    Bob, I read all these but don't post much. I love seeing your stuff and your thoughts in this forum. I am also a non-FB guy, so please keep this coming! Love the pics of the PWD's! Very familiar with the PWD attitude. Somebody wrote that when you tell a normal dog to something, they happily do it. When you tell a PWD to do something the reaction is "what's in it for me?" That said, things are never boring with a Portie around!
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    ton fun

    The leather bag was hard to access if you didn't know it was there. it was also stained with mud on the lower half. Just because there is a rule does not mean these guys followed it to the letter! The leather bag (nor any bow ballast) was not noted on the cert. The transmission was, indeed OEM with the boat. When we picked it up the floorboards were so soaked with oil from prior episodes that we trashed them and had new ones made. When we diagnosed the problem as incorrect O rings one of the old crew was incredulous that the problem was with a $2.00 item. Took us a few times experiencing the joy of hand scrubbing lead bricks in the bilge to figure that one out The rheostats were INTENTIONALLY wired to the nav lights, to slowly fool others that you were sailing away from them. As for the keel, we later heard it was poured that way to save money. I know about his earlier attempt to pour his own. Pretty funny. There was also no door on the head compartment, Tom Blackaller having famously tossing it overboard in the SORC
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    ton fun

    Okay. I think I've catalogued these someplace else but... Isuzu tractor engine with all the serial numbers ground off Diesel tank had a special pump to dump fuel overboard. Guess certain races required you to start with a minimum amount of fuel. Gone! Reostats in the nav station labeled "speakers" that really turned down the brightness of the bow navigation lights and the stern light Leather bag full of lead shot with 75 feet of line and a fender for a float in the very bow (word is that they had it there for measuring and dropped it off on way to start and picked it up on the way back in. Hydraulic transmission built without the proper high temp O-rings that regularly spewed hot hydro oil all over the cabin We once tagged a rock at low speed, did a dive and saw the keel was shockingly bent. Hauled out and found the keel was almost pure lead, lacking the antimony needed for structural strength. Required an entire new keel to be poured. These are the top of mind. Been a long time!
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    ton fun

    There have been a few comments about new Orleans Marine build quality. As the ex owner of Detente, the fore runner to all of the Serendipity's, I can say that we found a LOT of "interesting" features in Tommy's construction. That said, it was by far my favorite boat.
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    Misogyny in sailing?

    Ed and I are far apart in our political beliefs, but I fully support his stand on this issue. SA is never going to be for everybody, because if it tries, it will end but being for nobody. I don't think any of it is truly mean spirited. Truth be told, I miss the days of Lesbian Robot. He wasn't so much a misogynist as a misanthrope!
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    what is it?

    Not standing headroom forward if you were over 5'5"
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    what is it?

    Answering has anybody been below. Yep, as said, almost bought one. It is a "small" 39 compared with modern hull designs. Short waterline and narrow. Except for the doghouse has very low headroom (at least for me, I'm 6'4"). This one was meticulous and finished in traditional white with dark wood trim and navy blue cushions with white piping. Was really nice! The doghouse was huge for this size of a boat and was almost like a greenhouse. Could sleep four, five in a pinch if friendly. I was like adding a big doghouse to a Hinckley Pilot 35.
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    what is it?

    I had an opportunity to buy one a few years ago from a recently widowed woman whose husband had maintained it perfectly, including a brand new rig and diesel. Was very short money and I have regretted passing on it ever since.
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    Rich Folks' Ego "Racing"

    Anyone else getting the feeling Guvacine is really Elizabeth Warren?
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    The Yacht Club - Do you get value from your dues?

    Having just served as our club's treasurer for the past seven years and having been on the finance committee the last eleven or so, I find some of these posts pretty naive. I belong to a club in Marblehead that has pool, tennis courts, dry sailing, dining, bar and waterfront facilities. Initiation is about $15K and annual full dues are about $4K. First, all initiation fees go straight to the capital fund. They are needed to fund improvements and repairs to a facility that is almost 150 years old and sits on the ocean! They are NOT meant as an exclusionary tool to keep out the "wrong type" Next, the challenge with providing dining is to simply limit your losses. Providing good food with a seasonal staff is difficult and expensive. Add to that members who complain about not enough variety in the menu. My stock answer to that is to recommend they go to their favorite restaurant in town three times a week for twelve weeks or so (about the length of summer) and tell me how they did on providing variety. The ONLY food that makes money is private events like weddings and parties where fixed menus can mean economies of scale. Thank god for the bar! Alcohol usually provides a healthy surplus and the goal is to offset losses from dining. The really great news is that our members never let me down with their enthusiastic participation here. Last you have areas that are simply expenses. Waterfront ( launches, crane, staff,committee boats), pool (staff and chemicals), and tennis (staff). In summary, your operating revenue comes from dues, member dining and bar, and events. Pure expense is the waterfront, pool, tennis and clubhouse spending. We try to maintain a small overall surplus, but it is REALLY hard to do. Capital comes from new member initiation and whatever surplus we generate during the year.. Maintaining the kind of club that you all like to attend for big regattas is complex and expensive. While sailing itself may be egalitarian, membership at a club like this is not. It simply requires a certain amount of resources. Two other quick comments. Our membership is healthy and the list of prospective members is strong. Lastly, we have an aggressive program to make it easier for young adults to join with lower dues, initiation, and payments over time. The idea is that they will make it up in the longer run.
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    Civil War or Lincoln Students

    Some good reading here, guys. Several years ago I took my daughter who was a freshman in high school out for a father/daughter dinner one night. Was just asking her how school was and she started complaining about history and how they were learning about Gettysburg and it was SO BORING. So I start mapping out the fight for Little Round Top using salt and pepper shakers, utensils and folded napkins, getting more and more excited, capping off my lesson with a very loud "how in the HELL can a teacher POSSIBLY make this boring??" It was then I saw that everybody was staring at me. I think my daughter wanted to crawl under the table, but she still loves telling the story!