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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018

    Seems I can't cut and paste from the Times Colonist but their statement that the previous oldest was Minuro Saito is incorrect..... https://www.worldrecordacademy.org/travel/oldest-person-to-sail-solo-non-stop-around-the-world-tony-curphey-219207 He is Susanne Huber's husband.....
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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018

    I would have bailed more than once.... west of Tasmania and west of NZ...... Full marks for tenacity .... Congrats Jeanne!
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    Feasibility to refit a big, old boat?

    Houses are different.... its the site value that you are putting the money into..... ok... that's the same as a hole in the water .... but different.... What we have here is a boat where the designer took an each way bet on whether or not reverse sheer was the next big thing which has now been stripped out downstairs so we are just left with a 60 year old steel shell... There is a reason it went from c.$600,000 to $60,000... which is still $100k too much.
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    Feasibility to refit a big, old boat?

    If you were a millionare ( ie...an income of $1M a year... $1M in assetsyou wouldn't be going very far ) you would be buying new....
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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018

    Boom not very fine..... not a good advertisement for Selden.... pop rivets have failed at both ends.... 10 year old boom... My 34 year old Kemp ( taken over by Selden some years back ) boom is still going fine... touch wood..... Good on her for keeping it all going...
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    What's Cruising to you?

    ^^^^^ What Eben said........plus turn off inverters and possibly the fridge.....
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    What's Cruising to you?

    Back in the dream time when I bought the present boat ( 1994 ) it was state of the art ..... having aquired the Australian Met Bureau's secret pollfax number... to go up to a local newsagents and offer them a dollar to dial it for you. It would yield a current synoptic chart of the continent. I think I moved into the computer age on the yacht in about 2000... some dodgy UK demodulator for fax and then some programs from Blac CatSystems....signed up for Sailmail in about 2003.
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    What's Cruising to you?

    Skimming through the thread my first thought was that she was saying..... 'I don't want to go back to Somalia... take me somewhere decent next time.......
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    What's Cruising to you?

    You are fortunate indeed to live in a land with such choices. I've only had it happen to me twice.... the first time was in Caleta Maxwell in 2006..... some prick of an illegal charterer who had apparently watched this bollocks.. filmed in Caleta Maxwell... With darkness coming on and the closest alternative anchorage some 20 miles away... to windward... on the far side of Cape Horn ..... we were forced to secure ourself well out of the shelter of the high land and take a punt on the weather not breaking over night. Anyone who denies other sailors access to anchorages is a crunt of the first order.... especially in Patagonia.... The anchorage on a later visit... the best spot is actually by the crew's left knee.... rule #1 ...make the land your friend...
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    What's Cruising to you?

    And are you denying everyone else access to an anchorage?
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    What's Cruising to you?

    I can count five......
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    What's Cruising to you?

    Unforeseen challenges.... mainly involving something mechanical...... Hoping that when you come in hot into an anchorage at end of day ( OK it wasn't hot... it was in a snowstorm...) that the first yacht you have encountered in over a month hasn't laced itself up with shorelines in the entrance denying you entry..... I blame Skip Novak and his bollocky youtube vids for this sort of thing... Behaviour like this below... Santa Rosa.... best holding in miles ... no lines required... plenty room for a number of yachts to quietly at anchor.... And then some prick like this turns up..... probably running a gen set as well..... serve him right if a fishing boat came in at midnight.... What is cruising to me? Peace and quiet... and no wankers....
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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018

    Any idea what other headsails she has?
  14. And then there was Alby Mangels...he had a boat... it blew up..... http://members.optusnet.com.au/alcalder2/alby.htm
  15. So says the man who introduced me to the Tim Tam Value Pack........