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  1. Tucky

    Hand Bearing Compasses

    I have one of the old flat Autohelm jobs. You hold it and sight and hit the button and then read. Works a treat and has none of the issues of a moving dial that always made reading any rose type compass hard for me. With the Autohelm as long as you hit the button when it is aimed right the reading is good. Had one of the KVH's which was the best so long as it worked. The Autohelm is even older but keeps working.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    If you get anywhere near Portland after a week from today, send me a pm. It would be fun to meet- congratulations on your trip.
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    The changing coast of Maine?

    Some thoughts. Last time I looked, bait sales measured by weight were about half the weight of lobster per year. Videos show lobsters going in and out of traps. You answer the farming question. Maine hosts an "International Lobster Conference" or used to. The first year a lobsterman from Australia spoke, bewildered at the Maine resistance to ITQs (Individual transferrable Quotas). Australia had "imposed" this system on their fishery, which was being overfished. Once the fishermen had control , with each allowed a set percentage of the total harvest, they imposed a restriction on themselves and the price promptly rose enough to compensate. His license had become worth $2,000,000. This suggests that Maine fishermen could impose restrictions on the amount of lobster they land without a financial penalty. ITQs have been resisted by almost every fishery they have been imposed on, but generally loved afterwards by those same fisheries. Government sanctioned cartels are interesting political constructions:-). Lobster is a luxury product, notwithstanding the endless comments of prisoners back in the day bitching about being served it too often. The fishery has always been controlled by the lobstermen, a fact finally acknowledged by the state when a lobsterman from the mainland demanded protection in order to fish off Monhegan Island, which had a self imposed six month season. The state finally codified the system the fishermen had used for eons to set fishing territory and control entry. Mohegan's landing during its shorter season (and Canadian landings during their much shorter season) suggest that there could be great reductions in fishing effort and cost without a reduction in lobster landed. The last time I looked, the overwhelming majority of lobsters landed were very close to the minimum measurement and the estimate was that they had ridden up in a trap multiple times and been thrown back. Lobster are unique in that they survive this measurement- almost every other fishery kills the product it isn't allowed to land, thus defeating the purpose of the restriction. I love Maine Lobsterboats, from the smaller inshore boats I remember and that you can still see to the offshore behemoths thundering home mid afternoon to a downeast harbor for highliners. Built for a purpose that requires compromise and quality, I would rank them among the best fishing boats ever made, and they are a major pleasure of cruising this coast. I gladly put up with the traps and treat them with respect. I have had to cut them. I also love the men and women of the fishery, and cherish my time a spent as Treasurer of a local lobstermen's association, prior to state sanction. I was allowed the job as I was at that time neither a summer or winter person, and had not, nor ever in the future was expected to lobster myself; and thus could be trusted with their pooled money, which they didn't really trust with each other:-) I learned an enormous amount about the unwritten laws of the fishery, which were extensive and particular, and gained enormous respect for the lobstermen themselves.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Heck, I'll cook what I can, and do dishes happily too. How did you know Katrinka- the Winders? The Weymouths (Tina of the Talking Heads which see).
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    Congratulations- wonderful stuff. I love the earlier picture of the Melanesian boat with the kids playing with models in the foreground. Seems every picture I see from there has kids sailing model boats- that show I grew up to love sailing.
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    Questions for US Citizens sailing to Canada

    I've always found coming back to the US much harder than going to Canada.
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    Etchells or Star for single handed cruising?

    I agree about draining on a mooring, making a boom tent a necessity, but a good one with mosquito protection also is a real cruising addition. People sailed decent sized wooden boats like Rozinantes and I believe S boats for years without self bailing cockpits- positive flotation is important- and I wouldn't hesitate to go coastal cruising in a well shaped boat without one. In a small boat there is a dramatic improvement in being able to sail in the boat rather than on it, which is a safety factor of its own. Of course a cruising Etchells would need a reefing system, as would any small boat being set up for cruising.
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    Etchells or Star for single handed cruising?

    I've often thought an Etchells converted for cruising would be wonderful for a grandfather/grandson cruise on the Maine coast. The key thing for cruising in this size boat is abandoning the idea of a self draining cockpit- this way you can sit inside the boat instead of on it. That and cruising the old way (which I remember from when I was the grandson) which means essentially camping with minimal electrics and minimal auxiliary power. Not being in a hurry to get anywhere is important- the idea is to be cruising rather than go cruising:-)
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    Sailing Books for Children

    Just remember what you are really trying to achieve when you tell children a bedtime story . . . . . . . . . . . .
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Happy New Years, Kim.
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    Something different for CA

    Grey Dawn, I look at Grey Wolf and I sigh:-)
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    Hard vs soft dinghy

    No- $1,100. I don't have the receipts in front of me but my friend was buying, so it was all added up.Two sheets of 1/4 marine plywood and then some oak, cedar and mahogany- as a home project, all this at retail- approx $600. Varnish, epoxy, glue. Two piece aluminum oars were not cheap, but weight and stowage ability mattered, I think they were around $180. The webbing for the seats was close to $100, as there are minimums to get good stuff, and we bought a selection of colors and have lots left over. Everything was top quality, we figured if we were going to put the time in, it might as well look good, and hopefully last a bit of time. Most of the time I don't add everything up or I use what I have laying around, so I'm sure you could do it for less, but I think its easy to miss how much the incidentals add up.
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    Hard vs soft dinghy

    As a data point, the Platt Montfort dinghy I built (posted above) cost about $1,100 in parts. The biggest cost was two sheets of plywood as Platt didn't design the dinghy to just use one- I cut one part out of the second. I figure he had plenty of plywood lying around and just didn't care. All the little bits just added up. And I didn't need to buy any tools, which might be the biggest cost for a lot of home builds.
  14. Tucky

    I got divorced today.

    I'm sure many of you have seen this, but worth mentioning is this description by General John Kelly of the last six seconds of the lives of two marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Herter, in Iraq. I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police all of whom told the same story. The blue truck turned down into the alley and immediately sped up as it made its way through the serpentine. They all said, “We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing.” The Iraqi police then related that some of them also fired, and then to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion. All survived. Many were injured … some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated and with tears welling up said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life.” What he didn’t know until then, he said, and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal. Choking past the emotion he said, “Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did.” “No sane man.” “They saved us all.” What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated. You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: “ … let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” The two Marines had about five seconds left to live. It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was half-way through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were—some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live. For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing non-stop…the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the son-of-a-bitch who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers—American and Iraqi—bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have know they were safe … because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber. The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live. The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty … into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight—for you.