Touch of Gray

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    Tiger King

    Zoom/Skype chats with several players. Not bad. They all hate Joe TOG
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    The Grand Tour Season 4

    All old Top Gear re-runs. Motortrend running power watch. Must have bought from BBC. POne I saw a couple days ago didn't have Hammond. Probably after one of his "incidents." TOG
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    Dodge 1000 HP Hellephant Engine

    Late to this party, but, I had that car, same color, same everything, convertible, 383, 4 speed (340 auto was quicker though). Top was white which made it pretty sweet. Wish I still had her. Some issues for sure, but as a young buck, Nuke MM out of Pearl, picked up some mighty fine pussy in that car, and the cops never hassled my cause they loved it too. Now, well memories. . . TOG
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    Off on a four month trip...coming back empty.

    Yes. Guy I know picked her up for like $25k after insurance company expended agreed value and walked. Has new keel (bulb) and rig in town. Bulb sitting next to her. Lots of inside work to do I understand. Exterior mostly just dirty from sitting around.
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    Off on a four month trip...coming back empty.

    Hope Will enjoys Betts. They have some cool boats, including I think a new build Beiker 35. Also the Davidson 73 Cassiopeia is sitting in the yard without mast or keel both of which were lost when she grounded hard in Alaska. Have him give you an update. Kathleen is hoping you guys call and stop by. View is pretty nice here. TOG
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    Sinking car (DUKW ) Anarchy

    Freeboard wasn't a problem, people putting hands out were when on the road was an issue. Never required to don life jackets or hold any kind of "drill." I assume CG didn't require it for this type of operation. It seemed to me if people kept their head, that they would all be able to egress. But in the Seattle operation, if weather looked iffy on Lake Union (and 25 knots and up in the winter is possible) operations would either cease, go in the more protected location, or merely say "sorry folks the weather is tooo nasty." And no on those thunderstorm driven squall like midwest and eastern US. TOG
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    Sinking car (DUKW ) Anarchy

    I drove a duck in Seattle for a few months. Facts: Required a USCG Licenced Captain. Licence "restricted" to Lake Union, period. Also a CDL for "bus" but same person. After wreck, they went to a two person op, with second being the tour narrator. Pretty extensive training for both papers. Also had periodic on-water refreshers, and frequent piss testing. Rod Stephens was part of the design. They took a GM six-by and enclosed it. Seattle ducks exhaust in front (under water when in water). Vents on side are engine space vents, but can be closed. Engine hatch typically left cracked, but with pull of a handle it would close. And yes, incredibly slow and not at all maneuverable. But also very stable, they weighed a ton. Bow down due to weight of the engine. People don't make much of a difference. I had big waves over the bow and to windshield, with no issues. None are original WW II vessels. All were "new" build, but to same specs. Daily under vehicle inspections performed. No void was avoided, and all easily accessible. If weather looked rough, went in in Ballard ramp and looked at Deadliest Catch boats, vs Sleepless in Seattle houseboat. Safety briefings performed, including a life jacket show and tell. But like airplanes, nobody pays much attention. I hired on cause I thought it would be interesting after my regular retirement. I "retired" cause it was a grind and the management closely monitored every wrong turn you made (they had like six recording cams). TOG
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    Off on a four month trip...coming back empty.

    Geebers. Anything BJ goes all PA. That said, as from a waay back, if you ever get to the Northwest, the offer of a place, and a sail still stand. We owe you from my one visit years ago. TOG
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    No Swiftsure thread?

    Crossfire does the Bank in ORC. One other boat in the class. WTF? As per usual, we had a lovely Inshore Flying sail race, 19 miles, a little over 2 and a half hours. Didn't do so well as slow boats brought in a new westerly. But BBQ was great etc etc. TOG
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    the grand tour premieres this week

    Spoiler alert Good show. But: Clarkson is fatter than ever, May looks like shit and cut his hair, and Hammond tried to kill himself.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    I'm pushing. White Wing's on board. No feedback form SYC yet. Anyway, see you then.
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    Random PicThread

    I had that bike as a kid. Won in a Piggly Wiggly raffle when I was still too young (read small) to ride it. So my dad, in his infinite wisdom, put wood blocks on the pedals, taught me how to get started by climbing aboard at the back steps and pushing off. The only way I could dismount was to do a controlled crash hopefully on a soft spot. The handle bars got pretty scratched up. Eventually grew into it and had it for quite a few years. Was a heavy mother though as I recall. TOG
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Alert!!! Bob Perry reference!! Bob? Refute or??
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    And now, the mystery of the stern anchor roller is revealed. Kim You should have gotten your Grand Prix invite yesterday. I'm thinking maybe it's time for the Francis Lee to try and avenge her only loss. I'm lobbying for the Cruising Class to only sail Sat and Sun. Screw Friday. Bill - USA 18927, Anomaly
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Hey come on you guys, check out Da Woody (and the chubby chick)