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About P_Wop

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    It's good to see that this topic has gone past 1,200,000 views. My daily destination.
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    My children are ...

    Mine too. I have some suspicions, but really no firm idea how many, where and who they are. I wish 'em well anyway, and their children too. If they carry on at the rate I was going, I must have half a dozen grandkids scattered across the planet by now. Dammit, we had no idea that DNA tracing was ever going to be possible. So I'm living with an eye cocked over my shoulder.
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    Personal Pics Thread?

    Miguel wan't on The Shadow but I did sail with him on Condor. Excellent bloke. And of course The Whale was a whole nother animal. Lots of fun with him in Fort Liquordale. We were planning to start a business together which looked stellar - I wish we'd done it. Simply stated, we'd go to the bank and ask for a list of boats they'd repossessed due to non-payment. We'd select a couple of likely looking prospects, then propose the deal. You're a bank. We're boat-fixers. You don't need to own boats, so we can fix them up and sell them on. You declare a base price that you need to see to balance the account, and anything we get above that we split 50/50. And you get to finance the new owner. Just an excellent business. I think it still has legs.
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    I just had a new cocktail. "The Donald." It's a White Russian, but they added some orange peel.
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    I will raise a glass of good Californian Pinot Noir to the good health of Hobot, and best wishes for a most successful 2020. Looking forward, and backward, in gratitude.
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    New Year's Resolutions

    I will permanently shun PA. Tell some jokes, share some pics, get well, try to go sailing again, spend more time with good friends, drink some fine wine, and find a wealthy nubile that I can roger in comfort and peace until I expire.
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    Personal Pics Thread?

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far away. Clipper Cup Hawaii 1984 on the Soverel 55 The Shadow. Me 4th from the left top row. Lots of great faces, John Marshall, Marc Soverel, The Whale, Mark del Giudice, and other recognisable reprobrates. "The Shadow Knows."
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    Wind Power

    Another reason the smaller machines aren't turning is that they're simply not financially feasible to run. The price of wind power has dropped so far, largely due to the economies of scale (maintenance etc.) for the really big ones that the small ones simply don't make enough money to keep them operating. One 5MW machine costs a lot less to operate than twenty 250kW ones.
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    Wind Power

    Nice little wriggler. The reason most of those turbines aren't spinning is that they're ancient, installed in the 80s and 90s. They're essentially "retired" due to age and decrepitude, like me. There have been plenty of grand plans to pull them out and scrap them, and replace them with much larger, much better modern machines. For dozens of reasons this hasn't (yet) happened. It's a pity, as it's a prime wind resource, and not far from the customers either. The old ones on the lattice towers were prime bird-killers, especially of raptors. They would sit on a strut, swoop down on their prey and get bonked by a passing blade. This doesn't happen with the modern steel monopole towers, as there's nowhere convenient to perch within prey-catching distance.
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    Plan to get home safely

    From 12.30am to 2.00am on Jan1st it's happy hunting ground round here on the sobriety checkpoints. Can anyone spell Uber?
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    Using lathes to make lathes. I always thought that was a bit "meta."
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    Messed Up Christmas thread

    Woody, you need to lay off the drugs for a bit....
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    Time to impeach?

    Donald carol On the 12th day of Christmas, Bob Mueller gave to me 12 Russians singing 11 aides a-pleading 10 staff resigning 9 ladies suing 8 lawyers billing 7 days rage-tweeting 6 judges judging 5 BANK-RUPT-CIES! 4 tax returns 3 girlfriends 2 dodgy sons and some handcuffs waiting for me
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    No, I think I missed that one for some reason. MQ got T-boned several times by charter boats but was pretty well indestructible. Another reason I loved that boat, quite apart from the magnificent owner, Bill Whitehouse-Vaux and extraordinary multinational crew, Piggy, Coop, and the rest... Mistress Quickly, being aluminium, had many smaller tanks for fuel and water so they could fit between the frames. There were some rather complex plumbing manifolds for both. We isolated one small water tank, about 15 gallons I think, and ran separate pipes up to a new deck filler, and to a hand pump in the galley. Before the crossing back from the Caribbean to the Med, this tank was carefully filled via a funnel in the deck filler with the contents of ten cases of Mount Gay rum bought in bond in St. Barths. I think it was $20 for a case of 12. Cocktails were a simple question of "one squirt or two?" This generally was enough to last for the whole Med season and the return to the tropics.
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    Yes, that's right. The pattern, however, was already designed, and was to be given to the winner as a spinnaker. Most boats were 30 to 40 feet. Nobody expected MQ to enter, let alone win it. Magic times trimming dat ting.