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  1. We use a Helinox camp taple on our J109. SInce the mainsheet/traveler set up precludes any mounted table on the binnacle for use underway we went for a minimal approach.
  2. Is that blue boat behind you the famous 3 story flipper? If so you might be tempting fate, although your design karma should keep you out of trouble.
  3. How about 2 modest boats rather than 1 big one. Keep what you have and get another. There are more budget options in the 35-45 range. Yes you would have twice as many systems to keep up, but also full redundancy. In an emergency all of you could utilize one boat. It also allows the option of separation if some of you start to not like each other so much. Worse case scenario, teach the oldest girl to sail and put them all on one one boat, kind of a female Lord of the Flies approach.
  4. if you can live without the retracting keel, you have pretty much described a J100, I know it is a sloop with an inboard, but you could roll with that ok.
  5. I took this on the way home. A good time was had by all, and the band really is the highlight of the weekend. The editor will not let me delete the double image, but she is so good looking two are needed anyway.
  6. Whidbey is best avoided, all the bike routes are uphill, the mid island micro climate produces 360 days of rain a year, the shelfish have a bad disposition, and I heard last week the Zika outbreak is really starting to peak. PS there are some funky old housing developments with private protected moorage on the west side and south end of the island. Shallow draft might be needed but they are on admiralty inlet with some of the best winds in the whole area. A folding tri would be a blast to sail in this area.
  7. Read the top label, it says to be careful!
  8. Hard to find in Europe but a Yankee 30 would meet most of your requirements. A Tartan 30 gives you a bit more room but beam is 10'. Both are very sturdy and safe, but I would consider building up the bridge deck and adding scupper capacity for offshore work.
  9. On a related topic what is the best way to keep it going for 10,000 hours. By this I mean real would use on a sailboat, which is sailed most of the time. I can't run at 80% in and out of the marina, and I didn't buy the boat to motor around in circles for 45 min every time I take it out. I have a small 3 cyl volvo, no turbo, no pre lube, no water jacket cooling thing whaterver the hell that is. I am super compulsive on standard maintenance.
  10. I saw Endagnered Species last week on our summer cruise, I think either at Roche or Port Ludlow. It was in pretty bad shape. Like Alex I remember it on my dock at Shilshole. I hope someone rescues it before it is too late.
  11. YES!, and anything with a flybridge completely enclosed in canvas and plastic.
  12. I also look forward to Point Hudson realizing it's full potential, but hope it can also stay a working marina for those of us who like to visit. We were there 2 weeks ago on the way to the San Juans, we could make it one day but like the place enough we always spend the night on the way.
  13. That force 10 kero heater is workable but read up on how to start and use it before lighting it the first time. Do it wrong and you will need to shop for your third cheep boat as you watch your Pearson become a smoldering wreck. I converted mine to propane using a kit they sold at the time which made it better safer and less smelly but that is probably over your budget. Keep in mind it uses the same air you breath for combustion so ventilation is important .
  14. I have the garmin montana and have used if for a few years. It is a true hand held chart plotter, sunlight readable waterproof and durable. They used to sell a marine version pre loaded with charts, also lots of other data including currents, tides, contact info for marinas etc. It will take standard aa batteries in addition to the rechargeable. The screen is a little small for complex navigation planning and it does not float.
  15. Sometimes it is best to get kids using safety equipment in low risk situations so the behavior becomes automatic as they advance to higher risk stuff. Soon there is no inhibition about its use and young minds do not have to do complex safety analysis every time. Some parents at my marina have there kids put on pfds as they exit the car, seems silly at first but does make sense.