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  1. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    Sea Nymph sighted? Someone just sent me this story. Fake news? You be the judge.
  2. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    It's an activity pass the time while drifting aimlessly at sea for 5 months. You make little dolls, figures, crystal lattice structures, geodesic domes, towers, log cabins, buildings and whatnot with them. Make the daily pan pan calls on VHF. No response. Go back to bending Q-tips, feeding the dogs more oatmeal, etc. Wow...
  3. the most frightening engine in the world....

    The most frightening engine in the world... ...is the one that isn't maintained :-) Heres my total rebuild, just about done. Phew. (My old man mechanic friend with white hair in the pic is also probably almost done - he's probably sick and tired of it by now! :-) )
  4. Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    Is that cuz he likes slowbboats and not fast boats? Isn't that discrimination, and isn't that illegal? :-)
  5. Atlantic Crossing on a 23' Star Boat

    Dr. Hannes Lindemann crossed the Atlantic on a folding kayak (a now well-known Klepper kayak)...way back in the 1950s. By paddle and sail. Totally unassisted. (He just died two years go.) Now THAT is epic. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannes_Lindemann
  6. Growing up is hard to do

    Based on a true story!! :-)
  7. JetSki Vents

    Speed kills. But it's fun.
  8. Blue water cruising books

    That's a fave of yours, eh. Pages well-thumbed, mate? But you always know how it's gonna end...with a box of tissues, sloppy hands, and you crying... :-) Has anyone mentioned "Bluewater: A Guide to Self-Reliant Sailboat Cruising? Super, super-dated (1979) but written by folks who built boats (and went aground in Polynesia), and sailed them around Antarctica, so I figure they must have some interesting/practical observations? (I've never read it.) The documentary ("Following Seas") about them looks quite retro-interesting (and Nancy Griffith's interviews --YouTube them-- are interesting too.) Tough, resourceful people. "We were doing sailing that most boats, or their owners, couldn't do, or wouldn't do. Most people don't have the confidence to make their own major decisions." "Following Seas" trailer: Film info (looks like it was just released, and a long time in the making): http://www.followingseasfilm.com/
  9. Dropping my Cal 20 keel

    Thanks - totally forgot about checking in with Steve Seals. He is "the man" for Cal 20s...(not knowing him, I always think if of him as a "parts guy", but of course he must know a ton in general).
  10. Westsail 32 sailboat-is it ok for Great lakes?

    Dang it all, get the Westsail and be a real sailorman, like these salty dogs on a gigantic Westsail! Grow your hair and moustache long and 1970s-esque, get a classic blue and white striped Mediterranean sailor shirt and a Greek fisherman's cap, and go sail the Seven Seas, man, not a lake! :-) That's what the Westsail Way was, as originally envisioned. This lady did - to Polynesia - and where there's one gal, there gotta be more! Go for the gusto beyond the lake! (And bring lots of varnish and brushes for all the teak work.) All that said, the Tartan is a way better boat for the Great Lakes.
  11. New boat construction - JPK 38 FC

    Fantastic thread, and what an interesting process. Out of curiosity, what did it cost, roughly, to have your boat and rig built? (I have absolutely no idea; I've never done anything like that.). I'm wondering if --one day--I'd want/be able to do something like this. It sounds like you've put a tremendous amount of thinking into it, so it must be very gratifying to see it come together.
  12. What is this half circle cut out on my anchor locker lid?

    I've always looked at the bail as a belt to the suspenders, sort of. It actually prevents the anchor from ever jumping out of the roller. But I can see now it might be nice to have a quick release pin with bail to make it super easy to simply dump chain and anchor in the locker if I want to. Or, if I build in supplementary liquor storage, having an easily-liftable anchor and chain will give me ready access to the bottles :-). (I'm actually quasi-serious about building in some light-item storage under foredeck in anchor locker...it's big enough for me to get inside of.)
  13. What is this half circle cut out on my anchor locker lid?

    The Easily-Accessed Anchor Locker: A Moral Tale in Three Parts I think I read that once...a scintillating tale! Actually, mine is all but inaccessible at anchor...well, it is, sort of, since the chain is snubbed and there's slack in that part, but still... Nope, there is no corresponding hole on the bow side of the lid.
  14. What is this half circle cut out on my anchor locker lid?

    This seems to make the most sense...maybe I'll take off the bail. We use a snubber on two bow cleats, off camera. I've thought of installing a chain stopper, but just don't want to drill any holes in the foredeck.
  15. What is this half circle cut out on my anchor locker lid?

    Good point - it's a prettynkwy shackle Re: bail being aftermarket, Ihadn't thought of that (which someone else also suggested above). Which raises question in my head, how could you not have a bail over the anchor roller/platform... (Silly forum question, but I'm at the obsessing-over-stupid details-stage of my refit, waiting for my friend for weeks and weeks and weeks to finish engine rebuild...)