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  • Birthday 07/02/1971

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    A tiny little island
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    Sailing, fishing, surfing, SUP, scuba and quality rum.
  1. Birdsall Marine trolling motor mount.
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    Homebrew EVA/PE fenders?

    Contact cement.
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    Capetown heads to Day Zero

    So I didn't take the time to read the above article or the handful of other articles I've seen in my newsfeed. I haven't heard of any plans to bring in mobile desalination units (like the US military use) to make fresh water. They could also be funding a desal plant very near the city. My geography skills aren't what they used to be but if I remember, there is this ocean thing right nearby they could draw water from to feed the desalination/purification units. Its not like drought and running out of freshwater come out of nowhere...
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    Let'd discuss the Environment!

    Just tow it out of the environment.
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    Archery Anarchy

    I like compounds over recurves but that's me. Whatever you decide to choose, just try to shoot as many different bows as you can.
  6. My old boat had a 300sq/ft main and a 250sq/ft 105% jib. Main had a bolt rope luff and jib was on a head foil. It was set up for racing but I could single hand it pretty easily up to about 15kts and then it got to be a lot of work. I was also a lot younger then too. We had a cruising A-sail in a sock that made it super easy to handle as long as I kept my snuffer line from wrapping. I usually tied the tail to the spin pole eye on the mast which did the trick. Gybing the main was fairly controlled as I had quite a bit of purchase in the mainsheet and windward sheeting traveler car. If I had the mainsail luff on a track and either a Stackpack, lazy jacks or Dutchman flaking I could have easily handled a much bigger main. When sailing by myself I didn't fly a genny, but I was daysailing and not cruising. Big difference between crossing bay and crossing the ocean.
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    Food Questions

    Put them in a Ziploc bag and soak in water in the sink. You can use warm water, but not hot water. Make sure you pat them good and dry before searing...
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    SA routed through servers in Houston?

    Reported earlier today that looters posing as people needing to be rescued tried to overpower the guys on the boat. Looters asses were beat and left in the water. Cajun Navy 1 - Looters 0 Laizzez les bon temps roulez
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    Hazards to Navigation Galveston Bay

    We hit something during a rum race on G-bay years ago on a Carrera 290 while reaching at 9 kts. Instant stop, boat didn't appear to be taking on water. Sailed back to the shipyard to pull the boat and saw the keel hanging down.
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    Upwind gates

    Sounds pretty interesting. If the course was set up like a rectangle with the weather marks being lined up with the leeward marks, the race would be sailed inside the box. If the weather marks were treated like gates to be rounded inside out, so to speak, like the leeward gates, it would add a new level of tactical considerations, especially with the starboard roundings at the top of the course. I'd like to try racing that course set up.
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    what is it?

    Looks like someone did the IC24 thing to a MORC hull...
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    Turbo Etchells

    Etchells don't really reach well anyway so putting a big masthead asym won't add that much speed. They go up and down really well and they don't like to turn with their little skeg hung rudder. Get a Soling if you like that kind of open daysailer/racer. Probably even cheaper than an E22.
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    Good Cheap Wine

    Principe de Butera from Italy. Nero d'Avola grape. Just picked up a case for $155usd.
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    Seismic Bathymetry Anarchy

    Unreal detail considering they are mapping an area 3,000+ meters deep. I'd really like to see some of the nearshore (within 200 miles) for use in offshore fishing.