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  1. East Coast version of a Moore 24

    any moore 24 owner would justifiably argue that the Moore ticks all 3 boxes
  2. East Coast version of a Moore 24

    not trying to be argumentative, but as many others said, the Moore 24 will hold it's own upwind as well as in pretty much any other conditions. Although yes, they obviously excel downwind in breeze and waves. Upwind however, the boat is like a little cork which is small enough to fit between the waves, yet always maintain it's composure, light enough to end up on top of waves instead of under them when they are breaking. Simply said, as many others in this thread have, Moore's are magic. Moore 24's are one of the best boats the planet has ever seen. I used to own #101 and did a lot of sailing in the Bay Area on it, a Singlehanded Transpac on it, and some cruising in the Hawaiian Islands the Nor Cal coast. it was a great pocket cruiser in Bay Area anchorages, small enough to sail in and fit anywhere. I saw a 40-knot gale during my 400-mile qualifier for the 2012 SHTP, off the coast of SF. It was absolutely terrifying, yet had it not been for the water temperature (only time i've EVER had hypothermia), it honestly wouldn't have been that bad. That was a rough night, but the Moore was rock solid and took good care of me. I was also solo'ing the Pacific the year Webb was in 2014 (i was on a Cal 27) and I saw first-hand how comfortable he was and how much fun he was having. The Moore would be a good boat for what you are talking about doing on the east coast. And like Great REd Shark said, there is a PERFECT Moore 24 SC in Honolulu, stored indoors, that someone desperately needs to buy. For wahtever reason, no one here in Hawaii wants a Moore. I couldnt sell my Moore here for peanuts after the 2012 SHTP, so I shipped it home to SF and had people standing in line with cash. Here is my Moore doing okay in a race that had some pretty heavy upwind and downwind, out in the ocean. It was not flat. Epic boats.
  3. il mostro attempting chi-mac speed run record

    And Transpac (Phaedo 3 and Lending Club 2 both set it, outside of the race) and multi's breaking a S2H course record, etc. And round the world records, which most often don't come in a race. Sailing from point A to point B faster than anyone in history is always cool. stoked to see Il Mostro go out and break this record!!!
  4. Team NYYC

    I agree. I personally have a hunch the Kiwis are good enough to defend successfully, but i'm at least more excited about Team USA than in the last few cups!
  5. Team NYYC

    Will the helmsman be an American, and is there any chance it would be Bora or Morgan? So much good talent in America, I really hope there is a large % of Americans, and Americans driving the bus and calling the shots. Make the America's Cup Great Again!
  6. Squealer, Let me write a check

    I was the 'return' delivery skipper of the 'Squealer' from Fiji to Tauranga, NZ after the race long battle they had in 2014 with Django. That boat is awesome! Someone should definitely pick it up. New carbon mast after the 2013 dismasting, new sails, a very extensive re-fit in (i believe) 2011 that was overseen by Greg Elliott himself. One of the 7 owners owns a boat yard in Tauranga, and the boat was impeccably maintained as a result. Other than needing new batteries and a couple of other small things that i'm sure have since been addressed, the boat was in top condition. Not to mention, that boat sails great! Sailed well to weather, had plenty of beam and hull-form stability when reaching and was fairly slippery down hill as well. Nice big open transom for landing huge mahi mahi too. Saw a really solid blow about halfway to New Zealand where both storm sails were used for about 12 hours and always felt plenty safe in the little green boat. Great boat! aloha
  7. New York - San Francisco on a proa

    This is Ryan Finn's project that he has been working on for quite some time. Anything he puts his mind to can be accomplished. Can't wait to follow this incredible journey.
  8. 28 foot cruisers?

    has anyone mentioned the Cal 2-27 or Cal 29? i have been extremely impressed with my 2-27, and the boats are available everywhere for cheap (for a nice one) and practically free for a project boat.They are massively spacious, simple, well-performing, well-built boats that are offshore capable and offer a ton of value for dollar.
  9. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    i'm being grouped and compared with Rimas. fuck.
  10. New Cubed - First Supermaxi Since Speedboat

    IMOCA keels are fixed only in the aspect of being one-design. They're still canters.
  11. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    if Rimas sails his engineless boat into New Zealand without a tow, like I did last week, then he will have gained my respect and I will do whatever I can to help him continue his quest around the world. including some assistance with charts, food, boat prep and more, at my own personal expense. if he continues drifting aimlessly around the Pacific, I have little to offer him...
  12. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    what if Rimas is still working for the Russians? hacking the Delorme is not beyond the scope of the Russians he has gained the attention of the entire sailing world and has us all distracted with his record-breaking journey. do not be surprised is you see the Russians strike soon, perhaps as early as a last-minute entry in the second leg of the VOR tomorrow. check the front page for an announcement any minute now.
  13. Thoughts on engineless sailing

    not having an engine definitely limits me a bit, but not as much as one may think. after 4 Hawaiian Islands, Palmyra Atoll and a lot of cruising in western Fiji, i have found that proper charts (or lack thereof in Fiji...) are the biggest issue for me. it's easy not to hit something if you know where it's at, but when you don't know where it's at (ie the unmarked, uncharted reef phenomena of Fiji) then things become much more challenging. sailing between the hours of 8 am and 3 pm are my general guideline when i'm around reefs, especially if i'm navigating by sight and not relying on charts. i've heard and seen multiple cruising boats here motor right into a reef at 7 knots because their chart plotter told them to. there can be some current in the reef passes, but it usually is self-regulating. on a big ebb, you won't even make it in the pass and the cross swells will be so gnarly that you'll turn back. on a big flood, you'll get sucked in before you even realize it. water takes the path of least resistance and usually goes straight in or out the pass, so no real threat of getting pushed onto the reef itself if you can sail your boat. besides, tides are much smaller in the tropics than in the high latitudes. i have long oars for the boat and they have helped immensely when i need to push the boat a few hundred meters. the biggest thing other than charts that limits me here with no engine is anchoring. i am very selective where i anchor and i often grab a mooring if it is available. most of these issues though - reef watch, anchor watch, anchoring, etc are easier done when not singlehanded. if you are contemplating cruising the south pacific, i would say GO! I can not comment on most of it, though i have heard a lot of great things from other cruisers and friends, but I can comment on Fiji and it is a spectacular cruising ground!
  14. Thoughts on engineless sailing

    In defense of the aforementioned wankers (and of boaters and their insurers who may become involved) I'd point out that it's not YOU sailing through the harbor that is objectionable. It is ANYONE doing it. Because ANYONE might include Rimas, or even people with fewer sailing skills. Bad things can happen to good boats. Or docks, or people. Injured people attract expensive lawyers in some places... If you are allowed to do it, why isn't everyone? everyone is allowed to sail, and at the end of the day we are all responsible for our own actions. there is no doubt that sailing and/ or cruising without an engine requires a fair bit of skill, but more than skill, it requires planning ahead and being ready for anything, such as wind shutting off, building, current, boats coming in and out, etc making a Rimas reference isn't really relevant to this discussion because he is NOT an engineless sailor. he gets towed in and out of ports and merely drift sails without an engine on the boat. as far as people with fewer sailing skills, as you mentioned, they shouldn't be sailing without an engine in the harbor if they don't have the skills necessary to do so. sailing engineless (or with an engine) is just like surfing, driving a car or doing anything else in life. if you make poor decisions and get yourself in over your head, then you will likely have some type of consequence to pay. either in the insurance/ legal sense or in damage to your own vessel. the engineless crowd seems to me to be a small one, but generally pretty considerate and skilled from what i've seen.
  15. Thoughts on engineless sailing

    good write-up and thread BPW and congratulations on the cruising that you are doing. i am also cruising engineless and am constantly surprised at how few boats are doing it this way, though most other cruisers have been very friendly and supportive of my engineless sailing. (though i have had a few wankers every now and again demand that i drop my sails when sailing through the mooring field or in the harbor....) having no engine on the boat hasn't bothered me in the least bit, i quite enjoy it. the only problem is not having a planing dinghy with an outboard (i use a kayak as tender), because it makes it hard to access the surf!!! my current cruise is from California to Australia (in Fiji at the moment, leaving for Oz in a few days...) and i have sold 3 magazine articles to one of the big cruising magazines. (they will be published beginning Feb 2015) it has taken me a few years of freelancing for various pubs to make the contacts and develop the skills necessary to sell these articles, but i would urge you to shoot out some emails to various mags and tell your stories. cruising in the high latitudes and beautiful places such as you are, with no engine, is certainly different and more interesting than the generic cookie-cutter production boats in tropical anchorages that seem to dominate the pages of many glossy-print sailing magazines. writing about your sailing adventures for $$$ is nothing new. countless cruisers have done it for a very long time and with advances in mobile internet and laptops, it is pretty feasible to set up a revenue stream - albeit a small one - while cruising. i don't think i have to tell you how valuable this is... and NoJoke - nice sailing comic strip! I dig it! sell that stuff to a magazine as well! ps - i keep a blog at www.openbluehorizon.com and it's documented my journey from Seattle to Fiji