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    Boats, Planes, other cool stuff. Playing Bowman. Redheads... Uh, Only ONE redhead now.
  1. sailordave

    Swan 42

    SOLD! The other day while looking at Boatporn I noticed that this Swan 42 was no longer listed on YW. Today I went for a bike ride (70 degrees out) and ended up going down the road... and thought, hey, let's go look at that Swan again and see what's up. Talked to a guy in the yard and he confirmed it just sold. No idea how much or what the story is. I had looked at it a while back out of curiosity; NOT a project for the faint of heart. Don't even look at the bills...
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    Crew memberships required for racing at yacht club?

    The Sailing Assoc. that I used to race with has no clubhouse. We charged Members $100/year (owner/skipper) We encouraged everyone else to be an Associate member at $10/Year just as a way to keep informed and to help offset some of the costs of running the Association. Never heard complaints either way regardless of whether someone joined or not.
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    Personal Pics Thread?

    Yeah, they're still 1930's technology but fun. A few years ago I got picked up as last minute crew for a guy. Here's a watercolor my wife did from a picture she took this summer while on the RC boat.
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    Personal Pics Thread?

    1984. Me in the first boat I owned. Old (1947ish) wooden Hampton One Design.
  5. I sail a CS MERLIN (CS 36M) One of the reasons that I picked my particular boat was it has end of boom sheeting and yes, the cockpit traveler is very short and doesn't really give you a lot of up/down movement but it's right in front of the pedestal and I can trim it easily. I have a 6:1 with a 4:1 fine tune on the mainsheet. And I have a below deck RM autopilot that (crosses fingers) has worked well. I wouldn't put the traveler at the bridge deck even though you gain more length, put it as far aft and where you can reach the sheet. Where in VA are you? I'm in the NNK.
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    VHF AIS? Transponder

    Vesper XB 8000 Wifi's to my tablet Best $$ I put on the boat.
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    Single Handed roll call?

    Yep, single hand a bunch, double hand with Mrs. Sailordave a lot. BDA 1-2 and races on the Bay. Were sailing OPB out of the country in 2018, boat projects this year so next year we'll be back single/doubling.
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    Fucking parasites

    Real easy, race doublehanded class. And if there isn't one where you are, get one started. Wife and I like dblhanding. Don't have to find crew, don't have to trrain crew, don't have to coordinate all the logistics and when we lived 85 miles away it was a lot easier to just go to the boat and head out.
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    2019 Bermuda 1-2

    Well done Michael! Wish I had been able to do this year, but other things in life intruded. Maybe 2021
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    Annapolis Q's-survey etc.

    She did the survey I had on a boat I didn't purchase (for a variety of reasons, including the owner playing me against another buyer after telling me we had a deal). Was impressed with her skills.
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    Oyster Yachts gone bust

    Just getting to read this thread. For your Info... the problem with the DC-10 was because of the American Airlines crash in Chicago which was NOT the fault of MD. AA maintenance damaged the pylon the engine was attached to and that caused the crash. The United DC-10 crash was caused by a crack in the fan blade after 41,000 hours of operation and should have been detected by proper inspection on the part of United's maintenance. Unfortunately MD's DC-10 suffered the consequences. BTW, wife and I spent 10 months on Oysters last year, hence just reading this thread.
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    Closing Hole in Deck Previously for Washdown Pump

    A 1" hole? grind out a bit of the core, stuff in some Vinylester putty and stuff that back in the recently removed core and then drop in a disc of G10, cover it all up with the rest of the Vinylester. After it kicks, grind the hole of the deck on a bit of a chamfer and put a couple of layers of glass mat and cloth on. This isn't a huge structural repair.
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    Changing fleets after the sailing is done?

    Few years back wife and I entered a race in the double handed/single handed class. 7 boats entered. Nasty day, a few didn't show, a couple dropped out. We took first of TWO finishers. Didn't get a pickle dish. Asked why not. Told that since THREE boats didn't FINISH they weren't awarding prizes. Well, shyte, the conditions were crappy, that's why there weren't 3! Following year, same thing, only two finishers, no first prize for us but the NOR said they had to have 3 finishers. THIRD year I see NOR says the same damn thing; 3 FINISHERS for awards. Ask me if I went that year! NOT. That winter I talked to someone on the OA and they wanted to know why I didn't enter. Told them exactly why. Then he said, OH, you should have come because we changed the NOR at (so and so's) suggestion. I said well, you didn't change the NOR and I wasn't going to waste my time. I don't need a shiny pickle dish to validate my sailing but Damn, persevere in knarly conditions and win, it would be nice to get that recognized.
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    I love my wife but..

    A little over a year ago friends called and said "we bought an Oyster, you're coming to NZ to sail with us for 2 months, and then there's this guy we know that needs crew...." She said "we're going" before I did! Spent 10 months sailing NZ and all the way to Cape Town in the Oyster World Rally. Of course being retired at 56 makes it easier.
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    What's your favorite multitool and why?

    The ball end is great for massaging that knot in your back. Even better if you get your wife to do it. She doesn't have to use her thumb and quit after 10 sec.