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

    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.
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    Tracking down Hobie 33's

    Cecile Rose on the Patapsco River outside of Baltimore... Not sure of the hull #
  8. I can only add that I have been on multiple boats (including my own) where people said they could not see our AIS. And at times I was not receiving AIS even though it was ON. One would hope that WO did not turn off AIS.
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    Day Rates for Pros?

    Yacht Captains.... 100/ft/month average. Depending on their duties Race Pros, I know of one who gets 3000/day. YMMV. I get food/beer.
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    5000+ hours, 18,000+ miles, no credentials

    Well, since you're not a US citizen you can get a license but it will be limited to vessels of 5 ton or less. And you must be legal to work in the US.
  11. sailordave

    Where you tie fenders?

    Tied to the rail on the cabin top, not the lifelines. Watch your step and don't trip over them. But they are put on pretty much last. Do not use lifelines.
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    I'm not yelling

    We race a few serious races and WNR and often take others along. I always tell newcomers that I won't yell AT you but I may yell TO you. Only so as to be heard. More than once someone has said they were waiting for me to start yelling...but I didn't. Now cussing a blue streak (at myself) because I screwed up... guilty.
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    Bermuda 1-2 2017

    +1! I've got some catching up to do.
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    Sailing & Millennials that just don't get it.

    Yup. My all-time favorite, upon telling someone that I (used to) race sailboats offshore, was "where do you pull over at night to sleep?" HA! I had someone ask me that when I was talking about the Bermuda race. With a very straight face I told them that since so many people wanted to sail to BDA, the US and BDA gov't's got together and built floating marinas every 100 miles so you could pull in and tie up. They believed it. I waited a while before I told them the truth. Jeez....
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    Vendee Globe 2016?

    I've noticed that every video I've seen from the boats, NOBODY is clipped on. Even when Alex was being filmed by the heli and water was washing over the cabin top, he was walking about like the boat was at the dock. Granted these guys are in a whole other class of sailors.... but there are times I would think they'd be tethered.