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  1. Somebody Else

    Great 35-footers

    We need to start a new thread: "Who has sailed with Mark Spitz?" What an asshole! I remember him telling an Olympic sailing medalist how to trim and call tactics. Fuck! Just shut up already! And his boat name? Double Fuck! "Sumark 7" because, "My wife's name is Sue, my name is Mark, and I won 7 gold medals!" Allrighty, then!
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    Dealing with uncooperative crew

    That was then, this is now. I understand your kids. I want my High Seas Broadband now.
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    Dealing with uncooperative crew

    My "only navigator on board" crossing was the impetus for me to learn about HF single-sideband radio. They had this modified Kenwood ham rig aboard and neither the skipper nor his ex-Coastie buddy could get a peep out of the thing the entire crossing. They would spend an hour or 2 twiddling the dial until they heard something, then try to break with a call something like, "Can you hear me? Hey!" Never a clue what band they were in or anything approaching radio protocol. When I got home I immediately enrolled in an amateur radio course and got my General license.
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    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    Thank you! I was having withdrawals from the Squeaky Special Olympics.
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    Dealing with uncooperative crew

    I had that happen but in this case, I was a pick-up crew and the only one who could navigate. After a late start, the next morning found us off San Nicholas Island and I asked the owner, "Is that San Nick?" answer: "How the hell should I know?" I asked him how he was navigating to Hawaii and he said they would just follow the jet contrails. I explained that the tradewinds would take us a thousand miles south of the great circle route the pilots used and that we wouldn't be able to see the jet trails from there. He just stared blankly at me. I asked, "Do you mind if I navigate?" Answer: "You can navigate?!?!" "Uh... Yes! Please!" My buddy and I would raise the spinnaker and gollywobbler and would make tracks when we were on deck but as soon as we went to sleep, the "schooner people" on board would take it all down and white-sail reach right at the center of the high (toward Alaska, not Hawaii.) I explained that Hawaii is THAT way (pointing 90-degrees to port) and that we were steering toward an area of no wind. Answer: "Schooners like to reach..." So we would sail along into oblivion for most of a day until there was no more wind, then turn on the engine and steer almost due south to get back to the trades. Once in the trades, my buddy & I would put up the light sails again and we would repeat the whole cycle yet again. We did that maybe 3 or 4 or more times. This was 40 years ago and the memories fade. Our route looked like an EKG of a heart attack patient on life support and made Rimas look like a gifted mariner. At least we made it.
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    Dealing with uncooperative crew

    I had the reverse of that happen. Me: Don't tack. skipper: Why? Doing main and tactics for a seriously incompetent owner/skipper. Were near the end of a random leg race in or near last place. Be-bopping along at least on the favored tack, in clear air, sailing toward the header where we could tack to the finish. Speed approx 8 knots. Coming straight at us on the reciprocal heading is a powerboat. From quite a distance, the powerboater altered course to do a standard port-to-port pass with plenty of separation. As the boat nears, the skipper asks me, "Should we tack?" Me: "There is no advantage to tack now plus you would be right in the way of that boat." <me pointing at the powerboat.> Sure enough he tacks at the worst possible time, directly across the bow of the powerboat. If you were trying to total your yacht for the insurance payoff, you could not have picked a better time to tack. The powerboater goes both engine full astern and comes to a halt less than a boat-length from the stbd beam. The crew, oblivious to the whole development, starts shouting the lamest and most embarrassing possible shit at the powerboat. The powerboat followed us to the finish which took longer because we had to throw in additional tacks with that sloppy crew because we tacked too early. As we finished, the powerboater complained about what the skipper had done. The PRO, not knowing what the skipper had pulled, told the powerboater to fuck off, literally. Later, at the club, I told the PRO the story, in private.
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    don't mock me

    The type of building doesn't matter, common or rare. But... The stuff hanging on the walls, general cleanliness or messiness, other visible work are all clues. Even how much attention is given to protection from rain and/or cold can greatly narrow down geographic regions.
  8. Somebody Else

    NOAA to end paper chart production

    Thnx!
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    NOAA to end paper chart production

    Where do you get them printed? Are they still in business?
  10. Somebody Else

    Looking for 25-27 ft phrf rocket...

    4600lbs seems heavy Low wetted surface area + plenty of sail area = light air rocket, in this case.
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    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    Schadenfreude ref: 1,000 days at sea, 10,000 sq. ft. of living space, 2 girls 1 dog, et. al.
  12. Somebody Else

    Looking for 25-27 ft phrf rocket...

    Light air? Track down a CF27.
  13. Somebody Else

    don't mock me

    Is this your first Mr. Clean video? His fans will come back and tell you it's "edgy".
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    don't mock me

    To give Beneteau the benefit of the doubt... Most Beneteau buyers don't really understand why a boat would want a traveler, let alone would ever adjust it. I take that back! Most Beneteau owners adjust the traveler to make is easier to get to the swim/boarding step.
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    IOR is dead for a reason

    Indeed! One of the lost joys of the IOR era was riding the Oscar Delta on a spinnaker in the forepeak!