wristwister

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    The Salish Sea
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    Sailing ... and sailing

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  1. wristwister

    Living Small

    Well ... I got you beat! I'm going to drink a bottle of water today. But not just ANY bottle of water! This one originated in a polluting plastics factory in China. Then the empty bottles were shipped via belching diesel freighter to Fiji, where a critical water source for the local population was diverted into said bottles. Then onto another stinking, belching diesel freighter all the way to the shores of USA, where it was then loaded onto trains, shipped across the country, stored in warehouses, then transported via stinking, belching diesel trucks to my local store, where I drove my gas guzzling SUV to pick it up. Sure, I could have just poured a glass of water from my tap, but where's the sport in that?
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    Joke

    As told by my teenage nephew during last weeks sailing trip: How does a quadriplegic turtle cross the road? Take the F out of Way
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    R2AK 2019

    Looks like the girls busted a spreader and finished the race on headsail only. Well done gals!
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    R2AK 2019

    How many steak knives in that set? One for each girl?
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    Nobody Wants To Take Up Sailing

    I've taken MANY MANY newbies out sailing over the years. Never a problem finding people who want to sail with me (but then again I live in sailing nirvana). Of all the people I've introduced to sailing, I'd say the majority of them enjoyed it but didn't get passionate about it. But then there's that 10% or so, for whom sailing became an obsession. Some of these people have become serious racers, world cruisers, delivery captains etc. So ... in my experience it's a numbers game. Want to create 10 new sailors? Take 100 newbies out on your boat!
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    Charter Recommendations

    Good luck with your trip. 6 or so years ago I did the same thing, chartered a 38' Hunter with by wife and two daughters for a week in the San Juans. It was a glorious trip for all of us. We've sailed the islands many times since then. My advice: don't plan things too precisely. The beauty of the San Juans is that you can wake up in the morning and decide where to go that day. Anything you want is a simple day sail away. But ... you need to pay attention to the current charts. That next island can be a sleigh ride or an uphill slog depending on current direction. Deepzoom was mentioned, but be sure the boat is equipped with this https://www.starpath.com/catalog/books/1806.htm and this https://www.waggonerguidebooks.com/store/p59/2019WT.html. Makes navigating the currents a snap. The only two stops you should plan are Sucia for your first night out of Bellingham (a GREAT welcome-to-the-San-Juans) and something close to Bellingham for the last night (my recommendation: grab a mooring ball at Eagle Harbor on Cypress Island). Most charter companies require that you be back early that last day, and you may have to wait in line at the fuel dock. Enjoy!
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    Gambler 500

    Ah yes, the heaters. Some German engineer had a brilliant idea: "Ve vill make das exhaust manifold out off thin, untreated schteel und use it as a heat exchanger for cabin air. Vat could possibly go wrong?"
  8. Incredible that a very well sailed Westsail 32 can beat the fleet across the finish line (even with that canting keel Bill installed).
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    Yankee 30 - Current/Prior Owners and sailors?

    Never sailed a Yankee 30, but my understanding is it's basically a Tartan 30 but 1 foot narrower beam. I and my daughter both own Tartan 30's and I just can't say enough about these great old tubs. I assume the Yankee 30 (also an S&S design) is equally great, but perhaps with even better sailing characteristics due to than narrower beam. If I'm correct about that (I'm sure someone will come by to slap me down shortly if I'm not), then 2 weak areas to be on the lookout for: Chainplate attachment on the starboard bulkhead. If you see flexing/cracking on the deck at the chainplate, or staining/moisture at the bulkhead, not good but repairable. Atomic 4 engine. I happen to love these engines (both our Tartans have them), they're simple and run forever. But you'll hear LOTS of criticism on a gas engine in the bilge of a sailboat. If this particular Yankee has been upgraded with diesel, that's a big plus.
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    Gambler 500

    So Guitar, my understanding is that the Gambler 500 is for vehicles worth $500 or less. Tell ya what, I'll give you $550 for that bug right now ... wait a minute, finish the remaining work you're planning to do to it first, then lets cut that deal!
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    Gambler 500

    Only a bugnut can say: "I'm gonna stroke her, dual-port her, and go with Bigger jugs"
  12. I've got a problem with this. If you're a strict vegetarian or vegan, why are you trying so hard (and spending so much) to make your food look and taste like animal? Heck, the impossible burger even bleeds like beef when you put it on the grill! Shouldn't vegetarians strive to eat ... oh, I don't know ... maybe VEGETABLES?
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    Anchorage, probably not far from Comox

    I wonder if he was talking about Mitlenatch Island? A day sail from Comox, cool little lagoon on the east side with tricky entrance.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    So ... you want to post a picture in your ad showing the sails. Why wouldn't you spend the extra 20 seconds to haul the main up that last couple feet and unfurl the headsail that last rotation?