Ajax

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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018

    Frostbite or rot?
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    Life aboard a sub-20' Sailboat

    Oh yes, I ran into the "reality" when I stepped onto the finger dock one dark, December morning to go flying, and land crossways on my side, across the cockpit coaming due to slipping on hoarfrost. I nearly broke some ribs but I could have fallen into the water between the boat and the finger dock and died. Nothing romantic about that.
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    Life aboard a sub-20' Sailboat

    LOL...the "dishwasher" is at the end of my arms. The laundry and shower were at the end of the dock.
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    Life aboard a sub-20' Sailboat

    With my wife, it's not fashion. She's a park ranger and a tomboy. No, with my wife it's a deathly fear of being "unprepared." Sure, she has way too many shoes- Keens, work boots, Vibram 5-finger shoes. Clothes- Jeans and outer wear for any conceivable combination of temperature and precipitation. Her Columbia collection is astounding. I'm pretty sure that she thinks "Ma Boyle" is her blood related grandmother.
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    Life aboard a sub-20' Sailboat

    I think 50' is a bit extreme. Couples live comfortably on 40 footers all the time. I lived on my Pearson 30 for almost a year, and was comfortable. I could easily live on my Tartan 33 alone. It would be a stretch with my spouse, but only because she's a bit of a clothes hoarder.
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    Our Daily Bread...

    Here's a question for all you world cruisers- I'm looking for a bread recipe that isn't picky about the type of flour (tolerant of wheat flour, bread flour or gen'l purpose flour) or the type of yeast (normal or fast-acting), doesn't take 18 hours to rise, and doesn't require a Squillion BTU's of thermal energy to bake. It doesn't have to be a "no knead" recipe, I'm fine with a little physical abuse of the dough. Something artisanal with a nice crust and soft inside would be nice. I found a quick, no-knead recipe on Youtube last night but the downside is that it requires you to pre-heat a Dutch oven to 450F degrees, then bake for around 30 minutes total at 450F degrees. For a boat at anchor with precious reserves of propane, this seems like a costly loaf of bread. I'm hoping you guys can help with that part. So, whatcha got?
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    onboard coffee??

    Impressive. You managed to cram nearly every shittiest brand of coffee all into a single photo. I think the only thing you're missing, is Maxwell House regular drip.
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    Our Daily Bread...

    No bread baking for me. I've been booted from the kitchen while the spouse bakes a squillion Christmas cookies and fudge to give out at the various holiday social obligations.
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    onboard coffee??

    I've been trying this place: www.blackriflecoffee.com
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    onboard coffee??

    Ah, when bouncy conditions or time constraints demand instant coffee, I've found Starbuck's VIA Italian blend to be satisfactory. It's a bit heretical...kind of like letting my Italian grandmother find out that I've used Prego jarred pasta sauce.
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    Our Daily Bread...

    YYYYYechh! You did it wrong.
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    onboard coffee??

    Hey, I have and love my Moccha pot. I'm having trouble getting the "espume" when making Cuban coffee. Any tips?
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    The Zombie Fleet

    Wow. Has all that stuff been picked clean or can you still find some?
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    Our Daily Bread...

    No, it's good. I prefer it on an English muffin with egg and cheddar. It's been said before, but it bears repeating- With Vegemite, less is more. Don't smear it on like cream cheese.
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    onboard coffee??

    LOL...I'm sure that we're not telling the OP anything new. The fact is, there's no silver bullet, especially with the requirement to be able to provide coffee AND hot water for tea and other beverages. A Keurig is a bulky, fragile, single use piece of a equipment to have on a boat. I wouldn't do it. A standard home electric drip coffee maker carafe is fragile glass. Again, I'd avoid this and not just because it'll drain the battery. Bottom line: To provide coffee and/or hot water, buy an old fashioned camping percolator coffee pot and set the percolator innards aside. Use it to boil water for tea and cocoa. When you want coffee, put the percolator innards back in. Minimal storage hassle, no filters to buy, performs the role of kettle or coffee pot. Pre-grind coffee at home or buy your coffee pre-ground. They come in a million colors, shapes and sizes: https://www.amazon.com/Percolators-Stove-Top-Coffee-Makers/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A289746%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A5880988011 Pretty much the only compromise to a percolator is the slightly lengthier time it takes to brew a pot. You didn't think you were going to escape this conundrum without some sort of compromise, did you? As for what I, personally do? I have a 33 footer with a 3-burner propane galley and storage. I boil water in a stove top percolator and I use an all-metal body french coffee press (to avoid the glass hazard that someone mentioned). Sometimes I used ground coffee from the store, sometimes I bring a small, hand operated burr grinder and grind beans fresh. Plastic is not an oxygen barrier. I store my coffee in a metal tin and tape off the seam around the lid. Ya know, I might just take my own advice and ditch the french press after reading up on how to extract the best quality coffee from a percolator.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Echos of Valiant? It's really nice.
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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018

    The one complaint I consistently hear about drogues is the difficulty of retrieving. Can't a retrieval line be attached to the tail of the drogue? You'd be pulling with the cones instead of against them and could have the whole thing about in 15 minutes.
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    The Zombie Fleet

    No, I didn't buy this for any sort of extended driving. Maryland and (maybe) adjacent states. It is capable of towing the Tartan 33, but I'm not sure I have the skill to safely tow a fragile boat on a cradle.
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    The Zombie Fleet

    Yep. Had enough cars to start my own traffic jam, at one point. Sold them all to fund my divorce and go sailing. I'd never build an EV now, except as for fun. The automotive world has finally caught up and are selling decent EVs and the tech just keeps improving. Some people actually want to own them now. I um...(cough) do have a confession to make. I did buy a large truck this week for occasional fun and hauling.
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    The Zombie Fleet

    As seen in this link: https://horton.com/cars/1982-delorean-dmc-12/ The Deloreans were equipped with what we called "toll booth" windows. The large pane didn't move, only the small, inset pane went up or down and they were powered (God knows why). When police would pull me over, these damned windows would cause the greatest confusion. I was asked if the windows were broken, or why I didn't want to open them, etc. I would ask the officer if he wanted me to just open the door so we could talk more easily. Some officers would say yes, some would get wound up tight, yelling at me to keep the door shut. Just ridiculousness.
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    The Zombie Fleet

    A little of both. Yes, they were underpowered. They entered the market right when emissions standards were taking hold. Even the Corvette had been effectively neutered. DeLorean had Legend Industries prototype 2 or 3 cars with twin turbos, which I had the pleasure of viewing. That fixed the performance problem, but they never made it into production. The car was a headache because even though it had no power, police assumed I was a trouble maker and I was constantly being pulled over for nonsense infractions. Also, ordinary people just seemed to lose their minds and common sense whenever they saw the car. While filling up at the gas station, random people would walk up and plop right down in the driver's seat, run their hands all over the body, all sorts of shit. My particular car had 2 wheels in the grave and I successfully saved it and rehab'd it. I did enjoy driving the car but I really hated all the negative attention it garnered. When I finally sold it, my kids looked at me and asked if I was sad or upset as it drove away. They were pretty surprised when I said no, I'm glad it's gone. True story- American Express commissioned DeLorean to build three, 24k gold plated DeLoreans for their "Gold at the End of the Rainbow Sweepstakes." The cars had a beautiful, saddle brown interior to go with the gold body. These cars were hand assembled, under armed guard in a roped off area of the factory. A fellow out in western Maryland owns one and I had the pleasure of spending the day with him, and sitting in the car. https://www.caranddriver.com/news/in-1980-you-could-buy-an-85000-24k-gold-plated-delorean
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    The Zombie Fleet

    I owned one of those for over 10 years.
  23. It's not. In my organization, we define shorthanded as 2-up. Period. Doesn't matter how big the boat is, max is 2. We want to split into 4 categories: Solo Spin, Solo JAM, Doublehanded Spin and Doublehanded JAM. We get closer to "critical mass" for that each year as more people take up shorthanded sailing.
  24. In the Chesapeake, I faced some accusations of "boat poaching" from PHRF and other organizations. I can tell you that nothing is further from the truth. Our shorthanded boats are made up of skippers who quit racing because they couldn't or didn't want to chase crew pools anymore. We are bringing people BACK to racing, or incentivizing people to start racing once they realize that they don't need a 30 person crew pool. Also, when a PHRF or OD skipper has all or most of his crew bail out on him, instead of being a no-show, sometimes they come race with us. CHESSS is boosting participation, not diluting it. PHRF and OD boats who race fully crewed, continue to do so, and they don't abandon crewed racing except for occasional, individual events as stated above. www.chbaysss.org
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    Un-tweaking a hatch

    My foredeck hatch is a cast, aluminum Bomar hatch from the mid-80's. It's solid and in good condition. The lens does not leak and the main gasket doesn't leak. Here's my problem/question- It appears that at some point, someone accidentally dogged the hatch down with a line or other obstruction trapped between the sealing surfaces. Now the frame is just slightly tweaked so that the stbd front corner makes contact before the port front corner. As a result, the port dog does most of the work of sealing the hatch and the stbd side dog does very little, and the seal is not very tight. Any idea how I can true up the frame?