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  1. 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    How long until the next Tin Can/Raw Faith/Flyin' Hawaiian comes along, guys? C'mon, it's fucking boring reading about normal and sane people simply using decent boats properly. I want more from my internet.
  2. 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    Well, it's nice to be quoted, I suppose, but you guys keep ignoring my poetry in favor of my prose, which just isn't fair. So how about some lyrics for the theme song of the upcoming hit reality show? ♫ ♪ Now sit right back and you'll hear a tale ♪ A tale of a frightful trip That started from San Raf-a-el Aboard this plywood 'ship' The mate was a mighty sailing 'man'* The skipper barely sane Five passengers set sail that day With James "Hot Rod" Lane A cannibal to his name The weather never got too rough But the hulls began to splay Despite the courage of the fearless crew No chanes could save the day The beams were faulty, hey Now the ship's awash on the shore of this Uncharted shipping lane With Hot Rod And Hot Rod's mom A Hermaphrodite, and her wife And someone else We're not quite sure who** All here on Hot Rod's aisle! ♪ ♫ ♪ *Some restrictions apply. See your friendly neighborhood geneticist for more details. **Possibly lil'murray, but this has never yet been confirmed. He may have been digested.
  3. 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    This sounds legit. Blaming the wood beams as being faulty rather than acknowledging that it was the terrible engineering and design. Using chains to try to keep stuff from getting away <insert gratuitous lil'murray reference here>. Spelling and grammar congruent with what we've come to expect. 7 months pregnant wife casually taken offshore as if it were no big deal. I'm prepared to take this at face value, at least provisionally. Don't agree with soak_ed all that much though. The proper response to the ridiculous is ridicule. Shame and embarrassment is an effective means of social discipline, encouraging outliers to try to act less stupid. And here's why I feel no compunction at all about it:
  4. 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    What? Seriously!? Well that sucks. Who let that happen? If I were in charge, I would have tried to do a better job.
  5. 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    I really don't get these guys who are all, "Well, at least he had a dream." For fuck's sake, it's not enough to have a plan, it ought to be a -good- plan, and then it needs to be executed properly. What a low, low bar for achievement you set if you're going to praise even slightly such a terrible idea, carried out so poorly. If you think it's notable that at least ol' HotRod had the drive to do -something-, then sorry, but the problem is you. Get off your ass and do something worthwhile yourself, you goddamn slacker. And do a good job at it. Cripes! Sorry, but my role-models and heroes are the guys who have smart ideas and succeed with them, not abject failures who commit assault on harbormasters and leave wholly avoidable debris trails in shipping lanes.
  6. 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    Not particularly surprised at the outcome. Expected it sooner, I must admit, but not surprised. But here's a fun question for someone with a chart and dividers: how far TOTAL did the Flyin Hawaiian travel from the parking lot of her birth unto her final demise? 120 miles + what, another 25 or so? Or 50? Did she even make it 200 miles away before sinking? I have rowed more miles than that in a year. . .though admittedly I had actual oars, and not just a shovel.
  7. 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    Wow! My timing was just about perfect. I bet all you lazy-ass sad-sacks who didn't go out and look at her while you could are sorry now. As for me, I have no fear that she'll be located again soon enough. That plywood wasn't so waterlogged yet that the fragments won't still float.
  8. 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    Verily, thou hast to be in the Divine Presence thyself, or else thou shalt knoweth not what Glory might be. Makest thou the pilgrimage, o Californians. (And weareth thy gauntlets.)
  9. 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    I hate to get off topic here, guys, but I just happened to be passing through the Bay Area, and I convinced my ride that we must at all costs go down through Sausalito to catch a glimpse of the Fabled One. 'Twas a hazy and a misty day As we alighted from our carriage on that storied shore, Anxiousness burning in our hearts All hope almost had we given up To peer through the gloom to find that which we did seek. . . But then, just then, the fog did lift, And lo! 'Tis there! Leviathan awaits Behold, for I have seen with mine own eyes! Such Truth, such Justice Such Angular Grace Ankered with grim resolve And fed with the flesh and dreams of harbormasters gone by I for one shall ne'er be the same No more to ply the moonlit seas Not in peace, but in despair Adrift without a rutter For from this Highest Peak All roads lead only down And just like lil'murray I fear the like shall not be seen again
  10. 65- by 32-foot catamaran 3200sqft of living space

    Blah, blah, blah. Flyin Hawaiian, whatever. I'm so over that by now. Let's talk about what's much more important: Apparently that forestay tensioner comes in red as well as yellow.
  11. Thoughts on engineless sailing

    I hate motors and motoring in boats. It never fails to annoy and/or bore me to putt along, leaving fumes and an oil slick in my wake. My solution now is Sail & Oar, in a small, open boat that can be rowed as pleasantly as it can be sailed. It's a distinct niche, and it requires a small boat without a cabin, ballast keel or any of that other decadent, baroque nonsense cruising sailors think they need to be comfortable. Well, actually they're probably right. I'm sure they're plenty comfortable. But that's not what scratches my itch. I'm finding that doing more with less is ever so much more satisfying and fulfilling. I'm actually putting my cruising sailboat on the market. If I ever need to bring a big crew out for a week of something in the future, I'll just charter one, if and when. I know full well it's not for everyone, but the boat which brings me by far the most satisfaction and joy these days is this one, as minimalist as they come, and yet wholly complete and fulfilling:
  12. 10 mill$ poweryacht capsize during launch in Anacortes

    Well, they certainly did move it today, back to the shed where it was built, and they did it while I was out rowing early this morning. You can see that they've lopped off the top storey, that radar arch/bimini/hard top whatever-you-call-it. Here's a shot from the water, showing that top section sitting on the dock, presumably next to the crane that lifted it off. And here she is going down the road. There was a big truck both ahead and behind, to allow for both towing and braking. What a big-ass trailer too! Moving veerryyyyy slooooowwwwww And here she is half an hour later as she cruised past our shop. What an immense structure to see creeping along on land! This evening as I rode past the building, the doors are shut and all was silent.
  13. 10 mill$ poweryacht capsize during launch in Anacortes

    As of this evening, Bäden was loaded up on a giant lowboy trailer and has been staged up towards the gate. Maybe they'll be moving it down the road tonight? They often seem to move these things late at night to minimize traffic issues, so I'll see if it's still there in the morning.
  14. 10 mill$ poweryacht capsize during launch in Anacortes

    Me too. I've heard from guys who worked on her about crazy-heavy shit installed up high like the floor-to-ceiling safety glass on that upper level vista sky lounge thingie. And none of it properly accounted for, modeled, or weighed out to check before installation. The predicted numbers may have been a complete fiction compared to what was actually installed. In theory, there's no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there often is.
  15. 10 mill$ poweryacht capsize during launch in Anacortes

    I'll see if I can get a verification from someone in the know just how much extra ballast was called for. As my own entire sailboat displaces not much more than a single ton herself, these amounts of weights are just boggling to me.