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  1. Friends and myself across the pond (22 days from Cape Cod to Shannon) and then family for the next 14 months once school was out. My wife and I took sabbaticals from our academic jobs and we home schooled our 4 kids for a year - they were 8-14 yo when we started. Best thing we ever did as a family. Family conflicts can fail to resolve as you retreat to school and work regularly. Cruising 24/7 for significant time, all in a small space, you have to resolve whatever it is eventually. Mutual respect and understanding grows like no place else. That first time the kid realized that you had trusted him to stand a night watch without my wife or I on deck, but to call us as needed, and that he understood that the safety of his family was on his shoulders, was magic.
  2. In US at least, skipper can go ashore to call customs. There I was going ashore to get ashore to clear in.
  3. This does not help the OP much, but this is CA. In 2000 as part of a bigger trip we sailed from the Shannon up to the Hebrides. My best memory of the Aran islands was https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DĂșn_Aonghasa But the place that sticks in my mind the most is about 30 mile N of there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inishbofin,_County_Galway Our welcome to Ireland was memorable too. We had sailed from Cape Cod US in May. It was a heavy reach the whole way. We had a crew change planned at Kilrush Marina in the Shannon. So that was our first stop. Went up the River at night. Got to the lock gates to the marina around 11pm. Reeds Almanac said the lock was manned 24/7. But nobody answered the given vhf channel. So we tied up to pilings by the lock and I went ashore in a kayak we had on deck, as there was a cottage with its lights still on, close by. I knocked on the door, and when I explained my problem to a rather surprised inhabitant, he asked me 'how i got there', and I said 'in a kayak', 'where from' he said, 'America' I replied. 'Oh my, in a kayak indeed', he says, 'come on in and have a drink'. He then called the lock keeper who was not pleased to see us at that hour, but he let us in. I guess there had been a good party at the yacht club that night.... We went many miles that year. The best welcomes we had were in Ireland, Cape Verde and Newfoundland.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Have not been there in a few years but it seems as though the cod are recovering somewhat. There has been a limited food cod fishery for a while now. Snow crab and shrimp industries have done well - in part because the cod predation was down. They catch a lot of whales with crab trap lines too..... Oil has been a significant piece of the economy since the early 80's also. Great music scene also.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Sailing Newfoundland is the best ever if you have the time and agree that it's all about the right clothing rather than complaining about the weather. It can be cold, it can be less so, and you will have fog. But the places and the people are the best. Good wildlife too. Birds and marine mammals best on east side. Based in SE Mass we have sailed up there on and off since late 70's. Initially on a friend's leaky 28' wooden yawl for whale research. Then we bought current boat in '98. Went off around N Atlantic circuit with the kids for a year ('00-01) and came home via Newfoundland and S Labrador. Since then we have been back for ~ 6wks at a time maybe 5x. Once you leave Cape Breton you are largely on your own, although there is a growing local yacht scene on the east coast of Newfoundland. Great gunkholing on South and East coasts. Awesome friendly local people. Plenty of places to hide - less so on the West coast. The Pilot Press cruising guides https://pilot-press.com/ are really helpful, and user updated and have been for a long time. Sandy Weld does an amazing job editing them. And then there is Labrador. In terms of stuff, we usually use a 50kg Bruce but we switch it out for a 50kg fisherman for up there - they don't call Newfoundland "The Rock" for nothing. Drinking water isn't easy to find. And it may be dubious if you do. Fuel is usually from the local oil truck. Many, many small communities were resettled to larger ones to 'enhance' services. But where you find people, there are local stores for basics. St Johns and St Anthony are good for resupply. Much of that coast and Labrador has de-developed in the past few decades. A rarity on the eastern seaboard. Charts - the older paper ones have the best detail, but often lousy GPS datum and soundings only on the old ferry tracks. Eyeball coasting is good. Things have improved as new surveys have enabled e-charts to cover more of that area. More than once we have tied up to a wharf, and a pickup truck has arrived. We talk for a while. Then the driver gets out, and start to walk home. Over shoulder saying 'leave the keys in it when you are done with it'. As fishing has centralized, the federal investment in local public wharves has shrunk, but there are still many wharves that are good enough. Less as time goes by though.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    I fucked up at low tide going backwards.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Dieter Empacher - built by Kanter in 1996. Had a booboo this spring and needed a new rudder. https://moorebro.co/ found Dieter's design archive at Mystic, and made the new one as drawn. Kanter's version was rather more agricultural and less faithful to the drawings. Marked upwind improvement. I might be related to said Moore Bro's but still - it's a really nice rudder.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Could be....
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Lanse Flemme, S coast of Newfoundland in 2011
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    Chiles vs Hancock on what is an "Open Boat"

    No comment re what is open, but I recalled there being wood as well as canvas involved in the decking of the James Caird. No time to go to the primary source, but wikipedia at least concurs: "Using improvised tools and materials, McNish built a makeshift deck of wood and canvas, sealing his work with oil paints, lamp wick, and seal blood." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyage_of_the_James_Caird
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    Sinking privilidge

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    I have an original Bruce - 50kg - 55' boat. Only time it drags (so far...) is on rocky bottom in Newfoundland. There we find the same weight of fisherman is great. It seems to hook into the crevices.
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    Apologies for diversion to chain only. I have a 40' long 3 strand nylon snubber and a chain only rode. I usually only use the first few feet of snubber so the chain hook is just underwater. But if it blows up and you want to veer more chain, if you have a short snubber you have to work to haul in chain to release the snubber, and risk messing with the set of the anchor. With a longer snubber just veer more chain and snubber, re-cleat the snubber and let out some more chain. This gives a better chain to depth ratio and the longer length of snubber out gives more stretch. I sleep better too.
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    There was that time when I screwed up...

    I seem to have a rule of thumb that the closer I am to home, the more I run aground. Familiarity breeding contempt etc. For 15 years we had a yawl that had a centerboard and drew 3'6" with it up. The course from her mooring to the yard that hauled her for the winter was through a mooring field. About 18 years ago we bought a bigger boat to live aboard with the kids for 14 months. Her draft was 6'6". Was late for an appointment at the yard, so took the same course from mooring. Low tide. Doing 5 knots. Hit a 5' rock I had no idea was there - been over it many many times in the earlier boat. So hauled new boat at yard. Had punched a hole in the keel. The fix of which was cluster #2. Aluminum boat. Figured we should flush the keel space to get rid of the salt residue, so installed a nipple with fresh water hose at the base of the keel and a drain hole at the top. Sitting in the boat in the yard while the hose was running there was a bang and a bilge geyser. Trouble was the hose pressure exceeded the outflow rate and so pressurized the keel space and blew a weld in the bilge floor over the keel. At least we were out of the water and had a good welder fix her up. We then relaunched and went from New England/ Scotland/ Azores/ Cape Verdes/ Trinidad/ Bermuda/ Labrador/ home without running aground again. And it was the best thing we ever did in terms of bonding as a family.