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  1. If you do this with an 18 (excellent choice BTW) try to find one with a set of Magnum (or SX) wings, or find a set and add them. Totally transforms the boat. (More room to sleep and carry shit also.) When I had my 18 I first sailed it without wings (mostly at Huntington Lake, some off the beach at home in Santa Cruz) it really needed at least one person on the trap if there was any breeze or I would be depowering like crazy. Added some Magnum wings and the stability difference was incredible. They will make righting slightly more difficult, but you'll be much less likely to flip in the first place. A Bob on the masthead is probably not a bad idea also to keep it from turtling if you do flip it. Last but lot least, practice righting the boat in a controlled environment before you have to under duress. A set of reef points on the main might not be a bad idea also.
  2. I have been reading this thread since it was a one-pager and I am truly impressed, both by your determination and fearlessness as well as the outpouring of generosity and good advice. When I first saw the thread I thought, this can't be real, had to be made up shit. Then as pictures started coming in and it really was real I found my ancient self starting to live vicariously as I follow what I could only dream of at your age back in the 1970s. I was hoping to see you and your boat in Santa Cruz but missed it. Sounds like you made great connections with Prolooper and MH and are breaking into the Bay Area sailing scene. As far as sailing up the coast, as others have said, the Northern California and Oregon coasts are no joke. The OR coast was getting 120kt gusts in the same storm you had your HMB escapades in. (SC harbor mouth was over 50kts that night also). A good read would be the loss of the Kelaerin (there are others but this one is pretty recent and well documented). Just be careful because I want to live vicariously through your R2AK experience!!! The Single Handed Sailing Society might also be a good place for you to explore. The 3 bridge has already been mentioned, do it! Have fun and I hope sailing helps you find yourself and gives your life some direction and joy. You're on your way there.
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    Weapon or... Craigslist Junker

    I think it is mostly the raised aluminum toe rail all the way down the hull deck joint that your legs have to sit on combined with the lack of space between cabin top and edge of the deck (more a SC27 issue than toilet seat issue). Pretty much all SC area built ULDBs of the era had some kind of fairly high toe rail that dug into your hammies while sitting on them. I have seen a few get the sawzall treatment which helps with comfort, but I suppose is less safe if you slip and have no to rail to catch your foot. I don't recall ever seeing any line clutches when these boats were built. I have them now on my boat (a Wilderness 30 prototype from 1979) but I'm pretty sure they didn't exist then, or weren't commonly used for some reason.
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    Weapon or... Craigslist Junker

    Much more weapon than junker, but I am very partial to SC area built ULDBs.
  5. LMAO! Thank you, I needed a good laugh. This entrance will be heavily shoaled and there is a railroad trestle to get underneath not far in. A little more challenging than say, Ft Bragg, unless you are on a surfboard. I think the harbor mouth is a few hundred yards to the East, but I imagine you knew that. Yes, anchoring out in Cowells is still permissible. As of a few days ago there were still a few boats there, but the past few days all are now gone. (My commute is West Cliff so I drive past there twice a day). It is very late in the season for boats to anchor there but it might not be a bad idea for our friend FF to do so temporarily while sorting things out with the SC Harbor Office for a guest slip. @FF, I would not recommend "coming in hot" expecting help from the Harbor Office to tow you to your slip. Do you have a BoatUS membership? It is not expensive and might be a good idea for you to have AAA "road service" on the water. Vessel Assist could tow you in from the anchorage at Cowells once you have a guest slip. Edit: Looks like Pro looper is going to help out, which is awesome.
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    Shields for sale cheap at auction

    My only formal keelboat sailing classes were on Shields class boats back when UCSC owned four of them here in Santa Cruz (mid-1970s). I already was sailing Lasers and 505s and crewing on a Santana 22, but the UCSC classes in the Shields (taken through Cabrillo College) were awesome. Fabulous instructors. In Santa Cruz style of the day we had no motors and were taught to back the Shields into their slips under sail. I learned skills that have served me for decades in those classes so I am rather fond of Shields boats. Some (all?) of the former UCSC boats are in the Monterey fleet now. Not exactly my idea of fast is fun (my first keelboat was a Moore 24) but I sure had a lot of fun sailing them.
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    Best Place to Live for a Sailor in the USA

    Since I haven't seen them yet... Santa Cruz, California Lakeshore, California
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    Do I need a VHF radio if I stay in the channel?

    I have an older icom, same thing, battery packs are NLA and it is a paperweight. Technology purchases don't last the way they used to.
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    Santa Cruz 70 - Fleet Roll Call

    Three in Santa Cruz, two are charter boats (Chardonnay 2 and 3) plus Buona Sera.
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    what is it?

    That was too easy.
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    Moisture Meters

    Express 27? Socketed stanchions, chain plate looks about the same, not a Moore, so that's my new guess.
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    Moisture Meters

    I'm guessing Moore 24. Not an Olson. Maybe a Wilderness 30, but I think the Wilderness has deck mounted stanchions and I recall those sockets on my two Moores, but it has been more than 25 years since I owned a Moore and age is taking its toll on my brain cells (among other things).
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    injectadeck or similar?

    If balsa core that has gone squishy I doubt anything except proper repair (remove, replace, replace laminate) would work. Injecting decks is pretty common on Hobie 18s (foam core). I did it on my ex-Hobie 18 and the repair held up great for years. I used West epoxy in small bottles to inject into a grid of holes drilled into just the top laminate. Took way more glue than I anticipated, but once it was done that deck was solid as a rock for years.
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    Is Trailer Sailing Dying

    You would be surprised how easily a Moore 24 is to tow. I used to tow one with a 1978 Toyota 4cyl pickup around town, no problem. Very light, and yes, the fleet is going strong.
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    Wilderness 30 "Yahoo"

    Congrats on your new-to-you Wilderness Twe004. Post up some pics as you go along. Doesn't take much of an outboard to push these. We have been using a 4hp 4 stroke Yamaha for about 15 years now on 'flower.