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    Wilderness 30 "Yahoo"

    Never heard of Yahoo, but maybe because I am in Santa Cruz. Coming in late to this post because I have been home nursing back to health after ankle surgery and didn't remember my SA password to get in and no matter what I tried, I could not reset it. I have owned Un 30 #3, Wildflower, which is a Wilderness 30 prototype in SC for around 22 years now so I am pretty familiar with Wilderness 30s. Domino, the boat in the classifieds, is an early production boat that was here in SC, donated to the university (UCSC), sold cheap, and upgraded for SHTP by the current owner (who won the last SHTP with her). There are a couple others I have seen pop up for sale once in a while. One is in Moss Landing harbor and every time she is advertised it is for way too much $ (~25k range for way less boat than Domino in my opinion). Fugu in the SF Bay Area is another. There were not many built (a dozen plus prototypes and early kit boats) so not easy to find. We have three together on O Dock in SC and a total of 5 in SC still (2 Un 30s and 3 Wilderness 30s). All different in various ways. While I can not help you find Yahoo, I can offer what I know about these not so common Santa Cruz built "large Moore 24s." Ask away.
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    Check Your BoatUS Policy.

    The WoD endorsement reads as follows: We will not deduct depreciation for repair or replacement of the following: a. fiberglass, plastic or wood hull materials; b. masts and spars; c. metal supports and framing for attached towers, T-tops and hard tops; d. bow, stern or deck railing; and e. glass. Right now I am laid up with an ankle failure and most of my 2018 sailing season is now pretty much out the window until sometime in August, or so, after I recover from surgery May 22 Barring another tsunami, I think Wildflower is relatively safe in her slip while I wait for Boat US to sort this out. If they don't, I'll probably switch back to Safeco since I get cross policy discounts for home and auto and was only lured away for the boat coverage by an attractive rate.
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    Check Your BoatUS Policy.

    I am working with the "VP & Director of Marine Insurance Sales, Service & Underwriting" which is pretty high in the food chain. We'll see what happens May 21.
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    Check Your BoatUS Policy.

    I was told I can add the waiver of depreciation to our (California) Boat US policy on May 21. Our boat is a 1979. I was very happy with Safeco (still am for home and auto) but they doubled premiums in Santa Cruz harbor after the 2011 tsunami and we were influenced by the towing (not that I have ever needed it, but who knows). My agent for boat insurance forever who is a long time boat insurance agent in SC (as in since the 1970s) advised me to go for the Boat US policy after she reviewed it.
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    Cheap, Fast Dinghy

    For less than $1500 of course.
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    Cheap, Fast Dinghy

    I have seen several great looking (for pleasure sailing) five-ohs in California in the OP's price range in recent times. Many are in rather amazing condition, just sat for a long time. Not fleet competitive anymore, but make excellent sailing pleasure boats and if you get lucky really don't need much. The Ballenger in MD for $1500 looks like a nice example. http://www.usa505.org/classifieds
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    Merlin at 75 mph

    Looking good! Makes me sad she is not in Santa Cruz anymore, but seeing her looking good and sailed well is gratifying.
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    Cheap, Fast Dinghy

    Old 505.
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    Check Your BoatUS Policy.

    To follow up on my fairly new policy with Boat US Geico I called them to ask about the depreciation schedule thing. I was told there is an addition to the policy, especially useful for sailboats because it covers spars, glass damage to the hull, etc. without depreciation. That addition (rider?) is called "Partial Waiver of Depreciation." Cost seemed reasonable (she didn't know exactly but somewhere around $50-75 per year). Problem is this added coverage is currently only available in 48 states and California is one of the two it is not yet approved by the State Insurance Commissioner's office. Not sure why. I sent a complaint off to said office requesting an explanation why and am awaiting a response. I'll post back to this thread as I learn more. Any insurance experts following the thread know why this might be?
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    Check Your BoatUS Policy.

    I recently switched from Safeco to Boat US/Geico and now wonder if I made a bad decision. The boat in question is a Wilderness 30 prototype called an Un30 (but has always been insured as a Wilderness 30 since we bought her 21 years ago now). My local agent who has specialized in boat insurance in Santa Cruz for decades looked over the Boat US/Geico quote for me and told me to go for it because, according to her, she couldn't touch the rate and value with any of the carriers she works with. Our boat is closing in on 40 years old now and we do have "agreed value" coverage. I did not have to get a survey, but I did have to send 5 or 6 pictures. Safeco was great to work with, I have my cars (all but one which is with Hagerty that is) and our homeowners with them and received cross policy discounts for having them cover everything. After the 2011 tsunami Safeco jacked the rates way up for our policy because we are berthed in Santa Cruz harbor. The change made sense because of a great rate and the included Boat US towing (something I have never needed in almost 50 years of sailing but it gave my "Rear Admiral" peace of mind which is priceless). Now I wonder if I should think about alternatives?
  11. Sort of a threadjack, but that 50 is beautiful. The 52 was always my dreamboat, but Another Girl really does it for me. I have a 60th birthday coming up in April, but I'm pretty sure I won't be as lucky as carcrash. OP should consider this one if you can stretch the budget. Santa Cruz built ULDBs for cruising don't get much nicer than this one.
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    My Next Boat

    Express 27.
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    Two sailors and dogs rescued after 5 months

    LOVE the Zappa reference!
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    Merlin at 75 mph

    This surprises me. Bill told me last year that he was actually looking for a large power boat but decided to go with Merlin instead because of an offer he couldn't refuse. The work done to bring Merlin back and prepare her for this year's TP was hardly that of someone planning to keep the boat short term and flip. The re-christening party did not appear to be that of short term ownership either. My understanding at the time was goals were long term ownership, not just the 40th anniversary of the record run. Bill is advertising classes/rides in Latitude 38 on Merlin, but the price is steep so I am not sure how many takers there are. No doubt it takes a lot of $ to keep a 70 foot sled happy. Could be the financial reality of keeping her long term combined with Bill getting up there in years forced a hard decision. Also, the harbor doesn't seem keen on more charter boats. Chardonnay Charters wound up buying Pacific Yachting in order to gain a charter slip license for Chardonnay 3 after being shot down by the harbor. That could be a factor as well since he is effectively advertising for charter but doing so under the training/team building premise. It is hard to imagine the harbor and Bill not getting along, what with he being on the Port Commission for so many years, but who knows. It will be sad to see her leave Santa Cruz again if this comes to pass. I had hoped she would stay here longer this time.
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    Merlin at 75 mph

    Thanks for posting these sleddog. What a wonderful afternoon it was.
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    Merlin at 75 mph

    Great news sleddog!
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    Merlin at 75 mph

    Thank you for the update sleddog. The smile on Bill's face with FRIDOLF in the background is priceless. Good to hear Dave and Phil were there too. Phil helped me a lot as a teenage Laser sailer in SC in the era when Merlin was built so her homecoming brings waves of memories. A great day for Santa Cruz sailing.
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    Merlin at 75 mph

    It is fitting to be stuck in traffic when arriving "home" to Santa Cruz. Seems to happen to me every time I go out of town too. Thanks for the update! Looking forward to seeing her in the yard on the last Wednesday Night of the year. Sadly I get off work to late to go sailing toight.
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    Merlin at 75 mph

    So where is she? Not at SC Harbor boatyard as of around 7pm this evening.
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    Merlin at 75 mph

    This is wonderful news! I think I may need to stop by the harbor after work today too.