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    New Moore 33

    I think you just described a Wilderness 30.
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    UN 30 Project

    Would love to see her when you're done. So glad you are saving her. Look forwards to hearing more as you progress. Not sure if we need the front lowers or not honestly. We are currently working with our slip neighbor (well known SC rigger for decades who also has a Wilderness 30) doing some rigging work (replacing the lowers and putting on a Harken roller furler). He did not suggest we change/remove the front lowers when we met to measure stuff last week. Plans are to put new ones on at this point.
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    UN 30 Project

    Congratulations! Here is a pic of her sister, Wildflower (#3) on O Dock in Santa Cruz. We have owned her since 1996. #1 is still here in Santa Cruz also. #1 and #3 were next to each other on U Dock in Santa Cruz harbor when we bought her and the dock sign was changed to "Un Dock." Looking forwards to watching your progress. I like the longer cockpit on #2 a lot. Happy to hear you're saving her.
  4. Yes, I see that free thread now. Honestly, I might be all over your offer if I didn't already have a 30' $ hole in the water in the Santa Cruz harbor. It has been fun vicariously experiencing your journey so far. I wish you the best with school and hope to see you out there roll tacking, crash gybing, and planing the crap out of a Laser on the Monterey Bay this summer (as I once did as a lad in the 1970s). Keep sailing and keep learning something new every day.
  5. Looks like game over for our friend FishFood... For Sail on Craigslist
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    20-25' Sport boat Suggestions

    Ultimate 20 checks the boxes for me too, but hard to find for less that $10k. I am looking for something like this for pleasure (not racing) on a lake so I am seriously considering a Holder 20. I would prefer an Ultimate 20, but for a second lake use boat the cost is a bit high. Since a SC27 has been mentioned I would be remiss not so suggest a Moore 24, but like the U20, hard to find for less than $10k. Wabbits are awesome, but almost never come up for sale used. I can't remember the last time I saw one for sale.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  11. 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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    Test Sailing the RS 21

    Is the keel also a Torqeedo motor with a prop on it? That is a very cool design. The metal hoop kinda reminds me of a 1970s 505 when they did away with travelers using vang only to control twist (Loveday Hoop?). Looking forward to the review.
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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.
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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.