Glenn McCarthy

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  1. Glenn McCarthy

    Funniest Interaction with Non Racers Thread

    In a regatta, we're on reach in 3rd, 250' in front of 1st is the rounding mark. Powerboat pulls up, lifts the mark in his boat, cuts the anchor line and takes off with it.
  2. Glenn McCarthy

    Is 'All pink on the outside gear' cool?

    I got a pink "Pink Pony" hat. One of the top sailing bars in the US of A. I'm a big guy, 6' 2", 230lbs. Most find me intimidating in size. So, I where this hat to the boat show 2 years ago. I can attest that the women walking the aisles, and even with their husbands spent more time talking to me than any other time manning the booth. My recommendation is, don't wear it for the men, wear it for the ladies if you're trying to meet some!
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    Fire @ Lurssen
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    Fire @ Lurssen

    While you all fight over 1 out of 10 in the population (your family members, co-workers, fellow sailors, etc.), meanwhile Lurssen issued this statement: Update: 17:00 Saturday, 15 September 2018 Lürssen has just released the following update statement: "As of this morning (15th September), the fire has been under control. According to the fire department, there is no further danger of the fire spreading, although fire suppression measures will continue for the time being. Currently, about 180 firefighters of the Bremen fire departments and of the surrounding counties as well as the fire department of the Jos. L. Meyer Shipyard are on duty, but are being gradually released. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the tireless efforts and professional response of all those involved, including the fire service, police, the technical support unit, and our own employees. Currently, no statement can be made at this stage as to the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage."
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    Fire @ Lurssen

    Holy shite!
  6. Glenn McCarthy

    Are Mount Gay Rum Hats Cool?

    It's well known that MG creates demand for the hats, as they intentionally don't give enough hats to the regatta organizer for the number of people expected. Those who didn't get one, then clamor for one. Good marketing strategy while saving a few bucks each time - ha!
  7. I'll make it legal: There is a law on the Federal Books called the "Warranty of Seaworthiness." Simply it says that the boat must be "seaworthy" before it leaves for any adventure (outing, sail, whatever you want to call it). If it is not seaworthy, any and all insurance companies have the right to not pay any claim. Let's say there aren't any fire extinguisers aboard when it leaves the dock, and later runs aground and sinks. Since there were no fire extinguishers (which was a question on the insurance application), the boat was not seaworthy and the insurance company can deny the claim for damage to the boat, or injuries to the crew. So those words, "Yar," "Shipshape," and "Bristol" should take a new meaning to anyone who wasn't familiar with this law before. Before you start beating me up, please first Google "Warranty of Seaworthiness". A survey proves or disproves seaworthiness.
  8. Glenn McCarthy

    shit show (front page)

    Haven't we all sailed dinghies on windy days where the one who kept the mast vertical was the one who won the race?
  9. Glenn McCarthy

    Chicago Mackinac Race drowning

    Who is conducting an investigation? CYC? USCG? Chicago PD? Coroner? US Sailing?
  10. Glenn McCarthy

    John McCain DTS

    I'm walking to work through downtown Chicago years ago, and see McCain walking towards me on the other side of the street. I cross over, walk up to him saying something like, "Senator McCain!" He sticks out his hand, we shake, "Nice to meet you" sort of thing and keep on walking. He had these massive vertical scars on his face, totally Frankenstein like. The makeup artists on TV did a wonderful job to conceal them.
  11. This spring I converted every incandescent light on the Ericson 35 to LED, both interior and exterior, with one exception - the Steamer Light (engine is running, don't care about the amperage usage). I ran this test, and have no interference.
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    Pulpit and lifelines forward not required for Club Swan 36?

    The problem being some guy (or more) will feel entitled that he can enter this boat in an offshore event, beg for a waiver, and come up with every excuse possible why he should be let in. And go to every single person who may, or may not, have any authority (if mommy says, "No" maybe daddy will say, "Yes"). I've seen it before.
  13. Glenn McCarthy

    Hailing USS Sequoia

    It'd be cheaper to just build a new one out of fiberglass to the same specifications of finishes and dimensions.
  14. Glenn McCarthy

    Hailing USS Sequoia

    As of November 16, 2016 - The Sequoia is hauled out on a marine railway in Deltaville, Virginia, and the boatyard has a lien on her for accrued hauling and complete the Work List, from Chesapeake Boat Works (“CBW”), the yard in which the Sequoia is currently lying. Google: Chesapeake Marine Railway 548 Deagles Rd, Deltaville, VA 23043 Google Satellite Image (maybe under the white tarp at top of railway)
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    Hailing USS Sequoia Jul 17, 2017 It's now reportedly deteriorating in a Virginia boatyard. Following a prolonged legal battle, a judge last year awarded a Washington, D.C.-based company the right to acquire it for $0. Delaware court finally decides fate of presidential yacht Molly Murray, The News Journal Published 1:14 p.m. ET Nov. 15, 2016 | Updated 7:30 p.m. ET Nov. 15, 2016 (Photo: Alex Wong, Getty Images) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE The years of Delaware court fights over the presidential yacht, USS Sequoia, appear to be over. But the-once stately vessel, called by some "America's most famous boat," has spent the time rotting in a Virginia shipyard and will likely require millions of dollars in repairs and possibly an exterminator before it can safely set sail again. The good news is that its new owners won't owe a penny to the previous owners following a long Chancery Court battle over possession of the historic ship. The judge in the case, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III, wrote a 21-page opinion released this week that sums up the poor vessel's recent plight. "The Sequoia, an elderly and vulnerable wooden yacht, is sitting on an inadequate cradle on an undersized marine railway in a moribund boatyard on the western shore of the Chesapeake, deteriorating and, lately, home to raccoons," wrote Glasscock in the opinion. It was a sad state for a ship where Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, among other presidents, hosted dignitaries and friends. Glasscock ruled that FE Partners, a Washington, DC investment group that specializes in historic ship restorations could purchase the Sequoia at an adjusted price of zero dollars. The decision capped years of legal wrangling over ownership and finally, the purchase price of the ship. The vessel was owned by Sequoia Presidential Yacht Group LLC. Washington Attorney Gary Silversmith was the principal owner and offered the vessel for charters along the Potomac River until it was pulled for repairs. “FE Partners is committed to restoring and preserving the Sequoia in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard so that future generations of Americans will be able to enjoy the storied past of this magnificent yacht," said Richard Graf, general counsel of FE Partners in an email. Earlier this year, marine experts estimated the cost of repairing the national landmark to seaworthy condition ranged from an estimated $400,000 to upwards of $4 million if the hull has to be significantly rebuilt. Secretary of the Navy John Connally Jr., leans over the rail of the yacht USS Sequoia to greet President John F. Kennedy at the Naval Weapons Plant dock in Washington on July 11, 1961. Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy smiles as she speaks to Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., hidden by Connally. Woman at right is unidentified. This preceded a cruise on the Potomac River to Mt. Vernon, Va., for a dinner given by the president and first lady for visiting President Ayub Khan of Pakistan. In background is the PT boat, Guardian, one of the vessels assembled to carry guests to the dinner site. (AP Photo/Byron Rollins) Byron Rollins, AP STORY: History of the USS Sequoia STORY:Solution to clean up tainted Newark wells to be discussed Once that work is complete, the value of the repaired and seaworthy former presidential yacht would be between $7.8 million and $13 million, said Earl McMillen III, founder of McMillen Yachts in Newport, Rhode Island. The historic yacht, designed by John Trumpy and built at the Mathis Yacht Building Company of Camden, New Jersey, in 1925, is in dry dock in Deltaville, Virginia. The yacht had earlier been awarded to FE Partners, LLC, based on another Chancery Court decision. In this latest decision, Glasscock was asked to decide the value of the yacht and whether the former owner, Sequoia Presidential Yacht Group LLC was owed money for the vessel. The deal was complicated because FE Partners loaned money to the Sequoia Group to make repairs. If the loan soured, FE had an option to purchase the yacht for $7.8 million. It was Glasscock's task to assess the costs and outstanding debts. He concluded that FE Partners owed the Presidential Yacht Group, owned by Washington attorney Gary Silversmith, nothing in exchange for the yacht. A "President's Eyes Only" folder lies on the bed used by presidents aboard the yacht Sequoia, Wednesday, July 31, 2002, in Washington. The yacht, first recruited by President Herbert Hoover, was reportedly one of the few places in Washington where President Richard Nixon felt comfortable. After 77 years afloat, the Sequoia has stories to tell, even though it hasn't been a presidential cruiser since Jimmy Carter sold it off in 1977. (Photo: PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS, AP) "I find under the contracts that Silversmith was obligated to maintain the vessel such that it was safe, structurally sound and fully equipped for its intended use as a Potomac River cruise vessel," Glasscock wrote. Instead, he found there was little evidence that happened, based on testimony from Silversmith's expert. "I am left with only one side’s expert reports and testimony that bear on the question of the cost of Silversmith’s obligation to maintain the Sequoia ... Silversmith did not direct his expert to do an inspection that would allow him to answer the pertinent question, which is what would it take to put this vessel" in shape to meet the loan contract provisions, Glasscock wrote. Meanwhile, FE Partner's experts told a sad tale of the condition of the yacht, describing rotting wood and a structural decline that was so significant it changed the shape of the hull. For the last year and a half, the Sequoia has been on blocks in the boatyard. Initially, it was protected from the elements by shrink wrap but that covering was removed. The damage done while dry stored is a fraction of what already haunts the vessel. McMillen said there is extensive rot in the hull and several of the structural blocks which make up the hull are cracked. It should have new wiring, new plumbing and new marine-grade air conditioning. His total estimated cost to repair the boat ranged from $3.9 to $4.2 million. The USS Sequoia, with Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik of Denmark aboard, departs for a cruise on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C, in 2011. U.S. presidents had used the yacht until it was sold in the 1970s. (Photo: YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images) He recommended it be slid onto an ocean-going barge and shipped to Rhode Island for repairs. The area has the expert shipwrights needed to do the work, he said. In her present condition "would you ever put passengers on her?" asked an attorney for FE Partners. "No," McMillen said. "Would you ever put her in the water?" the lawyer asked. "No," McMillen said. Silversmith, during the court hearing, questioned whether there weren't capable boatyards along the Chesapeake Bay where the work could be done at less cost. Restoring and repairing wooden boats is "a lost art," McMillen said. "I think, quite frankly, that's why they don't build wooden boats anymore. They are wonderful works of art." The Sequoia's history makes it more than just an aging wooden boat. Franklin Delano Roosevelt hosted Winston Churchill on its deck; John F. Kennedy celebrated his last birthday on board the Sequoia; and Richard M. Nixon spent a night in 1974 with a bottle of whiskey at a shipboard piano before he resigned the presidency. The 104-foot wooden vessel has changed hands several times in recent years since President Jimmy Carter had it sold at auction in 1977 for $286,000. It fell into disrepair before it was purchased and restored by its current owner, Silversmith, a Washington lawyer and real estate developer. Silversmith said he paid $1.9 million in 2000, and sank millions into repairs. Silversmith operated the boat for charter on the Potomac River for many years. He said that he had been maintaining and caring for the boat all along and even took it to the Chesapeake Maritime Museum in St. Michaels for repair. The boat was regularly hauled out of the water for maintenance. Silversmith did not respond to a request for comment. His attorney declined to comment. FE Partners expect to issue a statement later Tuesday.