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    Olson 29, Sailing, photography, music, travel

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  1. sailronin

    inexperienced couple buy a p.o.s. catamaran

    You can't really sail the ICW, it's motoring from bridge to bridge so these idiots will do fine. Stop every night and beg for money to fund their "adventure", put some video online showing how well they're coping with the "hardships" of sailing motoring from point to point in calm, protected waters and gather a huge crowd of couch potato followers.
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    Fast singlehander for 60 yo's for messsin' about

    I'm not sure you can use Paul Elvstrom as representative of your typical 70 year old....the man was a true Finn God!
  3. I use a Pelagic tiller pilot on my Olson 29. The Pelagic is very well made and Brian (the designer) is available for tips and setup help. The auto pilot works great, even in surfing conditions.Best sailing autopilot I've ever used going all the way back to Tillermasters and up to modern Ray Marines, Pelagic has them all beat silly.
  4. sailronin

    Where Has Your Boat Taken You?

    Hawaii, Baja, USVI, British BI, Panama Canal, Costa Rica, US West Coast from San Diego to Canada, Mexico from Ensenada to Acapulco, Vancouver Island, US East Coast from Florida to Canada, Newfoundland, St. Maartin, St. Barths, Anguilla, Antigua, Norway, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, Sardinia, Egypt, Suez Canal, Greece, Turkey, Monaco... Not all my boat, but all on boats, 55 years of sailing and working as a captain on yachts.
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    race committee boat, available cheap

    Not "investor #1 at Microsoft", co- founder who wrote the emulation program that allowed the company to develop Basic. Also wrote first floating decimal point program to allow computation of numbers larger than the number of bits the microprocessor could crunch at one time. Without that personal computers would be pretty useless. Show a little respect for genius...
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    Schrock Santana 23D dagger board model

    Hi, usually a quick luff to unload the board was all that was needed; rudder was about the same. Not enough that boats nearby would even notice the move.
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    Schrock Santana 23D dagger board model

    Mine was "Dogmeat" out of SDYC. Kelp was easy, just raise the board and drop right away, same with the rudder. Of course we tried to avoid it as much as possible but kelp was never that much of a problem. She was pretty quick in light air and we did well in things like Sugarloaf Rock or Round the Coronado Islands.
  8. sailronin

    Any info on this cat?

    Looks like a modern CSK design.
  9. sailronin

    VOR '17-'18 - THE GAME

    They forgot to look where they were going, sailed into a dead end!
  10. sailronin

    Schrock Santana 23D dagger board model

    I had one in San Diego when they first came out. It sailed to it's rating and was fairly comfortable for a couple of night "camp cruising" with a family of four (two small kids).
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    Captain Ron DVD

    tug on the line when you find the anchor
  12. sailronin

    Etchells or Star for single handed cruising?

    Unless your daughter is over 200 pounds and loves to hike, a Star will be grossly overpowered. If limited to those two choices go with the E22.
  13. sailronin

    Pelagic Autopilot Systems

    Here's my Pelagic Autopilot steering my O29 with a 1.5 oz chute up.
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    Guns on Boats

    Guns onboard while clearing in and out of most countries is a royal pain in the arse. Additionally not all jurisdictions in the same country (or sometimes even the same district) will have the same rules. Case in point, several years ago a large Motoryacht cleared into Cancun, Mexico declaring weapons aboard with the port captain. The weapons were in a locked vault and there was no issue keeping them aboard (rifles only). When the boat moved to Cozumel (about 40 nm away) the port captain saw on the previous clearance paperwork the mention of firearms and arrested the boat and entire crew and guests. After a couple of days the crew and guests were released but the Captain was held in a Mexican prison for over six months. It also took several weeks (and a lot of money) to secure release of the yacht.
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    USS Lexington CV-2 discovered after 76 years

    At 3000 meters depth there is very little oxygen and the water is about 1 degree C. There is very little growth or rust at depths below about 2000 meters. When the Indianapolis was found (at 5000 meters) there were boxes on the seafloor clearly marked with "CA 35" "Indianapolis" and part numbers for the spare parts inside. The most amazing shot to me was of the anchor palm where you can read the stamping in the steel.