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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. Pushing a loaded RIB into a head wind uses the battery fairly quickly. Say an hour or less. I would want a spare. On the other hand pottering about in calm conditions in an easily driven skiff and the battery will last much longer. If I knew I was never going to make more than 2 short trips in a day then at 1500 US the 2 hp is worth considering. But that is still 3 times the price of a 2 stroke 2.5hp
  2. The best sailing film for a long time

    Vanishing Sail tells the story of the last master boatwright in the island of Carriacou in the Eastern Caribbean. Building boats by eye on the beach with hand tools. Go see it if you get the chance, I found it entrancing. I have met Alwyn and his sons, they are the real deal.
  3. Engine? Does it not have two plus gearboxes.. Multiple gennys are usual too. All toast as no conservation was done. So remove and fit new. Which will be a total bear as this is usually done before the deck and superstructure is fitted. A bag of a fag packet calculation spells NEGATIVE EQUITY.
  4. Aluminum bottom RIBs

    ABs and Caribes use a type of hypalon. They seem to last about 10 years in the tropics without chaps. The top surface coating seems to wear off. My Caribe was 10 years old and holding air despite looking worn and generally tatty. I also had a 27 year old Johnson 15 which ran well. I was smug about owning something that nobody would want to steal. I was wrong.
  5. Bareboat Charter in the Baltic. . .tips?

    Take mosquito repellant. Max size and max strength.
  6. Why don't more people race?

    Fairly typical for a cruiser in this area. Some places you anchor in 60 ft and there is the odd 100 ft If you live on the hook then a backup anchor and chain is better than insurance.
  7. Hallberg Rassy 41

    The old ones are screwed. To make it worse the planks are bedded on silicone.
  8. Advice for first time Grenada bareboat?

    Sometimes. Usually the town offices are open in the morning and you have to go to the airport after lunch.
  9. Advice for first time Grenada bareboat?

    There is now a road down to Chatam Bay and it is possible to get a ride over to Clifton to check/in/out. Rather than Bequia go explore Petit Martinique then have lunch at Petit St Vincent. If you return to Grenada on the West side stop at Molineres point and snorkel the statue park.
  10. Why don't more people race?

    Race ? are you crazy? I am waaaaay to competitive to race my house. I would have to unload 2 x 50 lb anchors, 500 ft of 3/8th chain 300 lbs of engine spares etc etc. Then the solar panels bimini and dodger have to go. The boom comes down 21 inches and I need to get the crispy brown sails out of storage. then the haulout to sand the bottom smooth and swap the fixed three blader for the dinky little folder Nope just not happening.
  11. Hallberg Rassy 41

    Most Hallberg Rassy came with teak decks. A 20 to 30 year old teak deck is towards the end of it's life. The price of replacing the teak in a US yard is in the region of 40 to 50 k
  12. Aluminum bottom RIBs

    Out of how many. I hang around in places where there are a lot of cruisers with ribs. Say 500 - 1000 dependent on the season. Most are GRP. I guess I see 1 ali for every 10 GRP. Not all Ali ribs have failing seams, maybe 6. Mostly ABs But I know of at least one case where the owner kept quiet about the seam failure while negotiating a replacement deal with his supplier.
  13. Aluminum bottom RIBs

    There have been a number of cases in the Eastern Carib of the glued seam between the ali floor and the tube failing. Ali corrosion is given as the cause. In some cases the manufacturers have been sympathetic in others not. There has also been at least one case where the ali floor itself has corroded badly enough to make the rib unsafe within three years. A 'hot' marina might have been the cause. At this point in time I would not buy an Ali RIB.
  14. It was a miracle that he got to that position without wrecking on one of the many reefs he slalomed through. As to how he escaped well it is JUST feasible that he made it through the pass to the East of the peninsula at the East end of the big island. Did he have the bedsheet rigged and the tiller fixed and did he broad reach through the pass? As to why he did not sail into Fiji Rimas has never sailed into a harbor. He gets somewhere close but not too close and calls for help from the emergency services saying he has no engine no sails broken tiller etc. Maybe Fiji were not listening.
  15. House batteries

    Back on post 15 I said " Ignore anyone who mentions lithium. " Now you know why I said it.