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  1. Student_Driver

    GB5508 Rebuild - Soma's Project

    Soma. How’s progress? Any new photos to share?
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    Atlantic in November

    Is there an enclosure around the helm for cold wind or rain?
  3. Student_Driver

    East Coast of USA: Seasonal Migration schedule ??

    Was looking at Marine Traffic earlier today. Someone I know left NY area on a MY for FL early Saturday. Was surprised to see how many private yachts are already migrating.
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    Marine Speakers

    Regarding speakers, DYI is super effective regarding speakers. If you do minimal reseach u can find DYI kits with very good quality drivers, crossovers etc for such a small fraction of what you pay for in an “audio speaker”. The bulkheads can be baffles and other open spaces could support lower frequency drivers.
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    Marine Speakers

    It’s not about hardware. It’s about content, convenience, integration, experience and status. Apple is not what it was. I was an early adopter. OS1. Not iOS1.
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    Sorry. I meant stuck on shore because I don't have a boat to sail south on. I wish, I was in a position to be inconvenienced.
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    Not sure what's worse. Having plans to head south on the IWC and being delayed/inconvenienced or alternatively, being stuck above 40'N for the winter.
  8. According to the spec sheet on the builder's web site, it's 3.5MM as built. 2.9MM base and 600K in options. The roller shade awning is 44K. Ouch.
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    Wonder how they could get insurance for that delivery? Crazy.
  10. Really it depends on how serious it is. Is there a 50/50% chance that someone might die or be seriously injured? Is the rig about to fail? In that case, I think you have a moral obligation to say something. Otherwise, it's a judgement call. In most cases, I'd have a private word with the Skipper and resign as crew stating my reasons clearly. In a case where I truly believed that someone might get hurt, I'd speak to one or several crew members explaining factually my concerns. E.G, problems with the keel, a crack in a rig fitting or delamination around a bulkhead etc. Personally, I'd be very surprised if a boat entered into a regatta worth attending would show up with a dangerous boat. Not something I've ever encountered but YMMV. Much more likely a dangerous crew. In that case, you have to wonder how you got so lucky to be on that boat and not another. In a case like that, I'd vote with my feet.
  11. Soma, Am interested in the rebuild but also wanted to give you a forum to expand. Hope it's helpful for you and your venture. Michael

    1. soma


      Thanks! I'd intended to start my own thread but you saved me the effort.

    2. Student_Driver


      Wishing u the best of luck in your venture!


  12. Student_Driver

    GB5508 Rebuild - Soma's Project

    Soma, Thanks. This is indeed very interesting and educational.
  13. Seems that the OP has a business idea centered on a better web site and mobile application that will do a better job of 'filtering' opportunities and possibly giving better data about the individual yachts rather than the generic boat model in use. The cost of creating the application, gathering the data, encouraging reviews of specific boats will be higher than expected and the impact/benefit will be smaller than expected.
  14. Student_Driver

    GB5508 Rebuild - Soma's Project

    There's an old Wall Street joke about banks trying to break into the big leagues by cutting prices.... 'we loose money on every trade but we make it up in volume'
  15. Student_Driver

    GB5508 Rebuild - Soma's Project

    Proa, Here are the two quotes which seem to be in conflict. 5702=Vandal but the project boat is also referred to as 5702. Methinks that 5508 can't be Vandal which is 'cruising in Tahiti' Gunboat 57” (Gunboat 5701 is “VaiVai” as featured here on the FP back in 2016. Gunboat 5702 is “Vandal” which underwent a thorough refit here at Newport Shipyard and is now cruising in Tahiti) I quit Gunboat to oversee completion of 5508/5702