Hike, Bitches!

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    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    @Tunnel Rat- I know we all say it, but thanks again for the daily position updates. I check in on this thread and go sail my boat on virtualregatta.com. No routing, no Zezo, etc. But I did that back in the day.. It is obvious when you stop those essentials you will fall down in the results. I enjoy the friendly competition in the back. Me and @x2sea have a nice rivalry going back several virtual regattas. Kicking my ass at present after I made a bad move coming south from France. Bedtime here on the East Coast of the US.
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    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    @Your Mom, earlier today, I saw you in 3rd. Impressive. I am three or four or five days behind, but have finally gotten to the ice wall. I started at 250,xxx, behind the frigate. Hotfoot, Sticky, & Divided Sky are the SA friends in the screen shot. I think this weather system behind us is going to fizzle out though. We are going to continue to fall farther behind the lead pack that has been running at 20+ knots for two+ days! edit - has anyone figured out how to turn off the damn help bubbles? They are helpful, I just want them to be optional!!!!
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    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    +1 TR. Ugh...not shit. I started several days late. I am hoping to pick up the next weather train and get moving east.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    I see this a lot on powerboats...even the commercial charter boats with a windless..but those dudes don't ever go up on the bow. I can see the advantages of that arrangement.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    OK, What I thought would happen some day has happened. I tried and tried and tried, but I just could not in good conscience let it go. This is both a blessing and a curse and I might as well get on with it. The short story is my father (not the step-father with the Tartan 3000 I usually chat about on CA) is starting his transition to a more permanent, warmer climate in his land yacht. He's decided to start unloading assets and other cumbersome things from his life as his blood thins out. This means I have been 'given' his Catalina 30. It is an old one; 1977, hull #511, to be exact. Much like the 'holding tank thread' from the Tartan, I plan to use this thread to ask for help and bitch and moan about being a boat owner (since I got the registration & stickers in the mail in my name this week), I guess it is official, I am the proud owner of a Catalina 30. The list is looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong. The boat has been neglected. I do not like sailing neglected boats. I like to sail well maintained boats, that I can drive to, toss some beers in the cooler, head out for some sailing, and enjoy without worrying. I have a log way to get there with this boat..I may never get there , but I am gonna start on that process. Here's the short list, or maybe the items of higher importance, along with some Q's thrown in...feel free to throw anything at me, because for sure I've sat back here at SA as an armchair quarterback long enough that I deserve it: Motor - original Atomic 4 Only been drowned twice Runs like shit Has some odd, ghetto wiring (thanks Dad!) It still runs and will push the boat out of its slip (I think) Must replace exhaust hose soon. Wires sticking out of the hose What are these seacock things with thumb screws? Rubber seals?! Are you fucking serious?!?!?!?!? Bottom - She's pretty wet, (since it was new) My Dad liked his boat in the water ready to go..362 1/2 days a year (he pulled it out over a long weekend to scrape and paint) blisters - oh yeah - at least there were the last time I saw the bottom 5 years ago, and for the last ten years, he's only hauled it every other year Question - Do I haul it and block it for the winter? Pops says it might get worse if I let it dry out. Bilge/Keel - Uh... Jesus, is that a bilge pump?! Does it actually pump water? Oh, you mean the bilge is actually white underneath all the sludge? Hey check that out..those protuberances are keel bolts! what happens when the nuts on the keel boats rust away enough so as to be almost indistinguishable? whoa...what the hell did the shop vac just suck up? Jesus! did you ever wipe or sponge this thing? Interior cushions Mmmm, that's a nice gas & oil smell, yes dear, the garage smells like that from the cushions Uh, Dad, did you notice that every bit of teak oil that was ever on the hatchboards is now in this one cushion under the steps? Oh boy, do these smell Of course, they're 30 years old, don't touch the zippers! Yes honey, we'll get new ones someday..you do realize each piece is custom, right? Steam Vac, here I come! Rig/sails - Don't get me started, I am afraid to pull up a sail right now...let's get the engine running enough to haul the boat, we'll sail next spring. OK, so that should get us started. The engine I am OK with, as I have enlisted the help of Indigo & Moyer Marine (and the Moyer forum), however, suggestions are always welcome. I've been working on it that last few weeks as it is much easier to test run & repair in the water than on shore. The biggest looming question is the bottom. I really want to haul it and store it on the hard for the winter to assess the thing. It must have 2,000 lbs. of water in it. Are the blisters really going to get worse? Remember, this is a cruising boat. I want it in as good a shape as I can get a 32 year old boat, but I won't be wet sanding the bottom or anything. I still don't like blisters though.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    Well, since this is my thread...here is my update. Slapped a tarp on the cabin house during the recent deluge of 5" while Eta and its remnants passed by. Boat is totally dry on the inside now, when it was not before...so I need to repair/rebed the seahood. The tarp is easy to remove and putz around the harbor...saw LYNX tied up in Solomons today. My plan is the tarp will keep the boat dry while I have the seahood home for repair. I will also likely put a boom tent over the boom too after I remove the mainsail..I am slow and lazy...it will take me a couple months to do the fiberglass work.
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    RIP Austin1972 1972-2020

    RIP, Matt. 2020 sux ballz.
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    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    i am late to start so I am WAAAY behind...but I am in the race!
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    OK..carry on...any updates?
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    Soverel 27

    At least the motor is on top of the keel. that is about the best you can do for reducing drag with a prop shaft.
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    8 Bells Geoff Ewenson

    Ugh. My wife and I did a Charleston with Geoff on Rhumb Punch several years ago, but we also know Mary & Geoff from the Chesapeake racing scene too. This news sucks.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    sometimes you gotta work on the boat too. Mid-summer short haul..the prop was getting dirty making the engine run hotter and work harder, and she was sluggish (even more sluggish than your typical 4KSB! ), so in the land of sea nettles, it is easier to pay the man with the travel lift, and an hour later she is all fresh and clean.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    Thanks, @chester. I am limited by the mainsheet placement, but the upside is that it hangs over the companionway too a bit and keeps some sun out of the cabin! If I ever move the traveler forward like newer boats (which would clutter the cabin top up), I would slide it aft some. I probably won't do major changes like that. The mainsheet in the back is in almost the best spot with a tiller. LOL - thanks @AjaxMaybe I will email a pic to Frank. I am sure he is always getting pictures of broken shit and needing help fixing them.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    Some days, I am not working on the 4KSB and we do actually go sailing. May be doing about 5.7 in this pic taken this summer.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    Only been on day sails so far...not even really rafting up with people yet. Maybe this fall. Right now, it is on the cabin sole..we did a little race and I didn't want that bitch swinging around on the bow.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    thanks, Grr...still have not finished up above the rub rail yet. I learned a lot on the hull so I can improve my technique in the more, ah, intricate areas..
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    Grr...what is that nasty diesel in your galley area?!?!?!? Sometimes you get lucky and the 4KSB does 6 knots. After painting the hull last year, buffing her up, and re-freshing the bottom, plus 12 knots of wind does wonders. Mainsail hanging in there for being 12 years old while Mrs. HB pretending to sun herself and snapping some pics. Great day on the water.
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    Off Center Harbor offer

    That is good problem to have Russell. I have too many projects to buy a boat kit..Mrs. Bitches would kill me if another 'project on a pallet' showed up. Someday though...some day. In the meantime, I will be brushing up on the epoxy videos..My latest epoxy experiments have been simple overdrill & fill of screw holes in the deck...pretty boring stuff.
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    Off Center Harbor offer

    Since I took advantage of the Off Center Harbor deal and have been checking out some of the stuff on the site, I am getting a strange sensation to do some boat building! This might be a great time to start that PT-11 kit I've been wanting to do. i could take the $$ I was going to put into the big boat (since I can't get to it with the marina shut down), and get a little boat instead! Guess I need to get off my ass and order the damn thing first. In reality, I have been lucky enough to be working from home for a while now..this quarantine has jacked up my routine because now Mrs. Bitches is all up in my ass all day when I am trying to do real work.
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    Off Center Harbor offer

    Ours is not either. I have never lived anywhere else, but I consider this area is pretty rural, with pockets of tightly clustered neighborhoods here and there though..But as with 'luxury items' like boats, a majority of the owners are in the city where the $$ is better, and come down here to get away. I am on the other end of the spectrum, I live close to the marina, at the end of a peninsula, but can't use my boat that no one else has or will be on anytime soon. Just complaining mostly..and more about not being able to continue spring projects. I have plenty around the house though..I'd just rather be configuring my iPad on my NMEA network instead of shoveling construction debris out of my crawlspace.
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    Off Center Harbor offer

    By the way, to make sure we stay on topic, I did use the special $5 deal to join Off Center Harbor, and I am sending an email with @Kris Cringle's lobstah deets to some friends that really enjoy it.
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    Off Center Harbor offer

    Whoa..I do not live over there anymore!! That is across the bridge and closer to Waldorf. I do not claim that area, but it did make the local news. That dude is a piece of work apparently. Registered sex offender, armed robbery charges, etc. I can't believe he has 60 friends that came to a bonfire, but there are a lot of idiots down here..maybe they were burning all their infected personables!
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    Off Center Harbor offer

    I agree with Ajax's assessment..too hard to differentiate, so it is easier to lock it all down. Ajax and me are in the minority of how most people use their boats around here I think. I love a big raft up, but I ain't doing that in March! To me, "recreational boating" to the DNR in MD means a pile of people tied up to the local restaurant/bar pier partying it up, or having a dance party of 15 people on their center console/bay built in the creek cruising along at 5kts. Our marina lock down is the same way. My slip neighbor is in Bethesda..the county they live in has the highest infection rate in the state. The whole family drove down to the boat when they heard the lock down coming on Monday to check on it after they happily let it sit all winter..They are very nice, educated/smart well-to-do, etc, but, I worry more about them coming down to slower MD and infecting the area than the drunk down the street having a 'party of 9' with all the locals in her front yard every afternoon. So, even though I can walk/bike to my boat, the result is I am not allowed to enter the marina property. Furthermore, this 'lock (most of it) all down' theory is no different IMO than the whole stay-at-home mandate. People with common sense are already staying 6 feet away from everyone else and cleaning and disinfecting and shopping for essentials at off-peak hours. It is the one zombie that just drove down here from NYC dragging his knuckles all over Walmart/the gas pump/the liquor store door handle, etc. that will infect 1000 other people. No enforcement unit has the capacity to weed this one asshole out of the haystack, so, we have to sit at home for a month while those guys wander the streets and we wait a month for the COVID-19 to finally die off the hard surfaces they touched.
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    Off Center Harbor offer

    Hmmmm.....lobster, eh ?
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    Girl with patreon account goes sailing in hot place

    dylan, there has been a long discussion over on the main SA forum with these two.