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  1. Better to finish bold than finish last.
  2. billr

    Foam deck

    I just replaced the original 5 year old Raptor deck in my cockpit with Hydro Turf. The estimate for Raptor Deck replacement was over $600 (that is pre-cut and pre-glued). The Hydro Turf was $84 including shipping for two 62" x 40" grade B sheets. I had to cut out the pieces (not difficult - cuts fine with large sharp scissors) and glue it (2 coats of contact cement on both surfaces, also not difficult). By far the most time consuming and frustrating part of the project was removal of the old Raptor Deck. I waited too long. After three years I could have peeled most of it off easily. By 5 yrs it had to be scraped off bit by bit. I've heard the new Raptor Deck is more durable than the original but haven't seen any data. Too soon to comment on the Hydro Turf but so far I'm happy with it.
  3. He's not on Fiji with the rest of us.
  4. In the past as soon as he is on land he switches to FB and posts from the Delorme stop. If he's stuck on a reef than its a different story.
  5. Are you still on southeast Asian women?
  6. Wait, isn't that the protest committee?
  7. Rimas is an expert grifter. Watch and learn.
  8. There is a small group of his friends who have been posting wind maps and realize he's drifting too far north for Fiji.
  9. My dad was there in WWII.
  10. Noooo. Solo sailing around the world. World record book.. Alaska was just a distraction.
  11. They are still waiting...
  12. Using a handheld VHF with a range of maybe 5 mi?
  13. He's a professional indigent, feckless halfwit. Been doing it his whole life. He won't work, can't sail, won't lift a finger but he's impressively good at grifting and managing his staff of enablers.
  14. You can only change your bet if you commit to sailing the next leg with Rimas. So...what's your new bet?
  15. All of his Delorme posts show up on his Facebook page. Enablers there feed him info and arrange tows.