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  1. SemiSalt

    Between Boston and Maine, stopping spots

    When I sailed that way with my uncle in 1968, we stopped at Biddeford Pool. We just ducked in far enough to find a protected spot to anchor for the night in good weather. My uncle and cousin did take the dink in search of something or other. Just by the way, there are some interesting magnetic anomalies in the area of Seguin Island. Not so critical in the age of GPS, and not really an issue for us back in days of compass navigation because the weather was excellent; we were bound for the Sheepscot River and could see where we were going.
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    For the man who wants a 28' yawl, there aren't too many choices. The Tartan will sail rings around an H-28. A Nimble 30, if you can find one, might be a better choice.
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    Time to get serious, daysailer shopping

    The point about mountain sailing is not so much the the wind is strong or that the breeze is light, but that it's variable. Dillon is a place where a high percentage of the 15-footers are keel boats.
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    Time to get serious, daysailer shopping

    If you had a list of all-time best boats in that size range, the Ranger 26 would be on it. The Ensign might also be on it, but I'd want a self-bailing cockpit. The C&C boats in your size range are great sailing boats. I haven't seen a 27 that didnt look beat to shit in a while. The 25s seem to have lasted better. The 24s are dirt cheap, but that may be because they really aren't cruisers. One of the Mirages is very similar, I think. But they are all 40 years old.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Better stick to the tiny tris where the 1 man crew is stuck in the main hull.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    There are various home build trimaran designs that use scavenged Hobinhulls for amas, so there is hope.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    My uncle had a house on an island in Maine. Anything too big for an OB skiff was brought in by a local waterman with a big enough boat. There may not be many places where you make money with a boat like this landing craft, but there are probably a few. Maybe you can get attached to some large construction project...
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    RaspberryPi - OpenPlotter

    Though the channel to my YC isn't especially problematic, I created a GPS "route home" much as you describe to use in case of dense fog or the like. The GPS now has about 5 years of tracks in and out to follow as well. Roger Long, an N.A. and single-handed cruiser, wrote up an experience where he was following a similar route when a GPS position showed him off-route in very shallow water. Just on the wrong side of a channel marker, as best I remember. Long chased it down with the people who run the GPS system, and there was a documented brief error in the system for some obscure reason. GPS is quite reliable, but not 100%.
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    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    I doubt Bolger contemplated four (4!) owners. He was trying for the smallest pile of materials with the assumption that also meant small cost and small building time. Properly fitted out, an AS-29 looks shipshape and does work. Bolger would agree that you could compile more money, time, and skill into a better boat. To illustrate the point, consider some alternate designs with similar capabilities, but more conventional design. First, Tanton design #940, SeaWeed. Thirty=four feet long. Second, Karl Stambaugh's Bahama Mama. You are welcome to prefer either to the AS-29, but the Bolger boat will be halfway around the Great Loop before you launch.
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    Boats for two couples

    Beneteau First 345. If nothing, a sweet sailing boat. Aft cabin and forepeak.
  11. Lithium batteries require a recharging method, replaceable batteries require a trip to Costco. I still use a Garmin 276. Totally obsolete now, of course. The 276Cx looks great except for Garmin's ideas about pricing. I'd be concerned concerned about the ability to see the big picture on the small screen. "Can I really go either way around this obstacle, or is one side not navigable? "
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    Coolboats to admire

    I looked through the aptly named Sam Crocker's Boats. There are two that look pretty much like this. Sparhawk, design #253 from 1940. Bottom pic. Gull, design #304 from 1956. Top pic. Very similar boats. I first thought it was Sparhawk because of the slightly longer bowsprit, but reading the text, Gull is more likely because it was the newer design and apparently quite popular. I am unable to see any detail on the chainplate treatment in the drawings. None of Crocker's drawings show anything on the exterior.
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    Coolboats to admire

    The Hinckley sailboat business was buffeted by a combination of factors. Their customers vanished in a financial crisis, their image was skewed by the Picnic Boats, there were changes in management, etc. One of the big things was that they had pushed their traditional designs about as far as they could and they didn't find a way to migrate to more modern style without losing their uniqueness. It might have been easier if they were building sailboats all the while, but they weren't. Is Morris still part of the same company? They have filled the niche that HInckley vacated which makes it all the more difficult.
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    Old Fart Solo Up The U.S. East Coast?

    Per here, 5 ropes on a sailing ship.
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    Old Fart Solo Up The U.S. East Coast?

    Remember the aviation (boating) advice that the most dangerous thing to have aboard a airplane (boat) is a schedule (calendar). There are lots of days you should stay tied to a dock. I was on delivery crew bringing a Tartan 33 back to Connecticut from the Newport, VA area. We spent a night in Cape May and awoke to a strong westerly. Great we thought. We discussed it with a retired couple on a 40'. Not gonna go, he said, she doesn't like it too windy. About 6pm we reached Barnegat. The coastline turns a bit there, and wind increased and shifted more northeast. With darkness falling, we entered the Barnegat Inlet and found ourselves amid uncertainties of shoal water, and vaguely marked channels. We made out OK, but having a 5 guys aboard was part of the reason why. I remember thinking that the old guy back in Cape May probably made a good decision. A guy from here in Stamford took his Hunter 34 to Chicago. Crew of 4, it took about 2 weeks. There are several route options. They ran the engine for the whole trip, even the southbound trip down Lake Michigan after the mast was restepped.