Jim in Halifax

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    Wind. Water. Staying on top of both.

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  1. Jim in Halifax

    Round the world nonstop on a (insert vessel here)

    A long time ago someone at Shearwater Yacht Club introduced me to an old codger (whose name I appropriately don't remember) as "the first sailor to solo circumnavigate the world and not write a book about it". He said it was just something he "had a mind to do" so he did it. I re-read Slocum's Sailing Alone Around The World every few years; pretty amazing that he started it all.
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    Retirement boat dreaming.

    That's a nice boat, on paper and in photos. Are there many issues with import and taxes going NZ to Oz? Seems like it would be a nice retirement kick-off cruise...
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    Round the world nonstop on a (insert vessel here)

    I think it comes down to the old dichotomy of whether the goal is the passage or the destination. For most of us cruisers, it would be the destination, along with the satisfaction of meeting the challenges of the passage. For the hard core solo circumnavigators of Moitissier's ilk, it is the beauty and solitude of long ocean passages, marked by the achievements of passing the great capes. To many of the later, records are secondary goals.
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    Round the world non stop on a Contessa 32...

    The interview with André Huglot reminded me of reading Moitissier's The Long Way or watching Yves Gélina's film Around the World with Jean de Sud - a different breed these old-style circumnavigators who sail without daily Facebook posts and video uplinks. They enjoy a peace and solitude that modern round-the-world racers don't get (and maybe don't want). That said, Vendée Globe would not be the success it is without the rock star personalities, modern satellite comms and the instant gratification that near-daily video posts provides the fans. I can't imagine the Golden Globe being staged again for quite a while.
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    Round the world non stop on a Contessa 32...

    Apparently the issue with the self steering was the oar breakaway design was sometimes separating when it shouldn't have. It uses a bungie cord 'spring' that determines the impact force required to release the oar. It sounds like the bungie loops needed adjustment or replacement. An annoyance at sea, but not a show-stopper.
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    Round the world non stop on a Contessa 32...

    It extends inside the lazarette roughly 18" and is heavily braced. It is rock solid. With a servo pendulum oar, most of the force on the blade is translated into athwartship rotation that produces the steering force for the ship's rudder. As the oar is rotated on axis a few degrees by the wind vane (yellow arrows in picture), the whole oar swings in the "strut" in an arc to port or starboard (red arrows) as a result of the motion of the boat through the water. There is little side-to-side load on the tube through the stern; its all rotational force. The oar also has a spring-loaded breakaway design, in case you hit a log or something. Its a slick design.
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    Round the world non stop on a Contessa 32...

    I was pleased to see that M.Huglot used a Cap Horn servo pendulum wind vane on his Contessa 32. Its manufactured in Québec and is guaranteed for a circumnavigation. I have one on my boat, but I will probably never sail a " longue route" (hélas).
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    where is webb chiles?

    I doubt Webb gives a fig about records, but even had Gannet gone through the canal (a man-made, fresh water ditch, hardly part of the contiguous saltwater that circles our Earth) she would not have been 'sailing' as it is not permitted in the Panama canal.
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    The AJAX gets rammed

    Good to hear but its probably not the same Ajax as I remember. Not too many wooden Cape Island boats have a longevity of 50+ years. I think the club replaced that Ajax with a new one, possibly fiberglass, circa 1980... 'Course our Ajax here on CA is irreplaceable.
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    The AJAX gets rammed

    When I was a kid in Junior Squadron, the committee boat at our club was a doughty Cape Islander named Ajax and the crash boats were Hector and Achilles. I had always assumed the anarchist Ajax was named after our committee boat...
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    I just drain it (after thoroughly rinsing it) and leave the large plug out - no pink antifreeze. But when the time comes, I think its cheaper to replace a Jabsco than rebuild it.
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    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Nice job Ajax. You are no doubt right about the quality of Lavac but I replaced my "shitty (pardon the pun) Wilcox-Crittenden" seventeen years ago with...a Jabsco! Not a hiccup in all that time, just a tablespoon of cooking oil every week or two to keep everything pumping smoothly. I realize YMMV.
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    Shear pin material recommendations?

    It goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway, that anytime you put aluminum in contact with steel or stainless steel, you had best slather it with teflon non-conducting grease or some form of anti-seize if you ever hope to get that pin out again.
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    Mirage 27 Sailboat Review/Advice

    The Mirage 27 is a better looking boat - Dick Steffan built nice boats - but I won't argue the build quality of one over the other. My brother-in-law had a CS 27 and it was built like a brick shit house. Looked like one too...
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    Jeanne Socrates - nonstop solo RTW 2018

    I'm a fan of servo-pendulum windvanes - about as effective as unpowered self-steering gets, if its a good design and installation. Mine doesn't add much more than 50 lbs at the stern - I think Webb Chiles could use it too...