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    Pink Floyd - History

    Who hasn't considered a Polka-based Floyd act.
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    Old Fart Solo Up The U.S. East Coast?

    Maybe consider the western side of the Great Loop? Since you're starting from the gulf side of FL this option might have some appeal. Even more so if your destination was the Lake Michigan side of Michigan. Anyway, a friend had to move his boat (a Hunter 380) from Detroit, MI to Mobile, AL this past fall. His first consideration was to go full St. Lawrence Seaway route then south around Florida. From a practical and timing standpoint, this was a no-go. Due to scheduled closures along the Erie canal the timing window he had obviated the ICW route, and the re-opening of some Chicago area locks made the Chicago to Mobile trip more feasible. After sailing from Detroit to Chicago he had the boat yard in Chicago area drop the mast. They also transported the mast to Mobile by truck. This was a bit more expensive than having the mast stored on deck, but made handling the boat easier without the long overhangs and also made moving about on deck a nonissue. Even though he often single-handed while sailing on the great lakes, he always had two people aboard at all times for the river/canal transit. He just felt it made sense to do that on the narrower canals.
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    Maritime Art Anarchy

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    Gandalf’s for sale

    True about the string. At the very least the string should have been wrapped in duct tape. That would show to the women that he is handy.
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    Gandalf’s for sale

    The Red Green suspenders are a nice touch, but isn't a flannel shirt required? Didn't watch the entire video, was the cameraman's name Harold, by chance?
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    Daysailer for old people

    From Harbor 20 to Esse 850. This thread sure narrows it down. Is the "traditional" appearance thing still a factor?
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    Raise the Roof

    I'm just under 6 feet. When I go from my Ranger 26, which has pygmy headroom, to a friend's O'day 27 the O'day feels like a cathedral. But at your height I can see where it might feel limiting. Never heard of anyone adding a pop-top to an existing boat, but anything is possible if you have the checkbook. I would guess the market value of your O'day is not too much. And the cost to make a pop-top would cost well more than the boat is worth without adding any value. But it still sounds like a cool idea. I would think most glasswork places wouldn't find this to be an insurmountable problem, but might be put off by liability. A pop-top is a lot of mass that can do some big damage if the user fucks up the raising/lowering process. So hardware choice is a big factor. If you decide to go the DIY route you might be able to scrounge an existing top and hardware from a scrap Catalina 22 or 25 and tweak it to fit the O'day coach profile. Might reduce the cost a small bit. And don't forget to Youtube.
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    custom stainless straps, plates etc

    White Water Marine in MI can do what you want. https://whitewatermarineinc.com/ I've used them for various special designs. Always good work.
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    Clean way to mount new instrument displays

    A friend did some similar work on his boat. On the exterior he used some 1/8th inch (maybe a bit thicker) aluminum plate to cover the old mounting area and fit the new displays. After sizing the plate, rounding the edges, adding the needed cutout and some mounting holes, he had the plate powder coated in a red color he thought was complementary to the boat. On the interior he used an easily-removable wood panel to cover the old mounting area. It was stained to somewhat match the rest of the interior. Ended up looking pretty good, except for the powder coating which was a shade or so off what was needed. Probably should have gone with a greyish white or similar neutral coating.
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    Daysailer for old people

    Helped haul a Capri 26 the other day. I had never seen this model boat before and was surprised how attractive it appeared on the water. I thought it was a very nice looking boat, in more of a modern sense, not in a traditional manner. This boat had an inboard which due to the reverse transom probably makes more sense than an outboard. Enclosed head and minimalist interior are nice touches. Cockpit appeared to be fairly roomy. All in all it took me by surprise. Probably would fit the budget if the non-traditional look isn't a deal breaker. I'm guessing the performance might be a bit lacking, but for an older couple it might work.
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    New guy, first sailboat

    I think I need to form a band just so we can use that as our name.
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    Cruise ship making - timelapse

    Doesn't matter if it's a cruise ship or an aircraft carrier, the lego block approach is, I believe, the Standard Operating Procedure for virtually any large ship. Of course each lego block is unique and has to match up with all the other unique blocks it contacts. The complexity involved in the engineering, coordination and record keeping has got to be an impressive task.
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    Colregs ignorance

    The CG is not always a source to rely on. Once after a Wednesday evening race in which I single-handed I was continuing sailing since it was a very nice evening. Had my running lights on. Noticed a CG boat leaving its port and heading in my direction with its flashing lights on. Was wondering where they were headed. They pulled along side me and told me to turn on my masthead light. I explained that I wasn't motoring and turning that light on would indicate I was a powerboat. We went back on forth a bit, them telling me to turn it on, me saying it was against regulations. I finally decided that arguing with the Coast Guard while I had a number of empty beer cans in the cockpit wasn't the best idea. So I turned the masthead light on. Called the CG station the next day and had to work up the chain to in order to talk to the commander. He agreed that his people were wrong. The episode had me wondering though, if I couldn't trust the CG to know even one of the most basic rules I'm sure not going to think that the average boater knows much at all about the regulations.
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    At $3000 I have to give credit to the Chaser 33 seller. He seems to be realistic regarding the market for a not well known 40 yr old boat.