Tom Scott

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  1. Tom Scott

    Interesting new DIY Catamaran build

    Hi Shaggy! I tried to message you and answer you directly. Only after I composed the message did I see that you do not accept messages. So, I will answer you directly here. As I have told others who have messaged me, I simply realized that I am not a good fit for the kind of conversation that permeates this forum. I had about 13 people on ignore, and still couldn't get away from it. And when the shit started getting directed toward me personally, I absolutely knew I didn't want to participate in that ugly "game". I sail for enjoyment. I don't mind arguments at all - but many here seem to talk "at you" rather than "with you". Some say things I do on my boat won't work for them (Fine!), but then they say it doesn't work for ME, even though I know it does! ( Halyards at the mast; Atomic 4; centerboard; no lazy jacks; etc.). Others here seem to go out of their way to TRY and attack at every possible opportunity. Sure, I get that this is "anarchy", so there is no changing it. But, I just don't enjoy the mudslinging. I would far prefer to disagree without being disagreeable, and far less ugliness ..and that just isn't what SA is all about. I am a bad fit for here. The precipitating moment for me was this: I got a bunch a shit thrown at me in a thread I started about shoal draft cruisers, and a couple of others piled on there and elsewhere. It was said that I was "argumentative" and "bullheaded"? ..Of course there was no way for me to argue that point without making their point. I came here to talk about sailboats, not get into personality wars. I lurked here for many years long before I posted - and I am happily back to lurking now. (..I actually lasted longer than I imagined I would! ) I truly have no issue with anyone who thinks my boat heels too much, or doesn't agree with how I sail her. My "issue" arises when the disagreement evolves beyond someone arguing about what I do, and becomes focused on attacking me personally - as if I'm personally flawed because I don't sail the way they do, or do things the way they do. Perhaps that difference seems subtle to some - but not for me. It's the difference between saying: "That rigging you have there is fucked up!", and "You are fucked up". And while I do tend to be rather thin-skinned, my departure was really about not wanting to be drawn into repeated ugly conversations - something I could readily do if I didn't control myself. I see more and more people just being rude and ugly to one another every day. It sickens me. Being ugly and rude has nearly become a "new normal" almost everywhere, and it seems to be celebrated here. I don't want to be that way. Since the age of eight, sailing has always been my vehicle to step away from all the ugliness I encounter. I'm choosing to value and protect that. Bottom Line: I'm just not a good fit for here. Hope this clarifies things for you. Tom Scott
  2. No biggie - I still like reading what Ajax has to say on other topics.
  3. Perhaps TwoLegged - but I don't think so. Some recent examples: ...there are others besides these. I obviously have annoyed him somewhere along the way, so the little digs are now commonplace.
  4. Tom Scott

    My newest project

    Yes, But it sure seems like a lot of thought has gone into to choosing the best equipment, installing it in the best possible manner, and providing decent access to it. I rather like the dual autopilot installation - you just know one is going to fail, so you are ready with the back-up already installed. There sure are a lot of "things" on the boat - but everything seems to be the best of its class, and installed right. I think it should be very reliable for quite a while.
  5. Ajax, you are grossly over-estimating the negative effect of a centerboard in your otherwise miss-characterized description of the stability of my boat. Just for reference, Irwin made a fixed keel version of their 32' that drew 5' - and Morgan made a fixed keel version of the 30 (..extended to 33') that drew 5' as well. The difference in heel angle between fixed keel and centerboard when sailing upwind in 15 knots of wind was on the order of 3 degrees. But, since you have been relishing every opportunity to direct snarky comments toward me and my boat lately, it is probably pointless to discuss it further with you...
  6. With one exception, every boat I have ever owned has had a centerboard. So, I can't completely follow the "worth it" for a cruiser comment. It implies that those of us with centerboards are paying some terribly heavy price that is nearly unbearable! Sure, compared to a deep fin we absolutely loose some stiffness and windward prowess. But that really isn't a fair comparison to make because I can't have a deep fin keel and enjoy a boat in SW Florida. Shoal draft of some type is the only option for me. So, since I must have shoal draft, which option gives the "best" shoal draft? Well, in terms of absolute measure, the centerboard option typically does. Sure, the shoal draft keel Endeavour sails "ok" going upwind, but when we arrive at our destination - I'll draw 3'-6" in an Irwin 32 - and he'll draw 4'-3". (...that is not an insignificant difference in SW Florida.) As for the sailing: On the way to our destination, the Irwin can outpoint the shoal keel sailer with the board down, and often enjoy an easier helm off the wind (..if it's blowing hard) by simply angling in a little board for balance. Yes, a centerboard typically has cables, sheaves, a pin, and winch that require periodic attention, but in the context of everything else a sailboat needs, it probably amounts to .02% more work. "Wheel vs tiller" is just another choice to be made. Yes, I prefer a tiller to a wheel for the feel it provides - and the simplicity of it. And if you think about it, a steering wheel can require nearly as much attention as a centerboard - there are sheaves, cables, a quadrant and pins involved in most steering mechanisms ..all of which must be inspected and maintained. (..A tiller might need varnish.) If a centerboard isn't "worth it" for a cruiser, a wheel shouldn't be "worth it" for a cruiser either. (..but of course, both are.)
  7. I think the Endeavor 32 meets all my specs. I think I rather prefer the original Irwin 32 (...that Endeavor bought the molds for to make their 32.) I think the original Irwin K/CB arrangement is preferable (for me) than the fat shoal and wing keels Endeavor later added - and I sorta like the Irwin's original step down cabin trunk line. The Irwin also came with a tiller as standard equipment, whereas all the Endeavors I have seen have had a wheel. (..I like a tiller!) Having said all that, the Endeavor boats were probably slightly better built than the Irwin's - but not so much better that I'd prefer one. Still, good addition to the list!
  8. Uh huh. I've never seen anybody do it to pull in to a slip for lunch - or even overnight. I think it's like taking the seats out of my wife's old mini-van to haul cargo. Sure, you CAN do it. But you almost never do. I have enough to do bringing a boat into a marina single-handed. Folding up my amas while drifting around is not for me.
  9. ...Well, then you realize that "the shoaler the draft the better" around these parts. I really don't think a boat that draws 4'-9" would make me too happy - but I have seen the Pearson 36 (..that is very similar to that 38), and it has some admirable attributes. Pearson's are generally very decent boats. I think I'd prefer the older Pearson 39 that had a centerboard and could happily sail on her ear without gripping - and can readily be had for well under 50K.. (..Can't say I'm a fan of using V-drives off the engine, though. )
  10. Sorry, Lasal! You know the rules. (...But, in a few years - after a few more high-priced components fail - that boat would be a fine choice,)
  11. Tom Scott

    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    I think it's FIRST about having that major goal - developing that vision of where YOU want to end up - and then looking at the choices you can make that may get you there. You can start anywhere. If washing dishes is what you do now, then that is what you do - but is washing dishes forever going to help you achieve your goal(s)? Probably not. So, then, you must figure out how to move beyond washing dishes to make your living. You could try to go back to school, or learn a trade. Look for opportunities to meet and talk with people who are doing the things you'd like to do, or who have already reached a goal you are aiming for. Many folks who have worked their way up toward success are happy to share their stories and lessons. There will be plenty to learn even though they are older, and times have changed. You will be surprised by how many times most people fail, and adjust, and just push ahead on their path toward success. You will come to appreciate the level of focus and work it will take - but most importantly, you will realize that YOU can do it, too! It would be great if you could find a mentor, an older person who is in whatever field that interests you and who is willing to guide you and help you focus on those things that will lead you toward success. It is important that you find something you are capable of enjoying and being good at. If you can do that, it will be much easier to become the best at what you do - and being "among the best" is one key to enjoying the success necessary to help you reach your goals. In the meantime, strive to be the best at whatever you are doing now. Be the best damn dishwasher the restaurant manager ever hired! Your attitude defines you. I am currently mentoring a young couple - and the young man is 25 years old. He has worked in the food service industry all his life (.his parents own a restaurant), and he bused tables, became a waiter, and eventually managed - all at places his parents didn't own. He was making a couple hundred dollars a night on tips, but he wanted more from life. His work ethic showed everywhere he went. Based almost entirely on his attitude and work ethic, he got a job with a major home and kitchen remodeling company as a salesman. They trained him - and he studied hard. He works on straight commission - his success is entirely in his hands. He got married this past November, and started his new job in December. He is tearing it up! He is already among the top salesman in his company, and he has sold over $500,000 worth of remodel wok in just seven months. He makes a 10% commission, and is continuing to charge ahead. He and his wife have their own small home, and she works for the County and brings good benefits and a small but steady salary to their mix. The young man will not be a remodeling salesman forever, but his success there will absolutely open new doors for him down the line. He has a goal to live on the water someday with a boat in his backyard, to have children, and enjoy a high quality of life with his wife and family. He works hard, plays hard, and focuses on those things that will help him move forward. I have been helping his wife pay for college and get out of debt - and both my wife and I are offering them advice and assistance wherever we can. But they are the ones with the goals and dreams, and they are working toward them together. He has plans, and is learning, working, and saving for the future. He and his wife are on a great path toward achieving their goals because they know what they want, and are finally working to get there, You can do the same! Decide where you want to end up, and then determine what steps will be necessary to lead you there by talking to people who have already done it. There is no ONE right way, but there are a lot of dead ends you can avoid with the advice of a good mentor. Finally, when you arrive at your desired destination ...stop ...turn around ...and extend a helping hand outward to the next generation working to follow in your footsteps by whatever means you are capable of. When you do that, you will know the true value of what you have accomplished. Maybe take some young folks sailing on your sailboat, and talk about how they might have a good life?
  12. Tom Scott

    Uglyboat Admiration Society Hang Out

    ..a "monomaran".
  13. Tom Scott

    An Idiot, a cat, and a sailboat

    Vaeredil, Here are 25 steps that you may consider "food for thought" as you contemplate your future: Develop a goal - or a few goals. Consider ways that you might achieve those goals. List all of the possible ways. Write them down. Also, write down on a piece of paper those things that you can do well. Based on what you think you do well, consider what might be the best match (jobs) for achieving your goals? Learn what is necessary to become employed in an area that interests you and can help you achieve your goals. Do everything you are capable of doing to make yourself prepared and competitive for becoming employed in your chosen area of interest. Attempt to get employment doing what you like. You will likely fail multiple times. When you fail, ask the employer why. Listen to what they say. Be persistent. You may get a job close to what you want. Start wherever you can. Develop a positive attitude. Attitude is often a more important factor than even talent. Work hard. Do not be satisfied with "good enough". Work hard to be the best you can possibly be, no matter what your job. Tell your boss that you want to learn everything and anything about your chosen field of work - and keep learning at every opportunity. Make yourself one of THE people that others turn to when something needs fixing or doing. Become the "go-to" guy. Become a problem solver. Don't bitch about it - fix it. Ask your boss "what keeps him or her awake at night" - and work to improve that situation. Become an expert at what you do. Take advantage of every learning opportunity that presents itself. Teach others, and share your expertise. Expect promotions or increased salary commensurate with your abilities. If you are not receiving them, talk with your boss and explain your goals and expectations. If you have been successful thus far, your boss will do everything possible to keep you on the team. If they are unable to keep you, leave - but, try not to leave unless you already have a new place to go. As an expert in your field who trains others and solves problems, you will be in demand somewhere. You may switch jobs many times in your working life, but always maintain your personal standards of excellence in all that you do. Avoid gossip. Do not bad mouth your boss, co-workers, company, or others. If things are truly bad, vote with your feet (leave), but if your field is small, you may cross paths with your old co-workers and managers again someday. (..hence item 20.) At some point, your observable attributes and great attitude may cause your to become a supervisor, manager, or boss. Accept that responsibility. When you become a supervisor, manager, or boss - treat others exactly the way you would want to be treated when you were in their shoes. Lead by example. Demand the best from your workers - the same as you demand from yourself - but do give them the tools, guidance, and support they need to succeed. Help others succeed. Share your successes; share your failures, and share lessons learned. As you are working through the outline above, here are some helpful hints that may assist you in dealing with life's speed bumps along the way: Always try to live below your means. Just because you can afford it does not mean you should buy it. Pay yourself first. Consider your savings account as a mandatory bill, and put something in there first - every time you get a paycheck. Always ask yourself where you would like to be when you are at age 60, 70, or 80. (...time is on your side when you are young - not so much when you're old.) Develop a plan. Do not be afraid to change the plan. (..the plan isn't nearly as important as the planning!). Look for ways to become a person who helps others. When you realize that life is bigger than your own needs and desires, everything changes.(..for the better!) Be patient. It takes time to succeed at anything. Do not be afraid to fail - learn all you can from your failures, and never accept failure as an inevitable result. Find a life partner you can love ..and who will love you back. Two people working toward a common goal is more fun, efficient, effective, rewarding, and satisfying. Develop your priorities, and focus on them. Time is always a challenge, so spend your time where the results are the most important for you. Have fun! Find enjoyment in not spending all your money. Find enjoyment in working hard, Find enjoyment in helping others. Find enjoyment in fulfilling your dreams Hope these help! Life is tough, and seldom easy, but you are still young enough to make lots of changes and adjustments. (...For example, if welding interests you, begin planning now on how you might become the best welder. Don't become "a welder", become the "best welder". Stay flexible, but give some serious thought to where you are, and where you are going. Make sure that it is someplace of your own choosing. If you have developed your own goals, you can at least use them as a basis for evaluating the many choices you have left to make as your life plays out. Without them, you are just rolling the dice - and most dice games are seldom concluded in your favor. Regards, Tom Scott