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  1. estarzinger

    Winding Down - an end in sight

    BJ needs to get back to land, sell the boat and figure out finances and the parents before he will know what he 'needs' (or 'wants'). It will depend in great part on where he settles and how the cash flow works and what sort of spare time he has. Those things are pretty much unknowable known unknowns right now I know for ourselves, when we decided to head home, if you had asked me where and how we would end up settled I would have guessed completely wrong. I remember when I stopped driving sports cars, I intentionally got a pickup truck as my main ride, because I wanted something which was apples to oranges, anything with any even minimal 'sporting' ambition would have felt bad compared to the real sports cars. So getting something just in a totally different category felt right .... and we were building a boat at the time so the truck did have functional benefits. But along those lines, the closest thing I came to a building after we came home was a high-performance trimaran. It seemed like the appropriate apples to oranges to our high latitude cruising destroyer that I could have fun, a new learning experience, without any negative comparisons to our 15 year home at sea. It would also have allowed us to reach decent destinations (like Newfoundland, Bermuda, and the Bahamas) pretty quickly so we would not feel like we were abandoning the parents for too long. But in the end, I could not find a good solution to the very practical parking problem . . . whether a good solution to that (a nearby mooring or your own dock) exists depends on where specifically/exactly you are - BJ might settle someplace with a reasonable solution. And then there was the more 'philosophical' 'issue' I had which has probably been discussed already too much above. But for me at least the tri was an exciting prospect for new learning. Yea, this is certainly part of it . . . . but I just (a few days ago) got a custom made, custom geometry Ti bike frame (so a one-off) - with Campy 12 sp eps super record groupset (which is a very low volume item) and other rather 'exotic' low volume items (like 6-gram water bottle cages). The fit-out was done by a small local shop - a retired ex-WT mechanic (who is not making huge money by any means but has just an enormous drive to 'make things right'). It was damn near perfect, I only changed two very small things purely for esthetic reasons.
  2. estarzinger

    Winding Down - an end in sight

    well, lol, it might be perhaps because (in your post 174) you were replying to (and quoted) a post that was specifically about my boat with my name called out.
  3. estarzinger

    Winding Down - an end in sight

    my wife suggested adding two related comments. The first boat we took RTW was quite different than our later/main one - smaller, ketch-rigged, and a bit more 'complicated system-wise (it had at least the systems most feel are essential like fridge and pressure & hot water). And I was definitely less knowledgable/competent about marine stuff then (but project management skills were still pretty good, part of my 'professional' skills). We felt the exact same way about our interactions with marine professionals on that boat, and the second boat was in part a reflection attempt to address it. The second/main boat was much simpler, much more structurally stiffer/stronger, much better sailing boat/performance, and also much easier to control in tight quarters under power. In that change, we did manage to dramatically reduce the quantity of our interactions with marine 'professionals', but we did not manage to increase the quality of those interactions - they still generally sucked. If I was trying to find root causes which added a 'positive spin' to all this, I would suggest 3 . . . . #1 we put a lot of hard miles on our boats - we averaged about 10k nm/year, about 1/2 in higher latitudes and we enjoyed doing longer passages (like cape horn to Fremantle non-stop). So, repairs and installations which would stand up on like 99.9% of boats might well not be sufficient for our usage. #2 we were constantly moving and constantly in new ports, so we did not know who the 'best' local guys were, and we could not build repeated relationships with them, and they never got feedback on how well (or poorly) their work held up for us. and #3 I have worked in high standard industries (like GE aircraft engines) and have high personal standards. I want important systems to not merely be 'good enough' but to be 'as good as possible'. That probably makes me a difficult client. Those points probably do account for some decent percentage of my 'issues', but they definitely don't account for all. We definitely had many encounters that would have sucked for any owner.
  4. estarzinger

    Winding Down - an end in sight

    ^^ cant edit that . . .should have been "can't"
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    Winding Down - an end in sight

    Our main boat, the one we spent most time cruising in was dead simple, about as simple as might be - no fridge/freezer, no pressure water, no hot water (except from kettle), totally mechanical drip diesel heater. etc. essentially no 'optional' system. I may be fooling myself, but I can say I think I was 'utter incompetent' lol.
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    Winding Down - an end in sight

    ^^ part of this also probably has to do with personality traits. Both my wife and I are extremely goal-driven - we set out to do/accomplish things. We did that with cruising. I can certainly understand how some people get a kick from a day just casually floating around the Chesapeake bay . . . but that does not much tickle our personal reward centers. And doubly so with my hating on boat ownership and a likely relatively decent drive to get to and from the boat (40 minutes each way perhaps) I honestly really tried to make boating work after we finished cruising. I definitely felt the 'can't see myself without the sea' feeling . . . .but just did not find anything which worked for us, and have (mostly) moved on to things that do work.
  7. estarzinger

    Winding Down - an end in sight

    Can't speak for others, but for us really none of those things - we are fit, well off and still reasonably young. We did pretty much everything cruising that we wanted to do - we were at it for like 15 years almost full time. And as I said above we don't see enjoying owning/maintaining a boat for 'casual' usage. We have always preferred to focus on fewer toys/activities, rather than spread out. And I found the lack of quality and knowledge among boating 'professionals' to be extremely frustrating. I have never minded paying premium prices for premium products/services. BUT I hate paying super-premium prices for inadequate quality. I was disappointed probably 90% of the time in dealing with the marine industries. And that was equally true when I was spending 7 figures as when I was spending only 4. And that is just simply not true with my other focuses, like bikes, where I am impressed/exceded expectations by the quality 90% of the time.
  8. estarzinger

    new snap shackle idea

    Generally, I found I wanted to replace softies annually when they were in 'frequent use' applications. That was when they started to show some noticeable wear - no huge strength reduction yet and probably could go twice that log easily but I always thought 'why not put a fresh one on'. For the tack of the mainsail (connection to outhaul car) I switch from metal shackle to soft shackle and in the end to a dyneema lashing. The Dyneema lashing showed essentially zero wear, and we took the mainsail off infrequently enough there was no need for the 'easy to undo' aspect of the soft shackle. I liked and used the tylaska's when I need to be able to release under load or operate one-handed. They are pretty good gear.
  9. estarzinger

    Winding Down - an end in sight

    yea, this was certainly the case with us. I looked quite closely at smaller sailboats (slow ones and fast ones), and at multihulls and at powerboats. After a lot of discussions, we decided we did not have much interest in the typical '11 weekends a year boating' thing, and there were parent issues and health issues going further afield (like to Newfoundland or Bahamas). And I did not want to own a boat if we were not going to really use it (my personal preference is to have only a few superb toys but to use the hell out of them). In the end we decided to just move past boating all together - the only things we have kept from that life is my interest in knots/splices/ropework, and the willingness/interest in helping sailors whenever we can, and my crewing on two good friend's OPB when they need navigator or ice pilot. We also looked at the RV thing - I simply can't see enjoying driving those things long-distance, nor being in parked in rv parks. We settled into mostly apartment living (I do not want to deal with lawns, or leaking plumbing/roofs) with pretty frequent private guided trips (mostly bikes, but walking and diving occasionally). The guides plan the trips, drive the support vans and generally both make things fun and smooth. This gives us enough travel and a change of scenery to keep things fresh. So far its been a decent post sailing life, but I will acknowledge we would be doing things differently if we did not have the parents to look after (probably much longer trips - like 6 months to the south of France style traveling) and 'living' in different places (perhaps places in Colorado or Vermont and South/North Carolina - still apartments or condos - no lawns or plumbing or roofs to look after). I still think (but am not 100% sure) we would be done with 'boating' even in that case.
  10. estarzinger

    What company is selling these?

    I have no idea what the OP's purpose was in asking about the SeaChoice shackles . . . . I sort of suspect it was business related rather than wanting a soft shackle for his boat. Pretty work. Do you know if he has break tested his own work? I am curious for instance about those whippings on the end to end splices - I could see them making a noticeable reduction in strength (I have personally tested and seen tests of tight stitching there, which have produced a significant reduction). For personal use, I honestly think any sailor should be able to whip up a soft shackle on their own. Buying them seems to me a bit like paying someone to tie a bowline for you. They are not hard and there are good instructions available and it is quite handy to be able to make them custom lengths to fit specific applications, and if you DIY there are stronger and better designs than the ones normally sold commercially.
  11. estarzinger

    tying light air dyneema sheets to a clew...

    If you like the buntline, and are using bare dyneema, it's worth looking at the EStar modification (scroll down here a bit below the video instruction and you will see a section with explains the estar modification). This was the result of a challenge posed by Stan Honey - the Volvo boys were tieing buntlines in bare dyneema (uncovered core leaders on halyards and sheets) and they were slipping, so they were adding stopper knots to the tails. This was not elegant, and could still slip. So I developed the EStar modification, tested to not slip in even the most slippery dyneema, and smoother/more compact that the stopper knot approach, and close enough to the buntline you don't need to learn a new knot - just a specific extra tuck. This is really worth doing especially on a 'safety' application like life lines . . . . but again as commented above, a spliced (bury) loop would be better for that .. . . and bury loops are just so simple dead easy in single braid, imho they should be as known and comfortable for sailors as a bowline.
  12. estarzinger

    What company is selling these?

    btw, just out of curiosity I bought two sizes of these seachoice shackles. I guess not too surprisingly, the build quality is quite poor. The smaller size, which is better, made fails at around 50% of line strength when a well-made one will go to around 150% (round numbers). They fail not by breaking at the knot (as a well made one does) but by the knot slipping and the tail end sucking into it and the knot coming untied. This means they are not pre-tensioned adequately - the knot on the smaller size is snug but not tight - my guess is that they run it up to about 500kgs. And I guess they use the same pretension jig with the same load for the bigger size because that knot is not even snug. They are also stiff to operate - that is a shackle design choice - some people like them stiff. The rated strengths are generally correct but you need a much bigger diameter to get a given strength than you would with properly made ones. The knot on the bigger one is 3.5" in diameter.
  13. estarzinger

    bluewater multihulls

    I personally would take this more as a comment on your seamanship than on the boat. It is almost the definition of a good seamanlike passage, that it was sailed with enough care and attention that there were no 'significant events'. Boardhead, I am guessing you don't realize how distinctively competent you are It is a psychologically common thing for the competent (and also for the rich) to not realize how big the gap is between themselves and 'the typical'. Also, there seems to be some 'inherent' aspect to seamanship - some people just have the feel and others just don't, some still don't even after a lot of 'experience'. I know a couple with triple rtw's who still just don't have a real feel and get by on tenacity and grit.
  14. estarzinger

    tying light air dyneema sheets to a clew...

    ^^ and really, if you are going to make a regular use loop in bare Dyneema . . . you should splice it, not use a knot. Stronger, cleaner and dead easy . . . just proper. Only use a knot if it is a one-time use or something that needed to be done quickly on the foredeck (which the estar knot was exactly invented for), or end-for ending is a big deal. (you can use a 5xbrummel splice or tuck splice if bury bulk (or length) jams a sheave and it gives you much better strength than a knot) just a further fyi on all this . . . .OP is down at 3mm. The 'standard' principles all still apply there, but he is near a 'physics' boundary . . . when you get below 2mm, down into fishing line territory, the test results and best solutions start to change.