TalonF4U

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  1. TalonF4U

    Moving a wide boat across the US

    Not sure how high, but not high enough to have bridge problems methinks-- I suspect right around 13'. Greg, may have her trucked from FL-- not sure yet. But a sail to FL is all the fun I'm going to get this year, and the prospect of living aboard and tinkering for a month is super tempting. Can't pass it up.
  2. TalonF4U

    Moving a wide boat across the US

    Yeah, Round the Lights was one of about three times I raced here locally. Had the biggest crew I've ever sailed with for that one: My 75-year old dad, a college sailing buddy, and an old Marine sniper instructor who'd never sailed before. None of them had ever sailed on my boat before. That first jibe was sporty. After we chose the wrong way early (we went out east first and got clobbered) we managed to consume a reasonable amount of beer before it was all over. Pretty much a success. Can't figure out why my rating in Ches PHRF is 15 points lower than what I had from New England PHRF for the B1-2, but never raced enough to make an issue of it... I have to do some research on the tax stuff, but generally a USCG-registered vessel owned by an active-duty guy who's a legal resident of Texas manages to miss a lot of those pesky taxes. CA is notoriously aggressive about collection, though. When I used to live there, they sent me a very threatening letter every year claiming state income taxes on my (federal, legally Texas-resident) salary. You'd sit on hold for hours with the tax man trying to square things away. When I finally got ahold of a human, he basically told me, "oh, we know you're military and don't owe state tax, but we mail out the notices and lots of people just send the checks out of fear."
  3. TalonF4U

    Moving a wide boat across the US

    Nobody "needs" a boat... it's a want thing....and besides I was half considering doing this just to race the SHTP in the boat. Sure, wise move is to sell and start over, but are we here. because we are wise? No... if I was wise, I would've bought Apple stock instead of that first 505 all those years ago. Just for the next chump trying to do this, here's what I've found.... top shelf pro boat mover quotes 14-17k Norfolk to SF, 10ish from Houston. Buying a trailer, like a used J105 trailer, is way cheaper, probably less than 7k all up. There are companies that take care of permitting for less than 1k. Insurance on the tow vehicle is sometimes a major issue. For me, I'm taking her to Florida on her own keel because I've gotta go there for work for a month anyway, then maybr sailing on to Texas. A new trailer and I will drive her myself...so I can go get some really expensive Mai Tais with the boat in fifteen month's time! Unless one of you fine folks makes me an offer I can't resist.
  4. TalonF4U

    Moving a wide boat across the US

    Nobody "needs" a boat... it's a want thing....and besides I was half considering doing this just to race the SHTP in the boat. Sure, wise move is to sell and start over, but are we here. because we are wise? No... if I was wise, I would've bought Apple stock instead of that first 505 all those years ago.
  5. Doing some math on a potential cross country move from East Coast USA to Cali. My boat is 7500lbs and 11'5" wide. Anyone been down this rabbit hole before? Options... 1) Pay someone to do it. This, I feel, is going to hurt, to the order of 8k or so. 2) buy a trailer and ship it myself behind a big ass truck. I have access to the right set of wheels, and understand that I will require permitting but no chase cars. This will be a pain, but how hard? After I shall out my 8k, at least I have a trailer out of the deal, right? 3) do either option above, but from Houston. I can sail the boat there and probably come up with a reasonable excuse to do so, a proposition bolstered significantly if that actually drops the price a significant amount. If they charge by the mile, it could be good...? Don't bother suggesting 4) sail it. If I had that kind of time, I wouldn't be moving cross country for work, would I?
  6. TalonF4U

    Need Help

    I have a Jeanneau Sun Fast 3200 in the Chesapeake that draws a little over 6'' and don't really feel like it's a problem. Similar in concept to the Quest--which I nearly bought prior to the Sun Fast--and the same general idea. Pros are that they are designed for shorthanding and therefore pretty easy to operate, especially in a blow. Cons are the wide transoms make for sticky light-air performance. I do symmetrics and asyms on my Sun Fast but a number of folks have installed bigger prods and gone asym only, which would simplify a bit. Massive interior for a 32' boat and standing headroom if you're not too tall. Will cost you under a hundo, pretty easily, and rate under 100 as well. Come by and take a look if you're in Hampton.
  7. TalonF4U

    Importing used boats from Europe to the U.S.

    Steve on Barcanova....small world.
  8. TalonF4U

    Importing used boats from Europe to the U.S.

    Wait...Voodoo...as in the green boat two peirs over from my boat?
  9. TalonF4U

    Importing used boats from Europe to the U.S.

    Sorry, let the account fill up. Clear now. I didn't use an attorney or a documentation service. It was doable, but only just. Since I was spending it all on the boat, it was one expense I could avoid, but it's probably well worth it! FWIW it was only about 2k more to ship my boat from Greece to the east coast than to truck the one for sale on the West Coast.
  10. What was the actual cost and what size boat?  What entry port?  Thanks, Leroi

     

  11. TalonF4U

    Importing used boats from Europe to the U.S.

    I did this two years ago. It was an epic pain in the ass, but I'm not sure it wasn't worth it. I haven't had any compliance issues, though I've spent a few bucks fixing things and haven't yet been pulled over by the Coast Guard. Financing was difficult, i.e., it cannot be done until the boat's here. Shipping was costly. Taxes, yeah, 1.5 percent is it if you register with the CG vice a state. Took me a year to get all the paperwork done though. PM of you have specific questions.
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    Singlehanded insurance

    I've asked more than a few insurers in the US about getting coverage for sailing offshore singlehanded. They've been upfront about their collective chorus of "NO!" and nary a one claims to know of an insurer in the States that would cover such folly. Anyone know of someone that might? Obviously somebody in Europe must see that market oppertunity, as there are far more singlehanders racing around France and the like. Anyone suppose they would quote a policy to Americans? Or should I just quit the job, move to France, and negotiate a divorce because it's cheaper than the risks of sailing uninsured? I get "self insurance" and all that "if you can't afford, don't play" mindset stuff, but geez. Sad I sold my old Moore 24. At least I could afford to step off that boat if I needed to.
  13. TalonF4U

    Offshore sailing / racing reading list

    Any of you guys have tips for volumes on metro for offshore sailors or weather routing?
  14. TalonF4U

    Offshore sailing / racing reading list

    I didn't ask, but you told? You were definitely in the Navy :-)
  15. TalonF4U

    Offshore sailing / racing reading list

    Gotta check out some of these, thanks dudes! And Foolish-- I presume "muse" is the next word--I grabbed that read years ago. I even bought the hard copy for the boat. A big inspiration for me when I was stuck out in the desert.