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    Sailing solo from Neah Bay down to San Fran

    Bet you've never let the holding tank get full since then.
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    How Did You Pick Your Profession?

    It worked out well for Otter in Animal House - became a Beverly Hills Gynecologist I can't imagine he ever got tired of his work.
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    Cleaning Sails

    Oxy bleach - oxalic acid, NOT chlorine.
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    Bolt-on external ballast keels

    They were on 10" centers laterally - about the widest spacing I've seen. Certainly a huge improvement over the linear or "wiggle" patterns that are so common.
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    Mo Bettah Too

    I'm no longer boatless. I finally managed to get this Nelson/Marek 1/2 Tonner bought today after nearly 5 months of trying. Now I just have to get it 100 miles down the coast to home. It has reputedly hit 12 knots so it might be a fast trip if I get a nice Northwesterly. On the sail test today we stayed at 6 knots beating into a very light breeze while trying to figure out sail trim - it's a very quick boat. I included a shot of the underbody to show that it is not the usual distorted IOR stern - that probably explains the speed. These are the best pics I have right now. Don't know why the stern shot rotated - I can't correct it. The boat is not a zombie but it is the far end of scruffy so I've got lots of projects ahead of me. I'll post the interesting stuff as it happens. It is one of the best constructed boats I've ever seen - the interior structure, bulkheads etc. are so well done and finished that they look almost like a liner. Not a hint of a soft spot or delam anywhere on the hull or deck. It seems to be a well known boat around the Salish Sea but I'm having trouble finding anything specific about it. I'd really appreciate it if anyone can advise who built it (someone in Seattle as best I can determine), any specs on it or who can put me in touch with the original owner so I can glean some data on it.
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    President Donald Toadstool

    That's been disproven - with pics
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    How Did You Pick Your Profession?

    That's the corollary to "I work to live, not live to work"
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    The Zombie Fleet

    Nothing good, that's certain.
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    Bolt-on external ballast keels

    The ply was sound - seemed to be heavily resinated. That old wives tale about the keels staying on without the bolts is just that - an old wives tale. Supposedly the goo they used was so strong that when a worker forgot to put the nuts on it didn't matter. I call BS on it - that rebate for the keel was glossy gelcoated the same as the rest of the hull and no way would a gelcoat layer hold a 10,000 Lb keel on.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Hey.... it sails like a dream - it says so right in the ad. One of those tubs was in my marina - they should have stuck with the motorsailer version, flying bridge and all.
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    I'd be more than happy just to have them along to tell me what to do.
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    Bolt-on external ballast keels

    I agree that is an excellent method of keel mounting. My Columbia 43 was not bonded with epoxy though - it was a white sealant that had remained flexible for 32 years. Just to show what a good mounting it provides, the attached pic is a couple of the channels and studs that held the keel on when I bought it - it didn't leak a drop and it had been motored from Santa Monica to San Rafael with them in that condition.
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    There's Got To be A Word For It....

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    Bolt-on external ballast keels

    The hull fell off?
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    Coolboats to admire

    Paine didn't have the influence and mentoring of Bill Garden when he was a kid like Bob did.
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    “Knot” a cool pun: worst boat names ever

    About the best power boat name I ever saw was a "self sponsored" supercharged hemi powered drag hydro named Blown Budget.
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    You need them on board to help get it dialed in. With a crew like that you'd have just about the most dialed in boat afloat.
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    Bolt-on external ballast keels

    I hate those sailing lesions - they are so painful.
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    Coolboats to admire

    That gave me heart palpitations.
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    It's amusing to see Improbable and the early IOR boats referred to as "heavy displacement". They were around 1/2 the displacement of their CCA predecessors and were generally regarded as dangerously light at the time.
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    Greed - it'll get you every time. A department store opened in New York City that sold men and a woman decides to visit it in search of a husband. At the store’s entrance, there’s a sign outlining the department store policy. The first rule states that you can only enter the store once. There are six floors and on each floor you can choose a husband or elect to move on to the next floor. You cannot visit a floor more than once other than to leave the building. The woman visits the first floor. The sign reads: · Men with jobs. She moves on to the second floor: · Men with jobs that adore children. She moves on the the third floor where the sign reads: · Wealthy men that adore children and are very handsome. She thinks to herself, "that's a very good deal" yet moves on to the fourth floor: · Wealthy men that adore children, are very handsome and help with the household chores. She decides to move on as things are constantly improving: · Wealthy men that adore childern, are very handsome, help with the household chores and are very romantic. The woman is about to make her purchase but can't resist moving on to the sixth floor. There the sign reads: · You are visitor number 31,456,012 on this floor. · There are no men here. · This floor exists as proof that it is impossible to please women.
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    Mo Bettah Too

    Cheers Ish.
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    Sailing solo from Neah Bay down to San Fran

    The worst thing about being sea sick is knowing that you're NOT going to die. I got it only once - at age 11 on a liner in the North Atlantic in November. 56 years later I still remember how miserable it was.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    I take it that no other members of your family are members here?
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    grumpy old farts vindicated

    Probably but I got under 230# for the first time in 25 years - on the day my new boat was delivered so...... My wife keeps commenting on how good I look with the lost weight - but she's been looking at me for 37 years so I don't know how much validity her opinion has.