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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I get the impression that the boat was on a trailer, but the trailer was worth more than the boat so the boat was left behind.
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    A guy walks into a post office one day to see a middle-aged, balding man standing at the counter methodically placing "Love" stamps on bright pink envelopes with hearts all over them. He then takes out a perfume bottle and starts spraying scent all over them. His curiosity getting the better of him, he goes up to the balding man and asks him what he is doing. The man says "I'm sending out 1,000 Valentine cards signed, 'Guess who?'" "But why?" asks the man. "I'm a divorce lawyer," the man replies.
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    Waquiez Gladiator

    Fastbottoms posted this video on YouTube of a saildrive disintegrating.
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    Waquiez Gladiator

    To me, the downsides of an old saildrive unit is cost. On an old boat there is always the possibility of needing to replace the drive unit. And if you repower the old drive unit may not work with the new diesel so a new drive unit may be required.
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    Unique Railways A couple of quotes from: "The diesel doesn't actually supply electricity to the consist (unless they're using the E9s). I don't know about the DDA40Xs, but most modern diesels don't have supplementary generators. UP [Union Pacific] operates three power cars (207, 207, 2066) that provide power for the passenger cars behind." "Mostly correct. UP does not have any locomotives that provide electrical power for passenger equipment. They have power cars that do that."
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    Floriduh Man

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    Unique Railways

    Supposedly not needed - the cars have their own generators.
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    Battery Date Codes

    I find the big advantage to an electric windlass is that I can raise the anchor line with one hand on the button, while I spray off all the mud and crap with the hose held with the other hand.
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    Unique Railways

    It does a couple of things - since they are running #4014 on the main freight lines a breakdown would create costly delays in the freight traffic. So the diesel locomotive could be used to tow it. The diesel locomotive can also provide dynamic braking and air pressure to the rest of the train. My wife and I were fortunate to see #4014 when we were in Utah last fall.
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    Battery Date Codes

    All of the batteries on my boat are size 31 marine AGMs, including the starting battery. Even though the install date on them is 2011 there has never been a problem starting the engine. My previous boat had all size 31 regular lead acid deep cycle batteries and there was never a problem starting the engine.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    Let it rain all it wants now. Just have it stop around mid March when my boat prep starts.
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    Lusting on Yachtworld

    A three hour drive means that going sailing or doing maintenance isn't easily done in a single day. If your wife is an occasional sailor she might not want to go with you often, yet may be unhappy being left alone at home if you spend the night on the boat. As far as single handling a boat that size at 71, there is a Tartan 3800 on my dock that is often single handed by the owner, a 87 year old man. He and his wife also go out for 1-2 week cruises a couple of times a year. His only concession to age is an electric halyard winch. He is my inspiration when I think about the distant future. The annual costs and maintenance labor are another factor. Slip fees, annual haul out and bottom paint, and insurance could cost you $4K a year or more depending on local costs. And more money for fixing things that break and replacing things that are worn out. On the other hand, sailing on your lake with your current boat may eventually get old and a new boat and new venue could be just the right solution......