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  2. you could take it up with fastbottom, who was promoting the idea. Woody, that tax idea is scary
  3. hate to interrupt the boredom with some of what could be fact, but here goes: If HR is heading to the estuary he could be in for as much trouble as he all ready has, or more, look for the headline "OAKLAND'S ANCHOR-OUT COMMUNITY" on the following link: there is more about the topic in earlier issues of latitude. Here is more: a lot more is out there if you are interested in googling it. HR, if you haven't all ready made it to Alameda/Oakland, you should probably not bother.
  4. I noticed a good breeze up here in San Rafael yesterday and wondered how he was managing. The estuary is one of the things we talked about at breakfast, and what HR emailed me about yesterday. The juncture of the Petaluma River and San Antonio Creek, where I suggested he also investigate, is probably too far removed from necessary services. The thing about the estuary that concerns me is just how close to the ultimate authority, Coast Guard, that puts him. There is just no hiding that monster. Good luck with it HR
  5. sorry. But the clock is still ticking on the relocation deadline. Got another question from HR about a specific location this morning. This thread could really come back to life, who knows. And the FHjr is gone, though I am not privy to the why of it. As friendly as HR is, it wouldn't surprise me if he found some help towing from the other anchor outs on RB. BTW, there is no problem with humanizing Mrs Hot, she's a genuine doll, and, as the saying goes, I've no idea what she sees in him! In all seriousness, there was genuine affection between them, it was very nice to see. And HR likes cream and sugar in his coffee. Hmmm caffeine and sugar, there a combo that goes a long way to understanding/explaining his writing style :-) Though here in caffeine laden Marin county, with a coffee shop on practically every corner, I've seen worse. Oh sorry, there I go again trying to humanize the unhuman, sorry....
  6. Just got back from a visit with Hotrod and Mrs Hot, she is a good influence on him, but seemed unwilling to explain her dalliance with Guy. He speaks about the speed of light, trying to gather info from him is interesting, not unlike the messages he posts here, an incomplete thought, followed by another. A few questions and eventually you can ferret out the answer. I met with them to pass on a SF current chart and two local charts that would be useful if they decide to try for the Petaluma River, I gave them some good local knowledge. We also discussed the Estuary, sorry, he could be your neighbor soon FastBottoms. While still under the deadline to get off the mooring, other options are being investigated, the saga may not yet be over. But the main point of this post is the pictures, Mrs Hot has all ten fingers, and even with fingers near his mouth, I still have all 9.9 of mine that I went in with. But maybe it was that the corned beef hash we had for breakfast was all he had room for, I dunno. Back into lurk mode or less, until something actually happens, and there are far more posts here than there is activity
  7. "Even the best advice in this thread was not given until it was too late to actually do much good" So true. Remember the under-built hulls were finished and trucked to LL before this thread ever started. If all the advice had been taken and the boat finished in a proper seaworthy fashion, the two hulls are still only 5/8, not approx 2" thick. Is there anyone here with any working knowledge of the Mighty Petaluma? If so, please PM me.
  8. I grew up in that area - low tide just shows a muck bottom. I've never seen grass on the bottom in Richardson bay I can't disagree from personal experience, but I asked one of my go to sources before posting. It is grassy these days. Yes, from 101 the pretty little house boats are lying in the mud, and that's what we see from shore. What is beneath the surface on the east side is definitely grass
  9. Just spent some time talking to HR, I wish to clarify about the anchor dragging. I was unaware of RB having a grassy bottom, That grassy bottom and his 150# stockless anchor are not compatible. A diver has offered to bury the anchor for him, I have no idea of that is viable or not, but I did discuss concepts of scope with him. FYI, he is exploring options of keeping the boat and moving it somewhere, but the RB harbor master wants him off the buoy, it was never made to hold such a large boat in winter storms. It didn't sound like he was being told to leave RB, though.
  10. all I did was tell you what HR related to me. The IJ and other media didn't go into construction detail, this list did. Can you tell the difference between exterior shots and a happy boat builder and interior shots and all the critique offered here? When did the media go into pages of debate about rutters?
  11. RB isn't anarchy, there is a balance there between the anchor outs permitted and the land owners whose view is defiled but the unphotogenic floating debris that at one time was a boat. The 'Master' is the controlling legal authority walking the fine line between both interests. That said, RB has more boats anchored out than I remember, maybe its because of the Cup that rules were eased a bit for the visitors, but with the Cup over and heavy weather on the way, its time for the Master to start the clean up. Twice now that we know of FH has drug anchor, and we haven't even had a serious wind storm yet, he has to be high on the Master's radar just for that alone. Could also be that whoever owns that buoy he may be tied up to wants him off, and again that could be the Master. The article about RB posted a few pages ago can give you some insights if you care to find it. Everyone is allowed to stay for a short time, I commonly hear two weeks, but many get to stay longer until something happens. RB would be filled if there was no one in charge, as has happened in Clipper Cove. I don't know the process for being allowed to stay, the one boat I am most familiar with is an ancient Monterey fisherman, a documented commercial vessel, it falls under Federal rules in the anchorage and pays no fee for its private mooring. It has been all but abandoned in the last few years and looks rather hopeless, yet there it sits, a perfect example of strange rules. For about two months I dated a woman pretending to be a therapist, well she was a hypnotherapist, but she had lunch everyday with a girlfriend of hers at a week long retreat for real therapists. Over lunch she was able to learn everything from her friend, so now she is a therapist, she thinks. I note you base a lot of your concerns about HR on having a neighbor who is a therapist. I am not impressed. I did meet HR and Dockrat, what HR says makes perfect sense to me, I've no reason to think this is another example of him jerking the collective SA chain. He has very good reason to have played with you guys, rightly or wrongly this forum has called attention to his life in ways that the newspaper and TV media couldn't. If any person of authority, harbor master for example, reads the thread, they see a picture that otherwise would have been hidden from their view. Seeing this, they want to get the problem out of their jurisdiction. But w.o SA he may have gotten under everyone's radar and gotten out the Gate. He may have been forced to launch earlier than planned and pushed out to the bay from the end tie on A Dock simply because of this thread, and w/o this thread there would probably be no bitten finger. He certainly believes all that. By no means am I holding HR faultless, he should have understood boat design yada yada, this drama couldn't have happened w/o someone of HR's character.
  12. The issues on Richardson Bay were explained many pages ago. The same laws tht forced them off the 'beach/ at Spinnaker Point, across from Loch Lomond have now been enforced in RB. They are much more lenient there because genuine cruisers come in from far away places, but with the weather coming, FH is becoming a bigger risk to the area day by day. He has told everyone who asks he'll be off in two weeks, even says that on his website date 2011, I think, first post, the same page where he confessed to dragging. The Master, Bill Price most likely, took him at his word, but now there is plenty of evidence that the boat isn't going anywhere. The movie is over, built to look like a fabulous boat, to sail on calm, peaceful, flat ocean waters from one clear water cove with white sandy beaches to the next, just like TV travelogues and travel brochure promise, the reality of mother earth has, with two windstorms, become clear. No lake is as calm as a lake all year round. The sad thing is, he got as far as he did because those winds are common here all summer, except for the last two years, its almost as if mother nature was also giving him false notions. I doubt the monstrosities used in the America's Cup could have sailed in the usual summer breeze.
  13. Probably a wise move James, I'm sorry your dream is bust, but you folks saw what some good bay area sailing weather can do, the winter storms won't be king at all. Good luck in your future Mike
  14. From late November through February. I never experienced the predicted high winds yesterday.. Today's weather prophecy: SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM PDT EARLY THIS MORNING TODAY NE WINDS 5 TO 15 KT...EXCEPT 15 TO 25 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 KT OVER PORTIONS OF THE BAY. STRONGEST WINDS EXPECTED ACROSS THE SAN PABLO BAY AND THE DELTA REGION. TONIGHT N WINDS 10 KT. thing are calming again
  15. Today's Weather: SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TONIGHT TODAY NW WINDS 5 TO 15 KT...BECOMING N 15 TO 25 KT WITH OCCASIONAL GALE FORCE GUSTS TO 40 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. TONIGHT N WINDS 15 TO 25 KT. That may move the FH a little closer to Angel Island, then maybe if they make Raccoon Straits they can catch the ebb and they're off the minnies! If its the flood, it's Delta Time, but they could be on the move if they haven't figured out proper anchoring techniques yet.
  16. There are a number of public moorings in RB that are rented by the Harbormaster in RB, the harbormaster that drug him off the mud during the famous "FH is missing" incident, and then gave him advice about ankering., Advice that seems not to have been complete. I've no idea if that is a public, or private mooring, but either way there is likely to be a bill due eventually.
  17. What IS the correct spelling? I tried the posted links but no go - I'd like to have a look. Jesus Christ! everyone on this website can go on and on about what great sailors they are, what great boat designers they are, who knows the most about motorcycles, toilets, plywood, epoxy, tits, naval architecture, engineering, but you can't spell?? ok, look at this link, this is the one he posted. Can you figure it out now??? just fyi, his original link that you copied with such disdain has a typo in it, duly noted a few posts after HR's original post. you were of no help. and in fact added to the confusion. BTW, HR has changed the header to the FH, but his facebook page still has a fantasy boat.
  18. more local color for you who monitor from afar. Rod, better watch where you drag for a few months
  19. I wouldn't call that breeze a winter storm by any stretch, wasn't windy enough, nor was the duration significant. He may have proved enough strength in the attachment point because FH drug a "150# stockless and a 40# danforth" through the mud. In addition, what I get outta that is he doesn't grasp scope. Whodathunk he missed that? HR, From the attachment point to the water depth at HIGH WATER is an important bit of into, and in RB with a southerly, the water will keep coming in and you will get highs much higher than the tide book will show. Take that number and multiply by 5 for average weather, like yesterday, 7 for a good blow and 10 or more for a real storm. Am I right in think your free board to the attachment is about 8 feet? Let's assume you have water about the dept it was when Oronoco and I motored around FH a month ago, 7'. Add those two and you get 15'. Times 7 for a situation like yesterdays breeze equals 105' *for each anchor*. When the real storms come you are going to want at least 150' on each anchor. The 75' of 7/16 chain (assuming two equal length pieces)will need to be attached to some big piece of line like those that I gave you. As I said, they are not the best for anchor rode, but if that is what you have you got to use it. I think the rule of thumb for rope to is 3 time the chain for the rope. 1/2 inch isn't going to do in a big blow. 1" is a better bet When the big storms hit, remember one rule about anchor scope: When in doubt, let it out. more rode is better, it makes it less likely for the anchors to be pulled out (lifted up) by the wave action. You got off easy this time, just because you are on a mooring ball, you can't assume it has been properly set up to begin with, and has been maintained. It may not have a big enough anchor itself for the FH, and its chain and/or attachment points could be rotted from years underwater. It's best to use your own gear you know is set up correctly. here is some more info that will help you: good luck
  20. Had one, but the dead guy in the dinghy got it...didn't HR call him Captain?
  21. I put in a call to my friend who lives down there, but not heard back yet. However, can you think of another reason for Hr's sudden absence that coincides with the recent strong breezes Bulbhunter was talking about? That and the anchor drag report from WBF?
  22. I will say at the beginning that what I experience here in San Rafael/Central Marin can be very different from RB and other parts of the area, the land masses make for interesting wind/weather. What I see in the weather forecast is winds with a northerly element until weekend, as bulbhunter has suggested. It is winds with the southerly element that will mean the most to the anchor outs in RB. Even then the weekend forecast is only for 15mph SW. As I type Point Blunt, Angel Island, often said to be the windiest place on the bay is reporting NW @13.8 mph. I wouldn't expect any wind w/o a southerly element to create too much problems for the average squatter out there. That said, the continual, if gentle, action from seasonal winds could be the death of FH, death by 1000 wavelets. If a 25k southerly happens, it will be much more dramatic. I don't have my hand held to listen in on 16, so I can't confirm if HR is calling for assist. a closer up forecast:
  23. either out the gate or a preseason storm to get something happening...
  24. wow, I'm elevated to performance art! DEAD MAN DINGHY even though I was skeptical of the initial report from HR, I now have it on good rumor that there was a body recovered. My visitor didn't know any details, so, I will stick my neck out a bit and confirm this report from HR as probably true since it was a topic of conversation along his neck of he waterfront. He also said that for most of yesterday the conditions along Schoonmaker Pt were benign, he first encountered stronger winds when he got up here to central Marin. Maybe RB didn't get the brunt of it, but it was pretty windy here, but just a bit more than what used to be a standard issue summer afternoon Back into hibernation mode until more local color is required, or there is a date set for my next performance.
  25. I'm sticking with "Cargo Boom" and/or "Dinghy Davit". that spar isn't long enough to reach over the side to be anything meaningful in that area. Your guesses are getting closer to what HR is thinking, I'll drop a very misleading hint, since it has been brought up. Thames River Barge. note: that hint is very misleading. HR will let you know what it is when he's ready