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Webb Chiles buys a Condo. Better than buying the farm I guess. I do hope he gets to finish this 6th? Circumnavigation as planned in 2019 he's so close!

 

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Saw that.  After the Indian Ocean, what difference does it make whether he goes through The Canal or not.  

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Does it have a special door so he can fit his cojones through?

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How does he walk with those basketball sized bronze sphere's!

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2 hours ago, southerncross said:

Saw that.  After the Indian Ocean, what difference does it make whether he goes through The Canal or not.  

Wants to complete his lap. Started in San Diego from memory. 

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4 minutes ago, SCANAS said:

Wants to complete his lap. Started in San Diego from memory. 

It was San Diego. Just saying he doesn’t need to do the Canal to prove he did a lap.  A Moore in the Indian Ocean is plenty.

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I don't Webb would see it that way. 

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He's probably still bearing mental scars from Chidiock Tichborne not quite making it all the way.

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For a guy that does things his own way it must be hard to have to listen to a homeowners association.

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22 hours ago, hobot said:

For a guy that does things his own way it must be hard to have to listen to a homeowners association.

...or his wife.

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3 minutes ago, blunderfull said:

...or his wife.

After six, you'd think one of them might have a clue.

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He probably thinks WE are the ones without a Clue. Spends 1/2 the year on his boat away from his wife. Has got new wives when necessary  :-) 

 

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Upgrading wives is expensive and time consuming.  If Wife 2.0 doesn't work out, I'm deleting the app and will just run Girlfriend 1.8. The upgrades are cheaper, simpler and the EULA isn't nearly as restricting.

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8 hours ago, SCANAS said:

He probably thinks WE are the ones without a Clue. Spends 1/2 the year on his boat away from his wife. Has got new wives when necessary  :-) 

 

Exactly

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On 1/10/2018 at 5:47 AM, Blue Crab said:

Webb

[redacted]

(Couldn't put them in the same paragraph.)

FIFY.  They don't belong in the same thread.

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4 hours ago, Ajax said:

Upgrading wives is expensive and time consuming.  If Wife 2.0 doesn't work out, I'm deleting the app and will just run Girlfriend 1.8. The upgrades are cheaper, simpler and the EULA isn't nearly as restricting.

There's always Mistress 1.0.  It's in beta - always is, and seems to be vaporware for most users who claim to be in the test user group - but I understand it's got a lot of the same utility as Wife 2.0 and Girlfriend 1.8, but only around 20% of the resource demands, with much lower long term overhead and maintenance, and an easy to use back door for an ambitious developer.  Users say it is tons of fun, in small doses, but the app destabilizes over time and you may have to re-install different versions every so often.  But I wouldn't know, haven't tried it, I'm afraid of the bugs reported by some earlier users.

If you do go that way, consider running it in some sort of remote virtual machine sandbox, like NextTownOver2.4, or maybe loading the ultra-secure encrypted darknet version of Mistress, SomeOtherDudesWife1.0.  I recommend against running any version of Mistress simultaneously with any version of Wife in the same environment.  Despite outlandish claims to the contrary, very few people have gotten that arrangement to work properly.  It may start okay but the system loses stability pretty quickly.  Simultaneous use of both apps in the same environment also tends to result in Wife versioning problems, sudden crashes, and a host operating system that is restricted to RightHand 5.0. 

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1 hour ago, Lex Teredo said:

There's always Mistress 1.0.  It's in beta - always is, and seems to be vaporware for most users who claim to be in the test user group - but I understand it's got a lot of the same utility as Wife 2.0 and Girlfriend 1.8, but only around 20% of the resource demands, with much lower long term overhead and maintenance, and an easy to use back door for an ambitious developer.  Users say it is tons of fun, in small doses, but the app destabilizes over time and you may have to re-install different versions every so often.  But I wouldn't know, haven't tried it, I'm afraid of the bugs reported by some earlier users.

If you do go that way, consider running it in some sort of remote virtual machine sandbox, like NextTownOver2.4, or maybe loading the ultra-secure encrypted darknet version of Mistress, SomeOtherDudesWife1.0.  I recommend against running any version of Mistress simultaneously with any version of Wife in the same environment.  Despite outlandish claims to the contrary, very few people have gotten that arrangement to work properly.  It may start okay but the system loses stability pretty quickly.  Simultaneous use of both apps in the same environment also tends to result in Wife versioning problems, sudden crashes, and a host operating system that is restricted to RightHand 5.0. 

Very good! Did you do that just for us?

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2nd wife shopping is a lot like buying a new car. You want something that puts out more, consumes less & doesn't depreciate as much.

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I know Webb has had a few wives, but I am pretty sure he's been married to this one 25 years if I recall. From the few photos he's posted, she's successful, cute and from what he says, a keeper. They seem to enjoy their time together, and apart from what I read on his blog.

Speaking of wives, I am trying to talk Mrs. Bitches into sailing up to St. Michaels next fall when he is scheduled to speak. It is a two day trip for us each way in the 4KSB. It pales in comparison.

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8 hours ago, Mr. Ed said:

Very good! Did you do that just for us?

"I've been running the same version of DrinkingBuddies 1.0 forever as my primary application, and all the GirlFriend releases I've tried have always conflicted with it. "

I think he is paraphrasing but it's been out there for a long time.

 

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6 hours ago, S/V Eva said:

"I've been running the same version of DrinkingBuddies 1.0 forever as my primary application, and all the GirlFriend releases I've tried have always conflicted with it. "

I think he is paraphrasing but it's been out there for a long time.

 

Just riffing on a theme. I've seen similar stuff.  I did make a significant error though.  Wife 1.0 runs just fine with Mistress 1.0 with minimal unwanted cross-scripting, but only in certain French proprietary operating systems.

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12 hours ago, Hike, Bitches! said:

I know Webb has had a few wives, but I am pretty sure he's been married to this one 25 years if I recall. From the few photos he's posted, she's successful, cute and from what he says, a keeper. They seem to enjoy their time together, and apart from what I read on his blog.

Speaking of wives, I am trying to talk Mrs. Bitches into sailing up to St. Michaels next fall when he is scheduled to speak. It is a two day trip for us each way in the 4KSB. It pales in comparison.

One of the main reasons I went to a longer boat from the Catalina 27 was that the trip to Solomons took 11-12 hours, more if sailing or motoring in rough stuff.  It's now down to 7-9 hours on a slick 35 footer, depending on weather, with a much smoother inboard.  On a 95 degree day with no wind and those stupid 5 mile long clusters of flies, that's a huge difference, a lot less mentally exhausting and the boat is a much happier place.    Been thinking about St. Mike's as a weekend trip myself if it's not up against the OD racing schedule. 

Just curious - where would you overnight on the way up to St. Mikes?

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Pffft..."longer boat."  You went from a C-27 to a J/35!  That's not like upgrading to an Endeavour or other heavy cruiser.

I agree though. Even a modest upgrade from 30 to 33 foot cruiser really helped. If I needed an overnight stop from Solomon's to St. Mikes, I'd stop in Dun Cove. In the morning, I'd cut through Knapp's Narrows (if it's been sufficiently dredged.)

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You funny.  But even though [multiple paragraphs waxing poetic about the virtues of the J/35, boring to anybody other than a J/35 owner], going a little faster is a huge benefit if you're trying to pack four days of fun into three or stretch a day sail to nowhere into an overnight to a nice local destination.  2:20 /mile faster and infinitely faster downwind is a Godsend.  J/ hits on that in their marketing materials but other folks have figured it out - some of the mid-30's C&C's, the Shock 35, Frers 38 and similar ~10 - 11meter racey cruisers get out of their own way nicely.  As does the Catalina 42, which isn't mid-30's, but it is heavy, reasonably priced and both raced and cruised a lot in our neighborhood.  The cost increase for feeding and housing the beast starts to get a little stupid after 30 feet total length though.  If I were a real man, I'd just get a Moore 24, trailer sail and be done with it. 

FWIW, Knapps Narrows is a place that I can only drive to now.    If the proper federal budget gets passed, there's supposed to be money in it for dredging the Narrows and a bunch of other critical spots on the Bay.  Suspect that because the Fed Gov is on Continuing Resolution that it isn't going to be done for a while, possibly not this year. 

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5 hours ago, Lex Teredo said:

One of the main reasons I went to a longer boat from the Catalina 27 was that the trip to Solomons took 11-12 hours, more if sailing or motoring in rough stuff.  It's now down to 7-9 hours on a slick 35 footer, depending on weather, with a much smoother inboard.  On a 95 degree day with no wind and those stupid 5 mile long clusters of flies, that's a huge difference, a lot less mentally exhausting and the boat is a much happier place.    Been thinking about St. Mike's as a weekend trip myself if it's not up against the OD racing schedule. 

Just curious - where would you overnight on the way up to St. Mikes?

Solomons to St. Mike’s is doable in one day with an early start and anchoring in the Wye on arrival to avoid the late day follies in front of the museum. After breakfast, motor into town after the overnighters have departed and before the Western Shore crowd arrives.  Reserve a slip and go all the way into town if that’s your preference.  

Or go the Back Door route in San Domingo Creek off the Choptank. Anchor when the water gets thin and dinghy to the shore. 

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What IB & Ajax said. We can get to San Domingo Creek in one day pretty easy..but requires a dinghy ride to shore. I could shave off a few hours for either destination by sleeping on the boat and being out of the slip at sunrise and with fair weather push all the way to St. Michaels proper..could always divert to Dun Cove which is about 60% of the distance I think or stop at the Wye river, about 85% (without looking at a chart)

Ajax, I hear it is deeper in Knapps than advertised..I definitely would want some local knowledge prior to the passage through however.

Speaking of dredging, I hear the feds are dredging and fortifying Smith Island's western entrances over the 2017-2018 winter. B)

here is the first link I found with a quick google search, but with some additional research this dredging is finally the result of studies/recommendations going back 10+ years.

http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2017/12/14/army-corps-begins-dredging-and-jetty-construction-on-smith-island/

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On 1/12/2018 at 7:12 AM, Lex Teredo said:

 

Just riffing on a theme. I've seen similar stuff.  I did make a significant error though.  Wife 1.0 runs just fine with Mistress 1.0 with minimal unwanted cross-scripting, but only in certain French proprietary operating systems.

Reminds me of that old college glee club standby:

I want a girl just like the girl

that dad had on the side

she was a squirrel and the only girl daddy had to hide

a real old fashioned girl with lots of class

who wasn’t stingy with a piece of ass...

Sadly, I can’t recall any more of the lyrics after almost 40 years, and google is no help.  I seem to recall that the other verses had to do with alcohol and war profiteering, and perhaps a yacht.  My copy of the fake book, which also featured the scatalogical versions of all PAC 10 fight songs, was stolen from the pocket of my band uniform by some UCLA dude.  (At the 1980 Mirage Bowl, we had to switch uniforms in order to get to the traditional after-game band party. The Japanese officials thought that if Americans were allowed to mix, we would fight. (Apparently, they had some east coast teams, the previous year.) We won’t even get into trying to remember wasted teenagers trying to hail taxis in Tokyo after midnight, wearing only whatever was on under our uniforms that morning...)  

Wait... what? 

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On 1/20/2018 at 11:12 AM, TheDragon said:

Back on topic, Webb is headed up to South Carolina.

https://my.yb.tl/gannet

Hope he does better than that other time he went up the Gulf Stream. :D

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Pray tell!

He did say he might duck into a harbor when the north front comes through later this week. meanwhile he's making good progress in a nice easterly.

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He has the North 3DI sails to test out as well. He must have been impressed with the VOR punishment they took.

Safe passage Mr Chiles...

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From what I'm seeing on Windy it looks like Webb is enjoying great conditions and making good time. He's been making a steady 7+ knots. Should be a very nice trip.

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This warm southerly might help him make it..if he can beat the front on its way East that is right behind it!

 

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Appears to be making the most by staying in the core of the Gulf Stream, running a bit over 3 knots but starting to take him slightly east of the rhumb line. Somehow, I think he’ll pick the right time to was to the west. 

 

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He presumably had to gybe to get back west a little as the wind shifted towards the SW, but he might not quite make it before the front arrives. Although nobody doubts he can handle that. Perhaps his most straightforward passage in GANNET, albeit also his shortest.

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Welcome Webb to the SC Lowcountry!  It's not his kind of cruising per se, but gunkholing around the rivers, bays, beaches, and islands between Charleston and Hilton Head can provide weeks of interesting adventures.   Beaufort (BYEW-furt) is a gem of a town.  Some of the uninhabited islands and hummocks of Port Royal Sound, St. Helena Sound, the North and South Edisto Rivers, and the Stono River are great places to anchor for the night.  Charleston Harbor is merely a long day's sail away.

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It's going to be 41F in Georgia tonight? Brrr...

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Yes, but I doubt he is on his boat. Anyway, he posted his log, which has this bit:

I sailed over RESURGAM yesterday.  Or close.  She was a great boat, but the memory of sinking her and the long swim more than twenty-seven years ago is distant, almost as though it happened to someone else, like someone you loved when young.

 

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And this!

I never dreamed we could be here in three days.  I seriously underestimated the Gulf Stream and I should know better.  After I sank RESURGAM I had a day’s run of more than 120  miles with no boat at all.

 

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Holy shit, the Gulf Stream carried his body 120 miles?  I can't believe he was ever found.

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Just luck - it was attempted suicide.

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Ajax, he did stay on the boat Wednesday night...says it was 41 sometime in the morning ...fog and shit. Tied up in Skull Creek now. 

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41 isn't so bad with the right sleeping bag and hot coffee in the morning.

I'm ready for winter to be over.

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+1 Ajax, on everything you said.

I plan on seeing Webb when he does his talk in the Chesapeake next fall..hopefully by boat. Mrs. Bitches will likely request some heat..I'll bring some extra alcohol for the Origo and turn it into a heater maybe!

Or, I'll wimp out and drive..that is only 4 hours or so.

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I feel that if one is making the trek to listen to a well known sailor give a lecture, one should sail if at all possible.  ;)

I gots one of these:  http://www.mrheater.com/big-buddy-portable-heater.html

Make sure you get the "Big Buddy."  It has two heating grids and you can load two of the 1lb. "bombs" in it. Or, you can buy the necessary plumbing and connect it to a standard, 20lb. grill bottle. I kid you not, this thing will heat the cabin to comfortable temperatures *quickly* in very cold ambient temperatures.  It also has a built-in electric fan to blow the warm air around.  D-cell powered, or buy a power adapter.

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These are good. I have the smaller one think it was $80 @ LOWES. puts out a lot of heat. No complaints. Three winters so far.

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On ‎1‎/‎27‎/‎2018 at 11:04 PM, Hike, Bitches! said:

+1 Ajax, on everything you said.

I plan on seeing Webb when he does his talk in the Chesapeake next fall..hopefully by boat. Mrs. Bitches will likely request some heat..I'll bring some extra alcohol for the Origo and turn it into a heater maybe!

Or, I'll wimp out and drive..that is only 4 hours or so.

Early October usually isn't too bad.  Maybe a portable heater to take the morning chill off and a warm comforter.  Long time away but we may head up there.  If so, we have extra space for crew....

 

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Just be sure you've got adequate ventilation with open combustion heaters,  or you might never wake up from carbon monoxide poisoning

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Thanks Alpha...I grew up on this boat with Coleman heaters (I still have it)  There is nothing in this boat that is air tight..lol. And I have a CO detector that was not around back in the day.

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I remember a specific weekend I spent on board last winter, nice and cozy with the parafin stove burning merrily, and a particular nasty headache and total lack of energy to do anything.  Once I left the boat, these symptoms cleared up within half an hour.  Made me think - I may have dodged a bullet there.

Have now invested in a decent built in heater with external exhaust of all the combustion gasses - just as toasty and no headaches.

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On 1/10/2018 at 1:39 AM, SloopJonB said:

He's probably still bearing mental scars from Chidiock Tichborne not quite making it all the way.

I'd bet against that!!!!!

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About time! Congrats Webb! 

Strange their list of past awards has two years when no awards were made, hard to believe they could not think of a worthy sailor.

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"I am pleased and little surprised to be anywhere this evening."  

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2 hours ago, southerncross said:

 

Thank you for posting the video of Webb's acceptance speech. I was interested to hear it.

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On January 11, 2018 at 11:55 AM, Lex Teredo said:

There's always Mistress 1.0.  It's in beta - always is, and seems to be vaporware for most users who claim to be in the test user group - but I understand it's got a lot of the same utility as Wife 2.0 and Girlfriend 1.8, but only around 20% of the resource demands, with much lower long term overhead and maintenance, and an easy to use back door for an ambitious developer.  Users say it is tons of fun, in small doses, but the app destabilizes over time and you may have to re-install different versions every so often.  But I wouldn't know, haven't tried it, I'm afraid of the bugs reported by some earlier users.

If you do go that way, consider running it in some sort of remote virtual machine sandbox, like NextTownOver2.4, or maybe loading the ultra-secure encrypted darknet version of Mistress, SomeOtherDudesWife1.0.  I recommend against running any version of Mistress simultaneously with any version of Wife in the same environment.  Despite outlandish claims to the contrary, very few people have gotten that arrangement to work properly.  It may start okay but the system loses stability pretty quickly.  Simultaneous use of both apps in the same environment also tends to result in Wife versioning problems, sudden crashes, and a host operating system that is restricted to RightHand 5.0. 

perhaps the best thing i've ever read

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