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  1. I just found out this morning that one of my lifelong best friends died yesterday. I met Don 54 years ago when I went into 7th grade. Like me, Don was a bit 'different' and as water seeks sea level, outsiders find each other. Don and I both served in the Army, we had so many wild and crazy adventures over the years, good times and bad, we shared it all. I have another close friend that I have known literally all of my life. Dave and I 'met' when I was 1 year old and he was 6 months old and we had moved into the house next door to his. Don, Dave and I were like the 3 Musketeers, one for a
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  2. I will jump in here . The Rapido 60 was built with beams that plugged in to sockets mainly to save money for shipping . However we sailed the first one for 18 months with the boat held together by the 4 bolts and the rig and the highly tensioned nets . This was fine and probably would be still . There was some noise that came from the minute amount of movement as loads came on and off that was more disconcerting and a bit loud and annoying in big seas than a real issue . So as there was little likely hood that we would not be shipping the boat again we literally coated the beams in
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  3. How much do you think the contract is worth? $15 - 20K Main, genoa, trampoline, and new stack pack. They pay real money and get nothing. How is this a "minor contract dispute"? Did you watch their video. It's not unseemly in any way if you have an audience to call these assholes on non performance. Putting a bit of public pressure on them is more likely to get their money back than suing in a S.African court.
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  4. 50% deposit with order, balance upon delivery. Period. And 100% pre-payment for dickhead customers
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  5. My wife and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary, also known as the "silver anniversary". Since neither one of us is into jewelry we decided to rename it, the "carbon fiber anniversary". We bought 2 slightly used OC 1 canoes to celebrate. Here's a pic of the 2nd one.
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  6. He beat Trump for the presidency. That's all he needed.
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  7. It's that time. Channeling my inner hasher.
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  8. Does it come with a codpiece? And I can easily singlehand or cruise with the wife and no crew. I say that a lot when I see an exotic, beautiful car, or a mansion that is just too f'n big. Sometimes I wish I wanted things, but I just don't. I'm so happy with my entire life right now. We've had our granddaughter in town, she's an inspiration for politicians everywhere. THIS is how you get your foot in your mouth!
    12 points
  9. something like this, perhaps?
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  10. I found this photo of my Dad's truck moving Improbable on the back of the photo was written "USA bound 1/71" the photo was taken in Auckland, New Zealand.
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  11. However the spread of the new strain of mental illness that has infected roughly 40% of Americans could be called the ‘Donald variant’.
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  12. Why? Leo has referred to this several times over the years. Technology has changed, but this boat is still being made by hand. However, the imperative and motivation back then, was and is not, the imperative and motivation now. Tally Ho was built based around a boat language and knowledge derived from commercial designs, but it was to be used for private and pleasure purposes. Bear in mind it was still being built by the minds and hands of those who only knew about building for a mostly commercial realm. There is no comparison for that, now or then. Back then a boat wa
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  13. No music. No influencing. No unnecessary commentary (just some very minor subtitles). No Patreon account. No 'follow me on Instagram and give a like' Just sailing as it is. The sounds, the small hours, the nights, the inexplicable mixture of exhaustion and happiness that only the sea can give you. The waiting. The boat. The wind. The family. It's one of the best sailing videos there is, in my view.
    11 points
  14. Let me get this straight: some of you are whining about a young person trying to clean up our mess? We collectively made such a garbage dump of the oceans. Are we just going to do nothing? Independent of political viewpoints any sailor has witnessed first hand that the waters, rivers, lakes, canals, and the seas, are full of trash. We should all invest in cleaning up! Donate your time or money, whatever you have available. It can start on your local beach: next time bring a garbage bag and pick up some trash.
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  15. Regarding this consideration at the beginning of this topic... I went for a solo sail a couple of days ago. It began with a 6 - 8 knot breeze from the south, and I headed north, so I could eat my lunch. After a few miles, I noticed that the breeze had picked up, and so had the "seas." It was a pretty steady 15+ knots, with whitecaps, and a chop. I tacked most of the way back, and decided to see how the pod drive would do in a stiff headwind and chop. It was marvelous! The old Honda 2 would have struggled, and the Torqeedo would have had a hernia. The pod drive pushed through it easil
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  16. Wow, that is bad as a standalone, but wait, there's more: Bonus points for the fact that this is the cover of the 2020 official annual report of the US sailing body. It is a pretty good example how far sport apparatchiks can be estranged from the sport they pretend to serve.
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  17. They've also used their "celebrity" to; Lobby Astra Zeneca to provide free cancer treatment to a fellow cruiser Raise US$28000 for a local Fiji animal shelter raise money to buy Ukeleles for a music school in Tonga amongst other charitable things.
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  18. This is The Way. Larry was an excellent mentor to me. It's taken me months to stop my brain from saying "I should ask Larry about..." and "I can't wait to tell Larry..." Instead of sucking the joy out of sailing by telling me all the shit I shouldn't do, and how I needed to prep my boat for 2 years just to sail across the Chesapeake Bay, when I would buy a boat, Larry would say "Just sail the damned thing. You'll figure out what's broken and needs fixing." Read my lips people: Go. Fucking. Sailing. I lost two friends to cancer this year. I had colon cancer at 35 and surger
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  20. Yes, but, Moving to North Carolina, so soon to be splashed, of course your invited
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  21. I'm less than a week away from having Jzerro prepared to launch. I'll update shortly.
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  22. My H-Boat is Awlgrip Carinthia Blue, a shade lighter than Flag Blue, so you can tell it’s blue.
    10 points
  23. There are some valid points being said in these posts. Like why could 40y.o. design be lighter that modern designs? Answer is simple, because people want to have bigger (wider) boats within the same length and that they (= mainstream buyers / dealers) want to have way more junk inside their boats. These are not stripped out boats like X-99 or as you said, Express 37, but it is expected to have all sorts of modern features and comfort that just keep on adding weight. Like wood inside with floorboards that are stiff, so you have to go 18mm thick (~140kg + 60 for floorboards - and we are minim
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  24. Thanks. Larry wrote me this letter in 2019, I don't think he'd mind me putting it up now, and it may help with understanding how I feel about this special guy.
    10 points
  25. He checked into exumas this morning!!! He is safe!!!
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  26. Over the last 21 years that I have been a part of this forum I would say that 75% of my contribution has been in the form of weather information. The bulk of that came in 2005 and 2017 when I spent countless hours forecasting Katrina and then Harvey, IRMA, and Maria in 2017. Thank you for recognizing the fact that yes, I am not just a vendor trying to sell you guys stuff...I have given back and will continue to do so.
    9 points
  27. My favourite shot of the 2014 Hobart. I think we furled and unfurled the genoa 20 times up the river.
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  28. Yeah we are. Daughter number one (the one pictured is number 2) graduated from Annapolis 2 years before that pic, I just didn't have a good enough camera at her graduation to get any good pictures of the ceremony. I didn't make that mistake twice. This Lt. JG at the time performing the oath for her little sister. The one on the left is doing her part to menace china and the one on the right is overseas helping run a hospital for the Air Force.
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  29. Today will be the 5th presentation in the Excellence in Yacht Design series being hosted by my fan club on Facebook. Today's guest will be Ron Holland. The presentation begins at noon Pacific Standard Time. I suspect it will go for 2 hours. The presentation will be available on Youtube later if you cannot see it live on the fan club page. To see the presentation live you will have to join my fan club (no, I did not start my own fan club) and this requires you take a one question test. But I don't think that will be difficult for SA'ers. This series has been a real kick in the pants and a uniq
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  30. Its bad when some illustrator has no idea how a sailingboat really looks but its even worse when the yacht designer dosnt.
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  31. Ok Zonker et al, you've changed my mind. I've watched the video and reviewed the pleadings and the 6th circuit opinion, and I'm prepared to issue a full retraction. There is actually more to this than I initially assumed, and I'm satisfactorily convinced that the Wynns were in fact victimized by willfully dishonest actors. And, while they may or may not have been foolish by paying the entire amount up front, they still deserve to get what they paid for. I'm still not 100% clear on the connection between OneSails and JRS is, but to the extent that there is one it's pretty clear that JRS
    9 points
  32. "Anthropologists confirm that people were ignoring science long before the existence of Donald Trump"
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  33. Old, but gold. Explains so much of what Whyne and Jambalaya wax lyrical about. And the guy was a mate of Boris. A.A. Gill (Sunday Times journalist and food critic) writing about Brexit before his death in Dec 2016. “It was the woman on Question Time that really did it for me. She was so familiar. There is someone like her in every queue, every coffee shop, outside every school in every parish council in the country. Middle-aged, middle-class, middle-brow, over-made-up, with her National Health face and weatherproof English expression of hurt righteousness, she’s Britann
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  34. We spoke with the customer as soon as this was posted to learn more about what happened. This is not something that we have seen before with the Melges 15, so understanding the circumstance is very important. We have an unparalleled passion for building high-quality raceboats, and we will always stand by our product.
    8 points
  35. Winter is coming. I shot this a few years back in late November. I was walking home along the beach from Banzai Pipeline after shooting Pipe Masters for Sports Illustrated. The surf had gotten too big for the competition and a storm was coming in so they called it off for the day. The locals paddled out for a quick session. The sun popped through the clouds on the horizon just above the ocean. I pulled out my Canon 1D with 400mm f/2.8, 2x extender then put it on the tripod quickly and shot 3 frames. Here's one of them.
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  36. It will be interesting how much (or little) trouble the sargassum turns out to be for the fleet. Henri Laurent from Sailgrib was kind enough to send me a jpeg of the latest chart from University of South Florida's Satellite-based Sargassum Watch System (SaWS). Unfortunately it's not freely available as a grib file, so I've just inexpertly scaled it and pasted it over the tracker image as best I could (and redrawn the exclusion zone, and rhumbline tracks. If I'm not mistaken, each little pixel on the chart is approximately 6 nm square. I'm also attaching an animated gif showing how it's been ch
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  37. Doesn't seem like a carry that gives you quick access to the gun. https://www.ruckformiles.com/guides/how-do-soldiers-carry-their-rifles/ Polar bears give no fucks. Their philosophy: If it moves, it's lunch. They are 1000x more likely to kill you than a grizzly. Many arctic residents will carry non-lethal deterrents like noisemakers or capsicum spray or a rubber slug chambered in a shotgun. But the second load is lead. I'm a vegetarian with an abiding love for wild beasts, including apex predators. But if I ever step outside in white bear country, it's with a gun cl
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  38. The internet is very unforgiving of poor spelling, as well it should be!
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  39. 28.7 knots on my home-built V-foiler Broomstick
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  40. The big picture from above with NOAA overlay and Avation Weather sat image infrared. HPs all around, except the Med with a storm moving west. That orange line across Spain is a through over the Gulf of Biskay, wonder if that played with Apivia. Enough wind west of A Coruna; 25 kts. Also NOAA projections for wind & wave + 24 hrs +48 hrs and + 72 hrs below. Enough wind in the short run, but less wind in the coming days after the big LP in the middle of the Atlantic has moved NE towards the UK. I will try to get weather routing up and running again in the coming days. My laptop
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  41. Seriously.........?¿? So from the comfort of your armchair, you have proclaimed that Teamwork is doing what is obvious, and therefore in the same vein, everyone else is just stupid. Good one. Put yourself in their place and Consider this: You set out to race across the Atlantic in your 21ft washing machine. Your preparations are immaculate. Your research has left no stone unturned. As LeoV pointed out, you have intimate knowledge of all the winning routes and strategies that have previously been sailed. You build a playbook of routes strategies and the percentage probability of
    8 points
  42. All kidding aside, and assuming you are not winding everyone up, I think you SHOULD buy a boat, and you SHOULD set off for Patagonia. BUT, I think you should try to limit the scope of new and non-proven things you try to do as a form of risk reduction to make sure the trip comes off OK. Solid fuel heating does not seem practical because of energy density. Same for battery power. Diesel heaters should be able to run OK on kerosene also. You should be able to find kerosene and/or diesel in a pretty wide variety of places. That rules out smoking fish for the time being. You can try that on your n
    8 points

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