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  1. Have we become, as a nation, so petty, scared and untrusting that we see a motley group of people, mostly women and young children, slowly walking away from their home for 1,000 or more miles with the thin hope that the United States will allow them to dream of a safe future and we, from our comfort, propose to have our army shoot them if they come to our border and throw rocks at us? What is this madness that has overtaken us?
    5 points
  2. Watching IMPROBABLE swinging in the fresh breeze, high above Auckland Harbor, I could see the wire lifting cables beginning to slice the BMax bumps. I couldn't really blame the stevedore union boss for shaking me down..these LASH barges were the beginning of a future container era for Auckland, and I couldn't imagine the stevedores were very happy with that automation in their future. In addition, I had learned just a few months earlier one of the 60 foot LASH Barges had split open it's bottom, dropping 375 tons of steel I beams into Auckland Harbor and closing the port while that mess was c
    3 points
  3. Ah, so maybe that is how we can reverse what seems to be a downward trend in the products our education system (i.e., the competencies of youth). We should ban the deep study of math, science, critical thinking, history, proper grammar, and so on. Hmm, maybe we should also ban youth from using their phones to actually talk with someone? No doubt that DDW will espouse that we should also ban the use of cleats, to the same end.
    2 points
  4. Sometimes bigger isn’t better.
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  5. A propensity to see double, just decided to make real what is already perceived. - Stumbling
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  6. If only had been a different designer would be going too Farr. groan. hat/coat.
    2 points
  7. Freedom Great barrier express 8.5m catamaran Built in 1977 and updated with plumb bows and lengthened. does 10 -12 knots upwind and 20 knots on a reach and downwind. best bang for buck out there
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  8. Sounds like a Shakespearean curse. "Have at you, you self-tailing bollard!"
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  9. Duelling Thompson T - 980s.
    2 points
  10. It would help a lot if the US national security elite stopped treating Central America as a combination . . sweatshop, whorehouse and human game preserve. What's happening here is blowback pure and simple. I've spent considerable time in CA, and those people deserve a whole lot better than they are getting from the hyper-power. And for Drumph to politicize/weaponize it is despicable - but you knew that.
    2 points
  11. I came here after the fact, but found the education of wading through a hundred pages about motorcycles vaguely worthwhile for the insight to marine architecture provided. The boat was custom built for the charter industry, based on observation of a thousand other boats. Hot rod was an extremely energetic craftsman, but some here doubted his construction, The hulls were secured to the deck by large bolts, but some thought additional structure might be needed. Outdoor plywood was screwed to pine frames, but some argued for the marine stuff. Light weight rutters were hung on the h
    2 points
  12. As you surmised, it’s just you. We’ll cut you some slack, you’re from Ottawa.
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  13. She needs more beam captain!
    1 point
  14. You certainly are well read, legged. I commend you. Your posts are always thought provoking.
    1 point
  15. What is wrong with your - and the *resident's - brain if you thing that poor, scared, desperate people are walking 1,000 miles to throw rocks over a fence? They just want a chance, and we used to be the land of opportunity. Don't let the door hit you as you slam it shut and begin cowering in fear, grasping your bit of safe American soil.
    1 point
  16. I fear this is exactly what we have become, and it saddens and embarrases me....
    1 point
  17. Alas, the self-tailing bollard has taken one step beyond the devil into the deep blue see. Good riddance, Horatio! Let us speak of this no more and make haste to the next quatrain, so that we may hoist a tankard and wash this poor wretch's visage from our thoughts. - Stumbling
    1 point
  18. There was a time when nearly anything of literary value was banned in Ireland. In practice, the censor's role was wholly counter-productive: his stamp served as a mark of quality. A sort of pre-internet Steisand Effect. Book censorship ended in the early 1960s. By then, fine writers such as Edna O'Brien had gained a huge readership, because people knew that if a literary novel was banned it was probably good. And Lady Chatterly's lover was a mediocre novel which became de rigeur for teenagers simply because it was banned. (Once it was unbanned, it rapidly lost its appeal) Film
    1 point
  19. The boat was designed to use an air-cooled Duetz diesel engine. IIRC, the offset was to allow the engine to fit in the box keel structure. I'm not as through hull averse as Bolger became over his life, so I'd put a water cooled engine instead.
    1 point
  20. While returning from the BYC Mac in 2016, we came across six tall ships sailing up Lake Huron.
    1 point
  21. One of the most ( VERY Most ) stressful moments of sailing was lifting our boat off of the trailer with a hoist. Not that there ever was a problem and a Santana 20 is a light keelboat, but having that much mass within a few inches of my head, hanging by the proverbial thread, just felt a bit scary. ( not much less scary lifting out of the water and putting it back on the trailer ) Living my life, with a boat hanging over my head is just plain stupid, I don’t care how well it was suspended
    1 point
  22. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc."
    1 point
  23. I'm totally fascinated with Istvan and Mark at the back. How have they managed to go so slow? Surely these boats aren't too hard to get to hull speed at least. Going so slow is as impressive to me as VDH's speed has been.
    1 point
  24. It looks like Istvan will be coming into D'Entrecasteaux Channel, smart move because it's starting to blow now. He'd be wise to anchor in Recherche or further up the Channel; trying to meet Don near Kingston will be difficult. Tapio will just have to ride it out. I can't speak for whatever Don is reporting but I quote gusts because, in the prevailing westerlies here, the average wind may be ten knots, while the gusts will be two or three times that. At sea, average wind is what it's all about; here, it's the gusts that flatten you or shred the boat. We currently have 28 knots,
    1 point
  25. Heh, heh - "dock queen", eh? NOT! Her majesty is in a realm far removed from common sailing experience - by design. Oh yeah, baby! Big fast boat booking it in style. Clearly a performance driven design, outside the box, an unconventional beauty. Cost must be staggering...? (video repeat, below)
    1 point
  26. The ones that have are unable to march because of an acute condition known as deadness.
    1 point
  27. And those dangerous cleats...just another example of how unpopular they are. Long live the self tailing bollard...
    1 point
  28. Would have been 3rd over the line. Must have been a glass out, Fidelis finished 18 hours ahead of Balandra
    1 point
  29. We've come a long way since '66 (from the MYCQ fb page)
    1 point
  30. The stare is still there but the food isn't agreeing with him.
    1 point
  31. Belaying pins were taken into slavery by the Cletists in the Mooring Wars and forced into dangerous and subservient halyard duty.
    1 point
  32. Wow, I can't wait for the sequel!
    1 point
  33. Boat ID: Late 60's Sedan de Ville. Yes, very long overhangs. We call it a trunk but those wacky Brit's call it a boot I think. Never heard it referred to as an outboard well. No idea what kind of yacht that is.
    1 point
  34. I sort of came to that conclusion because it couldn't be about fettling or inspiring tips on cruising and LaVag is hardly a cultural travelogue. So really it is just "characters" doing stuff in front of a sailing related backdrop. You would then think the Delos heads would have far greater appeal. However they both sit atop the podium. Your reasoning of one market being "privalaged cool", the other "insecurity and uncertainty" was an interesting take. The extension is many would think the birthing stuff on LaVag will alienate viewers, whereas by your view those numbers might even flouri
    1 point
  35. They are so boring you don't want to waste a vowel.
    1 point
  36. heaven forefend.... however, I intend to do two of the three
    1 point
  37. Mirabaud's Sailing Pic 2018 Award has just gone to Ricardo Pinto for his pic of Scallywag arriving at Lisbon leg finish of VOR at dusk with little wind (see crewperson up the rig looking for it ) into a outgoing tide from memory. Apparently getting chase boats etc out of the picture was a challenge. The seabird pretty poignant reminder of a crewman lost overboard off this boat in the Sth Ocean, albeit that was to occur later in the race.
    1 point
  38. a6Ombzq_460svvp9.webm
    1 point
  39. Rutter damn it, Rutter. It's copyrighted!
    1 point
  40. No, I would never allow grape vines that close to the house. That's a passion flower vine that mostly annoys me but my dad was fond of it so I keep it. It's supposed to be climbing the stairs several feet from that corner. It's not supposed to be there, nor in a few other places where it has popped up. The weed whacker only discourages it briefly. Anyway, this is how the experiment looked yesterday:
    1 point
  41. This was my big take-away from that whole thread! to quote James McMullen from nearly 5 years ago:
    1 point
  42. What is there to know. For years this thread was top of the page or near. Nearly all of us believed that Hotrod's attempt to launch the boat using a trailer and tug was doomed to failure. When ever you thought that things could not get crazier ---- they did. I mean Lil Murray ---- going to jail for biting the dockmaster --- the pregnant hermaphrodite ---- USCG claiming the rescue never happened or refusing to release details.
    1 point
  43. Hot Rod built a giant catamaran from recycled cardboard and it lasted way longer than anyone thought then it went to sea and fell apart.
    1 point
  44. 1 point

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