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  1. Don't know your route, but when venturing offshore I like having a "weather buddy" ashore I can touch base with, who is a sailor with broadband internet, who flips through all the available weather forecasts and condenses it into a summary focused on where I am and what I'm trying to accomplish. Sort of like what you get from a routing service, but you can chat up a little and compare notes. Works well with a Spot or similar via text, or satphone for voice.
  2. Funny, watching the vid I got the taste of adrenalin in my mouth, just imagining what that felt like. "Oh shit" moments are long remembered... "Well, I guess we should have stayed put today after all."
  3. It probably goes without saying... but I'll say it anyway. There are hard working, reputable, honest, good brokers, worth every penny of the commission, and there are a fair number of nitwits, crooks and assholes, who do as little as possible and often gum up the process. I've bought and sold with both types, and gone without. IMHO a plain vanilla deal is an okay DIY project - as layers of complexity are introduced it's nice to have an experienced broker clearing the way.
  4. Mmmm... really hard to choose an absolute favorite, of course great beaches are part of the allure of life in the islands. Here's one.
  5. Offshore of Norfolk early morning some years ago, we were sailing towards the mouth of the Chesapeake. All of a sudden a big ass submarine popped up, maybe 100-150 yards away. Other than "Holy f*ck!" we were speechless.
  6. We were hauled at Derecktor's in Mamaroneck when Mariner came in for transom surgery. The lads worked all night, lopped off about a dozen feet of the ass end of the boat and built a new conventionally styled stern (without the steps). Amazed/impressed the hell out of me what's possible with a big checkbook, a decent shop full of tools and a handful of guys who know how to use them.
  7. Gasoline engine powered compressor. They wanted to hang out and dive in really remote places and be able to fill their own tanks. IIRC the auxiliary engine needed rebuilding, and they were on a budget, Tom decided he'd rather go engineless and put the compressor where the engine used to be. I thought it was a bit nutty myself, but he was a stubborn guy, and they pulled it off.
  8. I met and got to know Tom and Nancy Zydler many years ago. They yanked the engine out of their 1961 37' Pearson Invicta, installed a scuba compressor and big sweeps, and took off. They crossed some oceans, wrote a lot of articles and published cruising guides. Characters both. The Panama Guide: A Complete Guide to Cruising Panama and Transiting the Panama Canal: Zydler, Nancy Schwalbe, Zydler, Tom: 9781892399090: Amazon.com: Books New cruising guides published by voyaging veterans - Ocean Navigator Below pic is not of their boat Mollymawk, but a sistership
  9. We used to refuel smallish (500') containerships here every couple of weeks. The bill for "Fill 'er up" was right around half a million dollars. Re: center cockpits, I always like the looks of the Bowman 46, but they seemed pretty cramped and dark below, and had crazy overhangs.
  10. My experience with making significant changes to sailplan, rig and keel is that you just don't really know 100% what the effects will actually be until you do it. You see stuff attempted with race boats that a computer simulation program says is a slam dunk, only to find it didn't work quite as well as expected. Sorry, I didn't catch exactly what your goal is? Are you unhappy with/trying to improve light air performance, or does the main just look too skinny to you? How much light air sailing do you do, and is it worth possibly throwing money out the window chasing?
  11. Will you be at a dock or cruising around and anchored out when working? BroadbandVI has pretty darn good point to point wireless broadband internet service, but it requires an aimed directional antenna. ATT is generally considered by most local residents to have much better cell service in the USVI than Sprint, even though they rent space on the same towers. After Irma and Maria in 2017 the Sprint system went down and didn't come back up for months and months, creating a lot of ill will. Not sure how the T-Mobile merger is going - another outfit recently just took over ATT's network too, they
  12. Mmmm... no, not fucking joking actually. Agreed that calipers are the best tool for the job (and I do have a pair), but it sounded like Ajax was looking for a quick and simple MacGyver to get it done, and I'm guessing that if he had calipers sitting about he wouldn't have asked. In this part of the world making do without the "right" tool, part, manual, knowledge, experience is baked into the culture (often to a fault, as folks frequently don't give a shit about rules and regs), but no worries mate, carry on.
  13. Maybe get a small crescent wrench and adjust it to the right size, then take that with you to your favorite tool retailer and match it up. I'd bet that's metric, all that stuff is Kubota. Have you discovered Messick's tractor supply in PA? Pretty large inventory of Kubota parts, a couple of people there have actually been willing to help DIY nitwits calling about 35 year old marinized Kubotas.
  14. Made the front page of the local St Thomas paper today. FWIW, rumor has it that several confirmed Covid cases in the BVI were traced back to people sneaking into the BVI by boat, and they are more uptight now than ever. I love them, but don’t have any plans to visit there this winter. Tourism dependent economies throughout the islands are in dire straits, and health dept’s and tourism officials are routinely out of synch.
  15. First line in the FP article the owner says he's spent ten years in the VI. Any moron who's lived down here that long should well understand that the BVI uniforms have gone whack on enforcing their border, and frequently get really pissy about it. Numerous fishing boats have been impounded and crews locked up. In days gone by everybody from St Thomas used to zip over into BVI waters to fish and dive without clearing in. Over the past year there have been increasing numbers of boats discovered in USVI and BVI waters with much coke/cash/illegals/guns onboard, you name it. Big coke bust on Tortol
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