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  1. BI was bad enough when we used to go there regularly back in the 1970s. We did stop there for a night in June on the way north from Florida to Maine a few years ago. Zero visibility, and reminded me of the days when our only nav aid was a flashing depth sounder. Find 1BI bell coming from Newport, head 209m or follow the 20' contour leaving the sound of breakers to port, and run along it until you hear R2 bell. Now, of course everybody uses R2 as a GPS waypoint, and you're in danger of being run down by people following the plotter rather than looking and listening. I guess
  2. New England is generally looking pretty good right now. We will be driving up there very shortly. The thing controlling our schedule is the uncertainty of gasoline along the route. I go through about 4 1/2 tanks of fuel between Florida and Maine, and certain parts of the south along 95 are showing a real shortage of fuel on Gas Buddy at this time, thanks to the pipeline shut down which just ended. Not sure how much Gas Buddy lags reality, but it will still be at least a few days before this sorts itself out completely.
  3. My advice is, whatever size windlass you think you need, go up one size. Of course, that's the same advice I give on anchors and the rest of a ground tackle system. If you are doing serious cruising, there may be a time when that oversized ground tackle will be what gets you through a very difficult time. It may be the difference between a disaster and a night of lost sleep. The Lofrans Falkon windlass we put on our heavy 40' cutter was the same one they put on the Fleming 55 motoryacht. So was the 60 pound CQR, and the 400' of 3/8" G4 chain. Good ground tackle is what keeps yo
  4. Newbold Smith was serious about high latitude cruising, which is probably why the hull has Kevlar in it. Not sure if it is all-Kevlar, or just outer skins. I have a picture of it in a club yearbook next to some pretty serious ice. Kevlar does not produce a particularly stiff hull, which is why you often see it as part of a matrix with other fibers. It isn't much fun for boatbuilders to work with, because it doesn't really wet out properly, and the fibers are nasty on your skin. It does produce a hull with good abrasion resistance and impact resistance, however, which is a handy thing if
  5. Agreed, but it's a shame you have to bribe some people to get them to do the right thing.
  6. Likewise in Florida. Most businesses in my town still (today) require masks inside, since they can't differentiate between the vaccinated maskless and that anti-vax non-maskers. They're trying to protect their own staffs. I went to three businesses this morning: a barber, who has a "wear a mask " sign on the front door (and he does wear one, as do his customers); a Staples office supply, which has a "wear a mask" sign and requires them inside; and the Fresh Market, which also requires masks for the same reason. This is in a town in Florida that has not had a mask mandate for mo
  7. This shows how lumpy the conditions were off Point Loma. This picture was taken during the sail back in after the second race. This is just about the time they starting slashing lower panels on the wing.
  8. They did have soft sails originally, but ended up developing and using two different wing sizes. They used one of the wings during both races--can't remember which one. They had a unique tilting table that allowed the boat, with the wing in, to be laid on its side when hauled out, saving the trouble of pulling the wing at night. I was there working for the entire event, and observed it first-hand, including following the boats around the entire race course, down to the Mexican border. Coming back in after the second race, the wash from the spectator fleet, combined with the ty
  9. At least one of the regattas in the first season was three days, so the precedent is there.
  10. I have one of those in my workshop. Mine is classroom gray and chrome, however. It's a Boston model L, made by Hunt Manufacturing, Statesville, NC, USA. Probably 50 years old, at least, but still works. Pencils are handy things when you work with wood. Don't ask my why that one is in the forward cabin, however...
  11. Fair enough, but Fauci has also acknowledged doing it. It is also true that at the stage he said that, the understanding of how transmissable covid is was changing on almost a daily basis. At that time there was also a real shortage of medical-grade masks and other PPE, and a real risk of the health care system being overwhelmed for that lack of equipment. Remember when doctors and nurses were re-wearing N-95s for days at a time and trying to figure out how to clean them, when they are designed as single-use disposable items? It wasn't that long ago. This was well before the country
  12. Nothing wrong with that, since most have manual backup in any case.
  13. And that's exactly what you are: prepared for what comes your way. I've never been ashamed of that when it comes to getting my boat ready for cruising. Back in the mid-1970s, when my wife and I and several of our friends first lived on boats, we used to say "when the revolution comes, we are ready to get away." I still have that mindset when it comes to boats. The corollary is: if you have complex systems onboard, you had better know how to fix them. You are the only mechanic available in the middle of the ocean, or a lot of other places you may end up.
  14. So basically you spew shit and throw a tantrum when somebody calls you out on it. Got it.
  15. Would you care to provide a link to Dr. Fauci's "complete and total lies", since you've made the claim? If you can't back it up, don't make it. Please do not create a false equivalency where none exists.
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