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  1. And we're STILL waiting for the flying car. It's too bad Fuller and Burgess never got around to adding wings to that thing, as they originally had in mind. Now that would have been something!
  2. Holy Molly: the geodesic dome founder had this angular beauty? He liked shapes!
  3. Wow-- after years of racing, now I know what sailing is all about: having fun. Your bride looks beautiful and happy. What could be better? Congratulations!
  4. I agree with that, for sure- no thrusters needed for that guy. I'd have to have really good ear protection if I had to listen to that engine chug and sputter all day, everyday, as he probably does.
  5. Yeah- he did a lot of pretty amazing things. He even served as a New York police officer. Too bad he was done in by Michael Corleone.
  6. Someone did. His name is Jim Lee, builder of the Left Coat Dart. Currently, there are two for sail, one in Anacortes WA and one in Hawaii discounted for shipping back to the mainland. Comfortable cockpit, comfortable down below, great ergonomics all around. Easy and fast. And I did buy an ad.
  7. Shifter? So these were manual transmission? Is that crank on top of the wheel a clutch perhaps? I realize that automobiles didn't really have effective automatic transmissions until 1940, and that they were not popular until the 1950's (the hydromatic). I didn't know vintage boats were manual.
  8. What's the rotating handle in the center of the steering column (above the wheel) for? Is that just a crank to take the wheel on and off?
  9. The spiral companionway is an amazing piece of art.
  10. It certainly the bow; that's why there's a flag... oh wait...
  11. The hull number before this one sold for $10,000 more than the asking price for this one. We assume that someone might want to transport it to the mainland (it would be great in S.D. or the PNW) and took the discount off the top. PM me if anyone wants more information. Yes, we did buy an ad: that's where this pic came from.
  12. My wife and I have a rental house in Anacortes that we'd eventually like to use as a base for cruising in the PNW and B.C. This has caught my eye, at least for shorter trips. For ore extended cruising, I'd want to talk to the Maestro about a shower stall, hot water, and a swim step with dinghy davits. These, however, would reduce the functionality of the boat as a commuter. The last thing I'd want to do is screw up a piece of Bob's artwork. http://hunterbaywoodworking.com/gallery_evalena.php To me, this boat looks like nice furniture with a water view. I know it's for sale, but
  13. Are you telling me that Mr. Hand had a boat? I thought he only taught history.
  14. We lived in Denver during that blizzard. I had to abandon my K-car on Wadsworth Blvd in white-out conditions. It took my several hours to find it and dig it out the next day, because a non-existent snow plow buried it in a heap. The car had a stupid plastic gear that was part of the window raising/lowering system. At one point, I rolled the window down and held my head out the window in order to see. When I abandoned the car, the gear broke and I couldn't raise the window. That was before the snow plow came by. Anyone else have to shovel out the INSIDE of a car? Denver had plows and sn
  15. That's what I've been looking for: a carbon fiber Thunderbird. Anybody have Jim Bett's phone number? I want him to get started right away. On second thought...
  16. In my experience, when clubs have a membership drive with deep discounts on the initiation fees, or eliminate the fee altogether for a period of time, the people who join are uninterested in sailing, racing, fishing, or any other kind of boating that might take them away from the subsidized ( by dues) drinks at the bar. They complain that the regatta awards ceremony interferes with summer league basketball on TV. They're the first to shout opinions at the annual meeting, rant about juniors hanging out on the lawn (Get off my lawn!) and sailors in salt-crusted clothing. They run away when dues
  17. While knowing nothing about nothing, I am sure that it's more complex than simply saying, "Here, take this design but use GRP instead of that carbon stuff." Load predictions, scale, displacement, and much more must come into play. I hope the boat makes it from the virtual world to the watery world in the future!
  18. If Dave (who's not here, man), wanted a CF of Bob's design, and is now thinking of a GRP boat from Sweden Yachts, did he consider the same material for the former? I understand that somebody besides Betts would need to have built it, but it would've been less expensive.
  19. I'll bet he's really popular down under today after his friendly call to your Aussie PM.
  20. "What do you get when you take LD with Lutefisk? A bad trip to Ballard." Not so much anymore; it doesn't seem to be the Sven and Ole fishing town it once was.
  21. Those are not trash buckets, they are halyard and other lines tail bags, I don't like lines running all over my interior and they tend to get dropped down the hatch, so the (very light weight) fabric bags keep it all neat and tidy below. Ah- brilliant. I agree that the slop is disagreeable. We mostly, race, so there are long noodles all over the place down below.
  22. TWO trash cans by the companionway? My God, think of the extra weight!
  23. Saw the boat in the water at RQYS late last week (got a thirty minute pass from visiting the grandkids). It's a beautiful machine. Say, can I borrow it for the Transpacific Yacht Race (Transpac) next year? We'll take really, really good care of it!
  24. Great update and story. Sorry about the wheel, but I imagine it's repairable. Better that than blowing up the traveller, which would have been no fun at all.
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