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Huggy Bear Brown

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  1. Oh good grief..........I would like to see things from your point of view, but I'm just not willing to stick my head that far up my ass to do it.... You're hopelessly over your head on this one.
  2. That's the answer I would expect from a "Retired Pol Sci Professor" who has no idea how business operates. Automation allows for much greater productivity, but it requires a higher level of technical skill to design, build, install, operate and maintain the equipment. Not to mention the devlopment of new sensors, machine vision technology, supporting technology........... Only a Pol Sci Professor would think of 'more leisure'.
  3. If you sail, you're going to use sandpaper at some point. It used to be a very labor intensive process to produce sanding discs and with labor a large part of the cost alternatives were needed to meet the expectations of a price point target (or else move your production to a low cost labor country). It becomes a simple payback calculation to see what the cost of automation is vs. manual labor. In this case automation provided a solution. You might want $15/hr, but in a lot of applications automation may provide a better economic solution. This is from the company I use to work for....opt
  4. We started off with a countertop unit, but we sold it off in the Caribbean as the ice does not last long in your drink. We found ice trays that make 2"x2"x2" cubes that work great.
  5. We bought a 2008 Jeanneau 45 in 2017 with in-spar furling. While I wanted a stack pack/slab reefing there were too many other positives about the boat we went ahead with the purchase anyway. We sailed south from Rhode Island and have been in the Caribbean since 2018. Prior to departing we bought a new North batten-less main which has been great. While I've raced for about 50 years and trimmed sails for most of that time, I just don't give a shit about what the sailshape is anymore. I'm cruising full time and getting somewhere 15 minutes later is not a problem. Usually I can't even see th
  6. We're now at the peak of the season. https://tropical.colostate.edu/Forecast/2021-0902.pdf
  7. Yup, the work never ends...... Here's todays project
  8. The boat is now 13 years old, but in great shape. This year we're budgeting: Replacing our anchor chain - $2000 Partial shroud replacement - $3000 Remove and rebed cabin house windows - $3000 Replace Yanmar hoses, new water muffler, PYI dripless shaft service, misc engine work - $2500 3 to 4 gallons Micron 66 bottom paint - $1400 Get bow thruster fixed - $?? Other misc supplies - lubes, filters, etc - $1500 Last year was: Lithium ion battery upgrade - $8000 High output alternator - $1000 Replace head on genset - $2500
  9. Actually, we did shop around. Our past insurance was through the Gowrie Group and their Jackline Policy with Markel as the insurer. Good insurance with a AM Best rating of "A". We had to purchase a rider to stay in Grenada and the deductible, in the case of named storm damage was $18,000. The premium for the boat in 2020 was US$3900. Another US$1000 was added for boat liability and off boat liability with US$1 million/$500k limits. Given the current Covid situation in the Caribbean, we felt we were at risk should the islands start shutting down again as they did last year. We wanted
  10. We've been cruising full time in the Caribbean Windward Islands for three years on a 2008 Jeanneau 45DS. We typically go out to local restaurants around twice a week and always take the local dollar buses for transport. We're always at anchor, but spend 4 to 6 weeks in a Grenada marina this time of year due to the heat and keep my wife happy with A/C. We also go on the hard in the Sept/Oct timeframe to visit friends and family in the States. Here is how our budget breaks down: Groceries, restaurants, entertainment, beer, rum - $440/week We ATM withdraw at the start of the week an
  11. Do what you want and just wear the biggest lifejacket you can find...........and safety glasses......and a hard hat. What could go wrong and yes, life might be shorter than you ever imagined
  12. True, hand signals are also effective.... Inoffensive, sometimes not.....
  13. Usually it's my wife on the bow yelling back "what the f*ck are you doing??"
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