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  1. Sorry for the grumpiness. He's gone silent for longer periods than this. Anyone know what a Rawson 30 with a broken tiller and a small amount of sail area up front might do? Will the bow be pulled downwind or will it just lie ahull and drift downwind/current?
  2. I agree that he has no idea what the sea demands. Someday the sea will claim me too, but it's a solid bargain and I'd be terrified to face death any other way. I think his joy in many of the things we take for granted is genuine. A clear horizon, the stars as far as you can get from a well-lit city. A green flash. If his line in Richardson Bay had never chaffed through, things might be different. It would be simple to reduce him, Rimas, to the fiberglass shell he was tossed into by his 'benefactors'. But where a cynical view sees him as someone who would otherwise be living und
  3. If your culture necessarily involves debasing the poor and the mentally challenged for sport, then yes screw it and screw you.
  4. Most of the posters here are a few rungs up on the economic and social ladder. Handing someone a few rungs down some cash or goods with the deliberate intent of debasing them and using them for sport just because you can is despicable.
  5. Rimas gets desperately lonely on his extended trips, just as any other psychologically healthy person would. I realize that Jean and Shannon have good intentions, but this escapade from an outsider watching the enablers has all the dignity of Bum Fights. Rimas is not able to hold a job and was I think literally living under a bridge before this all started. In Richardson Bay, he was given just enough so that he'd fear losing it and figuratively set loose. His asinine prattling while he took video selfies of himself while running every working piece of equipment on the boat at ancho
  6. As unlikely as his success is at each step, it's kind of nice to have him out there: not as a role model but a sign that any of us can make it work when it's time. There could be a manipulative side, but the childlike side has a Forest Gump thing to it.
  7. He wasn't towed out of the bay, he was swept out unexpectedly. I don't understand the level of enabling happening from Jean either- it's expensive and a time drain to put his friend in a potentially dangerous situation. And the USCG doesn't want to discourage people from making calls to them about hazardous situations. I wouldn't expect fines or legal hassles.
  8. You may be overthinking it. Rimas just clicked Yes when Facebook suggested that he share a memory (old post). In current news: Rimas MeleshyusJuly 12, 2016 The expedition sailing solo around the world nonstop. I am missing the sea every day Dearly ! I must sail away from Hilo, Hawaii, why I am doing this, because I am do not have engine to sail to the ports.only Only one option to sail nonstop. Need two years supply food I got donation already from Hilo, Hawaii for two years supply food, that's very nice from people Hilo who are willing to help for my the extraordinary voyage.But drinki
  9. Check the date. This season's budget ran low so Rimas is running a clip show. This is from July 2014 on the old boat.
  10. More realistic about his destination(s)? From FB half an hour ago: No pic. "The expedition sailing solo around the world,this time I would like to do nonstop."
  11. Does Rimas even have a flare pistol? Recall the principle of Chekov's Gun: "If you show a fire extinguisher in Act 1, a redheaded woman needs to hit a dude with it by Act 3." Does Rimas even have a fire extinguisher?If Rimas had a flare pistol , he would have either set the boat on fire or lost it overboard. If you scroll back far enough, you should see a picture of a flare pistol kit lashed to the rail of one of his previous boats. Still in its cardboard box.
  12. Mimsy, secure at the dock, gently caressing a concrete post during rig maintenance involving a ladder on the foredeck.
  13. He's got 5 sheets tied to the flapping remnants of his jib. Main was ripped. Globs of caulk on stanchion base. Lower shrouds appear really loose. Rats nest of halyards wrapped around starboard rigging. Loves sailing so much it brings him to tears, yet he's completely uninterested in learning how to actually do it.Given his meager income, refusal to work, and dockage costs, I don't see him being any more prepared to head south in 4 months than he is now. He's going to get to the South Pacific at the height of typhoon season. At least we finally know what sailing "Kon-Tiki style" means.
  14. Aloha! Says he arrived in Kon Tiki style. Since that would mean that the vessel broke up on a reef and he swam in, it's hard to decide whether to take him at his word or not.
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