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    San Diego CA
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    Being on the water with my family

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  1. The happy conclusion of this thread is finally here! Just took her out on her maiden voyage in San Diego. Wonderful afternoon for a mellow shakedown sail; 4-6kts of boat speed in 5-10kts out of the South, which made for a good test of the Hoyt self-tacker as we worked our way out past Point Loma. It's so easy it feels like cheating. Downwind wing-on-wing is a breeze. "Ready about?" "Yeah sure - whatever..." No need for anyone to put down their beer or sandwich. It's the perfect boat for this use case and she moves really really well. Just our luck, a group on a Swan 40-something
  2. I love looking at boats. Anyone who wants a local set of eyes (and nose) let me know & I'd be happy to do a zoom showing down here & save you the potentially wasted trip.
  3. I don't know what's more lucrative but I prefer the current format; I like the long descriptions of these arcane processes that I'll never ever use, and the long time-lapse process videos. I could see creating a second pared down version (or two) for folks who just want a quick summary & progress update of each episode. I wonder if it'd be profitable to hire someone to do the editing work - I have no idea how the economics of this stuff pencil out.
  4. I think this is even more the case with powerboats - we bought our trawler in May of last year - made an offer the day it was listed after looking for several months. I have since seen *very* few suitable alternatives locally. I agree that the serious ocean crossers don't seem to be moving as fast as the coastal cruisers. This Stevens 50 we looked seriously at back then has still not sold over a year later. I had a hard time finding a good daysailer for my parents - there was nothing locally & I ended up trucking in a boat from Idaho sight unseen. Luckily all worked out!
  5. This Sunward 48 looks amazing, and seems to be well set up to go serious places. https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1983/sparkman-stephens-sunward-48-3824137/
  6. Yup. I loved our First 405 - it's not the best dead downwind due to some residual IOR influences. Certainly it's not designed for planing. Does surf under the right conditions - whee! But yeah, she was a hull speed boat, and pretty heavy - ours weighed in over 20,000lbs pretty empty; significantly over design weight. Great boat though; really trucked upwind.
  7. Congrats! We decided to get the mast repainted while it was down, as well as new standing rigging, furler, etc. Everything takes forever these days but she’s ready to go now. I just got back from 2 great weeks cruising Catalina, and will take our inaugural sail in her this week; just have to bend the mains’l. Can’t wait!
  8. There's no justifying a boat purchase and there are far more sensible ways of betting on or against the economy, inflation, etc. Best to buy the best boat you can, use it like hell & set up an investment strategy independently which will hopefully nurture your boat problem far into the future.
  9. +1! I’m jealous - that Esse is a sexy beast. Keep us posted!
  10. Yeah I can’t quite tell what’s going on there. Is it a hard top with soft sections to enclose?
  11. Chuck Paine Southern Cross 62 Wow. That’s perfect for the family circumnavigation I fantasize about that my family doesn’t want to do... Systems seem pretty well thought out too; looks like mostly 24V https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2000/chuck-paine-southern-cross-62-3821401/
  12. Yes! Left 5am Wed; hit about 5’@8s on the way out, settling down to next to nothing by 10am. Got in to White’s and dropped anchor at 3pm just as the winds were piping up. Still here - picking up another kid friend in Avalon tomorrow & then heading up the island again. Life is good!
  13. 90's era will mean much less exterior teak than my 1979 CHB 41 trawler, which is a good thing. 50-60' is a hell of a lot of boat for someone who has only small craft experience. Does he want to cross oceans? My general impression is that the newer large trawlers have more complex systems - dual generators, wing engines, stabilizers, water makers, multiple large holding tanks and battery banks, inverters, HVAC, bow and stern thrusters, fridges, ice makers, microwaves, etc. There are some exceptions (Diesel Ducks come to mind) which are built with an ethos of simplicity, but they're pr
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