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  1. 8 hours ago, NZK said:

    I'm with you on this. 30 bucks for a pair of waterproof socks is way cheaper, and less cumbersome, than full sea boots when I'm bounding lithely around the foredeck* in the spring...

    *actual appearances and performance may vary from this description which is given for illustrative purposes only 

    Agreed on this. I have a pair of boots which are great for back of the boat work, deliveries and cruising. But on the foredeck waterproof socks and a light shoe work much better.

  2. Nice tips here. I think I might try a pair of vans - the tread looks pretty great. I also might pick up a pair of the Adidas on ebay while they are still available, and use them solely (hehe) when I am racing as a bowman.

    I am sorry, I just can't get into the socks and sandals game. That is a slippery slope towards Tommy Bahama shirts and talking about how it is not the heat, but the humidity that gets you. 

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  3. For those reading this who may be looking for an alternative, I have been using Lanex ropes and have been super happy with them. They are a Czech company, and I saw they are hiring Ukrainian refugees as an added bonus. Sensible Yacht Cordage is the shop I have been going through for four or five years. Good pricing and excellent service.

    (I have no affiliation, so don't tell me to buy an ad - just passing on info as a happy customer) 

  4. I currently use Adidas Terrex shoes, and absolutely love them. They are light weight, dry quickly, drain, and the grip is great. Sadly, they have been discontinued for a couple years. I am looking for a similar shoe that will be good for wet bow-work, but can't seem to find anything close. Zhik ZKG seems to be discontinued as well.

    Any ideas/suggestions?

    (I am not a fan of the topsider style - I have tried plenty that don't seem to do anything that well)

  5. Looks great. And given the color choice, you are unlikely to lose visibility of the wheel if that was a concern.

    Thread drift here, but I have always wondered about using bike handlebar grip tape to wrap a wheel. I have a tiller boat, so I have never been able to try. But I have also never seen anyone do that. 

  6. On 3/8/2022 at 9:04 AM, Omb00621 said:

    Not many shallow draft and capable small cruisers in the 22-25’ range being built for skinny water like Florida, the Bahamas and the Chesapeake. Why not?

    I would guess because a used 30fter is cheaper than a new 22-25fter, so there goes the budget market. And you are brave to do a month in the bahamas without shade!

  7. This one looks especially good with the blue HR paint line seeping through. But HR's looks have never been for me, so outside of a terrible color choice I vote paint away. A navy hull might make them look nicer actually...

  8. On 2/13/2022 at 1:46 PM, socalrider said:

    Exactly!  How does a single walk around queen make for a great charter boat for families?  A 3-cabin 36' production boat will sail better, only require one motor, cost less, not risk a capsize in an unexpected med katabatic wind, not subject you to withering backhanded compliments online and offline,  etc. etc.

    They advertise to have the same beam as a 36-40' mono. They also start at a higher price point than a Jeanneau 349. So I am not sure what space in the market they are trying to fill. The whole point of cats is more space - without that who wants one. They say "stability" a lot, but anyone who thinks that a catamaran with the same beam as a mono will somehow have more stability has clearly not spent any time on the water.

  9. On 2/8/2022 at 7:17 PM, socalrider said:

    I just found the Sailing Millennial Falcon channel.  Haven't watched their normal stuff but really enjoyed the interviews with John Kretschmer and Dick Beaumont.


    We met them in Grenada, and had them over for a few (or many) drinks on our boat. I can say definitively that they are a very nice couple. Lost touch with them since, but they seemed to be interested in the cruising first, and taking viewers along for the ride to help stay afloat.

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