Breamerly

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    trouble in the NW Passage..

    Yeah it's a funny combination of a national government trying to enforce a prohibition that is arguably stupid and overbroad - and an individual responding to that in a way that is arguably arrogant and self-absorbed. Sometimes you encounter this with cruisers - this conflation of the individual right to move around on the Earth with some kind of important work or mission, which of course when viewed from the outside just translates to a kind of absurd self-importance: "STAND CLEAR! It is IMPERATIVE that I float my yacht into this harbor! I'm like Shackleton, don't you see?! I AM ON A CRITICAL PLEASURE-BOATING MISSION, people will perish and economies fail if I don't sip this beer in exactly the harbor of my choosing!" Freedom of movement is important and often ignored - but acting like it compares with the right (even if stupidly exercised) of a nation to close its borders in a time of emergency - that's a breath-taking level of self-regard.
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    Boat ideas?

    In all seriousness though, I am learning a lot from this thread. Very interesting to hear about waterline, displacement, fore tri, etc - all stuff I wouldn't ever know standing outside the castle staring in Peasant 1: 'nice castle, that' Peasant 2: 'probably bloody cold though, and look - no windows!' The king's probably jealous of us, or at least he should be' King, fondling supermodel wife on bearskin in front of fire made of $100 bills: 'yes, cold, and so jealous'
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    Boat ideas?

    Of course the alberg owner sailed on and off lol
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    Won't buff out but out of environment

    A lot of carbon pollution over time vs a lot of carbon pollution all at once so *shrug*
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    Used EPIRB- Would you ever?

    I mean what does "works" mean - we're clearly talking about a failure in, say, six hundredths of a percent of use cases versus two. I'd rather have the latter for my life safety devices. Like you can build clinbing anchors out of galvanized hardware, and the chance of total failure is still very low. But with stainless it's extremely low. It's more better. So we use stainless, yeah?
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    Used EPIRB- Would you ever?

    These seem cool but I've heard are engineered to personal electronics standards/margins vs aerospace ones. For that reason I've always figured I wouldn't use except as an add-on to a 'real' epirb.
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    Used EPIRB- Would you ever?

    I've used the rent a beacon service. Really good, and a great thing to have when on the outside of Vancouver island - and totally unnecessary on the inside.
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    Boat ideas?

    Adding to above: I have a 27, and sympathize with wanting to upaize. The spirit of my earlier, though, was that I think a lot of folks who've learned on the zillions of cheap ~27ish boats out there underestimate the increase in complication and difficulty of systems on bigger boats. For instance, I have self-tailers, but frankly if I needed to I could almost handle the lines by hand. But even just going from 27 to 30, sail area increases by almost a third, and nearly doubles when you go to 35. And of course rig forces increase exponentially with area... So everything gets harder to handle, margins get smaller, and the odd whoopsy becomes that much harder to recover from, too. And of course, my 28 handles like a dhingy in the marina. Docking, anchoring, the odd accidental jibe - as you get into the 35 and up range, all of it seems to just go off the charts in terms of complication, risk, and the forces involved. I'm sure you've thought about all of this, and everyone obviously finds their own sweet spot between comfort and simplicity. Just my (additional two cents).
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    Boat ideas?

    Sounds like it might not have been in evidence when you were trying to dock ;-) (And if it was, good on you indeed)
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    Boat ideas?

    Also, why not the Tartan 30? If you could find one that had really been babied you might be able to save a bundle -which you could put into hiring out anything extra it needed - and at 30' it's still plenty for a couple, while being that much easier to handle than a 35. Just a thought.
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    Boat ideas?

    Sir I appreciate your demeanor and tone
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    Zombie Boats > Balls

    Now this is something with the potential to be a great app
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    Engineering Career in Sailing

    Whatever the specifics, I'm guessing the salient fact is that, like becoming a millionaire instagram influencer or an editor at the New York Times or a secret shopper for Gucci, when it comes to the tippy-top race teams there are more applicants than positions, and in reality a significant part of getting through the door is being in the right place at the right time. Or, to put it another way: as far as the plebes are concerned, skills are required to qualify, but I'm guessing quite a bit more is necessary to be selected.
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    Engineering Career in Sailing

    Like I said, fashionable hair, hot girlfriend, yacht club bar, ray gun.
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    Engineering Career in Sailing

    Yes this is much better advice than anything I said earlier, ignore that.
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    Engineering Career in Sailing

    It's ambiguous what you mean by this, and it makes all the difference. If you mean you want to further your 'career' as a sailor - to find more opportunities to race or crew or whatever, more opportunities to run with the big dogs and sail the fanciest boats and pull the fanciest ropes - I'd say you probably don't need to orient your work around this axis to make that happen. That is what I'm pretty sure you meant - you said "I have gathered from my racing experience... that sailing at the highest levels is all about networking. I've recently begun considering working in the sailing industry... in order to develop those networked connections." That makes it sound as though you are considering working in the sailing industry just to make connections that will help your sailing. But I don't think many people sitting in Annapolis pick their racing crew from the random fleet of engineers working for Harken in some New Jersey office park. I don't know quite how they do pick them (maybe looks and dumb luck, based in who happens to be hanging around the yacht club bar?) but I'm pretty sure that's not it. My hunch is You could fetch beers and carry clubs (or crunch numbers and put together spreadsheets) for a decade for the guy who runs the vednee globe and it would never cross his mind, 'gee, maybe Billy the numbers chap would like a turn on the grinders on my kajillion dollar space-foil.' Instead, my impression is that all the fanciest race boats are run by rich assholes. And it's a well-known fact that rich assholes love younger women, are hated by their kids, and know their willies are the only thing about themselves they can't pay to enhance. If you want them to beg you to race on their superyachts, get a six pack and a model girlfriend for them to covet, and then use those engineer brains to design a ray gun that will give them back their youth, super-size their johnsons, and fix their relationships with their kids all at once. Or something. I should qualify this by saying that although I'm halfway serious, I have no idea what I'm talking about. Good luck!
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    Zombie Boats > Balls

    MacGregors only
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    How To: med mooring anarchy

    Love the people repeatedly trying to fend vertically oriented bows/corners by flopping around vertically hung fenders, which of course just roll out of the way.
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    whats up with West Marine?

    True. Personally though, I feel like customer service is worth as much as the ease of navigating the site sometimes, and I've had good experiences with SeaMar on that. Again, not so much fisheries - both in person and over the phone it seems like a crapshoot whether you get someone helpful or just mind-bendingly slow/unhelpful. Maybe that way everywhere though, and my experience just reflects my luck. On the customer service front it's also worth noting that Defender has definitely won my online business, too, to the point where I won't even look at Amazon or other boat sites. Last time I was on the hard they bumped my shipping to second day (on a twenty pound package!) for free when I mentioned I was on a yard schedule, on top of being knowledgeable and easy to get ahold of.
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    whats up with West Marine?

    Fisheries Supply is fine, but they are pretty expensive unless you have access to an account that does some volume. SeaMar is just across the bridge and often quite a bit cheaper. They sell to the Marine trades, so they have a similarly high 'floor' of quality. But unlike West, and often Fisheries, they don't just sell the most expensive version of everything. For instance with epoxy - I recall Fisheries only carries West Systems and Silver Tip, and they had a pretty limited selection of matt/roving, which they want you to buy in whole sheets/rolls. SeaMar carries silvertip, but also a cheaper industrial brand, and a better cloth selection which they'll cut. They also have a much better selection of actual hardware - like in fittings they have bronze, stainless, (I think also galvanized?) and schedule 80 PVC, from 1/2" to 3". Fisheries has a much narrower selection, mostly only in bronze. They also have an extensive section of hydraulic and diesel engine parts. Don't think Fisheries has any. Sailing specific stuff is the one place Fisheries shines, though, for sure - SeaMar won't have a cheek block and 200' of unobtanium no-stretch polyfilament supr-braid and a hand-rubbed bronze oarlock of the English Rowing Launch Style. And of course, if you want to pay $120 for teak salt shaker, Fisheries is the spot.
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    whats up with West Marine?

    Beautiful.
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    Zombie Boats > Balls

    It's cool how every comment on this thread you bring round to being an insult at the end. I'm sorry my comments remind you of something the bad people said. However, I think am actually saying something very different from what they said. If you're scared of my dog because it reminds you of the dog that bit you, I can't do much about that.
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    Zombie Boats > Balls

    I hope you were able to differentiate my criticism of the system (or lack thereof in some parts) and my feelings about the way you obviously handle and share your private balls (positive).
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    Zombie Boats > Balls

    As usual, I came off too negative to start, when in fact my feelings are mixed. I think there is a very worthwhile discussion about who should get to have moorings, and how much of a bay moorings should get to take up. Should you get to have six moorings in the same Bay if others are waiting, with your sixth mooring taking up the last spot for a.transiemt anchorer? I think that's a bit much. If you actively use your mooring, and it's not crowding out anchorers (ie, cruisers) I don't really have a problem with it. I do feel like there should probably be a system of permits and checking up like Kent-sailor described, or like that other fellow described as existing in his harbor on Bainbridge Island. I've said as much every time someone has mentioned that in this thread. As to your broader note about public land, I do differ from some, I guess. Seems like Oregon has it right, with a right-to-pass applying to all shorelines in the state. Does that mean I disprove of all marinas or private docks? Not at all.
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    Zombie Boats > Balls

    Did you get hit in the head on a jibe? I literally self-quoted last time you tried to paint me into this corner, to show you the several places where I said moorings should be legal, anchoring should be legal, etc. And in my most recent post, I was literally describing the precedent for anchoring being allowed. But you keep banging your nuance-proof drum: "he wants to ban moorings! He wants to ban anchoring!" I like a lot of your posts outside of this thread but this is getting tiresome.