Breamerly

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    Zombie Boats > Balls

    To clarify, in the spirit of maximum crankiness, I am completely, one-hundred percent dubious of even sparkly new mooring balls set in plain sight of the owner's shoreside mansion, with their personal details printed for all to see. I think taking up a spot you're not actively using - effectively staking out a spot on a public waterway with a flag that says 'this bit of water is all mine' - is deeply obnoxious. That's What I was getting at, generally, in my OP: unoccupied mooring balls can be as obnoxious as zombie shitboxes. And certainly more so than liveaboards or aqua-bums, who at least can make half an argument about necessity or poverty, as opposed to unadulterated entitlement. I personally would not agree with that argument, but I think they at least have half a leg to stand on. To make an analogy, would we permit an off-road vehicle enthusiast paving and painting himself a private parking spot in his favorite national Forest? Or maybe more accurately, painting his name on one of a limited number of spots in a public campground, simply because his house happened to be on adjacent private land? It may be legal, and there are probably arguments that can be made in favor of it, but it's still annoying.
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    Ed, u gonna lead the counter parade?

    It's painful to see the people who say things like this get SO CLOSE to a useful political analysis and then just spin out into what's essentially a bunch of muttering. I guess that's the mark of privilege though - disgruntled, but still ultimately playing on the winning side in a rigged game, so never going to go too far toward dismantling any of it.
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    Zombie Boats > Balls

    This man gets it haha I would do, sure, but who the hell knows what's down there. Could be shoestring tied to a cinderblock for all I know.
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    Bottom Paint stripping/repainting in Van

    Very interesting, I will read up. Can you say any more thought about the emphasis on the keel over the hull? I'm pretty new to this side of things and while I think I have an idea (the hull is just a flat surface generating friction but the keel is... A wing?) any clarification/confirmation would be of interest. Since the keels a wing generating lift to windward, does it affect pointing ability as well as speed? Also, what kind of marginal changes are we talking about here? For instance, I just reencapsulated my Santana's fin keel and got it smooth but *not fair. If I were to go back and fair it next time I do bottom paint would we be taking a one percent speed increase? Five percent? Ten? Curious because I had always heard 'oh a smooth bottom ain't that important won't ever make more than a couple percent difference it's just for racers here have a snoot and quit worryin' about it lad' but the new paint and tiny bit of fairing (smoothing!) I did made a noticeable difference - in the ballpark of half a knot or more under power (sail obviously more ambiguous to compare but a difference there, too)
  5. Everybody is skeptical of different parts of this Personally I'm skeptical of why oversizing isn't an option. There's not a spare 3/64 around the four holes? Drill, tap, done. Better yet, pressure tap.
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    Bottom Paint stripping/repainting in Van

    @12 metre could you say more about this, including with any sources I could look at? Or, if it's just your own expertise that's fine too. Genuinely curious. thank you.
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    Zombie Boats > Balls

    You think?
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    Zombie Boats > Balls

    Taking about Private mooring balls, largely empty, installed hither and yon across harbors near and far. One example that pops to mind: Port Renfrew. There's really just one decently protected hole, tucked in beside the government dock. And right in the middle of it? A big mooring ball, stencilled 'private', basically permanently preserving the prime spot for themselves since there's not room to swing without hitting it, even if you anchored nearby. Seen similar countless other places.
  9. Sorry to be so cranky. I get your point, and it's not *entirely inaccurate. But broad brush and all that
  10. Sorry, this is codger-logic. I have an art degree (more or less). I bet I can also strip either a chainsaw or a carb faster than half the 'trucks n guns yeehaw cuntry boys' out there - for most of whom the whole schtick is just that, an aesthetic that lets them be fashionably rebellious in an extremely convenient way. Don't forget - someone who's in their late twenties or early thirties today entered the workforce right around the first time our elders fucking collapsed the economy, and was finally getting onto their feet professionally when the Gibbon (elected primarily, again, by folks 40+) crashed it again with his response to 'rona. Most of the young people I know who superficially fit the stereotype you're talking about, do so because they came of age in an economy that didn't really have a place for them. Sure, there's trade school, or you can just about get by if you sell your soul as a middle manager. But if you're fifty-plus you landed as a young adult in a world where five-figure college debt was basically unheard of, pensions were still a thing along with full benefits in most full time jobs (which again, were still a thing), unions were strong, and your starting wage bought half again as much as what it did today.
  11. Is it though? The older I get, the more I see my boat as a way to create family memories in places I could never afford to go otherwise, on top of being just generally fun. And I wonder if it's really that uneconomical. After three or four years of being the sole upkeeper of our Santana 27 (used to have family help), it seems to be running about $6-8k/yr all in. That's 3k in slip fees, 3 in random maintenance/replacing one expensive thing a year, and 1-2 of actual cruising costs (fuel, occasional marina stays, etc). So call it $7,000 for a half-dozen long weekends, two week-long trips, and a handful of daysailing days. At right around $200 a day (not counting groceries, which are caterus parebus etc etc) that's cheaper than most other vacations for a family of three that I can think of. I think this is the rub. #vanlife is giving millennials some new (old) ideas about getting footloose, but at the end of the day you still have to be willing (and have the basic technical skills to approach) to start learning everything from maps (fun!) to the fine points of a random-orbit and a respirator (shit! garbage! do not recommend!). And all to do something that is fundamentally a bit Zen - which is the opposite of the dominant culture. I can't say how limiting, but I think this reality will always be the limiting factor. Like I said though, I do feel like it's becoming a thing. Met two young couples doing it in the San juans last week (heh heh heh), plus three of my buddies are dabbling in it in one way or another as of the last year or two, plus a young friend keeps pestering me to let him partner with me on my boat and teach him the ways of the sea (lol). So there's something there. It just isn't yachts and canapes and 50K to get round the marker and "tut-tut your varnish is flaking dear chap I say" and private mooring balls taking up all the best spots in a lot of bays. But now I'm ranting.
  12. This is getting closer to reflecting the reality I'm seeing. Personally, I've thought for a couple of years now that the influx of Classic Plastic being sold off by aging boomers is going to intersect with #vanlife outdoor-leaning millennials to crate a minor resurgence budget family cruisventurers. Then again, that could just be confirmation bias, since that describes me to a T. (I do feel like I'm seeing more younger families out there right now - but it's hard to tell if that's genuine affinity or just kids out on mom and dad's boat during Quar)
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    It's my world now...

    +1 for Cigar chomping
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    V-berth anarchy

    Lordy. Queen sheets. Tuck the extra around the edges so it's tight. Not that complicated. Also, if you think your v-birth is tight, try it with a six-foot wife and a two year-old who still sleeps with mom and dad, and likes to turn sideways at about 2am and dance the polka on whatever part of your anatomy is handy.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    That vessel, not just the class, actually has a relatively detailed Wikipedia page with a few interesting details.... ... including reference to what might be a wee bit of a problem for excited dreamers salivating at the thought of water skiing behind their floating home at 48 miles per hour. Apparently the phrase "0 hours' actually means then it has no engine, because the original turbine exploded in 1982. The cost of repair was so high that it was decommissioned and sold to a private party, who never completed the restoration. Someone later took it over to turn into a floating museum. To what is unclear, since it only ever saw service as a test vessel for first the Navy, then the coast guard, both of whom evidently decided they weren't terribly interested in further experimentation. The USS Arizona it ain't.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I thought this was weird, too.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    I know it's BT not CL but. I feel like there's a new, much harder to get rid of generation of zombie boats on the horizon. A slightly smaller version of this might be approachable for the right free spirit with an ability to 'dream away' how they'll pay for maintenance, slip fees, and fuel.... https://www.boattrader.com/boat/1962-us-navy-hydrofoil-115-6998973/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=paid social&utm_campaign=bt us fb dynamic re&utm_content=dynamic retargeting us&fbclid=IwAR00wCIHWPTzfhyVil8nlwnq_YH6826q6i83NQPPyEwRB_gANZqrl7XoW1k
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    "Heavy gauge steel for Heavy weather"
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    Robo Sailing?

    For God's sake, roller furling and 2-speed self-tailing sheet winches already make sailing easy enough that even a moron with toothpick arms like me can do it. Further mechanisation is lazy, overcomplicated, a waste of money and likely inviting a Curse From God.
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    Crew wanted

    Favorite line from the description: " US built with Coastwise endorsement on USCG documentation, so it's legal to use for charters. " I consider myself a fairly experienced, even jaded person, but the combination of self-regard and self-delusion some 'boat dreamers' manifest is just absolutely breath-taking.
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    Tidal grids/drying out?

    Curious if anyone has experience drying out on a tidal grid, especially with a fin keel. There's still at least a couple around in my region and available for public use for zincs and throughhulls (no scraping/painting). And as one of those poor idiots who's attracted to the idea of self-sufficiency through the preservation of old-timey skills, it has an innate appeal. Aaaaand in theory supporting the keel alone should be fine because it's something like ~40-60% of the boat's weight, and also in theory even in the yard the vast majority of the boat's weight is on the blocks, not the stands anyway..... That said, many a fine blooper video has started with a plan that included the word 'theoretically'.
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    Tidal grids/drying out?

    All makes good sense. Was that on a fin keel? Also have you ever used the grid(pilez on Bainbridge or at poulsbo?
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    Tidal grids/drying out?

    Heh. Indeed with the topsides. Here's another one, albeit on a besotted, awful venue haha: https://www.sailnet.com/threads/the-delicate-art-of-careening.20121/ Mostly a sea tail but at least some useful bits
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    Tidal grids/drying out?

    One thing they mention that I was wondering about is supporting it fore and aft - he mentions potentially using a stand or something under the bow, although he doesn't actually do that (you can see it in the pics). In theory you don't need to do this, I guess, because the center of gravity is inevitably very close to the center of the boat, fore-and-aft wise - but again, my deficit of experience means that's only theory, and we all know how I feel about that. I assume you could get a good deal of f/a stability out of your lines, too, if you used quite heavy ones, and doubled them up. Again with the assuming though - even worse than theory.
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    Tidal grids/drying out?

    Hey, that's great! Thank you!