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  1. 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.
  2. Sorry to be so cranky. I get your point, and it's not *entirely inaccurate. But broad brush and all that
  3. 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 f
  4. You've all seen them crapping up your favorite harbor. You cruise in after a lovely day of sailing, wife having a good time, kids only crying a little bit, optimistic about a good spot to anchor where the kids can safely harass each other while you knock back a beer or eight - but then there they are - mossy, ugly, parked unused since God knows when and blocking up all the best spots in the anchorage, forcing you to wedge yourself in so close to the shallows you end up with the kids fully wailing and your wife gritting her teeth as you row the kedge out for the third time, the sun setting and
  5. 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 tri
  6. 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)
  7. 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.
  8. 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 i
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. All makes good sense. Was that on a fin keel? Also have you ever used the grid(pilez on Bainbridge or at poulsbo?
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. I've asked around a bit. But they aren't used much. The Muni one I think mostly gets used by powerboats. The few sailors I've found around who've used them are traditional sorts who accordingly had boats with full or 3/4 keels, and haven't done it since the old days anyway (ie, usually not a huge amount of useful detail beyond 'we did it once and it went fine although boy was I nervous').
  16. 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 stand
  17. were the sails made of cotton candy?
  18. This is the only thing I've seen on here that doesn't sound like a workaround for being inefficient with ascenders.
  19. Sounds like a powerboater problem to me
  20. Aye. I meant the cost of having it dockside only. But yes, we're jousting on the same pony, or whatever.
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