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  1. Only boat fire I've ever had in something like 47 years of messing around with cruising boats was in fact a shorepower inlet. I'd just taken over a Camper Nicholson 60 as captain in 1986 and we were sitting on the 15th street dock in Ft. Lauderdale - boat filled with smoke, we quickly identified the source and no harm was done. If we hadn't been onboard - who knows? It was clearly a corrosion/impedance/heat accident chain, but we just got there..... In 2003 we were visiting friends on the dock at the Antigua Yacht Club when black smoke started coming out the stern of the 112' Swan Anemos
  2. Don't be too sure about new boats not being much trouble - I've had the opposite experience plenty of times....Make sure you're carrying a decent supply of emergency drinking water in jugs. Make sure there are backups to make the propane cooking system work (solenoid bypass). If it's electric cooking, good luck, make sure there's enough basic food onboard that can be eaten without cooking. When provisioning, be clear about what you eat every day that others eat occasionally and vice versa. On a recent passage one crew forgot to tell us he eats eggs for breakfast every morning! We weren't
  3. There were some teething problems with the mastfoil rig, but your condemnation goes way too far. Please cite each specific incident that your opinion is based on.
  4. Yeah but.....with some exceptions of course, the stuff that people are forced to puke up in a downturn is rarely the really good stuff. The truly really good stuff is *mostly* owned by people whose plans aren't changed by being up or down a few million, or tens of millions, or hundreds of millions. And those people tend to be shrewd, and generally avoid selling in a downturn.
  5. No idea why forum-world hates CQRs. I’ve lived aboard for a cumulative 14 years, most of it on anchor, and as a SWAG about 70% on CQRs. During one 1.5 year 20,000 mile cruise from England to Russia to NZ we dragged the CQR exactly once - in Sweden, with thin loose sand over rock. Just sayin…..
  6. I would definitely not do any Hatteras inlets without current local knowledge on board - they change practically daily, and can be very dangerous. Meanwhile - this bit of news popped up on another group: united states coast guard Sector Virginia Marine Safety Information Bulletin (757) 374-3408 VirginiaWaterways@uscg.mil MSIB 375-21 October 4, 2021 Elizabeth River - Norfolk Southern #7 Railroad Bridge - Bridge Deviation The Coast Guard has approved a request from Norfolk Southern Corporation for temporary deviation on the Norf
  7. https://www.hugo-ai.com/copy-of-basic-table-lamp-grey-2 This is great, choose your color, color temperature, and brightness. Had ours about a year, perfect so far.
  8. No quantitative answer, but I’d think quite a lot at that wind speed as the Genoa is only ~700 sq. Ft. And the main is ~1,000 BTW we’re anchored outside the breakwater at Sag Harbor and HH66 Nala and Gunboat 6x Gaia just picked up moorings out here. Anybody know much about them?
  9. Easy on there, folks. Dale said 20 days TO PANAMA. That's more like 3,000 miles.
  10. I've sailed over 50K miles on boats 53' to 87' with in-mast furling, almost all Hood systems. Never had a problem underway. Like any boat system, it will take some monitoring and maintenance. I loved having it; assuming you are cruising, not racing, any performance penalty is completely reversed by the ease of reefing and most importantly, ease of shaking out a reef. So you almost never chunter along underpowered because you can't be bothered to shake out a reef that you may have to put back in an hour or three. And it's great for daysailing too - all those boats you see sailing around w
  11. Maintenance cost depends how widely you actually cruise and to what standard you want to keep the boat. Far-flung travel with maintenance to a high standard is way more expensive than seasonal cruising from a home base while you defer fixing (as much as possible) what breaks to the off season. Also "fixing what breaks" isn't actually maintenance, it's putting out fires. If you're going to keep the boat a while, and want it to be nice for your enjoyment, you have to go considerably beyond that with upgrades and replacements and etc. And labor is expensive (especially mine), so I very rarely reb
  12. The chance that's a Hood design is really very low. If you look at what Ted was drawing at that time - totally different. Even if you go back to his legacy designs like the Bristol 40 the family resemblance is pretty weak. Half the (older or now retired) craftsmen on the South Coast of England probably worked for Moody at one time - find an English sailing social media site and you'll likely get your answers...
  13. Great job by the owners and their support network to get the boat home safe and with dry feet! Having read the owners' account first hand while it was happening, they had a lot of concern about the collision bulkhead, and much of their work was directed to attempting to reduce water pressure on it from the outside, and to shore it up from the inside. And they sailed under 6 knots to further reduce pressure on it. So I'm a bit confused by the picture that shows what I think is the forward face of that collision bulkhead that helped make self-rescue possible. It's certainly not tabbed
  14. 100-135 apparent. Depends a lot on wind strength and somewhat on sea state. Lighter wind point higher, more wind sail deeper. Bigger waves sail a little higher. And we use main reefing and trimming the daggers to optimize course keeping.
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