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  1. Hello ... Reposting last year's message regarding a crew spot on the 2020 2021 edition of the R2AK. I'm an still an athletic and rational fifty-something from western Canada with a flexible work schedule and a sense of humour. Tons of sailing experience in my past Experience crewing in wilderness locations (ie. Great Slave Lake, off shore) Vessels 30' to 60', offshore and coastal, crew, command and instruction certification Currently do lots of wilderness travel (ski touring and ski mountaineering racing, hiking, trail running, etc)
  2. I found a brochure photo that suggests it could make a great liveaboard ... Wait - what was ceiling height again?
  3. Just like with comedy and hand grenades, timing is everything! ;=) Dave
  4. Thanks all - great distraction from the day's news. So, at some dude's prompting, I'm moving on to my next question. Just to amp up the weird, what about, erm, rowing it or using a paddle drive for cruising? Yes, my wife is a vegan ultra runner ... Dave
  5. Haven't decided whether to trailer or not, but we're going to back and forth to the coast, so the ability to haul and dry store is very appealing. Agreed on the systems - we owned a Niagara 35 (which by modern standards is a simple boat) and I didn't enjoy the time I had to spend on maintenance. This is a very different approach - light, quick, flexible (and less comfortable) ... Dave
  6. Thanks, 12 - this exactly the advice I'm looking for. Going to look online at the Hotfoot and the CF now ... From a budget standpoint for the M242, I'm seeing numbers ranging in Vancouver from CAN$7500 all the way to $14000 for active racers that sound well cared for and equipped. Boats local to me here in Alberta are CAN$12K-$14K, but seem far less active. I worry that an inactive boat will have a lot of hidden issues. The boat will be based in BC for occasional racing and cruising use - wondering if cheap and cheerful is a good or a bad strategy. Dave
  7. Hello everyone ... I looked for a forum called "Stupid Questions" but I couldn't find one, so I'm posting here. I'm a Canadian shopping for an inexpensive first race boat (from isolation) and the Martin 242 seems to check all the boxes. In another life, I taught sailing on them and I liked the boat. Its strengths were that it was simple, inexpensive, fun-to-sail, race-able with a shorthanded crew and easy to fix. There also appear to be a lot of them on the market. It might not be the best performer in this size range, but it's a known quantity. Two questions related to potentia
  8. Thank you - good advice to update my posting on the crew board. Resume idea is a good one but I'm worried my sense of humour will get in the way ... " Career Achievements Reduced material blockages in the marine sanitation device by 75%..." dave
  9. Hello! I'm looking for a crew spot on the 2020 edition of the R2AK. I'm an athletic and rational fifty-something from Canada with a flexible work schedule and a sense of humour. Lots of sea-kayaking and sailing experience from the 1990's (vessels 30' to 60', offshore and coastal, crew, command and CYA instruction) Currently do lots of wilderness travel (ski touring and mountaineering racing, hiking, trail running, etc) Have wilderness first aid, good with my hands and with technology, know some stuff about solar and 12V systems I'm not a buffoon. My wife
  10. Hello all ... I deeply, deeply dread asking this on the SA forums, but I can't think of better way to start training than by asking complete strangers to repeatedly pour (virtual) buckets of cold water over my head for the next (approx.) 277 days. Any advice on securing a spot as crew on a 2020 R2AK entry? My wife says she'll enter with me in 2021 if I get schooled first ... Dave (PS: We have Blazer Party tickets for September 6)
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