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    Winyah Bay, Georgetown, SC
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    IT, metric bikes, wind/surfing, my boatdog, photography, IPA, 'yak touring, guns, kartoffelkuchen

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  1. Check around for carbon windsurfer masts, they have a smaller diameter than the plain glass ones and will fit the hole in the WB thwart. I found one that fit, made a simple flat sail (parachute cloth with a sleeve of light packcloth) to slide over the spar. Used a wooden rudder and centerboard a friend had found in a garage. No blocks or anything - just made a bridle using the two stern holes with a loop in the middle, ran the 'mainsheet' thru that loop, and was out sailing. Performance (if you could call it that ) was about as predicted above, but it was simple, cheap, and quick and easy to
  2. Picked this up off of Craigslist yesterday, have been able to find very few references to the boat and/or the manufacturer online. A couple forum references elsewhere, a couple 'For Sale' listings, and a blog is about it. There's a dealer/broker in GA that uses 'Snug Harbor' in their name, but these dinks were made in St Petersburg, FL (see pic of label) and it looks like the company went OOB in the late 80's. The Thunderbird was made in at least 3 sizes that I have seen - a 7' (w/no daggerboard slot), the 8' (my version, made in '77), and a 10' (no slot and an extra seat, see last pic). P
  3. I am not casting stones, I am pointing out blatant hypocrisy.
  4. So the Vags, despite paying high profile, multi-media public lip service to being "woke" and "green" by toting scowling Greta across the Atlantic so that she could scold Americans from Europe (among other, subtler professions of their belief system), have now upped the consumerist ante so far that they will undoubtedly rule the niche forever. All Hail the King and Queen of the Millennial Video Sailing Lifestyle, out there on ever larger, more-consuming giant plastic petroleum-based non-renewable boats constructed in third world countries, busily making New Consumers For Life while giving lip
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    Max - to take apart strainer/plunger, for me it works best to spread the forces around the perimeter of the strainer part as equally as possible while unscrewing. I hold it in left hand, put fingertips of right hand into the 'cup' area at bottom of the plunger, then spread them apart and twist to unscrew it. Once the 'cup' is off, the gasket slides on/off easily. That said, it rinses well enough that not much gets left behind, so I only disassemble every few uses.
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    Keep us posted. One thing I can pass along - when 'smooshing' the coffee, go slow and use a little wobble technique on the presser part. Otherwise you can create a hot coffee volcano effect. I also swirl mine a couple times before smooshing it, and that seems to help make it go down really easy. Maybe it gets some of the grounds to sink away from the steel perf mesh of the press.
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    FWIW - You can easily and safely reuse the paper filters in the AP - just peel it off the grounds prior to total 'ejection' (<- some fun can be had with that, I'm sure ), and let it dry out. Good as new on the next use, if a bit darker in color. I wanted to see if it was possible, as I imagine AP filters may not be easy to find everywhere. Used one filter for several weeks, it was still working fine when I was finished experimenting.
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    As a singlehander, one 'Bobble-full' is usually all I'll drink in the AM. If I want more, or have company, it only takes 3-4 minutes to hot up some H2O for another. Never have to drink old, oxygenated brew that way, is what I like most about it. I also prefer my brew to rank just below espresso on the 'strong, dark' scale. Being able to make it single serve also keeps wastage to a minimum; I go through an 11.5 oz bag of grind in two weeks, give or take.
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    Seconded, thirded, etc... I read 2-3 books weekly, and though I do have phone/tablet/dead tree access, the Kindle is the best experience overall and well worth the price, especially if you buy a refurb unit. I have a PW now (for the backlight and waterproofness), but owned two other earlier versions.
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    Not a coffee snob, more of an addict/fiend with good taste, I think I've been through them all, at least the non-electric ones (and most of those, too). AeroPress, Moka, Bialetti, French presses, drips, etc etc., and after all that 'market research', I think the Presse by Bobble is the most bestest sailboat coffeemaker I have used. Easy cleaning with very simple stainless construction, the main cup/body is double walled which keeps coffee warm, and obviates the need for a space-taking handle. Compact in size, the filter element is reusable, stainless, and stows inside the cup. The cup can
  11. Saw this a couple of weeks ago, really enjoyed it. He is clearly a man who follows his passion, is prolific in his output to say the least, and AFA micros go, I really like his ideas and implementation.
  12. Found one of these not too far away, a one-owner boat complete with a period "Mighty Mite" 1.7hp outboard. Of course, it's going to need some work, was wondering if anyone else has one of these and if so, can I throw some Q's at you? TIA!
  13. One of my good friends is the local TowBoat guy. He told me that the lines they use on the towboats these days will not spring with recoil back into the boat, so that's why they no longer need the shield behind the helm. I'm not sure of the particular brand, but it is a synthetic like amsteel, and of a diameter that it is so strong that on smaller boats (ie not ships), it just isn't going to break, because they cannot apply that much force with the tow boat itself. I think in this situation with the boat moving so much it was apparent to the tow captain that she wasn't beyond yanking off,
  14. The Wynnes were travel vloggers, rv/van life people from wayyy back - 10 years or more. They built themselves an audience and a business over time by living the life. To no small degree they helped develop the genre into what it is today. Here's what jumped out at me: ol' boy on Atticus is sitting there with a flathead poking holes into the bulkhead *right next to* the fairly new plumbing hardware it looks like he'd mounted there sometime recently, bemoaning the fact that they'd never noticed the "termite damage" and had never seen a termite....
  15. Up-thread someone mentioned Atticus YT'ers having bulkhead issues, parlaying that into a Kickstarter funded new boat. Yep, sure enough they did - I looked. In fact, they raised ~$92K towards a new boat. I then looked at their "OMG bulkhead probs SOB" video... How can one be so inept as to do a 3 year refit a 30' boat and never notice that the primary bulkhead is dry rotted? And who in their right mind then contributes to giving this person nearly $100K basically in reward for such a monumental, unforgivable fumble? SMH
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