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  1. I really admired those when they came out. The idea of owning a Newick at such an affordable price was very enticing! Especially as I already owned a Hobie 16 in more-than-serviceable shape. My neighbor and I considered shipping to Spain and boat-bumming around the Med but I pointed out that the accommodations were seriously spartan. You tell me: can you even fuck in one? Certainly the females would be somewhat less than impressed... As it was, we did several trips from Long Beach to Parson's Landing on the Hobie with a Davis hand-bearing compass taped to the side-beam and parts of a char
  2. Radon? Lucky! I just bought my first powerboat: Parker 2530. Very happy with the strength and performance.
  3. WTF kinds of pollutants turn the water that pea soup green?
  4. I, too, saw Capt. Ron as a documentary. Anyone who has skippered charters will eventually run into every one of the situations in that movie. In my case, it wasn't guerillas but rather American mercenaries on R&R from South Africa. The action wasn't entirely dissimilar...
  5. Morning Light turned into a salvage operation. The Cinema Verite aspects of the movie failed to produce enough real drama so the producers had to exaggerate and stretch out the parts of the story of interest to a general public. The sailing and even the preparation parts are pretty good but I can't see a non-sailor being interested in it. I can't see non-sailors being interested in ANY sailing movies.
  6. I spent a couple of hours with him at Shannon's home on Whidbey Island. He is a charming conversationalist. This was right before Shannon helped him get cataract surgery and this has improved Rimas's life considerably.
  7. These boats aren't worth any money. If it still floats it would take much more than the boat is worth to bring it up to minimum safety standards.
  8. There is always a remedy to make a boat measure to class rules. I heard that it was out-designed 5.5 meter-wise and that dog simply wouldn't hunt. Not worth the money to build new tooling. They tried to drum up support for an active one-design class but the boat wasn't good enough sailer to convince buyers to build the number of boats needed for a healthy class. An Etchells or IOD would be a better choice. Classic case of a boat that looks better than it is.
  9. Well neither is the Moore 24 which Webb Chiles took around the world... After he retired, my friend took a Santana 35 from Los Angeles to Malaysia, stopping at virtually every island along the way, mostly single-handed. The biggest obstacle he dealt with was storage. Storage for tools, spares, food, clothes, etc. Smallish fuel tank and fresh water tank. Other than that he didn't have many complaints. There are a lot of little tweaks you can do to a boat set-up for full crew to make it better for single-handing. This is the area where experience really matters. Setting up the
  10. Skip and Harry are great sailmakers, make great products, and treat their customers well.
  11. The Santana 35 is under-canvassed until the more realistically rigged boats are starting to reef. At that point they start to sail (unreefed) to their potential. Witness the Schock 35: A Santana 35 hull with the bow made with less overhang (longer waterline, finer entry) and a much needed jacked-up rig. The Schock 35 was made by mocking up a more plumb stem on the Santana and fairing everything to that with straight tangents... nothing fancy. Instant success.
  12. For some reason, this just pisses me off.
  13. God I hope so! I'm not the most experienced sailor by a long shot, but I've sailed through a hurricane and been at sea countless time in Force 9 and above. The biggest danger is fatigue. After 24 hours of 50+ knot winds, your decision making ability starts getting eroded by sleep deprivation. When not racing, shorten sail early and often. Make a habit of securely stowing everything, all the time. Unsecured gear clanging around is demoralizing.
  14. I was going to say essentially the same thing, but you stated it so well... I was going going to say "most interesting part of the whole movie..." The most realistic was the depiction of the Oscar Delta.
  15. I have a friend who took several years to sail a Santana 35 from Los Angeles to Malaysia, stopping at about every island along the way. He didn't have any major problems but he did replace the Volvo with a Yanmar in Australia. He found it Spartan, but enjoyed the voyage.
  16. Be worried only where hardware pierces the cored laminate. In most areas of the hull where hardware goes through, like where the prop shaft goes out and where the keel bolts are, they left out the core and put in extra laminations of solid glass fiber. I forget whether thru-hulls are placed in no-core areas. I'd pull out at least one and check the core. Replacing rotted core with a filled epoxy is not difficult or expensive. You just dog out the soggy stuff 'til you hit solid, then let it sit under a heat lamp for a few days. I would be much more worried about soggy decks under
  17. Love it! I have a book packed away somewhere that details the rigging of a full ship. Step by step. It starts with the main mast, then everything else uses that main mast and subsequent additions as the cranes to build itself up to fully rigged. The very concept of pulling oneself up by the bootstraps. Very detailed, tried and true, and ultimately very logical.
  18. Yep. A standard part of a Cal40 restoration. It can be done but it's sort of a pain.
  19. So... a North American Championship with 3 races total? You have got to be fucking kidding me!
  20. I have to assume that eventually the economics of scale and the refinement of the concept will allow the price to come down.
  21. A couple of notes: Remember that during the raising and lowering processes, there is no stress on anything from sails and wind. You can get away with minimal support during the process. I've seen many keel stepped masts standing with zero stays attached, being held upright by the wedges at the partners. On that size of mast, finding a good balance point for the lifting sling is not very important. A single adult can counter any imbalance with just one hand. I've raised and lowered several masts much longer and the professionals always seem to bias the balance toward the bottom --
  22. Did you see the completed hot rod several years ago? That one turned out well too.
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