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  1. Disagree. Pick a spot where the winds and waves are flukey as hell, and set a course where obstacles and currents need to be negotiated. The PNW in April or November comes to mind. Then open up the box rules. Want to bring your lightweight, solid sail, foiling marvel? Great, lets see how she does in 6' seas with howling winds! Maybe something a bit beefier to handle any conditions? Have fun when the wind dies to a whisper and the currents have their way with you. Now THAT would be an interesting AC!
  2. Jean, there was a rumor a while back that you (or someone) was writing a book on Rimas's adventures, true?
  3. Yup. The earth isn't dying, she'll be just fine. It's the human species that's just a flash in the pan on this rock, and once the earth has rid herself of our presence she'll just continue evolving. We're so vain to think we mean squat in the grand scheme of things.
  4. Close SloopJon, I rebuilt this engine for my daughters sailboat. She chose the colors. Here she is sailing her boat:
  5. Yeah, but you could get them recapped, remember that? Good lord, it's a miracle any of us survived that era!
  6. It's hard to say I love you when you're sitting on my face The words come out all muffled, could you sit some other place - Marty and the Mufftones
  7. Cool concept, but here's how I see it playing out: There will be a mix of racing sleds and cruising slugs, and everything in between. Some will actually pay the $550 entry fee, but many will just tag along. The racing sleds will complete in a couple days, but the cruisers will be a different story. Many of them will tire of the monotony and drop out along the way. Others will stop at every port for a beer, a hot meal, and a calm night in a slip, and take the full 2 weeks to get around. In the end, it will be a mish mash of who entered, who really raced, who really finished, who did the w
  8. Went to a movie at a theater for the first time in many months. We saw "Let Him Go" with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane. A lot of slow action for a minor plot line. Seemed like a typical made-for-TV movie. But I think we've made a big switch since the whole Covid shut down. Prime movies are going to streaming channels, and the ones that don't make the grade go to theaters.
  9. "Perhapth I thould wephwathe the quethtion, may I thee her wun awound a widdle bit?"
  10. wristwister


    I'm sure she had hope in her soul.
  11. Sounds like a fun itinerary. Some comments: Day 1 Anacortes to Blakely Island You're right, absolutely nothing to do at the Blakely Island Marina. There's even no trespassing signs bordering the marina so there's really nowhere to go. But ... still an excellent stop, especially for your first night. Picturesque, low key friendly marina with a cute little store that serves beer, ice cream, pizza, and great breakfast burritos. I assume you'll be leaving Bellingham mid-day, so you won't get there till evening. But if you can leave earlier, I recommend a stop at either Eagle
  12. Looks like about an 8000 gross 2 axle trailer. Any guesses on what that boat whatever weighs? I'm looking forward to learning what he plans to pull it with.
  13. Easy now, I didn't mean to imply any such thing. I realize you didn't make this chart on your own, but rather found it on the interwebs. I was just making a general observation about chartsmanship.
  14. Not sure about that. The problem with all these charts being thrown around is that the average reader probably doesn't study the numbers behind the chart, but rather takes a quick glance at the pretty lines and draws conclusions. In the case of the chart you referenced, a quick glance says "Looks like the US is on par with other countries, a little higher death rate than Canada". But if this same data were plotted on a linear scale, the conclusion drawn would be "Holy crap! The US has more than double the death rate as Canada!" Like I said, the art of plotting statistics can paint any pi
  15. What a hilarious chart. Plotted on a logarithmic scale, makes all the countries look pretty close. Statistics are amazing, you can use the same set of data to paint completely different pictures.
  16. Which curve are you talking about? The only stat that is a reliable indicator right now is the daily death toll, and in the US that's approaching the steepest acceleration portion of the curve. Italy's curve is also still on the upswing, but it's about half way up and might be starting to show signs of simmering down. And keep in mind, the daily death curves reflect cases that were contracted a month ago, so any measures that have been implemented in the last week or two (which is most of them) won't be reflected in the curves for another couple weeks.
  17. Keep in mind folks, only a fraction of a percent of people are being tested, and those tests are administered based on need (exposure, symptoms, other medical issues). When you look at deaths/recoveries based on "cases", that's only the people who have been tested. Meaningless statistics. A much better way to predict what we're in for is to look at deaths. The daily death count is probably a bit more accurate, as regardless of whether a person was tested or not, they died of the virus. So here's how you do that. Each death contracted the virus ~28 days ago. The prevailing figure for
  18. Back to the original subject of CVTs ... We bought a Honda Civic in 2017. The main reason we considered looking at it was because we both prefer stick shift, and it was one of the very few manuals still made in the type of car we wanted. After a bit of research. I realized there was much more to that CVT than just a tranny. The CVT, turbo, and engine are all connected via the computer to optimize all three. A thorough test drive confirmed this. We ended up with the CVT because I just couldn't see taking the big step back in technology and inserting myself in place of computer optimization
  19. Um ... yeah, the OP specifically said "old plastic".
  20. I'll enthusiastically second the Tartan 30. I have owned one for years, and my daughter owns one down in the bay area. You haven't really said what you want to do with the boat. If it's to go fast on day sails and look pretty doing it, then maybe something like the Soling is more up your alley. But if you anticipate multi-day trips with friends and family, with the occasional foray out the bay, then the T30 is a great balance of comfort, performance, and prettiness. Something else to consider, are you going to keep her at a marina? For many marinas, slips for 30' and under are availa
  21. A few years back my daughter was a Peace Corp volunteer. She took donations to have 2 wells dug for her village. Only took $2300 total, and totally transformed the lives of the entire village. No overhead, no bureaucracy, no politics, no religion. Just every penny going to a very good cause. Since then I've looked for other Peace Corp funding opportunities. Here's where you can find these: https://www.peacecorps.gov/donate/projects/
  22. Not so fast there, I can picture this guy loading the hulk onto a $129 Harbor Freight utility trailer and attempting to drag it with his 1974 Ford Fairmont 500 miles to a boat ramp. He'll look the rig over and exclaim "Yeah, that should be secure."
  23. Ford V Ferarri I felt my balls double in size just by watching this flick. I'm a big fan of cars of the era, I used to restore old Mustangs. Loved the whole car development story, Ford politics, and of course the racing. I think there may have been dialog too, I wasn't paying attention to that. My wife was bored silly. I give it 4 snags (on a scale of 5, right?) My wife gives it 1.5 snags.
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