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  1. The Coast Guard has little to no jurisdiction over most pilotage in the US. Yes, they do license and regulate the "federals", meaning coastwise trade, ships trading between US ports, which requires a "Jones Act" US-built ship to engage in that trade. But for the Non-US ships trading "foreign", which is about what, 95% of ships we see in our ports, Congress from the get-go chose to regulate only the domestic fleet, not the "international" ones. Which vacuum was of course filled by the individual States, who commission their own pilots, since they (rightly) didn't want the local-knowled
  2. 14 USC 89 and cases construing it would seem to say otherwise
  3. I thought I'd "invented" the name, but it would seem I didn't. I'd never heard that name when I first did it, it just seemed like discretion is the better part of valor, so chicken it out, and alter by 320 degrees and make it, rather than 40 and you don't. I teach it, letting students know that if it's screeching downwind, and you have to alter course and change tacks from one broad reach to the other, you don't have to risk losing the rig or get into a wilpeout broach and end up on your ear. What's a little extra time and distance when you have all day to get there? But racing, it'
  4. Yeah, you could "cruise" them for easy coastal stuff bare-bones. From Marblehead, bring a picnic bag and a tarp or cockpit cover for over the boom in case it rained on your "campsite". And you could hang a small outboard on the transom too. From Mhead we could sail up to Gloucester, then motorsail the Annisquam Canal up past Ipswich, and anchor off that beach, or press on farther north to Plum Island up by Newburyport. Very versatile craft. And great fun for teenagers, and overgrown teens too. I'm reminded how with that big main and small jib, the standard mast step and vertical spar
  5. Because, whether they are wood (through the '50s) or fiberglass, they are cheap, fun, seaworthy, and good competition: https://sail1design.com/town-class/ Pert Lowell in Newburyport created this dory-type sloop (the "Marblehead Town Class") in the '30s, they were big in Marblehead for decades, 45 of them out there for Race Week in the 70s when i raced them. And if you didn't get your fill racing on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings, there were Tuesday and Thursday evening races too. The Townie "Nationals" had a couple of boats from NH and RI ;-). And the big fleet from Nahant
  6. Well, there's morals and there's morale... are they directly related, or inversely? ;-)
  7. Welcome to the Board. I know little about that O'day, but in general, as cruisers the O'days are pretty well thought of. You might get more nibbles if you ask in the "Cruising Anarchy" forum.
  8. The short-term "fix" that seems wonderful to those in thrall to it, can backfire, e.g.: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_option Take the longer view even if you hate it at the time. Leave it ultimately to the electorate. Or , of course, to PA...
  9. Why PA should never be allowed to rule anything: It was wrong when Southerners wanted to impeach Earl Warren. Wrong when FDR wanted to pack the court. It's wrong now. You don't like it? Elect leaders who will appoint Justices you like. Yeah it may take a while. But "changing" the Court because you like this and don't like that, will make it a national habit. It'll never end.
  10. Well, I know I've whined too much about no wind to teach in. Serves me right--hurricane. All the boats, keel and centerboard and launches, were (once again) moved inland of the harbor and shoreline levee system, on the Friday before Ida hit on Sunday--a lot of work, but a faithful bunch of supporters keep helping get it done, as they always do, even while trying also to prepare their homes and maybe evacuate. The new marina (I'm on the Municipal Yacht Harbor board so I'm extra glad) came through Hurricane Ida really well, boats rose and fell with the floating walkway/tieup slips.
  11. You could go "classic"? My first two wheels with a motor was a used Sears Allstate scooter, which was a Vespa with the brand name changed: https://www.google.com/search?q=sears+allstate+motor+scooter+1960&rlz=1C1GCEB_enUS914US914&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=RvLzw9CRbjwKnM%2C4ZG7BIUv_84hdM%2C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kTjbShp42NaFa5XYvjXfr1VMC9pDQ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjTwoSj8oHzAhWLlmoFHf6VAYAQ9QF6BAgTEAE#imgrc=RvLzw9CRbjwKnM
  12. I'm not much of a powerboat guy, but the classic Bertrams are flat-out beautiful to the eye.. Not surprising in that Dick Bertram started out racing sailboats, Lightning championships, offshore, and very successfully too.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Bertram
  13. Well, Ida didn't do all that much damage in the city, levees held and it was not a flood event. A few shingles off, some aluminum siding too, and one busted window at my little house uptown. We stayed, and rode her out in a very big mansion on St Charles Avenue, very nice friends who were going on vacation just before the storm, and invited many of their friends to make themselves at home there, with built in generator. Very eclectic group of fourteen people of all generations, it was the most fun I've had riding out a storm. Eventually had to go back home, no electricity, hot, dark, an
  14. This does not look good for Louisiana: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/144701.shtml?cone#contents This is it--crunch time Central Gulf, last week August to middle September.
  15. New class, Intermediate adult keelboat, first of five lessons. After intros and quick round of "what's you prior sailing experience?" and a small handout with basic stuff, out we went. Light air in the marina, half sail, half Torqueedo mototsailing, and we were out on the Lake. Where, gradually, the light WSW began to pick up, while we worked on downwind, jibes, wing on wing, broad reaches, while watching a fleet of 4 hotrods with assym kites racing round two of the buoys windward leeward, a nice tutorial for my guys in tack-beat-reach-run-jibe etc--a bonus lesson of sorts, and a gift f
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