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  1. Feadship seems to have designed themselves a spiffy new “gigayacht”. It is in the new modern style, which is to say 100% form over function. Looks like this: After ignoring all the marketing blather about flush tinted windows, the first thing one notices is that the visibility from the wheelhouse would be, essentially, crap. Well, no problem! Turns out that’s not the wheelhouse, but is instead the forward-facing owners suite with retractable glass-bottom hot tub. Where does one actually drive this thing? Easy! It’s the world’s first virtual bridge (other than, I suppose, what you w
  2. Only been to the PG once, back somewhere around mid-late 2000 on a tanker. What I remember, other than it being so godawful hot that cleaning tanks was akin to being steamed alive (it was so hot near the top of the tanks that you literally (literally literally, not figuratively literally) couldn’t breathe without the risk of searing your lungs), was the absolutely non-stop traffic on channel 16. It was all either fake…one guy claiming to be the “guided missile bunker barge Monica Lewinsky” (it was 2000 and that was still fresh) kept calling over and over… or all insults. If there was even a
  3. I dunno… Oil filter on my Subie is mounted like that on the top front driver’s side. Belt changes take 5 minutes too, unlike the wife’s Mazda, where one has to take the front passenger side wheel off, then remove the fender liner, then acquire a double jointed small person to get at the tensioner… grumble, grunt. Here’s a random pic:
  4. And a good bit of forethought to put a “Smile, you’re on camera” sign on the washboards…
  5. Unclear if that’s for one boat or two. I kinda get the impression it’s for both, but even then $94,500 each is a bit steepish. I gather the price includes all plans and intellectual property to start your very own class association, whatever that may be worth. I ask, with genuine interest and without mock, how many times has this been tried with the W class? I can recall two 76’s that was supposed to be a fleet, then 46’s (three, I think?), and these. There might have been another one in there somewhere. I think the company is now selling peapods, which kinda fits in the order of pro
  6. I have a water softener, as it is absolutely essential due to the levels of dissolved iron in my well water (tho I may replace it due to slightly above recommended levels of radon. It’s on the “get to sometime sooner than later” home projects list). There seems to be lots of Internet myths concerning the safety of softened water… basically, for typical operation the amount of sodium an average adult would consume in an entire day from softened water would be less than what is contained in a single slice of bread. There is no other health risk from a properly functioning system. If you have
  7. It’s real: “Jenetta” 1939 12m. Sank in Canada somewhere (Vancouver, I think), hauled to Germany, “restored”, and now looks like this. Careful with the fenders and don’t scuff the paint. I imagine touchup would be a joy…
  8. Did somebody mention a plaid boat? And the “Before” photo:
  9. For what it’s worth, sometimes you see ships/boats that are supposed to have all-round lights in a row vertically (r-w-r, r-r, w-r, r-w, etc) will have 2 sets on either side of a mast so as to be actually visible all the way around. Guessing this is the case here? Dunno. Otherwise looks like a standard masthead, fwd masthead, RAM (2 sets) and port side light. On another subject, around here have been noticing that the USCG fast rescue and motor lifeboats have also been running around with no AIS. Of all the government boats you’d actually want to find….
  10. I also am ambivalent to lobster…. A couple seasons in the tourist trade with them weekly was enough. I’d prefer crab, though they are harder to deal with (but available either free or $1 each from a neighboring boat). When lobsters do make it on the menu, we’ve switched to grilling and will never go back to boiling. Tastes better, and all the smell/mess remains outside. And for the love of god, don’t boil/steam/or otherwise cook a lobster with the rubber bands on!
  11. You’re welcome! My (admittedly, limited) experience with Garmin is that they will support their products for a generation or two and then drop them for the latest and greatest. Perhaps that is no longer the case; I don’t know. I was soured on them once and thus will no longer consider their products (listening, Garmin?? And everyone else?). I have Furuno equipment dating to 1996 that still works and still gets factory support, so anything new will come from them or a similar company. I’ll spend the extra boat bucks for that, thank you. And SEAiq USA is still $5? I shoulda
  12. Like I said, for what I paid for it, it’s great. There are several different versions and price points. The $5 one was “SEAiq USA”, which includes NOAA charts only for US waters and territories. To save memory, one can select which zone(s) you want downloaded. For me in Maine, for example, I’ve just got Block Island to Canadian Border. Charts are selectable ENC or RNC (for as long as RNC lasts I suppose). As stated, I prefer ENC, though as noted above it does lack all land detail, which is a shame (and I poked in my home iPad and it does number the buoys. I may have been thinking of the
  13. For what it’s worth, I do like the ENC charts, for the most part. I have an iPad chart plotter on a boat that is my work place. As I spend time in the 20 knot range, I appreciate that I can run head up in portrait mode and get a good long look at what’s ahead of me. All the data, like depth numbers, landmark labels and such, get oriented right side up and are readable without having to turn your head. They also scale and are legible at different zoom levels. It had also been my experience that all the buoys and nav marks also scaled with the zoom, while in raster they got tiny and barely n
  14. Oh, the curling teams, for sure! The first time I watched Olympic curling was with my now-wife on a Friday night in a bar (Gilbert’s, Camden. Sigh. Town hasn’t been the same since they closed) full of Friday night drunks on a TV with the sound off. Nobody had any idea what was going on, but that did not prevent lots of loud commentary and cheering when it seemed that something might have happened. I do, of course, realize that even a low-level competitor could probably wipe the floor with me, but dang they all seem to look like the local Tuesday night candle pin bowling league….
  15. Just about did that once. Dark and foggy night, coming around a long curve in a 50 zone. There was the deer, pointed to the left. I swerved to the right to the breakdown lane, deer did a 180 and jumped. Caught her midair right in the windshield. Funny thing was, with the adrenaline rush, I kept going for a few seconds, thinking “I can make it home!” With an obliterated windshield. Right. Came to my senses, propped up the hood (pre-cell phone), couple minutes later a couple comes by and goes to call the cops. Never did find the deer, and felt (and still feel) bad about that, as I do fo
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