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5 minutes ago, 6924 said:

My native Japanese friend tried speaking Japanese to him after he said he was a professional translator.

 

Said he doesn't speak it at all

The SA poster who called Rimas 'unemployable' after meeting him....I think what he meant was that with a prolonged training period Rimas might be able to wash dishes or pick fruit. Both honest jobs, and even a modest paycheck would improve Rimas's standard of living (and cruising) greatly...but he ain't Einstein.

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3 minutes ago, RKoch said:

The SA poster who called Rimas 'unemployable' after meeting him....I think what he meant was that with a prolonged training period Rimas might be able to wash dishes or pick fruit. Both honest jobs, and even a modest paycheck would improve Rimas's standard of living (and cruising) greatly...but he ain't Einstein.

nope 

 

he couldn't even be a walmart greeter 

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21 minutes ago, RKoch said:

My native Japanese friend tried speaking Japanese to him after he said he was a professional translator.

LMAO .. Im glad i am not dringking coffee right now!~

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I'm kind of assuming that there is some disposition for Rimas and that he's ashore one way or another right now because if he weren't, a full two days after his last transmission, my guess is that Jean and company would be probably calling around trying to arrange rescue.

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22 minutes ago, RKoch said:

The SA poster who called Rimas 'unemployable' after meeting him....I think what he meant was that with a prolonged training period Rimas might be able to wash dishes or pick fruit. Both honest jobs, and even a modest paycheck would improve Rimas's standard of living (and cruising) greatly...but he ain't Einstein.

Prolonged training to be a dishwasher? Prolonged training to pick fruit? And i suppose one would have to pay a 'living' wage as well?

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3 minutes ago, Kingstonsail said:

 

                 he can be a greeter tomorrow if he wants....  but he would be taking St.Peter's job

 

      if he has gone the other way...he definitely wouldn't qualify as the "ferryman" (greater)......no contiki style on styx

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1 minute ago, BrickTopHarry said:

I'm kind of assuming that there is some disposition for Rimas and that he's ashore one way or another right now because if he weren't, a full day after his last transmission, my guess is that Jean and company would be probably calling around trying to arrange rescue.

They probably already are, but not discussing it on FB. There's likely communication issues, lack of govt resources to provide a lengthy free tow, and unwillingness by Jean to pay a commercial tow. If the boat is wrecked, the value is much less than the cost of salvage. 

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If the enablers would plan to bring Rimas into port each time, fly down when he was close to land and charter a boat and bring him in, it wouldn't bother me so much.  Sounds ridiculous, but no more so than a guy setting out to cross the Pacific multiple times with no plan to get back to land except to lean on strangers.

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5 minutes ago, Captain Bligh said:

Prolonged training to be a dishwasher? Prolonged training to pick fruit? And i suppose one would have to pay a 'living' wage as well?

With prolonged training, Rimas might be able to wash dishes, mop floors, or pick fruit. Of course, he refuses to learn any 'skills', so it's likely a non-starter. But even minimum wage work boosts his income by $1000/mo over the $300 SS check. He couldn't have afforded a replacement motor or new sails, but he could have had his old sails and main halyard properly repaired, and acquired decent ground tackle and dinghy.

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14 minutes ago, RKoch said:

They probably already are, but not discussing it on FB. There's likely communication issues, lack of govt resources to provide a lengthy free tow, and unwillingness by Jean to pay a commercial tow. If the boat is wrecked, the value is much less than the cost of salvage. 

....lol,, he'll come through in the end.  :lol:

 

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After almost two days of no delorme messages, I suspect Rimas has made landfall.  Either he grounded on a reef, got a tow to a dock somewhere, miraculously drifted in to a harbor situation (zero probability historically), or is still aboard waiting for a rescue on a reef, Alaskan voyage style.

I don't think he's dead, conditions during landfall were benign and the Rawson could take considerable scraping before falling apart.  Surely we'll learn of his situation in the next few days.

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29 minutes ago, SailBlueH2O said:

Go back to his last series of pings all within a 3 hour period....the first 2 messages where remarkably clear and out of character...then the 3rd was complete gibberish...didn't pass the smell test....there is stuff going on in the background....still can't understand how he sailed a perfect track pre storm ..post storm...

true 

 

~48 hours since last ping 

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35 minutes ago, SailBlueH2O said:

Go back to his last series of pings all within a 3 hour period....the first 2 messages where remarkably clear and out of character...then the 3rd was complete gibberish...didn't pass the smell test....there is stuff going on in the background....still can't understand how he sailed a perfect track pre storm ..post storm...

I'd guess by the third message panic was setting because the Fiji Navy wasn't steaming out to escort him in, like he felt he was entitled to. Also, sun was getting higher and there might have been glare on the screen. I don't think there's anything sinister.

Regarding his pre and post storm positions, I have no clue. Doesn't seem possible, unless he had headed NE for a while when wind was SSE, and then jibed back to SSW when wind went back more east. Also possible he laid ahull and had much less drift/leeway than estimated. Without intermediate pings, there's no way of telling. The utter unpredictability of his actions, and his ability to survive despite himself, are what makes the thread so captivating.

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3 minutes ago, Uncooperative Tom said:

I went to the opening entry and LMAO at the picture chosen.

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Excerpt from second entry:

"ummer Solstice 2017 finds Rimas approx 80 miles SE of Kiritimati (Kiribati aka Christmas Island) heading SSW just north of the equator. Evidently, he had no intentions of trying for port at Kiritimati or calling for help. As he passed, he joyfully reported seeing fish jumping and the birds that nest on the island fishing. He also remarked how beautiful the island was and the delight he felt sailing these waters."

Kiritimati is only a few feet above sea level. Somebody is laying on the bullshit thick and heavy.

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Just now, Moderate said:

Where did you come up with the sum of $300 SSI pays more than that.

https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-general-ussi.htm

He worked the bare minimum to collect, 4 quarters or something. Jean reported that he gets $300-something a month, the minimum amount. This was all talked about in detail trying to figure out how he was paying dockage in Hilo, which was $400-something a month. The obvious answer we didn't consider...he stiffed the harbormaster.

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7 minutes ago, Moderate said:

The minimum SSI is $735

https://www.ssa.gov/ssi/text-general-ussi.htm

Jean may be having you on

You're citing Supplemental income. Rimas collects SS retirement. From a financial site:

"Minimum Benefit

Social Security does not set a minimum retirement benefit, whether or not you continue working after you retire and apply for benefits. To qualify for Social Security retirement, you must work and earn at least 40 work credits, by paying in to the Social Security system through payroll taxes. You can earn a maximum of 4 credits every year. If you don't have the work credits, then you can't draw any retirement. If you have the work credits and have only earned a very small amount of money over your lifetime, you may draw only $50 or $100 a month on that work record."

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1 minute ago, Bull City said:

If Rimas is getting Social Security, he must have worked for a while? Incredible.

IIRC, he mentioned that he once worked at a hotel in NYC. I think this was after he 'walked across Canada', and before he went freeloading around the Carribean. I suspect he was a doorman or Porter. Timeline is a bit confusing, as Rimas is vague and unreliable. When he lived with the Japanese gf in San Francisco he reportedly was a dishwasher. I am a bit surprised he paid into SS for a full 40 quarters, perhaps that's reduced for adult immigrants?

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27 minutes ago, Moderate said:

It seems he should apply for SSI

 

36 minutes ago, Volkeno said:

SSI is for disabled people and regular SS is for people who are 62 and older that worked 40 quarters in their life. Maybe Rimas should try for disability, it pays better.

I was confused a few hundred pages back.

 

..... I expect we'll see Rimass in crutches shortly,,, full proof he reads this thread. :mellow:

 

 

.,....and let's not forget the 2nd mate, definitely worse for wear'n tear.  

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1 minute ago, 6924 said:

he's been in the US for 30 years. Likely worked 1/3 of the time he was here 

Well, that would be 40 quarters. I'm not sure of the nature of his translator 'job' in Guam, but if he was paying into SS from that, it would count too.

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11 minutes ago, couchsurfer said:

 

 

..... I expect we'll see Rimass in crutches shortly,,, full proof he reads this thread. :mellow:

 

 

.,....and let's not forget the 2nd mate, definitely worse for wear'n tear.  

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2 hours ago, Varan said:

That's my call too... He's headed N.

Possible -- wind has been between 120-180 degrees - currently at 90 degrees, maybe setting him up for PNG.  I suspect his Delorme battery died (last transmission showed battery as 'low') and the VHF battery also died (quite likely if he was transmitting frequently trying to hail a tow using an already low battery).  All hypothetical, but by the time they died, he may have had few daylight hours to recharge them, screwing his ability to call were he really in distress (i.e. on a reef, rocks, beach...).  Since we still haven't heard anything, I think it's more likely that he made landfall somehow, likely in a fairly remote area.  At some point his dumb luck runs out.

 

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It's my understanding that you can't collect SSI if you leave the states.  Some of the SSI money comes from your state of residence, and you have to stay there to collect it.  If they find that you left the country, even for a vacation, you get docked.

I believe Rimas earned Social Security from working in the US but he elected to start collecting before age 70 so it's discounted.  You can live outside the US and collect your earned Social Security.  

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2 minutes ago, Oronoco said:

It's my understanding that you can't collect SSI if you leave the states.  Some of the SSI money comes from your state of residence, and you have to stay there to collect it.  If they find that you left the country, even for a vacation, you get docked.

I believe Rimas earned Social Security from working in the US but he elected to start collecting before age 70 so it's discounted.  You can live outside the US and collect your earned Social Security.  

nope 

 

there are hundreds of thousands of expats collecting SS and Gov't Pensions 

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Just soaring overhead and thought I would drop in for an easy kill. Go easy on the disabled chook there comrade.  I might have to call in the brothers... (chickens in choppers). The chance of a successful unassisted lawn dart entry into a volcanic Lee shore are about as remote a chance as this thread Not being rewritten by the hovianatzi. Been there, saw that. 

 

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10 minutes ago, Oronoco said:

It's my understanding that you can't collect SSI if you leave the states.  Some of the SSI money comes from your state of residence, and you have to stay there to collect it.  If they find that you left the country, even for a vacation, you get docked.

I believe Rimas earned Social Security from working in the US but he elected to start collecting before age 70 so it's discounted.  You can live outside the US and collect your earned Social Security.  

 

        what the fuck....Have I just walked into a bad episode of Comptrollers Anarchy....or at worst Actuarial Anarchy....   seriously....(though Im Canadian...Im on my soap box now...so stand back...)....

             This is freakin American man...and In 'merica a man's draw check is only between him and god....

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Meanwhile, back on the water . . . .

I'm skeptical of Rimas going north after having broad reached in SE winds, dodging the outlying atolls in the dark.  He was only about 10 nm from that J-shaped reef NE of Rabi Island when we last heard from him, moving WSW at 1.87 mph.  He would get to the reef in 5+ hours, still daylight; and he would be able to see the 472 meter peak of Rabi Island.

To end up north, he would have had to suddenly decide to steer downwind and go through a 10 nm or so passage between the peninsula on the NE end of Vanua Levu island (on the west side) and another atoll on the east / starboard hand.

If he could beam/broad reach through the atolls at night with a bad/nonexistent rudder or tiller, why and how would he suddenly turn away from land?

I'm thinking he's on that reef near Rabi Island or, just as likely, the southeast shore of the Vanua Levu peninsula.  But if he did make it northward through that passage his next fly-by island is Thikombia.

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I think he hit Texas Reef.. And was sitting there on the boat... some locals happened by and offered him a ride to shore and he refused... They went home told their friends and the next day went back by... he was still sitting there but this time left with them leaving the boat and is onshore with no way to contact his facebook because he has no internet.. The next day they take him back to the boat which is still on the reef  but all the electronic stuff is gone by now..He tells them he wants to wait with his Mimsy for the coast guard to rescue him and now he is there eventually when no coast guard shows up another Dug out fishing boat will take him back to shore as by that time Mimsy will be a total loss

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13 minutes ago, captpiratedog said:

I think he hit Texas Reef.. And was sitting there on the boat... some locals happened by and offered him a ride to shore and he refused... They went home told their friends and the next day went back by... he was still sitting there but this time left with them leaving the boat and is onshore with no way to contact his facebook because he has no internet.. The next day they take him back to the boat which is still on the reef  but all the electronic stuff is gone by now..He tells them he wants to wait with his Mimsy for the coast guard to rescue him and now he is there eventually when no coast guard shows up another Dug out fishing boat will take him back to shore as by that time Mimsy will be a total loss

Speculative and symptomatic of a class 1 cranial aneurysm otherwise good work Nick. 

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1 hour ago, 6924 said:

nope 

 

there are hundreds of thousands of expats collecting SS and Gov't Pensions 

 

yep

If you read my post, you will see that I stated that you CAN receive earned Social Security outside the US.  But you CAN NOT receive SSI unless you live in one of the 50 states, Washington DC, or the Northern Mariana Islands.  If you leave any of those places of residence for more than 30 days, you can't collect SSI for the time you are gone.  If you get paid SSI and they find out you were gone for 30 days or more. they will take the money back.  (SSI payments can resume upon your return)

Social Security is NOT the same as SSI (Supplemental Security Income).   And if this doesn't make sense to you 6924, you probably qualify for SSI.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, 6924 said:

Dude 

I think you are right. I do qualify 

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blue ball It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income..."

Well, Rimas qualifies on all five counts.

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3 hours ago, Timmys_Trick_Turkey said:

Speculative Symptomatic  Class 1 Cranial Aneurysm Disorder 

More like this.... ..............99.9% seem to suffer from this here as well as  the effects of Lake Wobegon Disease  in relation  to  Obsessive Compulsive SA Forum Response Disorder  

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5 minutes ago, Kingstonsail said:

.....but Oronoco    have you considered the finer points of residence (probably not)...in that.....   (trying to use words you understand here)....

 the risks of private enterprise for social change before considering it as the best route. The "public" meant as the state apparatus is obviously problematic as well, and as you mention, it could be practically slower because overly bureaucratized.

However, I think its is a better route both in principle and, to an extent, in practice. In principle, I think that the government as such, especially when of a democratic form and accountable to its people, should be taking responsibility and demonstrate that the reasons for the legitimacy of its existence are beyond the exercise of control and power of the elected ones over the "demos", but they actually include a resourceful promotion of change for the good of the community. Although I personally generally doubt the legitimacy of government's existence and power to enforce rules, I would argue that this is the only facet of its ruling functions that are fully justifiable and useful to a population, in so far that, I believe, they are what, outweigh government's oppressive authority in the public opinion's eyes, allowing the governments to stay in control. So perhaps, considering this specific consequence, it would be more desirable not to have government's invested in promoting change, but my argument would rather regard not having governments at all, and I doubt that this was the point of your question.

On the level of practice then, I still believe that, having accepted the existence of governments, they are still preferreable to private enterprises in enacting social actions, as they are indeed politically accountable through laws and elections, at least in the case of fully functioning democracies. This is never the case for private enterprises, which are only accountable to their own interests for maximing their profits, and which would likely enact change only for "marketeable" aims and through profitable means, while also hiding the need for structural, political and long-lasting change. You may argue that governments are as well tied up in corporations' and their lobbies' interests and would not necessarily act for the common good, but that would refer us to my first argument of discussing the existence and functions of governments in today's world.

You lost me after the ( Trying to use words you understand here)

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4 hours ago, Timmys_Trick_Turkey said:

Just soaring overhead and thought I would drop in for an easy kill. Go easy on the disabled chook there comrade.  I might have to call in the brothers... (chickens in choppers). The chance of a successful unassisted lawn dart entry into a volcanic Lee shore are about as remote a chance as this thread Not being rewritten by the hovianatzi. Been there, saw that. 

 

For those who don't know why "chickens in choppers" is funny...

 

 

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6 hours ago, Kingstonsail said:

 

 he is dead or or on a reef yelling into a dead VHF...oh damn   he is Schrodinger's castaway

 

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Love it!  Indeterminate state until you open the box (or get the delorme ping)

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2 minutes ago, SailBlueH2O said:

How many recharge cycles appox on a Delorme ?....and will perpetual running on low batteries shorten the battery life ?....ideal sunny day charging conditions these past few days in light winds....

Are you assuming that Rimass, Mimsy and the Delorme are all still in touching distance of each other?

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My guess is that he is on the hard.  Most likely post tow dealing with all the fuss that comes with dropping in on your host unannounced.

History shows that typically when Reemus goes silent near landfall when he shows up again, Mimsy will be either on a mooring or tied up to a dock. 

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2 minutes ago, pbd said:

My guess is that he is on the hard.  Most likely post tow dealing with all the fuss that comes with dropping in on your host unannounced.

History shows that typically when Reemus goes silent near landfall when he shows up again, Mimsy will be either on a mooring or tied up to a dock. 

Nice theory - except where he was pointing, there were no moorings and no docks.  There are however, some very hungry looking reefs.

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I don't wish ill on others but if anyone was due to die in a water/not able to breath related incident it should be Rimas. However I feel that he will live to suck the life out of any society he happens to stumble upon and impose himself.

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5 minutes ago, pbd said:

My guess is that he is on the hard.  Most likely post tow dealing with all the fuss that comes with dropping in on your host unannounced.

History shows that typically when Reemus goes silent near landfall when he shows up again, Mimsy will be either on a mooring or tied up to a dock. 

yeah, that or he is dead.

but he is the aquatic cockroach. assuming he is ashore in one form or the other,  it may be awhile before we hear from him if he has no access to the internet .

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19 hours ago, Captain Bligh said:

Thanks for the link.

 

Funny how his friend thought Alaska meant San Fran. and thought Rimas would sail right in to A.S. before taking a tow.

Rimas really patched his own sails. One small step for man, one big step for mankind...

Rimas drifted[or slept] right through the fishing fleets as shown on AIS

+1 on the Disney version of Rimas travels

Author claims Rimas was fishing, yet Rimas asks for fishing gear in a grift message

Likely Rimas' last trip, third boat lucky?

 

Should he be deported and flown back to the continent, it could be one more junk boat and one more trip to retire in Hawaii and the end of the story.

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Legion of Modernrate Jack said:

We need a short fast & furious guessing game..

Rimmas is on a reef

on land

I think a third possibility is flushed back out to sea.  

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I think he planted it on the reef off Namboutini and was rescued by natives who asked for all his crap for payment to get him to Savusavu.  He is sitting on the ground outside the coffee shop near the Copra Shed in the harbor grifting for change to call Jean and ask for a plane ticket to SF and a new boat.

Either that or he lawn-darted on the J shaped reef and a Fijian Grizzly Bear swam out and ate him.

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Brief rundown on Fiji Navy. Wiki reports they have 9 boats. 4 are old Israeli Patrol boats, 1970 vintage and I assume non-operational. 2 are US donations , unknown status. 3 are Australian-built, late 90s. This was part of a program that Aus built and donated a dozen or so patrol boats to several Pacific island nations. Aus also provides crew and maintenance training. This is one (operated by PNG):

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific-class_patrol_boat#/media/File%3ARAN-IFR_2013_D3_71.JPG

apparently there was a coup d'état in Fiji about 2006 or so. Aus stopped Fiji participation in the crew and maintenance training programs at that time. I don't know if parts are sold to them.  Under circumstances, not surprised that keeping them running is a problem.

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I think he is on the reef off Rabi Island.  Lost the DeLorme in the crash and still awaiting rescue.  I'm thinking if the Fiji authorities have him they would have let him get in touch with Jean and then Jean would have posted something on FB.

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10 minutes ago, SailBlueH2O said:

While we are killing time...anyone else notice the curious linear geo formations on the sea bottom ?

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Artifacts from the echosounding bathymetry data collected by ships.  The "tracks"  are strips of higher resolution data;  most of the seafloor data is derived from much lower resolution satellite gravimetric data.

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If he was aground, I assume he could still charge and use the Delorme unless it went overboard. IDK that he would abandon the boat unless forced to by it sinking or by authorities. I'm kind of inclined to think he ran aground, was removed from boat by authorities summoned by fishermen,  and is being detained while they figure out what to do with him. No communication devices allowed, American Consulate is probably in Suva, so it's taking them a while to sort out.

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4 minutes ago, jasonbo said:

Anyone want to guess what these boat that are unspecified are and what they may be looking for. 

rimas.jpg

saw that too, looks like a lot of unspecified activity, interesting

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8 minutes ago, jasonbo said:

Anyone want to guess what these boat that are unspecified are and what they may be looking for. 

rimas.jpg

is it possibly the same ship at various positions? the most southerly position is 8 hours ago and the northern most is from 2 hours ago.

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9 minutes ago, jasonbo said:

Anyone want to guess what these boat that are unspecified are and what they may be looking for. 

rimas.jpg

Likely are cruising sailboats or sport fishing/dive boats.  Local fishing Pangas aren't going to be equipped with AIS. Larger fishing boats might, but would be offshore.  IDK if Fiji Navy is equipped...doubtful.

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