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    Ian just exploded.

    We don't pay anything like $20k. More like $5k, but that's after all the hurricane mitigation discounts are applied. Ironically, even though we qualify for more, they will only discount your insurance a certain percent., and we have that maxed out. We also have FEMA flood insurance, which we...
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    Ian just exploded.

    My insurance is also through USAA. They apparently have different underwriters depending on where you live.
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    Ian just exploded.

    Certainly insurance companies encourage hip roofs. It's not just the roof configuration in FL, however: it's the building codes that were in effect when the house and/or roof was built. The intact houses or roofs in the pictures were probably built within the last 20 years, during which time FL...
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    Food, fixes and notes from the casual coastal sailor.

    That makes my worrying about cutting open the aft bulkhead look a bit silly. It's astonishing to me that a boat like that wasn't built with removing the engines in mind.
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    Food, fixes and notes from the casual coastal sailor.

    I've replaced or installed a couple of engines in my boats over the years, but these were in the 40-50hp range, and weighed no more than about 450 pounds (about 205 kg). Right now, I am looking at an engine and gearbox that weigh just about a ton. The gearbox alone weighs about the same as a...
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    Food, fixes and notes from the casual coastal sailor.

    Unfortunately, that would not necessarily stop several boatyards I have been in from trying to do the job.
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    Food, fixes and notes from the casual coastal sailor.

    Hold my beer. I'll be right there...
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    Food, fixes and notes from the casual coastal sailor.

    Cruising is fixing your boat in strange and often inconvenient places. Get used to it. If you are within a three-hour sail or two-hour drive of a good chandlery, you are not yet in the third world.
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    Food, fixes and notes from the casual coastal sailor.

    Don’t let them come ashore. You never know what plague those cruiser types might bring.
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    The Third Booster Shot Debate - Are U going to get the booster?

    Timing is everything. I got the 5th jab, and the clock is ticking.
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    Food, fixes and notes from the casual coastal sailor.

    He is a true terrier, and a gorgeous little dog. Perfect for the boat.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Blackfish was built in 2017. It says so on her steering wheel hub. She is the boat for sale. Her slightly less racy predecessor was built in 2014.
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    Food, fixes and notes from the casual coastal sailor.

    I can tell you that he is still a very good guard dog. He may be deaf as a post, but that doesn't stop him. Let's put it this way. In an anchorage, he will let everybody around know that someone is too close to Christmas.
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    Coolboats to admire

    Serious answer: Yes, if it's the right boat. Not saying this one is the right boat, but have a look at what is costs for a new 49' high-quality custom build. There is no reason an eight year old boat cannot be in like-new condition, by the way. Edit: looking again at the listing, this is a...
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    Setting up cruising boats for upwind performance

    Nonsense. It's not the furlers, it's the sails on the furlers, as well as how they are set and trimmed. When a sail is fully rolled out, it doesn't much matter if the sail is set on a furler or a stay. When it is reefed, it is largely a manner of how much it is reefed. If you start out with a...
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