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    New Boat in a Charter company

    First, let me say that I absolutely loved chartering, and the staff at every Moorings base have been excellent and helpful.  They have gone well above expectations.   The boats have great for charters... similar to my expectations for a rental car.  My comments are about the ownership side...
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    Caribbean charter destinations St. Martin vs. BVI

    "Open water sailing, French food"  yep, yep. Nothing wrong with the Dutch side but just not what we wanted. It is more modern/commercial rather than Caribbean Island feel.  Even though you can drive from the French side to the Dutch site freely, if you sail around, you must go through/pay...
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    New Boat in a Charter company

    I have chartered three boats in three years.  I would agree with what is posted above.   The boats are maintained weekly keeping them in service well beyond the typical tolerance of an owner.  The oldest I chartered was 4 years old, newest was 2 years old.  In each case, if I was taking...
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    Caribbean charter destinations St. Martin vs. BVI

    I have done BVI, Belize and St. Martin... in that order over the last three years.  BVI was a great place to start with family that all hadn't had much cruising experience.  We had all raced quite a bit, but limited provisioning, mooring, anchoring and customs.  We got our feet wet in BVI.   ...
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    What is it?

    Found it in race results... a Sensei 9M. https://www.sailmagazine.com/boats/sensei-9m-2
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    What is it?

    Sitting in Gustavia harbor in St. Barts but lists it's home port as Road Bay, Anguilla.  Looked to be in the 26-28 foot range... extra-large bumper on stern for scale.
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    Sailx status?

    Their domain name expired on July 23 and I suspect someone else snagged it as it was "updated" on July 24.  Some facebook folks claim that the Ltd that operated it dissolved in Feb 2017.   Looks dead to me.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Must be getting a lot of calls based on the post here... He just updated the ad and is now asking $145.
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    The Graduate

    Higher Education is a $1.3 trillion industry, and scientific and technical academic publishing is a $25 billion industry with a staggering 35% or more profit margin for market leaders. On the bright side, that makes a lot of potential customers for Will's most excellent designs.
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    The Graduate

    Will,  They are just using the term plagiarism to deflect attention from what they really mean,  that the university owns the content you produced using university resources.  Any intellectual property, revenue potential or publication rights are owned by the university. The lead paragraph from...
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    $125 to take this guys recycling https://columbus.craigslist.org/boa/d/personal-fishing-boat-unique/6619606901.html
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    When you get waived to cross, and then a douche protests?

    So long ago that I don't remember the specifics... other than losing the protest because I really didn't know the rules well.  That changed and I don't remember losing one after that, at least one that I didn't deserve to lose. I also eventually figured out there are people who "race the rules"...
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    When you get waived to cross, and then a douche protests?

    In the heyday of Hobie racing, in a light air floater, I waived on a port tacker so I could hold speed and get to a wind line faster...  All went well until another boat protested me and the port tacker claiming he violated port-starboard, while I violated "team racing" or whatever it used to be...
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    Why are all sailing drills books out of stock anywhere?

    Not sure where you are located but a copy of Sailing Drills Made Easy is available at University of North Alabama Collier Library.  Your local library may be able to interlibrary loan it for you.
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    Spouting off in Belize

    That is a big one Rasputin.   I have seen two at Pensacola beach and several on Lake Erie.  All have been pretty small compared to the one in your pics.  One that I saw in the 80's followed a guy on a cruising monohull through the narrow breakwall inlet of Sadler Sailing Basin in...
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    Spouting off in Belize

    Spent the last few weeks cruising in Belize.  We were sailing south as storms were rolling down the coast, with most of the bad weather staying over land.  This one crept up on us from behind with a nice whistling sound. It veered inland when it got within about a 1/2 mile of us.  We only...
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    A big project!

    A chainsaw ripping carriage made by the truck driver who delivered the boat, for a Brit, in Washington, with a parrot  that came with the shop rental, re-building a 1910 gaff cutter... and best of all...  "could of crushed me and all... as well as destroying the boat"   The latter seemed more...
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    Does anyone know what type of cat hull this is?

    Depends on where you are located... but in most of the US, you would need to pay someone to haul that boat away.  Definitely no value in that condition.  A galvanized cat trailer like that might sell for $200-$500 US.  As far as buying a cat, find something that is common in your area.  That way...
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    Does anyone know what type of cat hull this is?

    Assume you will need to use Hobie 16 parts since H15 parts are not available.  New price would be prohibitive for a restore... $600 rigging, $1800 mast, $1500 main/jib, $1000 rudders, $500 tramp, $500 blocks and sheets, and probably another $1000 in bits and pieces.  After all of that, you would...
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    New Round the World record

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/18/sport/francois-gabart-round-the-world-record-sailing/index.html
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