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    Re: Insurance for historic wooden boat

    Is the vessel US registered? US boat insurance is totally messed up right now due to recent hurricanes supposedly. Liability only is not really profitable and policies are now very expensive if...
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    Re: Ireland....Must See

    I actually really like Belfast, spent 2 weeks there for work. A few days might be enough for tourism. Some really great pubs, the best ones appear to be partisan, but keeping the conversation on...
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    Re: Varnishing and Holidays

    Run the brush in a pattern, first across the grain in overlapping strokes, then with it. This helps get an even coat without gaps. Don't sweat it too much, you'll get them with the next coat anyway.
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    Re: Tiny blue water sailboats

    After some 7000 miles this year on a (rather small for her size) 38 footer, I'm looking lustfully at the 54' next to me. I bet they have a shower in there. And room for crew so they aren't sleep...
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    Re: No Frills Standalone Radar

    I have the raymarine quantum and love it. Not truly stand alone in my setup, but maybe they have an option for that.

    The modern radars that are solid state are great. Very much lower power draw,...
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    Re: 美しいハンバーガー

    We've been in the remote parts of french polynesia. Just arrived in moorea, which is much more developed. I'm wandering around looking for a salad right now!

    So excited.
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    Re: 美しいハンバーガー

    Probably not your intention, but after living largely on canned and dried goods for a couple months, that looks so fantastically good. It has lettuce! Tomato!

    I would pay $20 for that monstrosity...
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    Re: composting toilet power draw

    I run my nature's head all the time. Power draw is nothing, less than a tenth of an amp. You don't have solar or shore power of any kind? A $30 solar panel will cover the load and keep your batteries...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We carry one 20 lb tank, and it lasts us 2-3 months. We tried to buy a second smaller tank to use with the BBQ and as backup, but prices for a good aluminum tank in Mexico were too high.

    A...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Early the next morning we were awakened by the sound of 4" chain dumping down into our cockpit. The Aranui was docking, they dropped an anchor and were using it to turn them parallel to the dock....
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We popped up to the next bay, which has a rare white sand beach. There is not much coral in the Marquesas, no barrier reefs, just plunging cliffs of black lava underwater. But a few places have...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    The next morning we were woken by the sound of dolphins that live in this bay. They are spinners, and did some interesting acrobatics as they wove around the boats. This is our friends Wild Rye, out...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We didn't beat the sunset, anchoring in the dark near a couple of our friends. It rained in the night, and in the morning the cliffs surrounding the anchorage had waterfalls everywhere.
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    The next two days were absolutely flat calm. But we headed out for the crossing to Tahuata anyway, hoping the forecast wind would fill it. It never really did.
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Continuing our walk through the village we were waved over by this guy, wood carving in his shed.

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Marquesas/i-64hXRV3/0/153e8dfc/M/P5190110-M.jpg

    They were carving...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Thanks everyone. Yeah pompelmousse are like massive grapefruit that are a bit sweeter and make a full meal for two.

    From Hanavave we went a few miles down the coast to the other village on Fatu...
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    Re: Free to Good Home

    A nice offer of a nice boat! Did you put it upstairs? Down here it's mostly people who had a boat once but got rid of it so they could spend more time inside debating politics on the internet.
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    This is the main hiway on Fatu Hiva. This island is the only one without air service, so is the most off the grid and unspoiled. It is the only place they still make the tapa cloth, and has a very...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    During our wanderings we ended up going down a dead-end street in the village, and while trying to sort that out we were invited up onto another front porch where some women were making crafts. They...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Marquesas/i-9532WsP/0/36c9c261/M/DJI_0195-M.jpg

    A proper tiki gaurds the boat basin.
    https://photos.smugmug.com/Marquesas/i-vsHgHD9/0/0ffeb0b9/M/P5190007-M.jpg

    We...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Marquesas/i-bX7tWDw/0/dc67a1cf/M/P5150618-M.jpg

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Marquesas/i-DGTXRMb/0/c2ae7963/M/P5150610-M.jpg

    We were very excited to reach Fatu Hiva. It...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Wild goats are everywhere, and their combined efforts with the pigs as well as wild horses and cows (!) have been quite destructive to the landscape. They would be extremely easy to shoot, and the...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Everywere in the Marquesas, the villages feel like manicured gardens. The people have gardening in their blood. But this village more than any of the others was just amazing. There were only a few...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    The next day we started to get in close to Hiva Oa.

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Marquesas/i-jSJFPLT/0/31759f5d/M/P5090090-M.jpg

    We anchored up in the first bay we came to, Hanamenu. We bouyed...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    To be fair to those partners who aren't really up for sailing a small boat halfway around the world, it is actually quite difficult much of the time. We do laundry in the same bucket we shower out...
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    Re: Lunch Hook what do you use?

    The best anchor to haul by hand, meaning most holding power for weight, is an aluminum fortress. I think lewmar makes a version too. They are essentially danforths made in high strength aluminum....
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    Re: Anchor Rode Questions

    For a larger cruising boat I would want the ability to anchor in 80 ft with 4.5:1 scope at least. So total rode length of 360 ft. There are a number of deep anchorages in the pnw, Port Townsend and...
  28. Re: Traditional wooden dinghy , for trailer sailing ?

    A light bead of your favorite tube caulk in the lap of a softwood lapstrake boat will go a long way to eliminating the issue of leaking when launched. As will proper storage between uses. It will...
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    Re: Pat Atkin passed away

    Sad indeed. Pat sent me a lovely letter with the plans set for Begaduce that I purchased from her. I have spent many, many hours perusing her website of the Atkin plan catalog, and it has had a...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Yes the wood and stone carving here is amazing. Here is another view, you can see a stone tiki in the background. These tiki are everywhere, all different.
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    They Typee were a populous group, and many old home sites are found in the valley.

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Pacific-Crossing/i-gR8bCFf/0/78c3366c/M/P5010536-M.jpg

    It is a very dense and lush...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We walked over the ridge to a little farm. It is kind of a you-pick type place, little veggie plots carved into the jungle. 2 men run it via horse and person power, it is completely off grid. We...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Pacific-Crossing/i-N4C37XJ/0/918bda64/M/P4270220-M.jpg

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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Sunset from Hakaehu Bay

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Pacific-Crossing/i-9XC7mJd/0/59857aee/M/P4250117-M.jpg

    The next day we continued along the coast. What an amazing, dramatic, green place.
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    The bay is two lobes, and when a rally of giant outremer cats left (just don't ever sail together in a rally, please....) we moved over to the other lobe of the bay. Just as beautiful and completely...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Do you own a short piece of rope and a little stake? You have all the infrastructure required to own a horse! The horses are used for transport, 4x4 vehicles are becoming common but are a recent...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    After a week or so, we decided to do a loop of the island and check out a few more bays.

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Pacific-Crossing/i-3WqxqQ3/0/369059b2/M/P4220102-M.jpg
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Due to covid related policy changes, boats are now obliged to land at Nuku Hiva at the far leeward end of the group. I'm not sure what the resoning was for this, but it is the absolute opposite of...
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    Re: A sailing tale.

    That's a great story. The swiftsure can be a very tough race.
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    Re: Cell phone nightmare

    Teslas run via your phone?! WTF???
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Thanks everyone! In all it was a very good passage with as good of conditions as one could hope for. I put some of the stats on the predictwind page when we made land, but to keep it all together:
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    I practiced my navigation, cheating somewhat with an app that does the table look-ups and math, as I haven't found a copy of the almanacs to keep on board yet. I generally got sights that placed us...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We caught rainwater out of the bunt of the mainsail to do laundry with.

    https://photos.smugmug.com/Pacific-Crossing/i-XhhmK5x/0/034eef40/M/P4080097-M.jpg
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Conditions were pretty good mostly. The rickety craft project on the boomkin did a really good job of steering, I was truly impressed with it.
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    The recaulking was the proper way to handle the repair and it stopped most of the leaks, thank god. We were very much in the shipping lanes for ships transiting from Panama to West Coast ports, and...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Alright, lets loop back and try to cover some of the passage. Still working with pretty bad internet, but will make do.

    The checkout via the Capitania in Mazatlan took an entire day, so we were...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We listened to Melvilles Typee on night watches, it's cool to look at the same ridges that he was looking at when plotting his escape.

    I'm glad some people found the tracker interesting, it was...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    We made it! 24 days and change. It was a great passage, though we were pretty wiped out by the end.


    We are in Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas. It's beautiful here. So green and lush after all the...
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    Re: Cruise of the Ketch Julia

    Thank you everyone!

    Well we are way behind schedule as always, but if the authorities are willing we will check out of Mexico tomorrow and set off for French Polynesia. The leg is about 2800nm,...
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    Re: T shaped splice?

    I used an eye splice in the end of each cross member and seized that eye to the perimeter line with seine twine. Easier to do all the splicing with 3 strand but maybe an idea there.
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