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    Re: Middleagesman

    My opthamologist confirmed my large floaters at our routine appointment last month, the one where he also found two thyroid tumors in my left eye. Floaters seem to increase in times of physical...
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    Re: Beatles on Ed Sullivan

    Not glued but I watched. It was one of the few times in my childhood when we had a working TV. My dad broke the tube off this particular TV set getting it out of the trunk of the Lincoln then let it...
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    Re: Middleagesman

    How can I whine when I have all these cats to entertain me?

    The cats are more numerous now. Fewer tails have simple curled tips, more have tails that follow the motion of reality. When Momma cat...
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    Re: This boat is still killing me...

    No deck beams and none needed for structural reasons. The coach roof (my coach roof) had plenty of camber to form a solid self-supporting arch with zero flex in use.

    As for structural issues,...
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    Re: This boat is still killing me...

    To be fair to the current owner he succeeded with his Atlantic gyre trip of 83 days long before I knew he had the boat. I've only communicated with his lady friend and partner as he was on a delivery...
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    Re: This boat is still killing me...

    Not long after my diagnosis of thyroid cancer in 2005 I told my doctors what I believed caused mine and was tactfully advised to stick to my day job. Even though the sun plays a very clear role in...
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    Re: Middleagesman

    Oh I'm not up and about. I spent two days in the ER while they tried to find me an empty room. Originally I needed a "second tier" room (just under ICU) but things got better so today they put me in...
  8. Re: SteveBaby Passed The Bar. Fare Well Steve....

    Yes S. Baby, thanks. CYa.
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    Re: Middleagesman

    Cat tails don't disappear when looked at. They usually scitter across the screen along the bottom right to left, tails high, tips curled. Some slowly go straighter as they drift. Political ? I don't...
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    Re: Middleagesman

    Posting from a kindle is a royal pain. I didn't bring the old MacBook due to rush out the door. Since I'm stuck here a few more days I'm hoping deb brings it today. Until then no deep thoughts, just...
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    Re: Middleagesman

    It is hard to guess the way of fate. I have tried to help my wife who has been sick longer than I. In the race of life I'm betting on her.
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    Middleagesman

    Hi, this is Archie's wife, Debbie. Had to have an ambulance come get him Friday morning. Not sure if he has discussed his health issues on this forum or not. He was having a very difficult time...
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    Re: How did you learn to weld?

    Do some destruct tests on your early welds. Weld two scraps edge to edge (butt joint) then put it in a vise and see if it breaks along the weld. Your early welds will fail but when your weld survives...
  14. Re: Obamacare Sign-Ups Near 7.5 Million As Enrollment Deadline Nears

    I have to assume she and her husband qualified for a substantial subsidy. Considering the lady's political beliefs I wouldn't expect her to present a lie that makes Obamacare look better than it is.
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    Re: Interesting kitchen gadgets

    Long ago a little bird told me high-end ice cream scoops were hollow and were filled with antifreeze. Your hand warms the handle and the warm anti freeze helps the warmed scoop move through the ice...
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    Re: Everything Wrong with Rowan

    CPES is a biocide?
  17. Re: Senate unanimously passed Veteran Suicide Bill

    Let's get to the nitty gritty--regarding veteran suicide, are the Reps for it or agin it?

    'Cause when the Dems were in charge they were for it.
  18. Re: Do you think Saudi Arabia will be the next Obama failure in the middle east?

    Get out your dictionary and look up "non sequitur."
  19. Re: Obamacare Sign-Ups Near 7.5 Million As Enrollment Deadline Nears

    My wife has a very right wing friend from her university days, someone she cherishes and has maintained contact with for 30 or so years. The lady was always very well employed in her field so when my...
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    Re: Interesting kitchen gadgets

    Is it filled with antifreeze?
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    Re: Interesting kitchen gadgets

    You will like it even more knowing that it's not a plain vanilla dino, it's Nessy. ;_
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    Re: unusual flathead ford

    Must be what Harry Nilsson flew. ;)
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    Re: Critique this painting of a schooner

    The shadows on the sails make sense in my crazy world:

    I imagine she's on a westerly course in northern latitudes during winter. The sun is about one hour away from setting.

    It's certainly not...
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    Re: So Long Seayou

    RIP, Sir Catlett, and peace to the loved ones left behind.
  25. Thread: Unbroken

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    Re: Unbroken

    My wife saw it and both of us read the book. She said the movie makes a few amateur mistakes, like finding the lost lost air crew in their raft with perfectly shaped beards and mustaches.

    It's an...
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    Re: This boat is still killing me...

    Oh, yeah, about the welding equipment and process....

    The welding I did during the months I was at Ron's boatyard never caused a problem that I can recall. But once I got the bare hull--four long...
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    Re: This boat is still killing me...

    Thanks for the suggestion, Jonboy. I will certainly give it some thought and a look-see.
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    Re: Rules of inheritance....

    I naturally assumed that, lacking a will, the assets would divide between the two surviving siblings. But I also assumed, when a valid will exists but has not been probated, the division would be in...
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    Rules of inheritance....

    ...and estates.

    What happens to assets passed down to a family member when that family member, the inheritor, dies before an estate is probated?

    Do the assets in transition go to the deceased...
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    Re: This boat is still killing me...

    Thanks for checking in, Lew. And thanks for adding your vote to my theory about how a skipper's responsibility can affect one's tendency toward seasickness, or not.

    My biggest problem today is...
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    Re: This boat is still killing me...

    Colvin's original rig was a cross between Chinese and western. There was a long bowsprit carrying the obligatory jib and staysail, a small foremast carrying a small junk sail and a much larger...
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    Re: This boat is still killing me...

    I have a public album with about a dozen pictures of the Bali Hai from way back when we were cruising on her. If you go here
    ...
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    Re: This boat is still killing me...

    Thanks for the background on Rutherford. I knew the headlines but had no details to fill in the blanks.

    Jonboy--how was the fishing? Or did you have to cancel? I'm not immune to seasickness but I...
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    Re: This boat is still killing me...

    Not sure if you've got our boats confused, Chris. The Bali Hai/R.V. Ault is not the boat attached to the mast in the foreground. :)
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    Re: This boat is still killing me...

    I should probably say something about the equipment which was pretty spartan. Steel plate was moved around by human power, assisted by a dozen or so trailer winches. Lifting and turning the hulls was...
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    Re: This boat is still killing me...

    I had done very little welding before building the Bali Hai, just enough to realize how strong a welded steel boat could be. As my interest in steel grew I thought I should just build a barge-shaped...
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    Re: This boat is still killing me...

    z

    Prezactly. Hull plate is 10 gauge, .120" IIRC. It is that rare breed--a light displacement steel design. Colvin's original sailed without an engine for a goodly time so performance under sail...
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    Quite so.
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    This boat is still killing me...

    My former Bali Hai, currently the R/V Ault.

    http://oceanresearchproject.org/vessel-2/

    I sold her to a guy down the coast about 20 years ago and this organization bought her from that guy at a...
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    Team Vestas:

    Trucking through the Alps.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrrK1cPqIzI
  41. Thread: Goodbye

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    Re: Goodbye

    A thread about...? I don't mind but I don't usually go for too much public disclosure. I've had private exchanges with a few guys on here, first was with Lew Barrett many years ago when I learned...
  42. Thread: Goodbye

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    Re: Goodbye

    I got home from hospital yesterday afternoon. We figured out the cause of the pain (ypathological fracture of another rib) but not the sudden deterioration in breathing ability. No really good...
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    Re: Everything Wrong with Rowan

    But, for a fastener to be called into play to "save" a joint, a not-very-flexible adhesive such as epoxy has to fail first. Can you really consider that a save?

    As soon as a fastener is loaded...
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    Re: Seventy Years

    Well said, Mr. . B
  45. Re: What does it take for the Coast Guard to lock channel 16...

    My faulty recollection was it happened at night. I suspect I have falsely conflated it with the similar accident in Brunswick Georgia a few years later.

    In both cases the old bridges were...
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    Re: Francis Kinney 12' Rowing Dory

    Does anyone know Francis Kinney or know any details of his biography?

    When I was a kid we had a member of the church by that name here in Savannah. IIRC, he was a draftsman and/or a musician. I...
  47. What does it take for the Coast Guard to lock channel 16...

    ...for emergency radio traffic only?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMjBGLxMdP4
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    Re: First Build: Goat Island Skiff

    I can't answer about locking the plunge function in your router base. My Hitachi router came with two bases--fixed and plunge and the plunge base has never been on the router motor.

    I think all of...
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    Re: Volvo Ocean Race

    Agreed. As on the other legs Dongfeng had to deal with equipment failures that none of the others have had to face.
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    Like :)
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