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  1. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Sorry, John; I don’t like gadgets!

    I have a sextant and a watch and a couple of GPS receivers and some spare fish for the Walker log. A Taylor’s stove and hand pumps. Simpson Lawrence 555 does...
  2. When will someone arrest this TRAITOR?

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/putin-trump-meeting-conference-summit-helsinki-us-russia-finland-a8450231.html
  3. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    I have carefully read through this thread and seen sense. I will not go ahead with the boat.

    Thanks, everyone.
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    Re: Mugabe, hero or tyrant?

    It doesn't have to be that way. I quite the Wiki page on another African landlocked nation, not far away...


    "In June 1964, the United Kingdom accepted proposals for a democratic self-government...
  5. Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    Kiss your UK car sales goodbye, Musk.
  6. Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    Well said.
  7. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Phil - as you will have gathered I go for “big strong and simple” over “light but complicated” every time! An Eberpacher has more moving parts than I like!

    My last liveaboard phase gave me a...
  8. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    My yacht club may be typical: We have three sorts of dinghy sailors:

    Children learning in organised groups

    People, usually middle aged, who don’t race but who have nice dinghies that they go...
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    Re: Trump's London Balloon

    From one of my favourite MPs, David Lammy:

    “The Trump Baby balloon did its job. Forcing the most ardent, small-state right-wingers into the uncomfortable position of calling for the state to...
  10. Re: Singlehanded - High Latitude...

    Very nice.
  11. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    I should have made myself clearer; I was not considering single handed transoceanic passages. My concerns relate to single handing over shorter distances to get yourself out of a hole.

    RT...
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    Re: Trump's London Balloon

    I hope this does not breach WBF Guidelines. It is a genuine picture.

    It shows why the Scots don’t need a balloon:
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    Re: Korea/Hong Kong 2018

    Thank you.
  14. Re: when was roller furling invented? (oh some bse too)

    Yes, there was. Early editions of FB Cooke are full of railings against the type of roller headsail that set on a wooden roller which ran the length of the forestay. They broke and the brass screws...
  15. Re: when was roller furling invented? (oh some bse too)

    French coasting schooners generally had them by 1900. There was a patent but the name escapes me for the moment. Anyone got a cope of Greenhill’s “Coasting Schooners”?
  16. Re: when was roller furling invented? (oh some bse too)

    On deck, before hoisting.

    Racing crews carried hanks of “rotten cotton” (yes, literally, pre-rotted cotton yarn) for the purpose. It was a skilled business because you wanted all the stops to...
  17. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    I certainly thought so, John. I am just having a rethink, partly down to these magnificent beasts coming on the market and partly down to wanting to do some expedition type stuff from time to time.
    ...
  18. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    I often see this boat, which like her sisters in the Cirdan Trust fleet is wooden:

    https://cirdantrust.org/faramir/

    Her professional crew seems to be three young women none of whom could...
  19. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Very much so. McMullen was a small man even by Victorian standards.

    I think we might also think of him as the man who started the sport of amateur sailing for fun rather than for racing.
  20. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    It’s very kind of you to say that, Phil.

    Actually I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to this thread, but especially those, such as you, with a lot of experience of sailing big boats...
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    Re: The Queen was Not Pleased

    Yes, the President did step in front of the Queen:

    https://www.aol.com/article/news/2018/07/13/president-trump-meets-britains-queen-elizabeth-at-windsor-castle/23481591/?guccounter=1
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    Re: The Queen was Not Pleased

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/world-us-canada-44827396
  23. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    k

    This is what I have now:


    https://s20.postimg.cc/r8hdfsbz1/AC808_F37-807_F-4048-9762-9826_E0062943.jpg

    A composite Ohlson38
    ...
  24. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    No. Same plan. As I thought I explained, I think it unwise to have a boat that one cannot singlehand, case need. Hence the question.
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    Re: Brits...brexit

    Fortunately, only for a couple of days. But long enough for me to hear Rees-Smaug descanting on R4 about why it is unacceptable for President Obama to comment on Brexit but fine for President Trump...
  26. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    The specifics are that my two sons and I are playing with the idea of a long voyage. So, yes, daydreaming, if you like.

    From the point of view of those able to sail the boat, one retired man, one...
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    Re: Brits...brexit

    That is much more interesting than Trump intended it to be.

    It shows Trump lining up with Farage, Rees-Smaug and their hanger-on, Johnson.

    There IS something nasty in the woodshed, here!
  28. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Ray Wall was a very good designer!

    It is often said that the Joint Services had looked around again and again for replacements for their Nic 55s and couldn’t find anything so carried on with them....
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    Re: stormy weather

    So was I...
  30. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    They could be quite nice with a crew of 5, though!

    I don’t want a boat that is going to last for ever; I just want a boat that will last ten years of being sailed more gently to more interesting...
  31. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Dave’s thinking is in line with mine. You don’t have to sail a boat “to her full potential”. You can use smaller headsails,put a reef in before you start, avoid marinas, and so on.

    I know very...
  32. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    But did it still have the famous gyroscopically stabilised chair (a bit like the one in the King of Saudi Arabia’s 747)?
  33. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Very helpful, John. Thanks.
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    Re: Pros/cons of all chain

    Thanks, John. How far offset are the windlass and navel pipe - right by the shrouds? Do they ever find themselves under water?

    I do prefer having the chain locker and windlass away from the bow.
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    Re: Pros/cons of all chain

    John, do I understand that RIADA has her windlass and navel pipe level with the chainplates on one side?

    I have been playing around with that idea but gave it up, because I don’t like offset...
  36. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    In my experience the SMC is assessed on "all hands and the cook for mooring stations"! But, applying the logic of doing an SMC properly, this boat needs a crew of four, five better, three minimal, as...
  37. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Funnily enough there is a sister vessel for sale in Noumea, a place where my Merchant Navy son has been but I have not, described as an "easy single hander". But she has had much more gear fitted....
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    Re: Pros/cons of all chain

    I like that idea.
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    Re: Depth Sounder Suggestions

    I'd second Martin's recommendation.

    I have not had much luck with the baby oil and PVC pipe system; indeed I have just demolished such a set up on Sunbeam (Ohlson 38) - the original owner had...
  40. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Last week I was giving a lecture at Madingley Hall, and, having some time to kill, I took the family punting on the "backs". It was a good forty years since I had tried it, and I was very hesitant...
  41. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Thank you. Very helpful, It's not so much that I am intending to singlehand this beast as that I have a rule that I won't own a boat that I cannot singlehand.

    I would want self tailers (which she...
  42. What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    I may be developing a case of "His eyes are bigger than his stomach", as we say of a toddler who asks for more food than he can eat.

    I know I can easily single hand a 20,000lbs gaff cutter* of...
  43. Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    I have just read that some pumps failed whilst a team were in the cave clearing up, a few hours after the rescue - they got out in a bit of a hurry, as the chambers flooded rapidly.
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    Re: Pros/cons of all chain

    I do like it, very much indeed, but I have seen some awful designs. As Worth said way back in 1911, it is important that the chain slider should be fully semicircular in both axes.
  45. Re: Laos and Cambodia prepare for a bit of biff

    The Yellow River Valley in China is one long chain of silted hydro dams built under Mao. I have heard there were 43 of them.
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    Re: Pros/cons of all chain

    Well done Ron! And how nice to have an anchor thread in which people are nice to each other!

    As you will gather I am also a believer in “angels”. But I have seen some really awful designs for them...
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    Re: World Cup Thread

    Since 1978, the rules of the World Cup have been that if neither side is leading after 90 minutes, there shall be 30 minutes extra time, and if the score is still even, then each side shall take up...
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    Re: World Cup Thread

    Croatia 2, Russia 2, Croatia go through on the penalty shootout (4:3).

    That's a relief. I didn't fancy the idea of the post match violence that would have been inevitable after an England :...
  49. Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

    I keep thinking of a merchant ship adage - "People panic in their own language".
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    Re: A Brain Tumor update.

    Very good to hear this news.
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