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  1. Re: how many of these did there used to be

    There were lots.

    As a postgraduate student of marine biology at Cambridge, my late father had a falling out with the skipper of the research vessel, over what the weather was going to do and the...
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    Re: Genoa

    I'll declare an interest; my father's American mother and my Florentine cousins could have stepped straight out of "Tea with Mussolini"

    I am not sure that the Ndrangheta, the Cosa Nostra, and...
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    Re: "I'm not a racist, but..."

    If it's good enough for JK Rowling, it's good enough for me.
  4. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Thank you Chris. The flatter sections would perhaps account for the difference in displacement. She does look very pretty, inside and out.

    Here is another Nicholson 55 for sale:
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  5. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    I feel a need to produce my ticket to the Woodenboat Forum, given that we are discussing a huge lump of frozen snot, here:

    https://s20.postimg.cc/n5rd15ood/FEAF1B46-0902-4BED-8F7A-1DF20BCD1ED3.jpg
  6. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Rule One: slow down, stay a bit under canvassed, don’t press the boat. She’ll get there quicker than a smaller one anyway.

    Rule Two; take a few minutes to get your breath between tasks.

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

    Thanks, Tom. Space made!

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

    That was the style of the era. Since it’s what I grew up with, I like it!

    The Camper and Nicholson boats of the late Sixties and early Seventies were particularly nice. Raymond Wall also designed...
  9. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Plenty of boat under the water, indeed...

    https://s20.postimg.cc/6v4j2quhp/8_C13_BC0_C-8372-4_F01-97_B0-5_CF5_C40382_E6.jpg

    Some would say, plenty of boat altogether!
    ...
  10. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    This design seems to exist in several variants; there are some built in aluminium (one is for sale in Australia at the moment)
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  11. Re: Happy birthday to Katherine...

    Many happy returns!
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    Re: Words of wisdom, 1932

    Possibly I have been lucky; I seem to have been born into the first group, in yacht sizes. I can’t make any claims for big stuff.
  13. Re: A hundred years ago today was the Black Day of the German Army

    Hmm. This thread has not gone in the direction that I expected.

    I just felt that the centenary of turn of the tide in WW1 should be marked.

    The Wiki page describes the battle
  14. Re: An Aussie breakthrough, Hydrogen as a practical, transportable fuel

    Crying my own wares again:

    https://splash247.com/sleeve-oil-substitutes-post-mepc-72/
  15. Re: A hundred years ago today was the Black Day of the German Army

    It was over in three days.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Amiens_(1918)

    The breakthrough had been achieved. The advance had outrun its support and only four (I think?) tanks were...
  16. A hundred years ago today was the Black Day of the German Army

    The first day of the Battle of Amiens, in which the Allied armies on the Western Front finally got everything right. A surprise attack achieved through deception, five hundred tanks operating with...
  17. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    “How many monohulls come with a patio and patio doors?” (The washboards slide in right behind them).

    https://s20.postimg.cc/vppg6p44t/C1CB9184-7613-46DB-9C2A-B96F683E0EA5.jpg

    She has quite a...
  18. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    I think I plan to keep the primaries as they are and to make the secondaries into self tailers - or, in my dreams, electric self tailers. They are in easy reach of the helm, and powerful enough for...
  19. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Jib (to starboard) and main (to port) winches are on the mast.

    There are three winches each side in the cockpit - two speed backstays, three speed primaries and three speed secondaries. The main...
  20. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Thought I ought to add some pictures.


    The Needles from the north:

    https://s20.postimg.cc/s63igx3zx/C0_B00_BAE-_E4_A2-4413-_B8_AF-8_E4_ABD7_B4848.jpg

    The Needles from the west:
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    Re: Fox Kits

    Thank you for posting this.
  22. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    An update: I just spent 36 hours crewing on a friend’s Nicholson 55. It was interesting.

    We beat from the Solent to Plymouth against south westerlies between 28 knots and 5 knots, with a lot of...
  23. Re: Time for a big classic yacht pic

    I prefer this one:

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8e/Nahma.jpg

    She carried twoi 5" guns, two 3" guns, searchlights and quick firing guns, so maybe the super rich were just as...
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    Re: DeVos Yacht Set Adrift

    It was pointless; it just made work for the crew, and she is undoubtedly insured.
  25. Seen at Britain's most presigious yacht harbour...

    https://s20.postimg.cc/xlacp42t9/DFF9_C0_C7-_C84_D-41_EF-_AF20-605701_CE0_A1_D.jpg

    Whatever you do, don't throw you CCTV camera in the skip!
  26. Re: Pollution and shipping .... is this correct ?

    In a word, no.

    https://splash247.com/mind-sulphur-cap/
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    Re: thesis on Pollution

    With respect, I would suggest that you include a question on disposal facilities for sludge generated from on board exhaust gas scrubbers.Scrubbers, either open or closed loop, become mandatory for...
  28. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    Good for you!
  29. Re: What is the upper size limit for singlehanding, for someone in his sixties?

    How well does it do with rather hard mainsail material?

    My pet gadget is a permanent boom gallows. Parks the boom securely whilst you faff around with the sail, and guarantees that you won't get...
  30. Re: My favourite quotation from the Classics:

    Seneca. But you knew that!
  31. My favourite quotation from the Classics:

    "I think that the best and most perfect arrangement of things that I ever saw was when I went to look at the great Phoenician sailing-vessel; for I saw the largest amount of naval tackling separately...
  32. 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...
  33. When will someone arrest this TRAITOR?

    https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/putin-trump-meeting-conference-summit-helsinki-us-russia-finland-a8450231.html
  34. 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...
  36. Re: Lost soccer team found alive in cave

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

    Well said.
  38. 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...
  39. 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...
  41. Re: Singlehanded - High Latitude...

    Very nice.
  42. 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.
  45. 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...
  46. 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”?
  47. 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...
  48. 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.
    ...
  49. 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...
  50. 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.
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