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    Poll: Re: Should a Wooden Boat Hat Float?

    I agree. After nothing but sailboats my kids wanted a power boat, and I thought with twin outdrives that maneuvering would be a piece of cake. Boy was I wrong. It could turn in its own length...
  2. Thread: 4th July.

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    Re: 4th July.

    Quite a few right wingers and pro Trumpists in my extended family so I have learned to keep my mouth shut. A couple of years ago I was loudly critical of Trump at a family gathering (when Trump said...
  3. Thread: 4th July.

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    Re: 4th July.

    I used to go to the Lake Union fireworks here in Seattle and it was fun if you like wall to wall boats and friendly drunk people. Little boats would raft up to bigger boats so we would often have...
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    Re: Really bad Joke of the Day

    with a southern accent
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    Re: Really bad Joke of the Day

    Knock knock
    Who's there?
    Smell mop
    Smell mop who?
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    Re: Long and lean

    Another one, Grahame Shannon's Slingshot 34. I couldn't find much on the net so this is from my stash of designs saved from Cruising World magazine. Some may not like the big vertical stern, but...
  7. Thread: 4th July.

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    Re: 4th July.

    In our extended family, we run the gamut of political and religious views, so by tacit agreement these topics are not discussed. Holidays, no matter their original intent, are (for us) an excuse to...
  8. Re: The Era of Buying Top Sports Cars Cheaply Seems to Be Over

    In my teens (mid-late 1960s) I was in a swoon over Ferraris, particularly the 275 GTB-4. R&T tested one, and I recall the price being around $16,000.
    At age 18, with money from my part time job...
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    Re: Long and lean

    Phil Bolger often commented that C Raymond Hunt's designs were a big influence on him, and it's easy to see why.
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    Re: Portage Pram

    Beautiful job on the pram, and I hope she proves to be a useful companion around the harbor and behind your bigger boat.
  11. Thread: AI

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    Re: AI

    It may be the most impactful thing since the human brain evolved from its near relatives, a similar quantum leap in cognitive processing, with all the implications. I'm not confident we can control...
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    Re: Long and lean

    Not quite as long and lean as some (7.9 x 32.6 ft) but I've always loved the looks of the Aphrodite 101.
    https://sailboatdata.com/storage/images/sailboat/photo/aphrodite_101_photo.jpg

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  13. Re: Opinions on CLC (John Harris) 10'6" Nesting Expedition Dinghy

    Adam, I do much the same thing with my 9.5 ft pram in the back of the 6 ft Tacoma bed. All sails/spars/oars etc fit in the boat. My cart has a fin above the wheels that slots into the daggerboard...
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    Re: What were some of your scariest moments?

    More stupid than scary, though I was afraid for a while. I was by myself in my little sloop somewhere in Puget Sound, wing & wing, downwind in very light air. The boat was sailing itself, ghosting...
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    Re: What were some of your scariest moments?

    Yes; what Mickey Lake said.
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    Re: Small Boat Sailing

    Yes! I'm learning that dinghy sailing is different than sailing bigger boats with ballast keels. Concern for running aground has been replaced with concern for capsize. Winds above 15 mph have me...
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    Re: What were some of your scariest moments?

    I thought of a time when I was spooked, hiking by myself in the Cascades, an off-trail route to a lake very close to the north face of Mount Stuart but on an adjacent ridge and separated by a ravine....
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    Re: What were some of your scariest moments?

    I think the fear happens more when contemplating a dangerous undertaking, and less when we're in the thick of it and too busy to feel afraid.

    But since we're talking about fear and not actual...
  19. Re: Opinions on CLC (John Harris) 10'6" Nesting Expedition Dinghy

    Thanks Matt,

    I have the Piccup plans but the boat with leeboard is a bit too wide to fit in my truck with canopy. I considered taking a 3" strip out of the middle, and also going with a...
  20. Re: Opinions on CLC (John Harris) 10'6" Nesting Expedition Dinghy

    Thanks everybody. My trailering experience is mainly with my current fairly heavy/bulky 16 ft trailer sailor that is a pain to use, what with the rigging and then unrigging, and I have to be lucky...
  21. Opinions on CLC (John Harris) 10'6" Nesting Expedition Dinghy

    https://www.clcboats.com/life-of-boats-blog/Nesting-Expedition-Dinghy-Update.html

    I need a new project this winter. This N.E.D. is a 3'6" by 10'6" semi-enclosed camp cruiser by John Harris of...
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    Re: World champion swimmer nearly drowns

    Isn't there something about young in-shape people drowning for no obvious reason? It happened to a classmate in high school. He was an athlete and a good swimmer who dove into the local swimming...
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    Re: Happy birthday to David G…

    Happy Birthday David
    Hope you have a great summer
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    Re: headed to test drive one of these

    you were saying?
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    Re: Photo a Day 365 X 12/2022….

    First day of summer here in Seattle. 3 PM this afternoon looking south across Elliott Bay.

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    Re: Biden is not my president

    Here's mine; 21.47 lbs as pictured.

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    Re: Biden is not my president

    I always thought Jones Bikes looked interesting, and they have a LWB version, though I don't think they come close to Riv chainstay length. My Fargo has 70 mm bb drop, slack head angle and slow...
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    Re: headed to test drive one of these

    Yes! I love this little car, and was looking hard at it when we were shopping for my wife. Like you say; cheap, practical, Toyota reliability, and 6-speed. Plenty fast enough and I bet it's fun as...
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    Re: Car Window Question

    Same thing happened to a Saturn my wife used to have. I found a Youtube repair video for that specific problem on that Saturn, ordered a new switch, and installed it. I'm not much of a mechanic but...
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    Re: Ahhhhh happiness is…..

    Exactly what I was thinking. You get the best of both worlds; use without ownership.
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    Re: Ahhhhh happiness is…..

    Thats a beautiful beautiful spot you have
  32. Re: What Rock or Pop Music LP do you think is perfect?

    Nirvana Nevermind. Not a single bad song on the album.

    Also:
    Stones Between the Buttons
    Dylan Blood on the Tracks
    Dire Straits Brothers in Arms
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    Re: Biden is not my president

    I had a Catrike Expedition identical to the one above, when neck problems kept me of normal bikes. It was much slower uphill, a bit slower on the flats, and faster downhill. It took up too much...
  34. Thread: R2ak

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    Re: R2ak

    The race is intended to be difficult and dangerous; that is its primary attraction, and all participants accept the risks. If there are casualties, I worry less for the race participants and more...
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    Re: Do any of you really understand…

    As a lapsed Catholic, what I don't get is the Holy Trinity. Is there one God or are there three? Can't have it both ways.

    And who/what the heck is the Holy Ghost? Other than allegedly...
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    Re: Goodbye to flat tires?

    One of my construction jobs was a high-end condo located on a busy downtown corner with a fair amount of traffic. Several of the condo owners were complaining about sooty dust accumulating inside. ...
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    Re: Goodbye to flat tires?

    Interesting you say that, and I agree they like a fair amount of pressure. The thin sidewalls make the tires more comfortable than other high-mileage tires, so it's a tradeoff. With my earlier...
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    Re: Goodbye to flat tires?

    Both auto and bicycle tires have much better tread wear than in the old days. Car tires used to wear out quickly and retreads were common. My Tacoma has over 120,000 miles and on its second set of...
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    Re: Can someone explain the hatred of gays?

    The Bible tells fundamentalist Judeo-Christians that homosexuality is an abomination.

    My ex-wife, who became ultra-Orthodox Jewish 15 years into our marriage, took this position, which was far...
  40. Thread: R2ak

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    Re: R2ak

    Looks like all are underway with the front ones more than halfway across the Strait. West winds 5-15 kts with 2 ft wind waves this morning so much better conditions.
  41. Thread: R2ak

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    Re: R2ak

    Quite a few boats, including the Welsford Pathfinder 'Dark Star' are sheltering behind Dungeness Spit. With the daylight half gone today, it seems like 'go soon or go home'. Conditions must be...
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    Re: 2022 R2AK - does anybody care?

    There are quite a few 30+ ft monohulls and bigger multis that might do better on the outside. No tidal currents, probably steadier winds, easier navigation.
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    Re: When to reef?

    It's good the most challenging wind/sea conditions occured at the very beginning where rescue is virtually guaranteed, so the sailors with more confidence than skills are harmlessly weeded out. ...
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    Re: Bitch or brag-how’s the weather?

    I understand that actual human beings lived in Phoenix before the days of air conditioning. It's hard to understand how that's possible.

    SoCal, near the beach but inland enough to be out of the...
  45. Thread: Toyota

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    Re: Toyota

    I don't read too much in it. Virtually all large corporations want low wages, low taxes, low environmental costs and healthy economic climate. Toyota claims to give the same $ to both Rep and Dem...
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    Re: 2022 R2AK - does anybody care?

    The Welsford Pathfinder 'Dark Star' appears to be (currently) tucked behind Protection Island, west of Port Townsend. Likely waiting for better wind/sea conditions before crossing. Still breezy...
  47. Re: Watch the first 4 minutes. Would you be contacting the mechanics they mention?

    Agree with the above. The van owner was standing there videoing while a bystander was valiantly trying to put the fire out, and someone else called 911. Mr #vanlife was too interested in filming...
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    Re: 2022 R2AK - does anybody care?

    They're forecasting winds in the Straits of 20-30 kts with 3-5' wind waves, and the boats will be broadside to all this. I have crossed in a bigger keelboat in similar wind but no opposing tide, and...
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    Re: Current thoughts on laser levels

    I've had this one for a few years now and it has come in very handy. It's 9-1/2" long and sticks magnetically to leveling base behind it. The laser dot is visible in bright sunlight and the bubbles...
  50. Thread: oops

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    Re: oops

    Some years ago I was anchored in Bowman Bay, just north of Deception Pass here in Puget sound. The only other boat in the bay was a research vessel moored nearby, a converted fishing boat maybe 40...
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