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    Re: I've reached that avuncular age

    I'm thinking it's my drool cup & bib. A real chick magnet. Either that or the colostomy bag.
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    Re: I've reached that avuncular age

    Yes, about 83%, and the remaining 17% are looking better all the time!
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    Re: I've reached that avuncular age

    I'll plead the 5th on that question :d
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    I've reached that avuncular age

    This is a strange subject. I'm 72 years old, not particularly well groomed, married, never been a philanderer or flirt. I take long bike rides several times a week, and lately I've noticed women...
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    Re: Small Four-stroke Outboards

    I'm about done buying any small tools/equipment with gas engines, but my 2 stroke 5 hp Nissan (Tohatsu) is a marvel. It can sit for a year or two with old gas in the tank and start on the second or...
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    Re: Bicycle lane signage?

    The only other forum I belong to is a bicycling one, probably even more left-leaning than this one. In spite of this, at least two members acknowledge carrying a handgun in their handlebar bag, and...
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    Re: Bicycle lane signage?

    I do know that taking the lane could prevent cars from making right turns into a bicyclist, and this might work on quieter roads with good visibility for passing. But what about thick commuter...
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    Re: Bicycle lane signage?

    I ride my bicycle in downtown Seattle a couple of times per week, but it's not bad because the cars aren't going much faster than I am, and they're used to seeing bicycles. There are close calls but...
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    Re: Cargo pants

    Most of my clothes come from Costco. I'm not proud of it, but their clothes don't cost much and are well-made. My wife brought me home a pair of Orvis cargo shorts; very comfortable and the cargo...
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    Re: The promise of the internet

    Amazing site! Currently listening to a great mix of music coming out of Nuuk, Greenland.
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    Re: As a kid…..

    As a kid in the 1950s my friends and I slaughtered many thousands of imaginary German soldiers. We would take our positions behind a log in the woods behind the house and mow them down. We never...
  12. Thread: boots

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    Re: boots

    Interesting, because my wife has problems with soles/rands separating from the upper but I never have, and I'm much harder on my shoes than she is. Re-gluing her soles with either 3M 5200 or Lexel...
  13. Re: ISO small kids boat that can support trolling motor

    Alex Bogdanov (http://www.plyboat.com/boat-plans.html and also through Duckworks) has a range of small boat plans that go together quickly. Most rowboats are in the 6-8 ft range and 30-45 lbs. I...
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    Re: Hypothetical - Tiny, Tiny, Crabbing boat

    I was very interested in a Gentry SOF boat but my main launch & retrieval spot has barnacle encrusted rocks exposed at lower tides. With my inflatable kayak, it's normally easy enough to swing my...
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    Re: Photo a Day 365 X 12/2022….

    I don't know if this photo has been posted here or not, but I was completely taken by it. It is artwork by Ray Bartkus on the banks of the River Šešupė in Lithuania, and found in this delightful...
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    Re: Small Boat Sailing

    Thanks Tom, and Toxophilite, for your excellent advice. I built the boom, but in use it added complication and was a head banger, so the drawbacks outweighed the usefulness. I will revert to the...
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    Re: Pastor robbed…

    I'm sure there are some good preachers out there (priests, pastors, rabbis...) but I never met any who were not egotistical windbags.

    A side story, I once worked with a man who was talented and...
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    Re: Small Boat Sailing

    Tom, thanks for your reply.

    My problem with boomless rigs is almost certainly due to my lack of experience, and due to habits learned on larger boats with boomed main and unboomed jib. On past...
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    Re: Small Boat Sailing

    In my little 9.5 ft row/sail dinghy I've had a couple of unintentional gybes in strongish winds here on Elliott Bay in Seattle, in part due to my general lack of small boat experience but...
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    Re: Seeking large van reviews.

    Since it hasn't been brought up I'll mention the Chevy Express with 2.8L Duramax (Isuzu) diesel. I don't own one but they are well liked by those who do. No speed demon but reportedly can get 20 mpg...
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    Re: Tip o' the Hat to Michael Mason (mmd)

    Another member here who misses MMD's posts. Few things are more interesting to me than boat designs, and Michael always had something thought-provoking to review and discuss. If he is not...
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    Re: Inexpensive cruising yachts under 32'

    I was thinking of buying one until I went down below on one that was for sale at a local brokerage. The cabin is very snug inside compared to other 27 footers, and at my 5'11", there was stooping...
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    Re: Inexpensive cruising yachts under 32'

    I always liked the Golden Gate 30; also built under various other names. Chuck Burns design, full keel, near 50% ballast. Kind of a sleeper as the designer is more known for fast light boats like...
  24. Thread: Good deals

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    Re: Good deals

    Yes me too; and all I can say is the last one was better than the first. Once I swallowed my pride and left this to the pros I rarely have to touch a spoke as the wheels stay perfect for a very long...
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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...
  26. 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...
  27. 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...
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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...
  32. 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.
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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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  36. 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...
  42. 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...
  43. 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...
  44. 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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