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    Re: The Personality of a Pitbull

    We’re dog-sitting at the moment. I’m drinking a pleasant malt and watching the dog — a mutt — watching the bird feeders. Mind you, chipmunks are a factor.

    Beats TV.
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    Re: Good day NOT to be in Toronta

    I don’t like the place even on a day when the traffic has its typically small chance of flowing smoothly.

    Glad I’m not there.
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    Re: we continue to evolve!

    Lamarkism?
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    Re: Medical Incarceration

    Write. Just write.

    What were the best things in your house when you were a child?
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    Re: The Personality of a Pitbull

    Back to the OP, does the dog react differently to shows that feature dogs?
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    The Duke of Wellington: "Publish and be damned."
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    Re: What do you get paid for?

    Pilots try very hard to make flying look easy. It isn’t, yet for some reason we all keep trying.

    As a course of action, it’s stupid.
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    Re: Do you use an anchor trip line?

    Never used one in 25 years on the Great Lakes. Never lost an anchor.

    However, I have salvaged quite a few, being able to skin-dive with some remaining effectiveness, usually in harbours where...
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    Re: A century of trans-Atlantic flight

    When you fly west through USA airspace in the far north, north of Alaska, you call Gander on HF for clearance.

    ??? Figure that one out...
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    Re: Why mizzen sails?

    Agreed with Yeadon. The mizzen is your friend as your agility decreases. It's right there near where you sit. It adds options, not work.
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    Re: A century of trans-Atlantic flight

    I loved the change to CPDLC. I wish it existed in China for us, and in more places in Russia than Magadan FIR.

    But there are still frequent periods of no contact near the poles. The satellite...
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    Re: Mast top wind vane advice

    Mine broke and I didn’t replace it. Cranking my head up to look at it every few seconds gave me a severe crick in the neck.

    I just watch the sails. But sometimes I will tape 18” of VHS tape to...
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    Re: Ethiopian air 737 max crash

    I didn't see anything unreal in that video. There is a certain amount of bobbing which seems realistic, and the bank angles aren't perfectly matched which is often the case if #2 is holding some...
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    Re: pretty good wwii p47 film

    You're joking, right?
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    Re: Ethiopian air 737 max crash

    The 787 got a 5-hour ETOPS rating right out of the box. No demonstrated performance on the line, just predicted, plus test-flights.

    That smacked of corruption to me. Every other airplane had to...
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    D-Day song

    The 75th anniversary of D-Day is upon us. My G-Grandfather, Austin John Hadfield, had been RSM of the HLI of C, which went ashore as first reserve at Juno Beach, against terrible odds, but achieved...
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    Re: Spitfire vs Vampire

    In the earlier models yes. The “bathtub” (fuselage) is made of veneers like a Mosquito.
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    Re: Mast Tabernacle Design

    Here are photos of the mainmast tabernacle on Drake.

    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?12485-Drake-40-LOD-Munroe-influenced-ketch/page6
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    Re: Mast Tabernacle Design

    This is a very sensible, clear, article on small boat tabernacle design.

    http://www.jimsboats.com/1jan11.htm

    It's in wood, but making it out of 1/4" aluminum wouldn't be hard.

    Both masts...
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    Re: Spitfire vs Vampire

    He's here to fly a DC-3 that they pulled out of the weeds a couple of years ago, and have repaired. New engines, and much else.

    The plan is to fly the aircraft - a D-Day veteran - on June 06.
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    Spitfire vs Vampire

    We had fun flying this formation on Saturday at the Airshow in St. Hubert, Quebec. We each did a solo display, then formed up for these photo passes.

    And afterwards, a certain well-known...
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    Re: Why mizzen sails?

    I sure like ours on Drake. I much prefer having 3 smaller sails, spread out, than a sloop.

    It can be hard to rig a bimini though - a fact that annoys my wife.

    I prefer the ketch rig,...
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    Re: Spitfire Practice flight

    I put that sonnet, High Flight, to music on my aviation album; initially for the funeral of a WWII pilot friend. I've sung it at a few others since then.

    Magee was a high-minded young man.
    ...
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    Re: Spitfire Practice flight

    Yep. That's my .99 cent Spitfire mod, to direct the vent air towards my chest.
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    Re: Fender cleats

    Same here, in case someone misjudges their arrival and clobbers your off-side.
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    Re: Spitfire Practice flight

    I use those books! Some of them are extremely good and practical documents, easier to understand and better at conveying information than the Airbus courses I took.
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    Re: Fender cleats

    Cool idea.

    If you're leaving the boat for a few days, and are concerned that the wedges might pop out and you lose your fender, you might consider taking the line through the scupper one more...
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    Re: 1965 Owens Granada

    Big wooden power boats are in the back corners of marinas all over the country, decaying, and available for peanuts.

    Hire a surveyor who knows wooden boats.
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    A $5-Dollar Fender

    I used pool-noodle as gunwale-guard on my tender this spring. Good, dense, closed-cell, UV-resistant stuff.

    38307

    But then I had a length of the large-size left over, so I cut it into 3 equal...
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    Re: Spitfire Practice flight

    Thanks!

    Yeah I've got to spray that PVC elbow green.

    Norm, those are mostly genuine WWII flight instruments. That's why the Artificial Horizon and the Directional Gyro don't work -- there's...
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    Spitfire Practice flight

    It's been a wet cold cross-windy spring, and very difficult to get the vintage aircraft in the air, but I managed to get in 2 flights in the Spitfire.

    https://youtu.be/RqAz1-gSk3A

    Dave
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    Re: Summer Cruising Plans

    It's superb cruising there. Sweet clean fresh water, magnificent views, and wild unpopulated shores with many wilderness anchorages. And yet there are some towns, so you can stock up every few days...
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    Re: Drake -- 40' LOD Munroe-influenced ketch

    My 10 ft dinghy is back together. I hope it gets 2 more seasons. (The cheap plywood I used doesn't seem such a bargain now, although it's lasted 15 years.)

    This time I used pool-noodle as fender...
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    Re: Summer Cruising Plans

    North Channel in Drake. As far as I can get NW.
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    Re: Vintage Wings Of Canada

    Yes, Dave O'Malley, graphics artist, webmaster, and historian, is the man behind the stories.

    This one fooled thousands and started to be written-into history, until Dave pointed out the date. ...
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    Re: superyacht, oldschool

    Very old school indeed -- single, undivided topsails.
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    Re: Wooden boat in a fresh water lake slip?

    Our Drake has summered in fresh water every year since 1947. It's the decks that gather rot, not the hull.

    Bottom paint discourages zebra mussels, of which we have trillions in the Great Lakes....
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    Re: Two billion tons, deadweight.

    Nobody keeps stuff on shelves anymore. It's all on vehicles -- "We don't have that in stock at the moment, but can have it for you in 2 days."
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    Re: I Hate Petty Thieves

    Paint things weird colours. That way they can't be sold as easily. It's not a perfect solution, but it can help.
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    Re: Drake -- 40' LOD Munroe-influenced ketch

    Tom, we're in Penetanguishene, in the SE corner of Georgian Bay. It has open access. No need for the canal, or a trailer.

    In fact we're a short row away from where Lt. Bayfield RN built the naval...
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    Re: Drake -- 40' LOD Munroe-influenced ketch

    Here's a video I just put up of her leaking and taking-up this spring. Please excuse the fact that I held my cellphone the wrong way. (And the mess!)


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2Q2UJjScVU
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    Re: Drake -- 40' LOD Munroe-influenced ketch

    Cleaned up and touched up -- no real repairs this year.

    http://hadfield.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/IMG_4266-sm.jpg

    And onto the trailer, because the travel-lift can't get in to the...
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    Re: Drake -- 40' LOD Munroe-influenced ketch

    It's been the coldest wettest Spring on record -- and I can document that because Drake only took an hour to swell up upon launching. I had a sump-pump rigged, but didn't even use it. There really...
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    Re: Ethiopian air 737 max crash

    That BBC article makes 2 things quite clear: how simple it actually was to regain control of the airplane, and how Boeing allowed the problem to develop in the first place.

    But the first thing...
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    Re: Conrad Black

    He has a huge knowledge of history, and an engaging way of presenting it. Quite readable. Sometimes you don't agree, but his essays are always lucid and well-written.

    He also doesn't give a hoot...
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    Re: Our son made it...

    Excellent. Please ask him to build a better knee joint.
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    Re: Conrad Black

    I read his essays. They’re usually worth it, even you don’t agree with them.

    But he was caught red-handed carrying boxes of incriminating papers out of his office building. So I wouldn’t pardon...
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    Re: Boeing. Will it rebound?

    Valid point. The basic 737 design is 50 years old. But the capital cost of a new airliner is many billions, and even then it’s a gamble.

    Canadair RJ

    Embraer

    A-380
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    Re: Boeing. Will it rebound?

    They will rebound.

    As for passengers, they want cheap flights, period.
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    Re: Alabama

    So Neil Young had it right?
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