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    each day spent with ted gets better
    after brekky we jump in to mrs. hoppe's convertible beetle
    for a continued and more leisurely tour of the city
    the salt air, the weather, breez, temp, sun all perfect
    then ted introduced me to a truly beautiful man
    ted's best friend i think
    the amazing frenchman, louis, pronounced loowee
    we visited him in his shed, in an industrial park, in berkley
    amidst. . . 'industry'
    was louis' oasis, you entered through a salvaged garden gate into a garden of succulents and ivy ground level to above your head and meander a narrow path for thirty feet or so to the entrance of the shed

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    ^ There was a reason we used the fastest car or the most californian convertable available...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    the rest of thursday evening, at least the early evening is a bit of a haze, lol
    ted allowed me to drive the 911 into the city,
    pretty sure he thinks i don't know how to drive a stick
    in my defense, ted's car is set up like a race car with the seat bolted to the floor and my knees jammed against the dash. . .

    still it was a treat, it's been some years since i've sampled stuttgart's best

    let's see if i can recall some or any of what transpired, fisherman's wharf, an oyster house on a pier, three boat yards
    missed dinner twice
    filbert street in the 911
    LOMBARD STREET at night twice the recommended speed limit.
    earthquake tours in the 911
    then fish tacos
    then more wood boat yard visits (at porsche pace)
    then thursday evening we returned to ted's home, late
    and played chess a drank a half bottle of bourbon until 3:12 a.m.

    what a day - i had left home exactly twenty four hours and twelve minutes earlier

    ted woke me at 7 am
    to the smell of bacon and fresh baked superflakey cranberry pastries and a bit of the hair of the dog in me coffee
    Fixed! Lombard Street below.

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    the shed, a sort of greenhouse, were the works and collections of a mad french arteest living in berkley since well forever
    and staring me in the face when i walked in was a photo of one of the all time great boats and its recreation

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    i exclaimed, 'bloodhound!'

    louis looks at me and says in his most wonderful accent, 'yes, yes. . .'
    then, 'bloodhound, she is, how you say??'
    'she is no bull****'
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    then louis pulls out her original inked plans
    my god
    he also has all her patterns
    my god

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    i have finally met someone with more boat plans then i
    he makes us coffee
    we make plans to meet at his boat, presently
    ted drags me away
    we tour at beetle convertible speed countless more boat yard before lunch
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    Free boats and soon to be free boats.

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    now regretting posing for that
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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    About time. Should be good!
    Already is!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    now regretting posing for that
    It was just the first spinnacker run with a blooper!
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    meeting louis aboard his woolicott cutter
    nearing a hundred years old built in new zealand
    rescued by our itinerant frenchman twenty plus years ago
    'all it takes is sandpaper and patience'

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    and a pic of her leading the master mariners fleet a couple weeks before
    shoulder down
    bone in her teeth
    effing badass

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    Vectis is a wonderful boat. She is nearly original except where Louis saved her. Woolacott did the doghouse upgrade in the 50s making her look like the rest of his boats that followed. Thick Kauri sawn frames and planks at 12000 lbs, she is a big girl that likes to dance. She already has done a circumnavigation waiting for a ride home for a visit. Anyone up for taking her on a Transpac - making her the oldest boat to do the race?
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    musical interlude

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    This is a purty damn good travelogue! Thnx!
    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

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    Me Driving in California


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    the rest of thursday evening, at least the early evening is a bit of a haze, lol
    Wait, is this last week or did you go into the future?

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    Great thread Paul.
    What's next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    What's next?
    ted's big black carbon fibre bow sprit envy
    prepping the boat for saturday's race
    sushi dinner
    breakfast at an oakland pre-regatta institution
    then getting on the bay for the race at seven am
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    here's a race teaser
    think ninety boats
    downwind in heavy san francisco air
    seventy five miles up an estuary
    we must have gybed the asy three hundred times

    this was not us, thankfully
    but a lot of folks had 'moments' lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Already is!
    And I said this not only 'cause it's true, but to subscribe to the thread. Didn't work last time so I'll try again...
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    i gotta take a break
    i'm calling ted out for a few posts
    he's very humble about this - which is crazy because ted is not humble about much
    but he dug two noteworthy wooden racing boats out of the mud, including the boat we raced
    and returned them to racing status
    he needs to tell this part of the story
    about how and when he first saw these boats as a kid while growing up on lake gatun
    and their records and their story of their designer, gary mull
    and those that sailed on them
    i'll be back this evening to fill in the race details as i recall them
    seriously, this is hardcore unsung hero work by mssr hoppe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    17.6? What are you driving, a tank?
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    I'm glued to my seat, waiting for the next episode.
    Great stuff.
    Spinnaker scare the hell outta me. I hate the things.
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    17.6? What are you driving, a tank?
    not imperial gallons
    and that's a thirty minute average after driving up an eight thousand foot mountain
    ford explorer 4x4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    not imperial gallons
    and that's a thirty minute average after driving up an eight thousand foot mountain
    ford explorer 4x4
    That makes it worse, 14.7 imperial.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    not imperial gallons
    and that's a thirty minute average after driving up an eight thousand foot mountain
    ford explorer 4x4
    Paul, retire that thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    Paul, retire that thing.
    Selling it with less than 200K will bring a lot more $

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    whatever

    haters gotta hate
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    San Francisco... Frenchman... stream of consciousness... very enjoyable, but a bit derivative don't you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeG View Post
    Paul, retire that thing.
    Have you seen the prices of new?

    My guess is, Paul normally doesn't drive that much, but I could be wrong. At this point, I think it's best to wait and get something full-electric and put solar panels on his property.
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    I’d love 17.6.

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    One of my biggest regrets is I couldn’t join Pless on his road trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    i gotta take a break
    i'm calling ted out for a few posts
    he's very humble about this - which is crazy because ted is not humble about much
    but he dug two noteworthy wooden racing boats out of the mud, including the boat we raced
    and returned them to racing status
    he needs to tell this part of the story
    about how and when he first saw these boats as a kid while growing up on lake gatun
    and their records and their story of their designer, gary mull
    and those that sailed on them
    i'll be back this evening to fill in the race details as i recall them
    seriously, this is hardcore unsung hero work by mssr hoppe

    Enjoying this post and pics, please show boats you see in the area...

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    lots of boat pr0n forthcoming
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    for the record, Paul learned that some of my bull**** was actually true. The rest of the bellows one could use a spinnaker to make a run away from it.


    I love boat restoration. Over the years I have had the pleasure to restore many boats with the help of friends like Louis. I was not an accident I came here to the WBF, Jay Greer here on the forum when I was stumped or needed a push to get over what I was about to do. It was my great privilege to have been able to restore some of the boats I have. I never have done it for money and found it my duty to pass on the boat to someone like me after I made them back to what they were before to those who loves them for what they are. I have been passionate about Gary Mulls boats forever. He was the golden young designing star who learned his chops in Alameda and Oakland who later drew many of the Sparkman and Stephenson racers earlier in his highly regarded career. I got a chance to ride on Windward Passage at 8 when it was transiting the panama canal. It was there, the crew gave me a magazine that featured the boat I later restored. At the panama Canal yacht club I exclaimed i would own her one day. The boat on the cover was Lively Lady, a custom built full length Indonesian mahogany plank on frame Mull 30 built to beat the SORC fleet in 1969. She was a small fry at 30.7 feet, had in fact beat the great windward Passage in their first contest in the Miami to Nassau run. These are not like any boats of their size. 2 young sailors who regularly crewed on her became America's Cup captain and challengers.

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    I have put many thousands of hours into the boat to make her fast and seaworth for racing on the San Francisco Bay. I have done all the work myself including all new keelbolts, carbon boom made from the AC cup boat Artemis, super cool carbon pintles on the skeg rudder, retractable carbon bowssprit and much more. I am proud of the work I have done. She can now sail another 50 years or more.
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    I continue to work on her despite selling her to Bill, the new owner. I now am his mentor and friend. With her sister ship just as special and unique as Lively Lady, side by side Pretty Penny, we are docked, race and sail together, against each other and much more.

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