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    Sailing poems; RLS Christmas at Sea

    There's a woman who is best girlfriends with my friend -- "Literary Sarah"-- at my church who attends our Christmas Community Gathering every year. She comes and reads a poem by Robert Louis...
  2. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    Flares...**sighs** cha-chinnnggg....but...

    Flares...**sighs**

    cha-chinnnggg....but necessary. I hope to finally do the Singlehanded Farallones again in 2020, I'll be going to Sals before then.
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    Daydreamer has a good idea...combine "big boat"...

    Daydreamer has a good idea...combine "big boat" cruise in with "little boat" RAID. I LIKE this idea. Actually, I like it a lot.

    I took a look at the 2019 calendar and I see potential conflicts...
  4. Thread: Surprise!

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    ! Nice, Bob!

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    Nice, Bob!
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    Or not.

    Or not.
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    And finally, I mixed up some epoxy with redwood...

    And finally, I mixed up some epoxy with redwood sanding "dust"...which is about the same size as the wood dough you can buy, and made some wood spooge/putty. That went on/into the two "oops's" that I...
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    Two of the boards had some significant warpage,...

    Two of the boards had some significant warpage, so they didn't glue completely flat. There's plenty of glue contact, so it's strong, but there are some big "dips". That's irrelevant in the blade,...
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    I've been toying with the idea of not using a...

    I've been toying with the idea of not using a cassette at all. This e-rudder weighs about 18 pounds right now. Add the fiberglass sheathing and it's pretty surely going to be around 30 pounds....
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    Todays three hours of rudder work began with more...

    Todays three hours of rudder work began with more shaping with the surform plane and belt sander. I spent the majority of the time thinning the aft 1/3rd of the blade. I also sanded off all the old...
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    I'm going to postulate that Wildflower was in the...

    I'm going to postulate that Wildflower was in the Santa Cruz Harbor channel, after a winter storm. There was so much runoff , and it was an ebbing tide, that there was 4 knots of current whisking...
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    The way I glue up the boards, the trailing edge...

    The way I glue up the boards, the trailing edge board had a huge knot in it at the bottom. That was going to be a pain to fair, so I decided to just round off the bottom of the trailing edge and tell...
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    After spending some time with the drawknife, I...

    After spending some time with the drawknife, I moved onto more wood-hackery tools...namely a surform plane and a really coarse disk on my drill. Between judicious use of the surform plane, with...
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    OK, today I spent about 90 minutes getting some...

    OK, today I spent about 90 minutes getting some shape into the rudder blank. I started with my favorite crude woodworking tool, the drawknife. This redwood has some knots, and therefore some grain...
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    Thanks Skip! comprehension dawns I got a...

    Thanks Skip!

    comprehension dawns

    I got a secondhand main which is in reasonable shape, though VERY deep. it has two reefs. I'm going to have either Synthia (if she wants to) or Joe at Leading...
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    Huh? "The third reef is SER-compliant" No...

    Huh?

    "The third reef is SER-compliant"

    No lo comprende.
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    I'm with Progressive, but I know that if I...

    I'm with Progressive, but I know that if I venture further than X miles off th ecoast, I'm on my own...and Hawaii is out of the question.

    If you're talking about Cruising insurance, you might try...
  17. I was thinking about it as an option in the...

    I was thinking about it as an option in the future for our sister organization in So Cal.
  18. Wouldn't it be Amazing if there was a...

    Wouldn't it be Amazing if there was a singlehanded and/or doublehanded race from California to Tahiti? 2021...2023? 3,570 miles...
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    April 11th is Around the Rocks, May 16th is SHF....

    April 11th is Around the Rocks, May 16th is SHF.
    So that would suggest that we do it on April 18th, or April 25th, or possibly May 1st. I vote for April 25th.

    ...which will surely conflict with...
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    The Wildcat of Loch Awe crew (Joan and Alan)...

    The Wildcat of Loch Awe crew (Joan and Alan) spent the morning doing a car/truck drop off at Serra Point so Joan could drive home after dinner.
    WOW, was the fog thick. We drove back down to Coyote...
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    Cruise-Out in late March or Early April?

    Is there interest? Should we discuss dates?
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    That was FUN....

    That was FUN....
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    The smaller guy in the front, center in the dark...

    The smaller guy in the front, center in the dark blue t-shirt might be Frank Dinsmore.
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    https://www.sfbaysss.org/forum/attachment.php?atta...

    https://www.sfbaysss.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=4869&d=1574115923

    From left to right...

    half cut-off...not sure
    brown t-shirt, arms crossed...I think that's Reed Overshiner
    white...
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    I can identify about six of those sailors....

    I can identify about six of those sailors. Between all of us, I bet we can get them all.


    When I first started in the SSS in the late 90's, my "role models" were Ed Ruszel, Mike Jefferson, Phil...
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