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    All joking aside, I understand the value of...

    All joking aside, I understand the value of getting back to basics. I am just thinking about those long...long helm sessions fighting an opposing current in 5 kts of wind.
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    Who the heck needs a depth sounder. Get the old...

    Who the heck needs a depth sounder. Get the old lead line out of the garage. If we're going to do it, lets do it. No plastic hulls either!

    If you don't have one in the garage here's a pretty sweet...
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    No Autopilot?

    Next you'll be asking us to rig ratlines, carry cutlasses and eat hard tack for lunch.

    I will, however, gladly welcome the rum ration.
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    Wow, hopefully Geico does not troll this forum...

    Wow, hopefully Geico does not troll this forum else in addition to getting screwed on my insurance premium every year, I might get cancelled.

    Thanks for the great news Cliff Shaw!!

    With regard...
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    I really like that beautiful little 30 footer in...

    I really like that beautiful little 30 footer in the distance over Synthia's right shoulder.
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    Jackie, Thanks for your track which,...

    Jackie,

    Thanks for your track which, essentially, was my track too since we were fairly close the whole way round.

    My race by the numbers

    1. No wind
    1a. Stuck for an hour trying to get...
  7. I have a spare rudder which I purchased from a...

    I have a spare rudder which I purchased from a guy parting out a Freedom 30. I would not attempt a replacement at sea but, in theory, I could use the same process as described in the video at the...
  8. You aren't the only one. I get the sense the...

    You aren't the only one. I get the sense the whole Hugo Boss program got too far out there on the bleeding edge. Not enough testing and toughening? After the bow broke followed by a rudder failure...
  9. Pip Hare replaces Medallia's rudder at sea in Southern Ocean

    Pretty cool. Respect!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vi8KwOF6U44

    I watched a separate video of her training for this, very interesting process. She did not have to go in the water when she did...
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    "JLC: Well the program is that, to start with,...

    "JLC: Well the program is that, to start with, all of Kevin's cloths are drying, there's water dripping so Kevin is squeezing them from time to time, because we're a little alike we don't like to...
  11. I propose a double dimple festoon festival where...

    I propose a double dimple festoon festival where all double dimple festoon fans can gather and replace their fawlty festoons.
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    Yes indeed, thank you Jackie and Charlie. It was...

    Yes indeed, thank you Jackie and Charlie. It was a fun time. When we got up Sunday morning there was a coffee maker on the dock percolating away. I was wondering who the heck brought a coffee maker?...
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    OK Jackie, keep these to yourself My two...

    OK Jackie, keep these to yourself

    My two favorites for the trip up.

    "Factories" (my name for this place) - 382'N 12151'W look at chart you will see a small point. Anchor to the North of...
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    I'll bring my origami. Only fits one person tho....

    I'll bring my origami. Only fits one person tho.

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    The Jacquelines will be there.

    The Jacquelines will be there.
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    Napa Valley YC might be interesting. Took the...

    Napa Valley YC might be interesting. Took the boat out there last weekend (and motored right downtown Napa too).

    The NVYC was completely empty Sunday morning but looked well maintained and had...
  17. I realize this is a sailing oriented site..but

    Today I read an incredible story about drug runners in the WSJ.

    A narco sub just made a 4000 mile passage from Brazil to Spain with three tons of cocaine aboard. The crew did 4000 miles under...
  18. Well I got started for the old fashioned reason,...

    Well I got started for the old fashioned reason, I am anti-social. Anyway, why would you need crew on that teeny tiny boat :).
  19. I feel pretty young at 68 but my body is non...

    I feel pretty young at 68 but my body is non compliant with my 30 year old mental demands. The 30 year old says "get your ass up" and the 68 year old body says "this ass ain't moving without a double...
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    Those are some beautiful pictures!!

    Those are some beautiful pictures!!
  21. Singlehanded Sailing reaches front page of the WSJ

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/forget-planes-trains-or-automobiles-pandemic-forces-creative-travel-workarounds-11596655374?mod=hp_featst_pos5
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    He also does a fantastic job of fixing freedom...

    He also does a fantastic job of fixing freedom camber spars of all things.
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    Wat? they are missing a bridge

    https://www.sail-world.com/news/230333/Previewing-the-inaugural-Two-Bridge-Fiasco
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    Lee, Thanks for the support. All good. Oddly...

    Lee, Thanks for the support. All good.

    Oddly enough the last time I got really sick with a cold was just after the start of the 18 SHTP. Started feeling bad about the same time as we found wind...
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    negative baby!!! Time to.....not party.:-) ...

    negative baby!!!

    Time to.....not party.:-)

    i am gonna check out the REI material. Thanks for the tip.

    Btw, kaiser turned the test in 18 hrs but because it was Wa. kaiser the report to me...
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