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    Thursday I took Nightmare to KKMI for bottom paint, check rudder bushings, and change a thru-hull.

    I knew a fire had started in Amador county off Butte Mountain road.
    On the way home that night, coming into Angels Camp, I could see the flames on the ridge tops as the fire grew exponentially from 4000 to 14,000 acres.
    Friday evacuation orders were issued throughout Amador and Calaveras counties. Roads were packed, stores closed, and gas stations a flashback of the seventies.
    My wife was very frightened so we drove to a lookout where we could see how close the fire really was. This helped.


    We are currently at home and have and advisory evacuation is issued.
    Advisory means you don't have to leave yet, but be prepared. We are.!
    Our home is between the towns of Arnold and Avery on the map and we are on the southeast side of Highway 4.
    The fire is northwest about 5 miles away. Dozers and fire crew are massively widening the fire break outside our community.
    Fortunately the rate of spread has slowed with the cooler temperature and light wind, although the inversion causes the smoke to lay in and prevent the use of aircraft.
    There are many news and websites with dramatic photos of the incident

    http://calaverasgov.us/
    Has links to local news and info regarding the incident.

    Local News Update at 8:20am: CAL Fire reports that most of the fire growth overnight was to the north and east. As reported earlier, the fire is 65,215 acres and 20% contained. This morning there are now 4,163 firefighters assigned, 474 engines, 79 total fire crews, 17 helicopters, 102 dozers and 55 large water tenders. The main challenges are the historically dry conditions, steep terrain and limited firefighting access.

    Meanwhile Nightmare is on the hard at KKMI getting bottom paint.
    I repaired some blisters and gelcoat. There was a crack in the gel at the keel to stub I asked the yard to look into and they reported all is well.
    I hope to get back there Tuesday to finish replacing a thru-hull and back in the water by Wednesday.
    Hopefully I will have enough time to polish the topsides while she is on the stands.
    Looking foreword to Half Moon Bay !!
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    All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it is vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

    T.E. Lawrence

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    Stay safe up there.
    DH

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    Thanks for the update. Been watching the news from New England this week and hoping they can contain the fires without any further damage to homes or more injuries or deaths. Best to you both!!

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    If you're on Faceplant, here's a page with on-the-ground details about the fire near Greg's home:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1630657927189946/

    It appears mandatory evacuation orders have been lifted so things may be looking up, but the posts reveal many personal tragedies associated with this fire.

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    and on a more trivial note Daydreamer, I think you'll find your quote should be attributed to TS Elliot. Not Lawrence but what do I know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter00 View Post
    and on a more trivial note Daydreamer, I think you'll find your quote should be attributed to TS Elliot. Not Lawrence but what do I know?
    Uh, I don't think so: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/T._E._Lawrence

    I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.
    I do not think that they will sing to me.

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    Thanks for all the well wishes

    The wind has increased this afternoon. Good for sailing, bad for forest fires.

    More evacuations to the north in West Point.

    The quote is indeed from TE Lawrence, AKA Lawrence of Arabia.
    https://www.goodreads.com/author/quo...9.T_E_Lawrence
    I admit I have not read the work.
    I read the quote and thought it suited, since my original boat was named Daydreamer,(came with the boat), and, I began to have loftier sailing ambitions.
    All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it is vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

    T.E. Lawrence

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    Sorry for the red herring, the thread is about more important things but...I'm definitely having a senior moment. and I spelled Eliot incorrectly. One more glass of wine and I'll be ready to arm wrestle
    Last edited by peter00; 09-14-2015 at 07:13 PM.

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    No worries Peter, I welcome discussion.

    I started this thread about Nightmare and myself to share as we grow. Me as skipper, and Nightmare as she improves.

    During Nightmares haulout one goal was to clean up her topsides.
    I started Tuesday around 1500 cleaning with softscrub and scotch brute and finished at 2000.
    Wednesday I started polishing with a buffer and polar shine compound at 0700 and worked till 1600, also faired a thruhull and connected the sink drain.
    There is still some staining and a couple repairs to try to match but she is definitely better!

    The last bits of bottom paint should have been done today and back in the water. I will pick her up Friday to get ready for Half Moon Bay!
    Last edited by Daydreamer; 09-17-2015 at 11:44 PM.
    All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it is vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

    T.E. Lawrence

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    Talking with Chris (FUGU) recently, I commented on his ability to point higher and faster.
    He recommended a book by Dr. Stuart H. Walker called, A Manual of Sail Trim.
    Found it used on Amazon.
    The well laid out information is expanding my basic knowledge and I look foreword to trying some new concepts.

    I also found a video from North Sails that complements the book nicely.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1n-7czmc14

    Enjoy
    All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it is vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

    T.E. Lawrence

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