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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Brent,

I was glad to see that your site has stepped in to help Monsieur Tanton:

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Sorry to bother, I had a sudden trip out of the country to Greece to see my ill cousin, she's suffering from a Kidney disease and must undergo surgery to save her life.
The surgery is cheap here in Greece, I traveled with little money due to the short time I had to prepare for this trip and never expected things to be the way it is right now as my credit card can't work here. I need a loan of 2,500euros from you to pay the balance before the commencement of the surgical operation and will reimburse you at my return. I'll really appreciate whatever amount you can come up with if not all, get back to me I'll advise on how to transfer it.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

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I got one of those the other night too. I almost suspected it was real. I've known Yves-Marie for a long time. But I slept on it and conferred with an advisor and he determined it was a scam. In fact the Nigerians left out the hyphen between Yves and Marie.


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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

I got an email from my friend about 2 hours after I got home from sailing with him.He was in Ukraine and needed money to get home;-).
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The lad's name is Will Porter.

Steve is that other guy.
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Sorry about the mix up on the name, but I still think its a wonderful thing that you are doing. I also think is a neat thing that Will is doing. For that matter I am still extremely appreciative of your kind guidance on Wolf's boat project. I learned a lot.

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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

My pleasure Jeff. I enjoy watching a kid learn some of the old techniques. I had him use my digital planimeter two days ago. I think I may have him go through the entire hydrostatic calculations just so he can get a feel for how they are arrived as opposed to just pushing a button. Not sure yet. I don't want to waste time. I have only 13 more days with him here.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

A little known disadvantage of having a steel boat is that in the event of a lightning strike the boat can become strongly magnetised rendering all onboard compasses useless. Ask me how I know this!
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A little known disadvantage of having a steel boat is that in the event of a lightning strike the boat can become strongly magnetised rendering all onboard compasses useless. Ask me how I know this!
Ok - I smell a hell of a story. Spill it!
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Here a nice story about a steel boat:
A big, bad, breaking wave caught us sideways and rolled the boat through 360 degrees. The hatches collapsed; the heater chimney was ripped clean off; the mast snapped at deck level and water poured in everywhere. Our inflatable dinghy was torn in half. Paul was reading in his forward bunk when we were struck … He came looking for me. I was upside down, unconscious and under a metre of water, in the shower room. My scalp was split open and there was a lot of blood. … He hauled me to my feet and I came to quickly but had very little understanding of events. I kept asking Paul, ‘What ocean are we in?’ …[According to Paul, the boat was upside down for several minutes.]

We had trouble activating our emergency beacon. … I was deathly cold, sitting in the cockpit. My clothes were soaked and I shivered uncontrollably. It was getting dark and I knew I would not make it through the night. The boat was taking on water [probably through the sink outlet and the loo, although Pete didn’t realise it at the time], the batteries were flooded and no pumps were working. We were sinking. After two hours there was no sign of rescue, nor had we any idea whether or not our signal was received by anyone. Paul found a 2-way radio and I transmitted our mayday message. No answer.
We sat in the slowly filling cockpit, sipping on a bottle of fine whisky and staring off into the wild waves and night. Boozing was the worst thing a couple of hypothermic boys can do, but there is the matter of style. I was resigned to the inevitable …

The boat was awash now and I told Paul to get ready. Two more waves and she went down. We stepped up into the ocean with no sign of a helicopter in sight but I held the strobe light beacon in one hand and tried to keep my head clear of the breaking waves. I drank a lot of sea water. Then, a lovely sight. Searchlights on the water from the low-flying helicopter coming towards us.
The pilots hovered clear of the huge waves and dropped one swimmer on a cable and then another. These brave boys hauled us to safety.

Everything was at the limit. The helicopter’s range, our ability to stay afloat, our strength, our hopes. They did it and we survived.

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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Couldn't have been a Brentboat.
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

It is apparently a custom steel Passport designed by Bob, according to the blog.




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