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I need a favor...

Would a philanthropic Sailnetter with a true and earnest interest in helping a moderator (and others, for science you know) do me a favor??

I was given a awesome pair of Binoculars for Christmas by mom and dad (hehe, kinda snuck it in his order form when he was buying some stuff and told myself merry Christmas). It is the $600-700 Fuji's. THey are awesome. I have come to love the binocs. My other pair is the cheaper ones, but they are not quite as clear.

But here is my dilemma (sp??): I have kids. Kids like to drop (or throw) expensive things overboard. I think they do it to get a reaction from their old man. These binocs are supposed to float with the neck strap and not get water intrusion. If they do not float, I will keep my cheaper pair topside. But I simply have not been able to bring myself to throw them overboard to see.

So would a kinder and richer member here please try throwing their Fuji's over for me (THEIR FUJI'S.... NOT MINE... DON'T GO THERE)? It needs to be a real test - not a swimming pool or shallow water. THe boat must be moving at hull speed. They must be thrown. Deeper the water, the better.

If they do float, you have lost nothing and gained the fine respect and admiration of a great griller. If they don't float, I guess I will throw out a Sailnet coupon to ya for 5% OFF or so. You can get yourself a new pair of binocs at a bargain and your wife will understand... really, she will.

Thank you for your help. Pictures must be posted.

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PS I also need the same experiment run on a handheld vhf. THere is a group buy going on right now in case they sink. Again, I promise you, the wife will understand. Tell her it's just money and this is science and such.
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I carry one of those Fuji Polaris w/compass binocs on my boat. I also carry a lesser pair of binoculars, Navy One (which are very good and -- for some things -- I actually prefer).

The rule is....for kids and adults alike...the Fuji's are the Captain's Binoculars. Period. NOBODY is to touch them for any reason but me. (You can emphasize that you need binoculars which are adjusted to your eyes at all times.)

The second pair is for the crew and/or passengers.

Guess what? It works! Maybe because I've threatened to use lethal force if anyone breaks this rule.

Dad....control your kids :-)

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I carry one of those Fuji Polaris w/compass binocs on my boat. I also carry a lesser pair of binoculars, Navy One (which are very good and -- for some things -- I actually prefer).

The rule is....for kids and adults alike...the Fuji's are the Captain's Binoculars. Period. NOBODY is to touch them for any reason but me. (You can emphasize that you need binoculars which are adjusted to your eyes at all times.)

The second pair is for the crew and/or passengers.

Guess what? It works! Maybe because I've threatened to use lethal force if anyone breaks this rule.

Dad....control your kids :-)

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I take it you aren't going to throw yours in either?? SCRATCH! You're off the Christmas list Bill.

Certainly I will be able to talk someone else into it - but gullible is what I need. Anybody seen Smackdaddy lately? Maybe if I start up a new thread called Big Freakin Splash I can get his attention? To win the award, all one needs is a solid arm, a sailing boat, and a credit card with lots of room.

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CD,
Just come to Denmark, and I'd be happy to throw you in the drink with MY pair of binoculars around your neck? All I want in return is full serial rights to the movie.
Btw the water is still pretty cold here
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Just come to Denmark, and I'd be happy to throw you in the drink with MY pair of binoculars around your neck? All I want in return is full serial rights to the movie.
Btw the water is still pretty cold here
Pfft, Denmark. You guys don't know what cold is. I am about to head out to the boat right now. It is a frigid (brace yourself) 77 degrees right this second. 15-20 freezing knots of wind. Tomorrow, 82 high after I have to wake up to a horrid 60's in the morning.

But I will be a man. I will wear shorts and a t-shirt.

So, can you beat that???? No? I guess I will have to post pics here to prove how bad we have it!!

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Looking forward to a really COLD summer :)

English not being my native tongue, I realize that I do not understand what cold means. Thanks for the clarification...
Actually we've had the best April for years, and we've been out sailing, so life is great (but we do appreciate our Refleks oven)


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Pfft, Denmark. You guys don't know what cold is. I am about to head out to the boat right now. It is a frigid (brace yourself) 77 degrees right this second. 15-20 freezing knots of wind. Tomorrow, 82 high after I have to wake up to a horrid 60's in the morning.

But I will be a man. I will wear shorts and a t-shirt.

So, can you beat that???? No? I guess I will have to post pics here to prove how bad we have it!!

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I'd be happy to do this for you, provided you post some photos and video of you actually sailing your boat... along with signed, notarized affadavits from six witnesses, not related to you by marriage or blood that the photos and videos are authentic, and have not been doctored or edited in any way.
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Pot vs kettle

Hmmm, talk about the pot calling the kettle black!


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Funny you should mention it. I threw my Fujis overboard just last weekend as a test and guess what? They floated as did my Icom handheld. So with that in mind you can rest easy (and send me my coupon).
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CD, I agree with you, those ppl from up north really doesn't know what cold is. Just couple of weeks back I was talking to a Finnish gentleman and he said " ...oh don't come now, its -20C. Come in May it'll be warm. Its great .... 0C"
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Seriously... it got to 72 degrees today with a 25kt wind... I was actually shivering!
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