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Some people's children...

Oh my...

I just had two co-workers come into my office. One is an amateur pilot and the other rides motorcycles. They know almost nothing of sailing, other than watching boats on the water in the Annapolis area.

These two guys burst into my office, completely unbidden to tell me:

1. It is impossible, it is the height of insanity to attempt to cross the Atlantic in a 30 foot sailboat.

2. A bluewater boat needs to be over 100 feet LOA, in order to withstand a "rogue wave" of up to 70 feet.

3. Power boats pay higher transient slip fees than sailboats.

4. Sailboats under 40 feet rarely have shore power installed.

5. All powerboats have more interior volume than sailboats for a given LOA.

I lost count after that.
Why these guys suddenly came into my office to foist a bunch of mis-informed opinions on me, I'll never know. What a bizarre conversation.

I finally told them "Get out of my office. I don't tell you how to fly or ride your motorcycle, so don't tell me how to sail my boat or what it's capable of."
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Maybe they misread the calendar and think it's April 1st?
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Re: Some people's children...

Give them a copy of Joshua Slocum's book Sailing Alone Around the World or Robert Manry's Tinkerbelle book to read next time before you kick them out.
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Remain Calm there is only 3 months and 3 day on till SPRING
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Re: Some people's children...

I always get a chuckle when people tell me that the things I have been doing for the past 25 years cannot be done.
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Re: Some people's children...

Ain't it amazin at the number of armchair experts there seem to be in this world. I have a brother-in-law like that. He figures if he, or one of his close friends, hasn't done it, it can't be done.

Buy a cheap, Amazon copy of Endurance, hand it to the guy, and tell him to read it carefully, then come back and tell you that a crossing requires a 100-footer. I'm sure if Shackleton were alive today, he would get quite a chuckle out of that statement.

Oh, and one of our forum members, FerretChaser (Michael) has made 14 trans Atlantic crossings in his 32 foot, homemade boat. Me, I'm just too damned old to try it anymore, but if I were 30 years younger, I would be somewhere in the med this winter aboard my 33 Morgan O.I..

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Re: Some people's children...

Yeah send the stinkpotters packing!

Grab your bluewater bucket and the keys to your Mac 26x... and get cracking on your solo round the world voyage.

I'll laugh at you because I'm going to take my laser.
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Yeah send the stinkpotters packing!

Grab your bluewater bucket and the keys to your Mac 26x... and get cracking on your solo round the world voyage.
No Love for the Mac Owners here :-(

Back on Topic, I've luckily never gotten the spiel from the definitive authorities of everything on sailing (except when the Mac Bashers tell me what my boat can/can't do :-P )

But I've gotten a lot of questions I thought were funny from various people I've taken on trips with me

1) You can only sail in one direction right?
2) You always get the right of way, right? (While pointing at the USS Yorktown at Charleston, SC)
3) If the wind is blowing 30mph, does that mean your boat is going 30mph?
4) What do you do if there is no wind? (as we're MOTORING out of the marina)

etc.

I've always seen it as a good oppurtunity to educate people nicely, and hopefully infect someone else with the wind-riding fever.
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Re: Some people's children...

What's your address? I'll send you some nice soft foam earplugs - get 'em as safety equipment in the oilfield...
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No Love for the Mac Owners here :-(

Back on Topic, I've luckily never gotten the spiel from the definitive authorities of everything on sailing (except when the Mac Bashers tell me what my boat can/can't do :-P )

But I've gotten a lot of questions I thought were funny from various people I've taken on trips with me

1) You can only sail in one direction right?
2) You always get the right of way, right? (While pointing at the USS Yorktown at Charleston, SC)
3) If the wind is blowing 30mph, does that mean your boat is going 30mph?
4) What do you do if there is no wind? (as we're MOTORING out of the marina)

etc.

I've always seen it as a good oppurtunity to educate people nicely, and hopefully infect someone else with the wind-riding fever.
Senc-

I'll say one thing about Mac's- The people in my area frigging USE them. They sail and motor. That's way better than a Tartan 30 that hasn't moved from it's slip in years.

Your 1-4 is why I quit taking people out with me.
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