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Talking Maltese Falcon Spotting

We were lucky enough to be in Newport this weekend, and the Maltese Falcon is getting kitted out with $300,000 of new sails from Doyle. In the meantime, some J-boats were in town for a few local races. All-in-all a nice Boat viewing experience.

Maltese at night:



Maltese with some Opti's for comparison:


Maltese Stern:


J-boat Sophie:


J-boat Sophie again:


J-boat Ranger:


J-boat Velsheda:


Some boat about which a lot of fuss was made in MA (sen. Kerry's wife's boat):


Some transatlantic boat (huckleberry):


Huckleberry close-up:
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Cant resist, one more shot of the maltese with a J-24 at the stern:
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Nice pics. Thanks.
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Damn nice pictures. When we were in Newport for 3 days last summer we took a dinghy ride every evening past the Newport Shipyard where many of these 5 spreader beasts were berthed? My wife said it was the only time I have not said anything for 1/2 hour straight since she has known me.

I got to get a ride on Ranger in Narragansette Bay during the trip. It was like giving sugar to a diabetic. These ships are so beautiful under sail and at the dock

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Damn nice pictures. When we were in Newport for 3 days last summer we took a dinghy ride every evening past the Newport Shipyard where many of these 5 spreader beasts were berthed? My wife said it was the only time I have not said anything for 1/2 hour straight since she has known me.

I got to get a ride on Ranger in Narragansette Bay during the trip. It was likepgiving sugar to a diabetic. These ships are so beautiful under sail and at
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I felt like Jethro Clampett as we were moored almost next to them

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Just gorgeous boats....the Falcon is OK too.
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Ironically, I'm reading the book, Mine's Bigger, about Falcon's construction. Truly innovative especially since the hull wasn't even designed for that rig. The equalizing thing about those vessels is that crud grows on their bottom the same as mine. Of course they have an army to scrape it off while the owner jets someplace nice.

As an aside, I'm in Honolulu at the moment an it's amazing how many neglected boats there are here. There are more nice boats on my dock at home than in entire marinas here. I think that people sail them here and then abandon them.
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The J class boats will be racing in Newport June 15 - 19 and the large yachts will be leaving Newport June 26, 29 and July 3 and racing to England.

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tha falcon is amazing

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I know people disparage the amazing amount of money spent on ships like the Falcon, but if wealthy people didnt foot the bill for this sort of thing, there would be a lot less innovation that will (eventually) trickle down to the more ordinary boat owner. Plus, it keeps boat builders and boat crews employed. I recall seeing a picture a while back of Rush Limbaugh's airplane. He was standing in front of it with his crew and staff. One guy with lots of money and 20 people with full-time jobs because of that money.

Even Columbus was financially backed by some wealthy fat-cats.
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