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Re: Too hot to sail...

You really know how to hurt an old man, Brian! I hope to head south on October 1st, if the weather cooperates and all my body parts hold together. Hope to arrive in Marathon Key sometime around the end of the month, but could possibly get there a few days earlier. Tune up that guitar - I'll have the music gear with me.

Sailed today, temperature was 86, the wind dropped dead about noon and the humidity was about 80 percent. The silver tarp on the Bimini kept things fairly comfortable as long as there was some cold liquid in the cockpit. Ended up motoring about the last 6 miles back to the marina and 20 minutes after the boat was tied up the wind picked up to about 10. Go figure.

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You really know how to hurt an old man, Brian! I hope to head south on October 1st, if the weather cooperates and all my body parts hold together. Hope to arrive in Marathon Key sometime around the end of the month, but could possibly get there a few days earlier. Tune up that guitar - I'll have the music gear with me.

Sailed today, temperature was 86, the wind dropped dead about noon and the humidity was about 80 percent. The silver tarp on the Bimini kept things fairly comfortable as long as there was some cold liquid in the cockpit. Ended up motoring about the last 6 miles back to the marina and 20 minutes after the boat was tied up the wind picked up to about 10. Go figure.

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Gary
In all seriousness, I have a great fix for the heat for you. THey make these awning shades and sell them at home depot. THey are like a plastic mesh. THey stop the sun, are fairly uv resistant, and let the heat OUT. I was hesitant about them at first, not anymore. I have people on the docks stopping by to ask me about them. Seriously. Best of all, they are cheap and fold up small. I got a triangle for the foredeck and two 10ish X 30ish squares for roughly $100. I will try and post a pic, but it will be several weeks until I can as I am traveling again tomorrow.

Hope to see you in Marathon. Just look for the "best looking and smartest sailor". THat's me. I remind myself everyday in the mirror.

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Re: Too hot to sail...

If you see an old codger singing Margarettaville in a Marathon Tiki Bar and playing a Yamaha arranger keyboard, that'll be me!

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Re: Too hot to sail...

Guys, I feel your pain. Sunday in the Juan de Fuca, it was 20 Celsius with 12 knts of west wind. We are still offering fleecys and head bands to guests and everybody sits on the sunny side. I haven't used the wood stove for several weeks so it must be summer..
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Re: Too hot to sail...

Gary - I think this is what Brian is talking about:
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We tested a cheap tarp made of similar material from Harbor Freight last year and were very happy with it. So, this season we bought a 10 foot triangle for the foredeck and a 10 foot sqare to cover from the mast to the bimini (30 foot boat). We went with blue to match the colors on our boat. They work great. I intstalled a few extra gromets for tying them down. The only downside is that at least on our boat we can't use them when the sails are up. The primary advantage over a regular tarp is that these allow for air to circulate.
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Re: Too hot to sail...

I'll take a photo and post it of the way the silver tarp works over the Bimini. Don't think the sail would be what I would want.

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Re: Too hot to sail...

The handiest tool I had in the tropics was a one gallon bucket , on a rope. Doused myself with sea water several times a day, and took several swims a day, in port. Amazing how uncomfortable some people will get, without an occasional jump overboard, in port.
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Re: Too hot to sail...

Cold front (if you can call it that) moved through North Texas yesterday and now the humidity is finally dropping a bit. That 70-80% stuff is a killer. I think we are in good shape for the beercan tonight.
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