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Nope not tucked away yet - haulin' out Nov 10. I'm hoping for another sail or two before turning into a complete ass whole.

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There sure are a lot of ass wholes on this forum. In advance, I'd like to say: Welcome aboard!
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That's creative fodder for the new Sailnet burgee.

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There's got to be a Betsy Ross on the Sailnet staff.
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Nope not tucked away yet - haulin' out Nov 10. I'm hoping for another sail or two before turning into a complete ass whole.

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This is all part of what I love about sailing. So much of what goes on in modern life is such shameless non-sense that it is nice to have some reality in our reality. I like that skills and experience take on a sparkle in sailing, and that it isn't about who can tell the most lies with a straight face and work the system with their academic charms. I also like that the experienced sailors all seem to have a common wisdom, like that they have all been forged by the same fires and reached the same basic conclusions - it is comforting to know that there are still experiences that are capable of changing a person, and that the changes have such breadth that they affect everything. The lessons in sailing can be so harsh that they hack into people's delusions and get to the truth pretty quickly, and it is not easy to lie to yourself over and over. I find it a constant challenge to tolerate the reality that sailing and the ocean can be so fickle and kill, but I do find some reassurance in knowing that we can work our way through these other minor troubles and be the better for it. It's provocative to have something so beautiful as water teach with such awe-inspiring indifference. It seems fair and clean, and potentially deadly. If it weren't for these disasters we might be lured into real tragedy. I just hope to keep learning from all of you so maybe I won't have to repeat the same stuff, as I seem to always do. And I hope I get to learn before my own inexperience gets the better of me.

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Hoffa, go read Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning"
should give you some perspective.

Our strength is often composed of the weakness that we're damned if we are going to show.

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Bunch of grumpy old farts. But Wind Magic got it right, right on. I salute you, sir. I've long admired the ability of the sea to separate BS from truth, and I know that this latest hiccup is part of that. I'm also thinking that all these expensive and complex systems are part of that myth that needs cash or credit to maintain. It's been my experience that the more money is involved the further I get from what is real, what is unmodified by human culture, wishes, dreams and lies.

If I've found an Achilles heel, it is in the fiberglass hull material; that is something that I can't just whip out my boy scout knife and set to rights. Almost any other part of the boat I would feel comfortable tackling on my own.

Perhaps that's a vote for wood; with all it's flaws, I feel that it is far more approachable than fiberglass. And a hewed plank of yellow cedar is closer to truth than frozen snot.

Thanks for the tip DJ, always looking for a good existential read.

ANd while we are on the topic, when is someone going to write the Zen and the Art of Sailing?
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Fibreglass is easy. Docking gracefully in a cross-wind, not so much.
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Fiberglass is far more workable for the moderately skilled than wood. All you need to fix fiberglass is more fiberglass (and resin).

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