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03-20-2013 05:00 PM
sfsailor
Re: The boy behind the gate (new book)

Dear ShoalFinder,
Thank you so much for the purchase on Kindle. Do you realize that I now have an extra $4.75 to spend thanks to you! LOL. and please do feel to read between the lines and then ask questions. I don't think I mentioned this before but the book started out with over 2,000 pages of logbooks, personal journals, video transcriptions, radio logs, and emails to friends and family. It was quite a challenge to turn that into a book that is now getting rave reviews. all the best, and enjoy the read.
I'm going shopping and spend my $4.75!

Larry
03-20-2013 04:57 PM
sfsailor
Re: The boy behind the gate (new book)

That's very impressive that they sail that boat and it's in that condition! However that would drive me crazy...I could never live like that. Everything in its place, yes. But that clean...not for me...but every sailor shall sail their own direction. Hmmm, can I quote me on that? LOL
03-20-2013 04:26 PM
CalebD
Re: The boy behind the gate (new book)

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Originally Posted by sfsailor View Post

That Irwin is gorgeous! However, something tells me she hasn't seen too many 20-30 foot seas!

Larry
Well that is a funny thing. That is the same thought many here had after looking at the video of that Irwin. Then one of the owners of the boat started posting about how everything in the cabin is secured for sea as shown in the video. They say they go from NY to FL every winter and that they do sail the boat. I'm not sure about 30' seas but they claim she is sea worthy as is. They certainly are very meticulous about the interior.
When I first stumbled upon that video and posted it here I thought no way will the owner ever see this. Small world indeed.
03-20-2013 10:28 AM
ShoalFinder
Re: The boy behind the gate (new book)

Just bought the book for Kindle. I can't wait to get started on it this evening.


I want to thank you, Larry, for taking the time to come onto SN and share your experiences and to answer questions. Like so many have said before, it is a wonderful opportunity to get to interact with the author of the book you read. So much so that I purchased the book.

Thank you, David, for bringing another author / book to SN.
03-20-2013 02:12 AM
sfsailor
Re: The boy behind the gate (new book)

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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
Oh great, now I've got another book to buy.

Thoughts on Westerbleak [sic] and Mitsu:
Westerbleak is a contractor. They put out bids for everything, and their bidders supply just what the contract calls for. WB (no resemblance to the Looney Tunes compnay?) then assembles all the pieces and slathers red paint over them all.
That means, typically, that Mitsu has nothing to do with the exhaust, all they supply would be THE BLOCK. Or whatever WB contracted with them for. I'd suggest that as the master contractor, WB has the entire responsibility for the finished "WB" engine. And note in passing that WB also paints everything after assembly, including the rubber hoses, which the hose makers say should never be painted.

Mixing plastic and metal gears can be a mistake, but it can also be good engineering. If it is done properly and intentionally, one of the plastic gears will shatter and sacrifice itself instead of something more important (like a structural plate) when there is an overload. And in theory, a plastic gear is a cheap part to easily replace, except in the industrialized world, where motor repair shops have become hard to find.

Amazon? Is the available as an eBook for Kindle yet?
Hello HelloSailor!
Yes, we learned that about Westerbeke and ended up going to Mitsubishi forklift dealers around the world for parts at 1/3 the price of Westerbeke!
And sorry, but yes, another book to buy...LOL. It's available in every format including audio. You can find links at my website of Web Page Under Construction
I really do hope you enjoy it!
All the best
Larry
03-20-2013 02:10 AM
sfsailor
Re: The boy behind the gate (new book)

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Originally Posted by CalebD View Post
Larry,

I also enjoyed reading your book. Sailing (and life) are a series of challenges that sometimes require determination to overcome. You and your crew overcame. I suspect that the work and talent required to do what you did would be too much if you had to do it without crew. Would you do the same trip solo? Doubt I would.

I suspect that much of the membership here does not sport multi colored burgee on their boats but even this membership is not quite as monolithic either. See this boat that sails on the east coast: http://www.sailnet.com/forums/latitu...gotta-see.html
I hope the video link still works. Their cabin interior is amazing, no matter what your taste in interior decorating.
Hey Caleb,
I wouldn't want to go sailing alone. I LIKE people and I want to share wonderful moments with my friends and loved ones. That Irwin is gorgeous! However, something tells me she hasn't seen too many 20-30 foot seas!
Thank you for your support, and recognizing the challenges we faced. I really appreciate your input, questions, comments, and new friendship.
Larry
03-19-2013 10:00 PM
CalebD
Re: The boy behind the gate (new book)

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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post

Amazon? Is the available as an eBook for Kindle yet?
That is where I got it and that (kindle) is what I used to read it.
03-19-2013 09:16 PM
hellosailor
Re: The boy behind the gate (new book)

Oh great, now I've got another book to buy.

Thoughts on Westerbleak [sic] and Mitsu:
Westerbleak is a contractor. They put out bids for everything, and their bidders supply just what the contract calls for. WB (no resemblance to the Looney Tunes compnay?) then assembles all the pieces and slathers red paint over them all.
That means, typically, that Mitsu has nothing to do with the exhaust, all they supply would be THE BLOCK. Or whatever WB contracted with them for. I'd suggest that as the master contractor, WB has the entire responsibility for the finished "WB" engine. And note in passing that WB also paints everything after assembly, including the rubber hoses, which the hose makers say should never be painted.

Mixing plastic and metal gears can be a mistake, but it can also be good engineering. If it is done properly and intentionally, one of the plastic gears will shatter and sacrifice itself instead of something more important (like a structural plate) when there is an overload. And in theory, a plastic gear is a cheap part to easily replace, except in the industrialized world, where motor repair shops have become hard to find.

Amazon? Is the available as an eBook for Kindle yet?
03-19-2013 08:43 PM
CalebD
Re: The boy behind the gate (new book)

Larry,

I also enjoyed reading your book. Sailing (and life) are a series of challenges that sometimes require determination to overcome. You and your crew overcame. I suspect that the work and talent required to do what you did would be too much if you had to do it without crew. Would you do the same trip solo? Doubt I would.

I suspect that much of the membership here does not sport multi colored burgee on their boats but even this membership is not quite as monolithic either. See this boat that sails on the east coast: http://www.sailnet.com/forums/latitu...gotta-see.html
I hope the video link still works. Their cabin interior is amazing, no matter what your taste in interior decorating.
03-19-2013 08:18 PM
sfsailor
Re: The boy behind the gate (new book)

Dear Broke,
Thank you so much for the kind words. I am SO glad you're enjoying the book. My goal with it was not just tell the story, but to inspire others to live their dreams. Dreams don't have to be about sailing all the way around the world; they can be whatever you want.
Always feel free to ask me questions about the book and our trip. I'm more than glad to meet new friends that way!
All the best,
Larry
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