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08-22-2002 03:15 AM
offshore sailing

If there is a get together at the Annapolis Boat Show please count me in.

08-21-2002 05:24 PM
offshore sailing

Thanks, Eric. I''ll check it out.


p.s. Hope it has hangover remedies if I wind up drinking too much with Mitch and Denr.
08-21-2002 05:22 PM
offshore sailing

Thanks, Eric. I''ll check it out.


p.s. Hope it has hangover remedies if I wind up drinking too much with Mitch and Denr.
08-21-2002 04:53 PM
offshore sailing

take a look at seaside marine pharmacy in california.
they have an amazing first aid kit. it is better than anything i have seen to date.
it is on sale for a total discount of about 30%.
08-21-2002 02:12 PM
offshore sailing

SailorMitch and Denr,

I wasn''t as annoyed by Denr''s comment as my reply might make it seem. I value his comments in this forum when I can separate the wheat from the chaff. I fully admit that I have a lot less experience than most of you here and I appreciate all the good stuff I have learned from all of you.

Denr is entitled to his opinions. I don''t know whether he never gave the medical emergency factor any thought in his frst reply to my post, or if he''s truly prepared to let himself and/or his passengers die without calling for aid. That''s his choice.

As for me, I undertake a lot of risky activities (e.g. piloting small airplanes, skiing, riding my motorcycle, and disagreeing with my wife), and I recognize the risks and accept them. I don''t expect some entity will miraculously appear if I get into trouble (medical or otherwise) to save the day. That said, if my life or that of my crew could be saved by calling the Coast Guard, I expect I''ll do it.

And to get back to the original intent, I brought the "rescue vessel" into the topic to show how I view offshore sailing. Before I venture far offshore in my future sailing plans, MY personal goal is to have mastered some serious emergency medical training and have an appropriate kit aboard. Might never be needed, and might not help in any case, but I will have tried to be as self-sufficient as I believe Denr would rightfully have us all be.

My wife and I will be at the Annapolis show all day on Sun 13 Aug 02, staying the night and going home the next day. If you and/or Denr are available to meet for a beer or Pusser''s Painkiller (or whatever your pleasure), I''ll be happy to oblige. Drop me a line ( and we''ll see if it works out.

I don''t really have "a problem" with Denr, but I''m sure he respects my right to speak up and not cower in the corner with my piece of cheese.

Regards to you both.

08-21-2002 11:37 AM
offshore sailing


Beleive it or not, I consider Denr to be a friend. He and I have chatted a few times and exchanged emails, and we will get together at the Annapolis boat show if he can work it into his busy schedule. He''s really a good guy, but has this Eddie Haskell side that has to come out at times -- usually in the form of one of his Benehuntalina comments.

Now, as for his saying your answer is wrong, he has the Coast Guard Captain''s license, not me. His boat is 7 feet longer than mine, too. Don''t worry about it. Another regular contributor was quick to call me wrong on something that he had no idea what he was talking about. But my main man Denr''s comments do bring to mind the words from a song I like by a folk singer named Cheryl Wheeler. It goes something like this:

"He''s frequently wrong but never in doubt."

If you make it to the Annapolis show, perhaps the 3 of us can go out for some lunch. You and I can renew old acquaintances after our meeting back in the spring at Crusader Yachts, and then we both can wash Denr''s typing fingers out with Sailkote. (What I really want to do is get a photo of him at the wheel of a Hunter with a roll bar and spread it all over Sailnet.)
08-21-2002 11:15 AM
offshore sailing


And I voted for all of the pictures on your personal page. Sounds like you need some polysulfide or silicon for those sea boots if they''re quaking (whatever this means)!

When one travels off-shore (whatever this truly means) we should assume all risks associated with the experience. I don''t expect to be rescued and none of us is invincible!
08-21-2002 10:55 AM
offshore sailing

Now that his greatness, Denr, has decreed my answer to be "wrong," I''m quaking in my sea boots. LOL

I wasn''t referring to inexperienced people (like myself currently) taking ill-equipped boats far offshore then crying for help when a storm hits. I was thinking more about a heart attack or other sudden and serious illness or accident occurring where timely medical attention could mean life or death.

I suppose in addition to being omniscient, you are also omnipotent and believe yourself to be immortal (along with anyone who might be on your boat). Here''s hoping, for your sake, that''s all true.


08-21-2002 10:17 AM
offshore sailing


I would say that you win the cookie, this sounds like the best answer (water depth over my head!) so far, nice job. The Coast Guard rescue answer was definately wrong, what have we sailors turned into men or mice? Pass the cheese please.
08-21-2002 09:19 AM
offshore sailing

To me, you are "offshore" whenever you are so far from the coast that you are unable to get in to shelter before bad weather strikes. When you are close enough to land that you have a viable choice to find shelter, you are a "coastal cruiser." When you have no viable choice, but you must withstand whatever the weather brings, then you are "offshore," or, a "bluewater cruiser."
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