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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-04-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 17,433
Posted By ajoliver
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

Seems to me that the mistake made by nearly all the boats that got in trouble was that they did not drop and secure sail in time. If you are under bare poles it is very unlikely that you will be...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-02-2015
Replies: 305
Views: 17,433
Posted By ajoliver
Re: 1 rescued, 1 dead, 4 missing in Mobile Bay Regatta

As nearly as I can tell from looking at archives from Sailflow and NWS radar, there was a half hour between a REALLY UGLY bow echo radar image and the time the big air hit the boats (racers and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-18-2015
Replies: 39
Views: 2,367
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Need Help with Neglected Boat

Many sailors just do not get the concept that some boats have a
really appreciable negative value - they are worth MUCH LESS THAN NOTHING.
You can invest thousands of hours and $ in them an STILL...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   03-10-2015
Replies: 21
Views: 1,615
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Epoxy Fumes in the Evening

Curing epoxy fumes are dangerous, as is epoxy sanding dust - wear a good respirator with a carbon filter.
Health Effects from Overexposure to Epoxy...
Forum: Racing   02-26-2015
Replies: 34
Views: 3,007
Posted By ajoliver
Re: behavior on other's boats

Five minutes later the boat is on it ear , the mast is shaking , my coffee is on the deck of the cockpit spilled , & the rig is about blow up . So......I came up on the wind higher
Hmmm, if he...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-25-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 978
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Father and son sailing

Tell the kid that if he gets good at sailing it will help him get into Harvard.
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   02-15-2015
Replies: 30
Views: 2,304
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Canadian Boats Selling in USA

Our club welcomes Canadians, and 26 of them died in the towers, by Jingo!!
So yeah, just to make up for it, we murdered 100,000 plus Iraqis who
had nada to do with it.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-08-2015
Replies: 42
Views: 2,266
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Spreading ashes?

I want mine to go in international waters.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-07-2015
Replies: 25
Views: 2,179
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Just Go / Do it now

Go for it. Don't mess with Mum Nature. Look for weather windows. You biggest danger is a schedule.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   02-02-2015
Replies: 67
Views: 4,162
Posted By ajoliver
Re: a bit of friday humour

As I was passing by, sort of like ships in the night - as it were,
I could not help but notice that you used this properly . .
". . flouting the rules."
Gringos use "flaunting" all the time. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-25-2015
Replies: 70
Views: 4,072
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Greatest fear?

Not being able to sail that much longer - just turned 70.
[But we have two folks in our Club who are in their 90's and still sailing. I just love to watch them do it.]
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-18-2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1,729
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Would anyone like a free wooden sloop?

Why no, I would not want a free wooden boat.
I sail a 1980's plastic boat (S2 7.9) and can keep up with the maintainence and still have time for sailing.
I'm also working on the Vets For Peace...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-07-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 2,414
Posted By ajoliver
Re: yacht writer wanted

Yeah, you'll get wonderful "exposure" by working for nothing.
Next thing you know, the publishers will demand that we pay them.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-06-2015
Replies: 93
Views: 3,905
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Quick Advice: Donating a boat ride for charity

Pretty sure (but too lazy to check) that the feds allow volunteers to deduct certain reasonable expenses that they incurr while volunteering - including things like mileage, boat fuel, etc..
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-05-2015
Replies: 93
Views: 3,905
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Quick Advice: Donating a boat ride for charity

And a note on the Coasties. Many of them are young people far from home - who on occasion risk their lives for the likes of us. Many of them know surprisingly little about sailing - but would love to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-05-2015
Replies: 93
Views: 3,905
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Quick Advice: Donating a boat ride for charity

In response to the sort or legalism that we see above, many states enacted "Good Samaratin" laws that offer very good protection to unpaid volunteers.
Hey Travlin - can you provide a link to the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-05-2015
Replies: 93
Views: 3,905
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Quick Advice: Donating a boat ride for charity

Some lawyers are great at keeping you from taking pretty much any action at all. We had one on our board who thought it was his ONLY responsibility was legal CYA. He paralyzed the organization. ...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-04-2015
Replies: 93
Views: 3,905
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Quick Advice: Donating a boat ride for charity

People in our Club do this all the time and partly as a result, we have an excellent image in the community. We take out poor kids, minority kids, at risk kids, disabled folks, dying folks wanting to...
Forum: News Feeds   12-11-2014
Replies: 3
Views: 465
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Rising Income Inequality Causing Wealthy Americans To Take On Second ... - The On

Lordy, everyone I know who has a multi-boat program regrets it big time - fitting punishment for the 1%?
Forum: S2   11-29-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 7,622
Posted By ajoliver
Re: New S2 7.9 owner, offer accepted.

Hey Mr. Schnool - Hope you like the boat - we have # 445 in Sandusky. Stop in next time you pass by. And let me know we can take one of those spinnakers off your hands.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-24-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 725
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Salt water, Fresh water?

Standing rigging will generally last MUCH longer in fresh water, but you still need to check it carefully. There are fresh water boats out there with 20 year old rigging - and that is pushing it too...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   11-24-2014
Replies: 24
Views: 2,362
Posted By ajoliver
re: How old is too old and how cheap too cheap

Be aware that many old boats have negative value - and are worth less, sometimes much less, than nothing. One of my former students was given a project Tartan 27 - after investing all his spare time...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-14-2014
Replies: 52
Views: 3,439
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Light-light air!!! Exciting stuff?

Keep a good watch - look for signs of impending big changes in wind speed and/or direction. See the water & clouds in this photo - about 20 seconds after I snapped it, the wind went from 5 kts to 20...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-14-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 1,805
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Best place to buy a secondhand sailboat

Depends on the boat you want . .
But be careful, a lot of newkie boat shoppers do not understand that some boats have a negative value - i.e., they are worth less, sometimes MUCH less, than...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   11-08-2014
Replies: 50
Views: 2,660
Posted By ajoliver
Re: Wet core in the hull - what are the options?

Originally Posted by ajoliver View Post
One more point, if a boat with a wet cored hull ever gets hit by lightning there is a very good chance that the water will turn to steam, blast the bottom...
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