Thanks Reg.Good work.
It's real stuff.
Nice kids/family. It's cool to get their perspective which can be way different than an adult/parent.
It's cool that you only own 2 t-shirts...
It bothered me that you haven't really involved the heeler dogs by properly introducing them, and getting their take on this whole thing.
I'd leave dealing with creosote/tar for when punishment is needed. Good decision.
The off-boat stuff goes slow and is more of a personal benefit to you and family.
In FL, you might want to cover/drape those water/gas/diesel containers as the sun can turn them to dust in short time...a suggestion.
I don't see how you can read your wind instruments when they are so far forward.
Oh hell yeah!!Sorry about opening an old thread, but I just saw this, and registered so I could post. I was the Primary Driver on this boat for 1-1/2 years when it was racing San Francisco Bay.
And yes, I had to deal with MacGregor Bashers there and then as well.
In 1990 the boat had been heavily modified . . . people are talking here about the 9' draft, hell it had a 9' rudder when I drove it. The keel had been replaced with a 12' blade with a torpedo at the bottom.
Most significantly, the rig had been replaced with much taller, bendy, fractional rig.
My own 26 footer could have fit on Zeus' foredeck.
I joined the crew just before the 1991 SF to Catalina race . . . I think, I am old and retired now, and that was a long time ago.
That was the 25 race - for 25 hours it blew 25kts or higher in 25' seas. Yeah. It was also the only time I drove a Sailboat at 25kts!
We completed the nearly 400 mile race in just under 36 hours, one hour off the record at the time.
During the 25 hour blow, out of a crew of 9, there were only three of us who could handle the boat . . . Drive till you can't, sleep, wake up and drive again.
There were also four Coast Guard Rescues that night, it was a blow.
You know, on a 40' boat, surfing in high seas, you avoid running into the wave ahead, for fear of stalling and spinning out, on Zeus, I used the bow running lights to follow the hollow in the trough. Accelerating upon acceleration, watching the knotmeter climb above 20, watching the rooster tail soaking the boom, listening to what sounded like a combination of fire hoses and tympani, I punched into back the leading wave. I watched from the helm as the boat past through the wave 3' - 4' of water rolling down the deck. I can't imagine what it sounded like below, but the owner rushed up the companionway ladder just in time to have the wave break over his head and pour into the cabin. He turned and glared at me, then looked at the knotmeter, going back up from 22.75kt, turned back to me shaking his head, saying, "You're Reckless", and went back below.
So, you can trash MacGregor65s all you want, all I'll say is, "how fast is your boat?"
And I'll wipe away a tear, when I see the end of a Great Boat.
It was about being conservative. You saw the leading edge of that system. There was no question there was power in it. How much? No way to know.I live and sail in the Tampa area. I just reef. Why the motor? There is nothing to hit or avoid out there. Was it just about forward progress?
Are you in Tampa now?
Thanks ian. I appreciate the thought. Our boat is currently in the Ft. Myers area and we are back in Texas right now.The hitting something comment was about starting the motor, nothing to have to actively avoid.
Discretion is the better part of valor, no problem dropping sails for safety. I was just asking why.
I asked if you were in Tampa because I am an hour north of there. I was going to invite y'all up to go out on the *cough* *cough* power boat to go scalloping and up to the springs to swim, etc...
Ahhhh, the videos lag behind real time. Brain fart on my end.Thanks ian. I appreciate the thought. Our boat is currently in the Ft. Myers area and we are back in Texas right now.
That is what we do. T-storms are very different from fronts and other harder weather. Particularly off Florida. One never can predict wind direction or strength in these, and sometimes both change instantly and violently. We just drop the sails and start the engines. Sometimes we end up just raising the sails again soon because nothing big happens, but we never regret the tactic.First, it was a thunderstorm. We weren't "expecting" anything. We prepared for violence.
What would you have done?