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Old 11-09-2014, 15:43   #541
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Re: Attempted Trip to Bermuda

Thanks for bumping the thread. I somehow missed it while chasing my own self induced calamities. Entertaining read.
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Old 25-09-2014, 00:08   #542
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Thank you so much!

One of the first posts of this very long thread was the funniest thing I have read is soooo long. That's exactly what it can feel like sometimes and it just sums it up so well. Takes a bit of getting used to before the ocean feels relatively friendly.
Hilarious.
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Old 25-09-2014, 04:11   #543
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I love this thread. I've sent a link here to several people new to sailing who clearly had no idea what they were getting into. Some were intimidated By it, others were reassured by it, but they all gained insight into the steep learning curve of DIY sailing and learned a bit more of what to expect. Most never realised how scary the first time out can be, or that it can take time to built the competence and confidence it takes to relax and enjoy cruising. Thanks for bringing it back to the forfront of the forum.

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Old 25-09-2014, 11:05   #544
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Re: Attempted Trip to Bermuda

Black Oak is still a good read, pitfalls and all. It can be done, will be done some how. Not always the easiest way, but done still the same. I wish BO the best in what ever he does in life and I thank him for his entertaining post. forthe crap out if the way.
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Old 25-09-2014, 11:20   #545
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I agree! I stumbled on this post when researching the tortugas.

Talk about a small world. I was in the next slip over from Ms. Shelly and her two dogs. She finally left for KW about 2 months ago.


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I agree! I stumbled on this post when researching the tortugas.

Talk about a small world. I was in the next slip over from Ms. Shelly and her two dogs. She finally left for KW about 2 months ago.


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Definitely a small world, and an even smaller band of coastline where we are all floating. Add to that most people,are in an even smaller number of marina locations, making it very likely you'll cross paths with someone else on this forum. Some of us are out in the boonies, but we use the same anchorages, pump,outs, fueling stn, laundromats, etc as all the rest of,you.

Ya I'm not going back over to re read it, but I do remember one entry about being on his bike - maybe even folding - and went in the water towing along his laundry or groceries or both. I almost ate it on a folding bike, crossing over spa creek once when sailing the Chesapeake. It's hilarious his description, but imagine what could have been the consequences!

Funny what people appear to be and what they really are. For instance I come across here as a simple campesino with a tiny little crealock, when in fact I am one of the 20 top wealthiest men in the US. My 132' one-off carbon fiber mile muncher is currently lying marina Hemingway, Havana but I also have a 148' high latitudes exploration yacht, currently lying South Georgia is. Each has 7 full time paid crew waiting on me to shove off whenever a window presents itself. I have a jet, too. I do have a hired co to take over, but rarely do I let her have all the fun. Yes I have single handed the jet to Asia several times before, and slept without keeping a lookout. But hey, I paid an additional 1.3 million for the more sophisticated collision avoidance module.

I am always hiring women crew. I find them more interesting, and better at managing details that I often overlook. Overall I enjoy their company more, but they are always trying to get me in the hot tub when we are in the southern ocean. Yes, I rounded Cape Horn in a hot tub full of beautiful women!

Gotta run, I have a flight plan for mato grosso, brasil, where I'm meeting the agronomist for one of my spreads. 22,000 hectares of soya going in right now. Takes him much of the day to drive from one end of the farm to the other, and he's too terrified to run the helo.

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Ear to ear grin post Cheoah!
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Good god...
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Cheoah, I think you're my father.
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I love this thread. I've sent a link here to several people new to sailing who clearly had no idea what they were getting into. Some were intimidated By it, others were reassured by it, but they all gained insight into the steep learning curve of DIY sailing and learned a bit more of what to expect. Most never realised how scary the first time out can be, or that it can take time to built the competence and confidence it takes to relax and enjoy cruising. Thanks for bringing it back to the forfront of the forum.

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So where is this thread? Do go to search and type in "Black Oak"?
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uhhh- this is the thread. Go to page 1 and start reading
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Hi zen, ya this is it, but you can certainly find his stuff under a search. Hit the drop down for searches and use the google option. That's what I do, anyway, others may have a different approach.

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Duhhh...thanks. Only excuse is sleepless night.
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I'll crew with you to Bermuda!
My thoughts exactly! Love a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, deadpanning-all-the-way, kind of boat mate.

Reminds me of my 1st E-O transat sail back in '83: a 42' sloop of fools, all enthusiasm and no skill... but what a blast! ...and it only took me a week after Gibraltar to figure how to work the sextant for a sun sight and how to draw a LOP on the blank all-white sheet they told me was called a routing chart which only shows Lats & Longs on the edges… for 3 weeks none of my 3 mates believed the lines I was plotting on it



Then there was this friend back in '75 who rode a motorcycle from France to Gabon, he wasn't a sailor but traded the bike for a leaky 1940s 28ft double-ended Gaff-Rig Cutter, sailed out of Libreville, Gabon, alone, bound for Kribi, Cameroon with a compass and a roadmap of the West African coast. After 3 days at sea, seeing the city light reflection in the clouds of what he thought was Kribi he headed towards it. About 3 miles from the coast he was boarded by a ratty coastguard ship, was admonished in what sounded like Portuguese and escorted into the harbour. Turned out it wasn't only the wrong city but also the wrong country. It was Bata, Equatorial Guinea and they weren't friendlies back then. He was taken to jail for 3 days, accused of trying to invade the country or some preposterous excuse, and when they let him go, he found that anything not fixed to his boat had been pilfered… he still laughs about it to this day…
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Bumping this. Great newbie primer
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