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Old 20-01-2011, 08:52   #46
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OK, so the Spray has a hull speed of 9+ knots, is so perfectly balanced that it can sail 2000 miles with nobody at the helm, is strong as hell and is capable of weathering any ocean storm, is roomy as can be with it's broad beam and dual cabins, and has amazing cargo holding capability, all in under 30 feet!

I can't think of ANY modern sailboats that can come close to these specs!

So it begs the question, why aren't marinas FILLED with Spray replicas? Why arent the Beneteaus, Hunters and Catalina's of the world pumping out Sprays like popcorn?
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OK, so the Spray has a hull speed of 9+ knots, is so perfectly balanced that it can sail 2000 miles with nobody at the helm, is strong as hell and is capable of weathering any ocean storm, is roomy as can be with it's broad beam and dual cabins, and has amazing cargo holding capability, all in under 30 feet!

I can't think of ANY modern sailboats that can come close to these specs!

So it begs the question, why aren't marinas FILLED with Spray replicas? Why arent the Beneteaus, Hunters and Catalina's of the world pumping out Sprays like popcorn?

Cause it is only 9 knots in a gale. Windward, fugedaboudit.

I was aboard a replica and the owner was proud and rightly so. But while not coming out and saying it I could tell it sailed like a pig. I could smell it in his eyes.
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Thanks for the audio links.

Each night a chapter put me to sleep on my little sloop.

I just listened to the final chapter, it's 9:48am, I think I'll have a late morning snooze.

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My girlfriend asks;


Are there any other great audiobook links that we should know about?
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Recently finished the Kindle (print) version. Excellent book. Really liked the part about the tacks...
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Yeah, 9 knots hands-free. It's a book. A story. An ego boosting manifesto. And a good one too.
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Kindle 3 Library

We are compiling our Kindle 3 library and wonder if anyone else has already assembled a "nautical" library on their kindle 3.
Would appreciate any pointers, public domain locations, etc.
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For free books, you might think about: Two Years Before the Mast by Dana, Captain Courageous by Kipling, Hear of Darkness by Conrad, and The Submarine Hunters by Westerman. I read all of them recently.

I think there are a few by Jack London that are good, but I haven't read them yet. I think I'll also reread Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, as well as the Bounty trilogy, Mutiny, Pitcarn Island, and Men against the Sea (read them as a kid) -- these may not be available everywhere, but you can always get Bligh's narrative.
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Thanks Don,
The kindle store had a lot of old public domain stuff as does the Project Gutenburg.
Lots of old pirate stuff, some written in old english, difficult to read but awesome.
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