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Old 02-09-2014, 23:49   #1
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Big Schooners and Black Tie Parties

Some thirty years ago a pal who came back from a few years cruising the Caribbean in a 60 foot schooner with four of his school pals described this routine.
He'd look up the yacht club on his latest route and raise them by radio to arrange for a slip, and he had them announce through the club his arrival and that there would be a black tie champagne party that he'd host with food and overnight accommodations.
After a few repeat visitations, he had a following and his version of a party voyage was, in the end, quite spectacular. South American politicians and their daughters, for example
Anyone lurking on tis forum with big, heavy-sail boats who have black tie stories in this forum?
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Schooners are beautiful. Wish they would always raise sails.

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Sounds fabulous if you have the disposable income or independently wealthy.
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Re: Big Schooners and Black Tie Parties

Your icon says, Scott, you have a 65 foot schooner. I guess you have the disposable income.
What happened to the phrase, "Let's have a party!"
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Re: Big Schooners and Black Tie Parties

The schooner is being built...and it wasn't the schooner I meant, it's the endless partying. Parties like that can cost $$$
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Re: Big Schooners and Black Tie Parties

I forgot to mention...it's being built by my own two hands (and my kids too when they want), not being built with dollars for labor. Just the amount of material I can afford to buy each paycheck and hope it's - weekends or two plus and evening or so of worth of work.
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Re: Big Schooners and Black Tie Parties

I don't know why you have to somehow lessen or justify your owning a boat that's bigger or better than any other.
Champagne parties cost some money, at home, too right?
There were five new US Navy seamen recruits discussing their bonuses at the reserve center in 1990.
One guy was going on how he wanted a monster truck, and when I told them a Rolls Royce owned by the local McDonalds franchise owner could be had for slightly less than a monster truck they all turned and looked at me like I was a space alien.
A case of champagne is less than two bottles of whiskey and the mixer or the water if you're on a boat dock; and some finger food from the grocery or the club galley . . . whatever.
Maybe the idea of sending the tux back to the laundry after is the rub?
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I forgot to mention...it's being built by my own two hands (and my kids too when they want), not being built with dollars for labor. Just the amount of material I can afford to buy each paycheck and hope it's - weekends or two plus and evening or so of worth of work.
Oh yeah, did anyone tell you a set of sails for a 65 foot schooner will run no less than $20,000.00?
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