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Old 23-07-2016, 01:59   #406
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Re: Making Ex-Racer My Cruiser . . . Am I Mad ?

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How's it going, cruising? We became live-aboards on the 1 of June 2016.

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Congrats! I hope your live-aboard experience is every bit as rewarding as ours.

In fact, currently, we are land-bound. We decided to sell our house, so we moved back in for nearly 2 months now, to get it ready for sale. The "For Sale" sign should go up next week, then we will be back living aboard.
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Old 23-07-2016, 06:06   #407
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Excellent news. In the end we decided to let our house, that way we have some income while cruising. But lump sums are also nice

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Old 03-08-2016, 13:45   #408
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And, sold?

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Old 03-08-2016, 14:00   #409
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Pish-tosh. No fighting in my thread please (unless you are fighting about the use of stainless steel for through-hulls and ball valves, or what sort of anchor is best for cruising).
Congrats..... Specially to the helmsman. er. helmswoman, uh, er, driver......

Now I can finally find out a question I've had for a long time.....

What's the best anchor for racing?



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Old 06-08-2016, 00:11   #410
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What's the best anchor for racing?


The serious answer to your question is an aluminium danforth of the size indicated in the racing rules of sailing. This is an anomoly in that all other anchors except the danforth are required to be a certain weight, whereas, bizzarely, the danforth is specified by size. So pretty much all racing boats seem to carry an aluminium sand anchor of very questionable effectiveness. I guess the idea is that if you are racing you don't plan to anchor.
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I once made an anchor from titanium for a racer friend. Very expensive but very light, strong and useable. Danforth style.
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Old 06-08-2016, 00:25   #412
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I guess the idea is that if you are racing you don't plan to anchor.
Gosh, Pat, the biggest horizon job I ever did on a whole racing fleet was at anchor! It was light to non-existant wind on the southern part of SF bay with a big flood running. I surreptitiously chucked an anchor overboard and kept the sails trimmed and "sailed" away from the whole lot of them! It was way cool telling lies about my superior trimming skills in the yC bar later. I'll never forget that!

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Gosh, Pat, the biggest horizon job I ever did on a whole racing fleet was at anchor! It was light to non-existant wind on the southern part of SF bay with a big flood running. I surreptitiously chucked an anchor overboard and kept the sails trimmed and "sailed" away from the whole lot of them! It was way cool telling lies about my superior trimming skills in the yC bar later. I'll never forget that!

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Outstanding work Jim, great story.

I have never subscribed to the "carry the lightest anchor you can get away with" school of racing. I carry a heavy anchor and more chain chain the "blue book" requires. I have needed that anchor and chain once... forced to anchor overnight in 50 knots of wind, gusting to well over 60 knots. I, and my crew, we very glad to have carried the heavy anchor and chain that night...
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We sold our house. So it will be back to living aboard soon. Yay!
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:thumbup: Good on you!
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Old 06-08-2016, 20:40   #416
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We sold our house. So it will be back to living aboard soon. Yay!
Yahoo... but you musta sold too cheap...

Congratulations to you and Lisa! Go forth and cruise...

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I dunno, Jim. I know little about real estate. I felt like we got a pretty good price, but it did sell quite quick and we will never know if we would've gotten more if we had held out for longer.... but a bird in the hand, and all that
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I dunno, Jim. I know little about real estate. I felt like we got a pretty good price, but it did sell quite quick and we will never know if we would've gotten more if we had held out for longer.... but a bird in the hand, and all that
Only joking, Pat! the main thing is that you are FREE, and that it didn't take long. So, when and where will you be going? We intend to be back in Tassie before Xmas...

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We really are not sure, Jim. Between now and settlement we will slip Insatiable and give her some TLC below the waterline, then move back on board. I think we are required to hang around until Lisa's brother's 50th b'day (early October?) but chances are we will throw the lines shortly thereafter. No particular agenda or destination...
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And? 'Thrown' the lines? We are currently living and working on the boat. Intend to 'throw' in May 2017.

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