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Old 29-01-2007, 07:18   #181
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Agreed, DefJef. I am not smart enough to make a boat to my own specs, though I'd probably trust yours a lot more than mine.

But, given the choice between being gifted a nice forest near the sea to use another person's plans and build my own boat vs. sitting at the desk to pay for a production boat, I'd actually rather build the boat than sit at the desk. Hey, nowhere in my profile does it say I'm normal... ha ha ha!
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Old 29-01-2007, 08:25   #182
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Well Sean, here's a tale about a guy who built his dream boat from nothing...

How THAT Came About - Index

And as to keeping the meat grinder from rusting - get an atomizer and spray it down with olive oil. It won't rust and the oil keeps it clean for food.

Cheers.
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Old 29-01-2007, 10:17   #183
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Well Sean, here's a tale about a guy who built his dream boat from nothing...
Awesome story


A mate of my father's is reputed to have "acquired" most of a house back in the 60's. Something to do with working for a building supplies company over several years. Allegedly
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Old 29-01-2007, 12:10   #184
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VERY interesting, Muskoka! I know a fairly well off guy from CT who did something similar. I can't remember which central american country he did it in, but he hired an entire town to make an 80 or 100ft wooden sailboat in. They used local timbers for everything, traditional wooden boat construction methods and melted lead for the keel over a fire. He showed me pictures of the construction, etc... and he also showed me photos of the dignitaries he had on board when he used to bring it up and down the East Coast for charity events. Beautiful boat... then... it was lost in a hurricane.

He brought me in on all the financials. The boat probably cost the same to build out of local timbers with local help as my boat now costs. He employed an entire community and ended up with a gorgeous boat.

It's a very interesting way to go about it.

Just breezed your link this time, but I'll check it out in more detail when I'm done working today.
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Old 29-01-2007, 13:49   #185
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So, my first post here... I found this thread looking for info about hand crank blenders... and i confess, I haven't read all 13 pages, but wanted to know if i do read them all, am i going to find any info about a good hand cranking blender?

...Well here i am with some info about hand cranking blenders! I read thru a few more pages of this post and didnt find too much about blenders, a few posts on meat grinders... but here's some info about hand crank blenders...
Vortex™ Hand Crank Blender- 73365

and these guys have summ intersting stuff as well
Lehman's - Products for Simple, Self-sufficient Living

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Old 29-01-2007, 14:53   #186
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Hi Ben,

Welcome. You didn't need to wade through the 13 pages. Just a bunch of blow-hards like myself going on and on.

Lehman's is great, and I think we're going to get that blender. Ours just broke, and the less reliant on electricity, the better. Thanks for a very helpful first post.

So what part of LI are you from?
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Old 29-01-2007, 15:13   #187
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Hey Sean,

I'm currently living in Huntington Harbor... lived in Northport for the summer. Link to my blog shows the pics. You around these parts now?
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Old 29-01-2007, 15:16   #188
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Ahhh... small world! We stayed in Northport during the month of September and just into October. If you saw a white sloop with medium blue cockpit enclosure and a white inflatable at the entrance to the Northport channel, that was us!

We thoroughly enjoyed staying there. I'll take this to a PM to ask some more questions about the area, since they are probably a little private. Check your PMs...
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Old 14-04-2013, 12:00   #189
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I was a little worried at the direction this thread took from the beginning, but I am impressed, yet not surprised at the calm intelligent conversation that progressed.
There is no question that there is a serious disconnect between the haves and have nots in this country. There is also avery clear disconnect between those who are running things, and those who are governed. It is unfortunate. Anarchy is not the answer. A dictatorsip is also no answer. "Of the people, by the people and for the people" has become The people shall be led by the ruling class. Can an average middle class person even run for president?
Currently our economy is directed by cheap imported products, meant to appeal to those who have a hope of saving enough to reach the American dream. It is also severely effected by the outsourcing of jobs, including semi skilled positions, to countries who have a much lower standard of living.
So, what is the answer? I happen to lean towards Socialism when it comes to human rights. Food, shelter, and medical care are basic human rights that should not be refused any person on the planet, and in my opinion, it is criminal to do so. Capitalism has it's good side. I enjoy knowing that I can have more than I need if I choose to work for it. But, those things are becoming increasingly out of reach. When the general standard of living becomes so high that the lower standards are out of reach for a large majority, it is not a matter of "Keeping up with the Jones'", but a matter of keeping the heat on. In this area, there are no homes for sale under $325000. To qualify for a loan for one of these homes, and these are not in desireable neighborhoods, you would need to make over $100000 per year. The large majority of jobs in this area are paying well below that. The people who would live in such neighborhoods, are generally in the $35000-$50000 salary range. Now for the crux of the issue. This means that in order to have a basic house, in a less than desireable neighborhood, you will need two average incomes. With the current abusive practices that most employers exibit, it becomes necessary for a couple to dedicate an average of 50 hours per week to their jobs. If they have decided to have a family, who takes care of the kids? And, what do they have left after working 8 hours, and commuting 2 hours? And, this is just to break even. Then add to that the fact that these $15 an hour jobs generally don't offer health coverage. So, how much is health coverage for a famiy of 4? If you are paying less than $1000 a month, you are getting a deal. It is criminal to allow investors to come in, raise housing values to an intangible level, then those same investors, also turn out to be the local employers, and refuse to pay a living wage so that the victims of this false inflation can have a standard of living.
Back to the outsourcing issue. It is pretty bad when people from "Super Power" countries are moving to "Third World" countires so that they can make a living. It is becoming common place for EU residents to move to India for work.
The frightening effect is that those who attempt to hang on and produce quality domestic products, can not compete. Finding skilled labor who will work for $8 an hour is not going to happen. It is a far more complex problem than I can solve, but as long as people tolerate the production and sales of inferior products from China or wherever, and as long as we, as a nation, continue to allow the disconnect between the haves and have nots to dictate our lives, we are screwed.
I admit I do not understand the attitude of the IPod generation. I have lived off the grid. I have managed to live off whatever I had, and yes, I have often lived beyond my means, but when all you purchase for the week is gas and groceries, and on Friday, you have to put the gas on a credit card to get to work, there is a problem. Is it really unrealistic to expect to have a roof over your head, food on your table, and the ability to go to a doctor when you are sick if you work 40 hours a week, and have a decent education? FWIW, in Northern California, if you are not making over six figures, you can forget entering the housing market. You can forget weekends at the lake. You can forget having anything in your life beyond dying at your desk. Like anything, there are work arounds, but the sacrifice is not reasonable. How can anyone reasonably expected to live their life commuting 4 hours a day, in a car that is questionably reliable at best? And, the job market does not support the cost of living in most urban areas. How does that make any sense?
Get what you pay for? You would think, but the dark side of capitalism is you do not always get what you pay for. You get what you were sold. If people had the integrity to stand behind their products, and the pride to care about the name they attached to those products, it wouldn't matter if it was from China.
I like the pile of sand analogy. Absolutely. This represents the current lack of responsibility that most manufacturers feel for the products they produce. Is the first question a company asks before launching a new product "Will it work?", or is it "What will our liability be?" I think the latter. It is a problem with society as a whole, but society is led by the actions of it's government. Since, as a result of human nature, greed will always rear it's ugly head, it is necessary for a responsible government to intervene. It is necessary for a responsible government to say "You have to pay people enough to live where they work". "You have to provide health care for these people", "Your products have to live up to your representation". Unfortunately, our current leadersip is more along the lines of "From our perspective, everyone should be able to live on $6.25 an hour", and "You have to warn people that your product might hurt them".
And, for the sake of making this boat/cruising related, Those of us who have chosen to live on a boat rather than a studio apartment in the inner city, and who hope to take off and cruise on a shoe string, are not doing so as a result of the american dream, but in spite of it.

Very good post here as well as some others. I live in Vancouver B.C. The area I live is a middle income area. The average price for a family home in this area is between $950,000 and just shy of 2 million. Both the wife and myself work in fact the wife works two jobs and yet we cant stay afloat. Our tax's are massive, fuel prices are thru the roof as the gov. keeps holding out there hands for more free money. Last night we went to the local fruit grocier. We bought 4 bags of mixed fruit and veg and it was over $80.00. We dont use credit cards as most of our friends do. But what I can see is that most people are always wanting to have better than the next or try to be seen to have better. What happened to our parents way of living ? Enjoying the family, having only one car, not needing 300 channels of crap to watch on tv . There life was much better. My mom stayed at home, there was no need for day care. If I got rid of 3/4 of the crap I have in my life I could afford that new sailboat.
To get back to the O.P. yes almost everything from China is crap. You get what you pay for or where it was made that is for sure.
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Sorry guys. I didn't realize this thread was so old.
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Sorry guys. I didn't realize this thread was so old.
And yet, even though the post you quoted is from before the 2008 economic meltdown, it's still very relevant, isn't it?
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