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Old 13-09-2010, 11:37   #1351
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safe trip , thomas--have fun and fair winds.
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Yeah, have a good bash back to Portland, 66. I hope you've got crew. And do take good care crossing the Columbia bar, hombre!

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what do the stars mean with regard to the registered users?
Then, yachts66 wrote: The more posts you make the more stars you get....kinda like in grade school me thinks.


Thank Gawd - I thought I was being rated by some unknown CF review board concerning the wit and wisdom of my posts, with style points added or subtracted based on boat size/quality and/or a general hotness factor as demonstrated through photos.

Thanks for the heads-up, Thomas - I was just about to post the nude sunbathing series....

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Old 16-09-2010, 19:24   #1354
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You need 1,000 posts to get all 5 stars....then its all downhill after that.
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Of course us sailorettes have our OWN set of stars to award. So feel free to post whatever photos you think will score!!
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I was hoping to leave today, but it was just a hope. Previous owner told me he was sure the boat had bad fuel and needed the tanks cleaned, so I hire a guy who does that. Told him there was reported to be 300 gallons of fuel in the tanks. So....he shows up with three drums, two 30's and a 55!! Took him longer to scarf up more drums than it did to pump the darn fuel!

As it turns out, there was just over 260 gallons. Pulled the inspection plate and the tank was not near as dirty as had been reported. Oh well, it's clean now! Installed a new alternator today, new not rebuilt, hope it holds up longer. Fuel guy did not have the right filters, so he'll scarf those up and install tomorrow. HOpe to splash tomorrow, but I'm not sure if I'll actually cast off from the dock....maybe out with the falling tide on Saturday? Little monkey can wave at me as I go under the Golden Gate.

Weather report is better than I'd hoped for. If I can get out of here tomorrow I'll have winds on the beam or aft of the beam most of the way. After that, it get's more problematic, but nothing too snotty. The one piece of really bad news is I won't have either auto pilot or windvane to steer me. It will be me steering the whole way. Jolly good fun that will be.....NOT.

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Old 16-09-2010, 22:41   #1357
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It will be me steering the whole way. Jolly good fun that will be.....NOT.
How far you going? Fatigue can be very dangerous. Be careful out there.

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Just up to Astoria, not that far. I know about fatigue, and I know how to cat nap well.

Shucks, Joshua did it, right? A lot further than I'm going too!

My love, my love, where are you hiding? I'm not seeing you! <sigh>

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Old 17-09-2010, 03:14   #1359
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mebbe we are all looking too hard...
66- have fair winds.. be safe and have fun anyway!!
best sailors i know have grounded in surflines under fatigue conditions--be safe and dont forget you arent 18 anymore..LOL.....


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Old 17-09-2010, 06:05   #1360
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Jeez, I express a little concern and you go all weak in the knees. I think you're fatigued already, hombre.

Sure, it's totally doable, but it would be much safer and much more fun with another person on board. But not me, not after the poetry.

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Sorry John, it seemed an appropriate comment under the circumstances. Actually I tried to find crew. Posted several notices, and asked around. Everyone I know has a real job and works for a living, and didn't get much in the way if responses to my notices. Still the boat is here and needs to be there.....so.....if not me, who? LOL

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Sorry John, it seemed an appropriate comment under the circumstances.
No worries, homey. Just keep your hands to yourself.

Maybe someone can take Monday off and spend 3 days helping you work northward? I'm seeing 4 - 7 days of off-shore sailing - that about right? Is there a port where you could drop someone off halfway (with a bus ticket) and get a days rest?

Watch the weather, and when in doubt, DON'T!

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Kinda late now I suspect. Hope to cast off this afternoon or in the morning. I didn't have any takers when I started asking a month ago. C'est la vi.

No worries on the other front John, I'm pure hetero.

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lol, boys.... be safe thomas. dont envy you the bash...
friend of mine always tells me when to send out the search party--- has never had a problem... so--when do you want the search party activated....
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Just make sure you are auto-pointed west if you need some shut eye, reef, and keep the radar alarm on. I would say head 100-200 offshore but you won't be able to take advantage of any eddies if they exist.

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