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Old 03-03-2009, 20:26   #1
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Another Aussie

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I used to sail the channel Islands off Santa Barbara back in the day.

now on the Sunshine Coast Noosa.

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Aloha C--man....I have sail off Santa Barbara also and avoided a few oil rigs...
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I had an old "Sea Bird" yawl back then that I could trim-up to sail it's self on a perfact tack for the Islands.

I used to nap below on the way accross to the Islands, I stopped doing that after waking-up with my "sixith sence" on day

and dove on the tiller
just in time to look up and count rivits on a freighter in the shipping lanes.
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Old 03-03-2009, 22:01   #5
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Aloha C--man....I have sail off Santa Barbara also and avoided a few oil rigs...

Big Island huh, I miss that Kona Coffee
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Big Island huh, I miss that Kona Coffee
Ha....I don't...I like the Starbucks French Roast at Costco better. To me Kona Coffee tastes like Foldgers...the seeds and stems of coffee.
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Can't comment of the coffee but welcome from West Oz.
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Welcome, C-Man!

Thanks for helping us make our quota for Aussies, but now we need to get another Kiwi to join! Just kidding--glad to have you here, and hope you enjoy your stay.
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Aloha C Man,
Welcome aboard! I've sailed at Santa Barbara too. In Navy Cruisers and Destroyers. Gunnery practice at San Clemente was fun. Do they still do that?
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Welcome aboard! I've sailed at Santa Barbara too. In Navy Cruisers and Destroyers. Gunnery practice at San Clemente was fun. Do they still do that?
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I hope not (don't shoot, we surender!)

San Clemente was allways off limits, restricted Navy zone

we would sneek in sometimes to harvest Abalone, but I am taliking many years ago back in the late 70s
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I hope not (don't shoot, we surender!)

San Clemente was allways off limits, restricted Navy zone

we would sneek in sometimes to harvest Abalone, but I am taliking many years ago back in the late 70s
I worked for a short while as an commercial ab diver during the 70's, and one of two islands that we worked was San Clemente. Many commercial ab diving boats working around that area, would pull in for the night in a small cove like area on the backside of the island. There was no beach in the cove, and deep water close to the island. Not real protected, but better than nothing. Pick up boats would make many trips during a week to bring groceries and parts to the dive boats, and the dive boats would give their catch to the pick up boats to sell for them on the mainland. We would stay out diving for abs almost very day for a week or so at a time, and then take a day or two off if work was good. Depending on how much time we were going to take off work, we would either go to Catalina for a day, or back to San Diego for longer stays.
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Can you remember any of the boat names?

I used to work on some and knew most the boats out of Santa Barbara.

The support boat would sometimes tow us across so we could save fuel to work the Islands for sea-Urhins to sell to the Japaneese.
One time I ate a ton of Urhin roe and spewed all the way across channel!

most dive boats were Radens and had big block V-8 engins that sucked down the fuel and made lots of noise.

One time we all tied-up to the back of a bigger boat anchored in Tylers-bight San Migeal Island to play cards and it blew-up hard then we all found ourselves out to sea in the dark with 4 small boats all tied together, the knots were crazy and we were pounding in the swell so I pulled out ny trusty Buck-knife and cut everyone loose, I 'll never forget the sound of 4 big-block V-8s all starting at the same time!
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Can you remember any of the boat names?

I used to work on some and knew most the boats out of Santa Barbara.

The support boat would sometimes tow us across so we could save fuel to work the Islands for sea-Urhins to sell to the Japaneese.
One time I ate a ton of Urhin roe and spewed all the way across channel!

most dive boats were Radens and had big block V-8 engins that sucked down the fuel and made lots of noise.

One time we all tied-up to the back of a bigger boat anchored in Tylers-bight San Migeal Island to play cards and it blew-up hard then we all found ourselves out to sea in the dark with 4 small boats all tied together, the knots were crazy and we were pounding in the swell so I pulled out ny trusty Buck-knife and cut everyone loose, I 'll never forget the sound of 4 big-block V-8s all starting at the same time!
The only one I can remember is the leaker I was on called the Sea Bass out of Mission Bay. I refer to it as a leaker because when we would anchor on a foggy night, the moisture that collected on deck and pilot house, would find a way to leak through the deck during the night and drip on us while we slept...I was always looking for a dry place to sleep.
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