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  1. Cactus Cowboy

    Merry Christmas from Redneck Land!!!

    I stopped at our Dollar General store yesterday to pick up a foil roasting pan for my 18-lb. turkey (okay, 17.75 lbs., close enough to round upward), and when I exited the store, foil pan in hand, there was Santa's sleigh parked near 'The Mighty Camry!!!' So I snapped a few pics of Santa's...
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    Whaddy'all reckon this book is worth?

    My pop the submarine commander had this book, I'm thinking he bought it at some used book store, or maybe came across it at the Academy during his time there? It's a nautical phrase book, English to Spanish & vice versa, and I'm thinking he bought it (or somehow scored it, perhaps through...
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    Diehard Laser Sailor Pulls Another Recon Of The Stronghold...

    Man, oh man, what a day... had a wild hair and pulled a spontaneous recon of the "inner sanctum" of the Stronghold (West Side), and I had a FRIGGIN' BLAST doing it, quite the outdoor adventure. A cross between "Might As Well Be Baja Offroad Action" and a sweet hike up into the bad@$$ canyon that...
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    Headline of the day...

    'Vacationer banned from Yellowstone after getting caught cooking chicken in hot spring' :eek: Damn, I don't know whether that's redneck or Third World, but the geothermal springs are federally protected & potentially dangerous... :rolleyes: I think they're sulfurous too... "SULFUR CHICKEN...
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    Heaving to... a very useful maneuver not commonly mentioned here

    Got a little time on my hands after receiving good news on the job front, so I reckon I'll bring up a topic which doesn't seem to get much "airplay" here: heaving to aboard small craft. The best example I can give regarding the usefulness of this maneuver is an incident which occurred on San...
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    The Cult of the Laser

    This is a blog of a story I wrote 27 years ago, and the published version in the San Diego Reader was totally botched... some functionally-illiterate assistant editor (with no clue about Laser sailing) inserted mistakes, bad grammar, etc. I even saw some chumpish knockoff on the web, with my...
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    PNW shots from the last few months of 2018...

    Hard to believe it has been two years already... in the fall of 2018, I flipped my home in Show Low, AZ, and went roaring off to the PNW (or Pacific Northwest) to check out fixer homes. Spent six months camping on the beach and in the forest, then I took a cheap rental flat for three months...
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    Question about ALS (or Lou Gehrig's Disease)

    One of my six surviving brothers recently received a medical diagnosis overseas, and those doctors think he has ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease. Lyme was discussed and tests were made, but the same doctors are sticking to their guns with ALS. Now, I know from recent personal experience that doctors...
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    Classic Herreshoff design not seen every day...

    This ad has the name misspelled, but this small gaff-rigged keelboat designed by Nathanael Greene Herreshoff is a classic... Herreshoff was an interesting guy too, you can Google his name and see some very elegant yacht designs, including a series of undefeated America's Cup defenders...
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    'Laser Island Voyages' part II

    Starting with "un marino de la Armada de Mexico" polishing his boots at 0600 on the stone & cement rampart of the primitive barrack building where I spent the night on Isla Sur... I suppose there's some sort of inspection held out there every morning, and I was on my way up from shore when I...
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    Comanche Superboat Videos

    I just spent some time watching these enjoyable videos of Comanche, the bad@$$ monohull which is so fast on the water... except in light airs, LOL. Moi, I'm an old school monohull man, mainly because monohull sailing has so many traditional elements... sure, the multihulls go faster, but to see...
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    Thousand-Dollar Super Snark!!!

    Holy Mackerel!!! A thousand bucks for a Super Snark?!? :eek: Super Snark sailboat for sale - boats - by owner - marine sale Hey, Weston, is your Snark worth as much? With that added glass, you can sling it for $1500, LOL. ;) Here's a boat more to my liking for about a grand: Mx Ray Sailboat...
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    Best coffee commercial ever...

    Classic commercial sent to me by one of my seven brothers: ENJOY!!! :rolleyes:
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    CALIFORNIA Sunfish hull & mast in San Diego

    Saw this ad, maybe some interested party could knock the price down a bit... hull doesn't look too bad, could be cleaned up but it looks solid. :cool: SUNFISH SAILBOAT 14’ - boats - by owner - marine sale This is NOT my boat, I'm just relaying the ad for any interested parties... :rolleyes:
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    Some unusual power craft... and a couple of cruisers.

    Perusing C/L ads on my birthday, I saw these craft for sale... 1966 Unlimited Marine Flatbottom - boats - by owner - marine sale I'm thinking this boat would be ideal for high-speed beer runs to the fuel dock once you're outta beer aboard your larger sailboat. Here's another rarity...
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    CALIFORNIA Why I like working with paint instead of gelcoat...

    Saw this ad on San Diego C/L today, and it reminded me of why I like working with paint... pretty cool topside paint job on this 'Fish, and I like how the sail colors match, LOL. :rolleyes: sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/boa/d/san-diego-sunfish-sailboat/7140122261.html I also noticed this ad for...
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    Several small craft for sale in San Diego...

    I was perusing the 'Boats' section of San Diego C/L and I saw these ads... figured I'd relay 'em because sailing is now legal in Kalifornia, LOL. First boat is a Lido 14, a great Schock design which is fast & fun, and it's an excellent family boat. Sturdy too, plus those cockpit benches are very...
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    "And yacht clubs for all..."

    Well, youse nautical heroes, I had an EPIPHANY, nay, a REVELATION while I was "WORKIN' AT THE CAR WASH, YEAH!!!" :rolleyes: No $h!t, I was scrubbing the Camry after recently being called on my 'political views'---and I started thinking that perhaps I was WRONG, there should be a YACHT CLUB in...
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    Old Kettenburg masthead sloop for sale, seller will take offers...

    Saw this ad in San Diego C/L, wish I had the time and money to refurbish her... these old wooden boats were so beautiful, very elegant in design, but of course they require more maintenance (and a fatter wallet than mine). I always enjoyed seeing Kettenburg boats on the water in San Diego Bay...
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    Crazy weather...

    I heard on the radio that there might soon be snow in the Upper Midwest & Northeast, due to some cold Canadian air dipping southward... wish some of that cold air would make it over here, we're burnin' up, LOL. Heat ramped up quickly here today, so I'm taking a break from the panel work, it can...
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