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Sean Walashek
(caraz) - F

Locale: bay area
Uffff. on 02/03/2009 00:07:28 MST Print View

I was listening to kpfa last night. Sundays usually have some stream of consciousness stuff going on and a guy was talking about getting a sailboat and just sailing off into the horizon. I liked the sound of that and decided to see what the gear talk in the sailing world is like. While some may balk at a $1000 pack from McHale, or the other uber nice gear items around I was sickened to see that the nicer boats are upwards of 10 million, for the huge ones we are talking prices of 400+ million. That looks like $450,000,000. With a price like that we can justify any expense in this gear world.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Sailing on 02/03/2009 06:49:18 MST Print View

Backpacking is pretty cheap compared to sailing. I know the last tape-drive jib we bought was right at $5,000. Fast though. A lot of people have sailed off in a $10,000 boat though.

martin cooperman
(martyc) - M

Locale: Industrial Midwest
And then there was Robert Manry on 02/03/2009 07:16:57 MST Print View

Fellows,
And then there was Robert Manry, from Cleveland, who, in the 1960s, with a little 13 foot wooden boat and some good woodworking skills and virtually no money, fashioned a tiny cruising boat and sailed to England in about 3 months.

His book 'Tinkerbelle' is a fine read.

I also sail, near Cleveland, and while not across the Atlantic, I sail in Lake Erie in a canoe.

Marty Cooperman

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Sailing on 02/08/2009 08:30:06 MST Print View

Joe,
What's yer boat?

Ali e
(barefootnavigator) - F

Locale: Outside
m on 02/08/2009 11:23:33 MST Print View

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Edited by barefootnavigator on 04/11/2009 13:28:28 MDT.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
boatyardpirates on 02/08/2009 12:19:57 MST Print View

Ali,
Nice pictures and reading.

Ali e
(barefootnavigator) - F

Locale: Outside
Ultrlight sailing on 02/08/2009 15:41:19 MST Print View

Thanks Thom, youd be suprised at how much UL backpacking has changed our sailing habits. Our boat is smaller than most but we paid cash for her and she carries everythig we need. Ali

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Boats on 02/08/2009 15:51:42 MST Print View

Denis, I should have said the boat I race on. I used to be a partner in a Valiant 37, but I am currently boatless (had twins). Or what we like to call POTRAF (parasites of the rich and famous, and my standards for rich or famous are pretty low). It's a lot of fun to race on someone elses boat, and let them foot the bill.

Cool boat Ali, I'm jealous. And a great plan to do it now. You guys look like a good story for Latitude.

Lakefest

Edited by skinewmexico on 02/08/2009 15:55:31 MST.

Ali e
(barefootnavigator) - F

Locale: Outside
m on 02/08/2009 19:09:10 MST Print View

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Edited by barefootnavigator on 04/10/2009 22:14:29 MDT.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Uffff on 02/08/2009 20:25:38 MST Print View

Well, I'm looking forward to reading about you in "Changes in Latitudes". Good luck with it all. If I ever get to show up, I'll bring the scotch.

Dirk Rabdau
(dirk9827) - F

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Amazing voyage, Ali on 02/08/2009 21:28:12 MST Print View

Ali -

I do look forward to hearing about that trip! Nice looking boat. I am impressed with all the work you are putting into readying for your journey.

Dirk

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: Boats on 02/08/2009 22:45:04 MST Print View

Joe,
You race? Now that's my kind of sailing. This is the last sailboat I raced, with me and my oldest son. I just got rid of my last boat, a Swampscot Dory.

Sailing on Millerton
Reaching across Millerton Lake near Fresno, CA