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    Drascombe yawls.

    I always liked the OB motto “ to strive, to serve, and not to yield” I think it’s from Tennyson.
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    Drascombe yawls.

    Glad to hear they are back on hurricane island- yet another reason to get back to Maine, as if I needed another reason. There is quite a bit of difference in the educational philosophies and outcomes between OB and NOLS, which is reflected in the types of boats they use. OB focuses on “inner...
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    Drascombe yawls.

    I spent some time on the pulling boats as well, but in the Chesapeake- at least the water was a little warmer for the morning dip. Have you seen the “new” pulling boats? Quite a bit different then the old ones. Glass with carbon spars (Might even be carbon hulls). I was up in Maine in 2010 and...
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    Drascombe yawls.

    That’s very cool! I only worked there a couple of seasons and then real life came crashing in. Surrendered the life of an itinerant sailor for that of a college professor. No regrets either way. The people I met at NOLS and OB were some of the best teachers/outdoors professionals I’ve ever...
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    Drascombe yawls.

    Web Chile’s sailed a Drascomb Luger (smaller version of the longboat) 3/4 of the way around the world starting in San Diego in the 1970’s. If you want some good sailing yarns pick up his books.
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    Drascombe yawls.

    They are actually fairly easily to right if they go over, the trick is not to let the center board slide into the well.
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    Drascombe yawls.

    That’s a removable spar for sheeting the mizzen.
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    Drascombe yawls.

    In the mid-late 90’s I worked for an outdoor school in Baja California (NOLS). We would set off for three weeks in a fleet of 3 or 4 Drascomb Longboats, riding the prevailing northerly south and camping on the beach along the way. The Drascombs were perfect boats for this kind of sailing- we...
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    Benefits of an inverter

    I put a Magnum mms1012 charger/inverter (1000W) in the boat last summer with battery monitor and remote. I wired the inverter/charger direct from the AC main panel connected to the battery charger circuit. I then disconnected all of the AC outlets from the main AC panel (there are only three)...
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    Battery, Charge controller, switch wiring - clean slate

    Hi Matt, I was in the same position last spring- a new to me boat with an outdated electrical system and just enough knowledge to be dangerous. Doing some research I stumbled on MarineHowTo.com and MaineSails forum and read everything I could find. Then I hired a reputable marine electrician as...
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    Baltimore......

    I’m a big fan of Baltimore. I kept my boat at a marina on the middle branch of the patapsco. The marina wasn’t gold plated, but was friendly and a number of livaboards kept an eye on things. Best thing it was 10 minutes from my house! I moved about 2 years ago to a marina a little farther out...
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    composting toilet

    My airhead just arrived last week and I started the install this weekend. Probably won’t have a chance to give it a test run until spring but I’ll post my observations then. First impression on the airhead is that it is a nicely engineered piece and the ordering was a breeze. Ordered on a Monday...
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    Maine’s shoreline is longer than California’s?

    Tom, thanks for sharing the link. Turns out Maryland, my home waters, are in the running with CA and ME. Thankfully not as deep or cold. About 10 years ago I took my Vega solo up to Maine. Jewel Is, was, is, just that a jewel. I spent a couple of days exploring the island and then my wife flew...
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    Composting toilet question

    Thanks for the reply and the suggestion on the type I - I hadn’t even considered it. Good thing I hadn’t pulled the trigger on the airhead yet!
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    Composting toilet question

    There should be a smiley face after that comment about methane and hp:)