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Old 11-23-2007, 06:31 PM   #1
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I thought this was so unbelievable, I had to get permission to post these pictures here for everyone to see.

This boat arrived last night in Vero Beach.

It's been coming south on the ICW with an 80' mast and 7'10" draft.

Each water bag weighs 2000#.

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Old 11-23-2007, 07:16 PM   #2
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I wonder how the bladders are filled.

This sort of problem solving capability is why we are at the top of the food chain. Fascinating!

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Old 11-23-2007, 10:18 PM   #3
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I wonder why a boat clearly intended for offshore sailing is traveling down the ICW in the first place. A lot of effort to travel very slowly with difficulty, when they need only go offshore. I wonder, though, how they got through Georgia on the ICW - most of it is less than 8 feet - though there's more tide there, so they'd probably be okay from mid-tide to mid-tide. Still, why?

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My thoughts were...wouldn't it be safer and easier to simply unstep the mast and have it trucked?

Seems to me to be a lot of risk to the mast and shrouds loading them with that much weight at the every end of the mast...as the mast is designed to carry load along it's entrire length.
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What that weight/s must do to the halyard sheaves ? not to mention :- port side rigging and the mast step !!!
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Think if, when passing under a bridge, one of the bags burst

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Not needed, as Jean stated get it over with on the outside. Then again some do things just so they can say it was done.
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Am I the only one with intelligence low enough not to figure how they manage to swing those bags to one side or the other...?????

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I'm the guy who watched this and took the pictures. I have to say it was a very professionally executed operation. Just the captain and his wife aboard. As they approach the bridge, they release the bags from the base of the mast and execute a slight turn (to port in this example) to start the bags moving off the starboard beam.

As they get closer they ease the sheets that hold the bags to the boat. When the bags touch the water the mast height is 60'.

David is a pretty cool guy. He rigged this as Noel was approaching the eastern US. It worked so well that he figured he could go inside and visit the places he had been missing.
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I'm the guy who watched this and took the pictures.
Thanks for filling in all the "blanks". Good pics!
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:23 PM   #11
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Yeah, I was also wondering how they got them to swing out. I bet the first time was a bit unnerving

Bottleinamessage, thanks for sharing! Nice blog also...sorry to hear about the damage to your rudder. Hope all is well.

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Ken: Everything is fine now. Thanks.

Also, if you're the moderator that added the "e" to my screen name....thanks.

Nice of you.

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I think someone else caught that.

I did the same thing to my rudder on my previous boat when I backed off a sand bar mid-channel under the Coronado Bridge in San Diego. It was never the same after that.

It is a really nice group here from around the world...many of which are underway or getting underway for multi-year outings.

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I'm the guy who watched this and took the pictures. I have to say it was a very professionally executed operation. Just the captain and his wife aboard. As they approach the bridge, they release the bags from the base of the mast and execute a slight turn (to port in this example) to start the bags moving off the starboard beam.

As they get closer they ease the sheets that hold the bags to the boat. When the bags touch the water the mast height is 60'.

David is a pretty cool guy. He rigged this as Noel was approaching the eastern US. It worked so well that he figured he could go inside and visit the places he had been missing.
OK, now that's something. A slight turn... but then? IIRC from school they should swing back like a pendulum... Gee, I just wish I saw that with my own eyes. Am gonna try it next time out ...must be fun, unless the pole comes down from the weight that is ...
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