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The Ugly

Copy of a Facebook post about the cruising life.
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Final thoughts on this thread offered after 8 years, around 30,000 nm (I stopped counting years ago,) and three ocean crossings (Atlantic solo, Atlantic crew, Pacific 1/2 solo, 1/2 crew):1. What you read in the classic sailing books is very dated. The Caribbean has been destroyed by the cruise ship industry. Most islands are only interested in your money. The nightlife is gone. Cruise ships leave, everyone closes their stores and restaurants. I have never been in the Med (yet) but the Portuguese and Spanish coasts are not cheap.
2. Sailing is a very slow way to get anywhere. One hundred (100) nm per 24 hour day is a good average. If you are going to anchor between sunset and sunrise realize in the winter that is only 8 hours. At 5 knots average that is 40 nm. You need to plan. You can easily get "closed out." The Med in winter. The Caribbean and parts of the Pacific in hurricane season. Once there (wherever there is) …

Allen Wrench Question (Help)

If you know the proper name for an allen wrench with a hole in the middle (hollow shaft) for use on anti-theft screws please email me at rebootagent @gmail.com. I want to buy a spare but don't know what to ask for/Google. If anyone has a source in Sydney, Australia that would be gravy..Thanks

Doing the 360

After the 60 minutes of sun a thunderstorm came through. Reboot has now done a 360 around the mooring ball. Such fun.Fair winds and following seas :)

Garmin 5012 Multifunction Display

Got it sorted with Garmin Australia. Once they realized it was on the U.S. books it all came together. Shipped it off today for repair. After 1 hour of beautiful sunlight we are back to thunderstorms. Nice. Fair winds and following seas :)

Cockpit time

Sat out in the cockpit for the first time in quite a while. The weather has been terrible. Lots of rain. Even when it is not raining the cockpit has been wet. Or it has been very windy. Tonight it was dry and the wind not too bad. Looking around I realized that even though there are lots of boats here I am the only one in the morning field. There are a couple of guest mooring balls and some choose to anchor out but there is no one here tonight. I have now traveled around Sydney Harbor quite a bit. It is the largest natural harbor in the world. That is part of the problem. It is so big that unless you go well in, even more than I have on land, there is no 360 degree shelter. Everywhere I go there is always some chop. Fair wins and following seas :)

Windows 1.0

My relationship with my Kindle Fire reminds me of Windows 1.0. Today I went to the art museum. I tried to upload a couple of photos. It uploaded 59 pictures from something called my "Amazon Album." I can't find most of these pictures on my Fire. I can' t find them on the web. Then I tried to create an album in the " Prime Photos app. Which of course was installed as purchase crap that I can't uninstall. The pictures I had just taken were not available. And no I don't autosave to the hacker universe a.k.a the "cloud." WTFHELPFair winds and following seas :)