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(Sky.com)   RNLI rescue Bulgarian who was trying to sail to America. Fark: In 14' boat, with a US visa, hot dogs, beans and a bag of biscuits, but no life jacket or lights. His navigational aid? A street map of Southampton   (news.sky.com) divider line 45
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2014-08-17 05:05:10 PM  
Sounds like an unprepared dumbass.

If you are prepared, you can cross the Atlantic in a 14' sailboat.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinkerbelle
 
2014-08-17 06:38:27 PM  

dittybopper: Sounds like an unprepared dumbass.

If you are prepared, you can cross the Atlantic in a 14' sailboat.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinkerbelle


Well this guy's issue seems less about preparedness and more about not being right in the headedness.
 
2014-08-17 06:47:22 PM  
Schizophrenia is a hell of a drug.
 
2014-08-17 06:49:26 PM  

dittybopper: Sounds like an unprepared dumbass.

If you are prepared, you can cross the Atlantic in a 14' sailboat.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinkerbelle


What you need are one of those little compasses from a box of Cracker Jack.  I saw that in a documentary once.
 
2014-08-17 06:50:27 PM  
wtf did Columbus have
 
2014-08-17 06:52:15 PM  

haywatchthis: wtf did Columbus have


Three surly hookers from the docks of Cadiz, a coupla cases of Meisterbrau, and some amyls.

Back in the day explorers rocked it old school.
 
2014-08-17 06:54:26 PM  
Next time take a bus to Houston.
 
2014-08-17 06:54:39 PM  
more prepared than subby was in making the headline
 
2014-08-17 06:55:27 PM  
"to go west" is also old-timey slang for committing suicide.
 
2014-08-17 06:57:41 PM  

haywatchthis: wtf did Columbus have


Well for one thing he had three seagoing ships (kind of puny but manned by old salts).

He had a pretty fair idea of the direction he was sailing in.

"Which way to India? That way?"

"Well yes and no. Panama Canal's far in the future, you don't want to fark with the Roaring Forties. But if you keep going hard enough and long enough you'll bump into the Indians. You know you're there when you reach for your wallet and it's gone."
 
2014-08-17 06:58:56 PM  
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2014-08-17 07:04:54 PM  
I wonder how many of our ancestors found new lands and islands because they were true explorers searching for new resources and how many were completely lucky, crazy, dumbasses.
 
2014-08-17 07:05:26 PM  
Eh, a West Wight Potter 14 (the Price is Right boat) has done a transatlantic passage.
I sailed from Cape Cod to Long Island in one but I drink a lot. I also stopped at Block Island to sleep/ dodge weather.
 
2014-08-17 07:11:39 PM  
Boot-strappy!
 
2014-08-17 07:26:30 PM  
Not too many people know this, but a map of Southampton includes a star chart and can be folded into a crude sextant.
 
2014-08-17 07:36:03 PM  

Good Behavior Day: Not too many people know this, but a map of Southampton includes a star chart and can be folded into a crude sextant.


 or a hat or a broach or a pterodacty
 
2014-08-17 07:36:52 PM  

Betep: Eh, a West Wight Potter 14 (the Price is Right boat) has done a transatlantic passage.
I sailed from Cape Cod to Long Island in one but I drink a lot. I also stopped at Block Island to sleep/ dodge weather.


15. And they've got loads of buoyancy. Not to mention a cuddy you can seal off. The yellow dinghy in TFA looks like something that should stay inside the sea wall.
 
2014-08-17 07:40:02 PM  
As for the dude that sold the boat to him?
img2.wikia.nocookie.net

America? No problem!
 
2014-08-17 07:56:50 PM  
Give this dude way more credit than the Rebel Heart dip$#its ...
 
2014-08-17 08:08:50 PM  

mainsail: Betep: Eh, a West Wight Potter 14 (the Price is Right boat) has done a transatlantic passage.
I sailed from Cape Cod to Long Island in one but I drink a lot. I also stopped at Block Island to sleep/ dodge weather.

15. And they've got loads of buoyancy. Not to mention a cuddy you can seal off. The yellow dinghy in TFA looks like something that should stay inside the sea wall.


14, 15, whatever. It's a friggin' Chlorox bottle. I wonder how many Price Is Right winners actually bring them home. Some don't strike me as being Yachtsmen. I'm a sail bum so I'd take one from a local dealer, use it for a couple seasons and off to Boat Buyers or Craigslist.
 
2014-08-17 08:29:01 PM  

dittybopper: Sounds like an unprepared dumbass.

If you are prepared, you can cross the Atlantic in a 14' sailboat.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinkerbelle


Came here for this.


/I have the book.
 
2014-08-17 08:32:52 PM  
Was he related to Chris McCandles?
 
2014-08-17 09:02:43 PM  

EVERYBODY PANIC: dittybopper: Sounds like an unprepared dumbass.

If you are prepared, you can cross the Atlantic in a 14' sailboat.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinkerbelle

Came here for this.


/I have the book.


It's an awesome story to read.  Doesn't hurt that the guy was an editor.
 
2014-08-17 09:03:02 PM  

dittybopper: Sounds like an unprepared dumbass.


Crossing the ocean with no safety equipment? Yeah he's stupid, but who's disputing that he'd fit in over here? Just give the man a US passport and a trailer in the Ozarks, once he learns English you won't be able to tell him apart from the natives.
 
2014-08-17 09:41:43 PM  

dittybopper: Sounds like an unprepared dumbass.

If you are prepared, you can cross the Atlantic in a 14' sailboat.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinkerbelle


I vaguely remember my father naysaying the whole venture.  He was later in life a Coast Guard instructor that took us several miles out during a small craft warning in a 17 foot Boston Whaler.

We were OK until he insisted that our middle brother take the helm.

/my middle borther still can't drive for shiat to this day
//but that's another story
 
2014-08-17 09:48:44 PM  

Betep: mainsail: Betep: Eh, a West Wight Potter 14 (the Price is Right boat) has done a transatlantic passage.
I sailed from Cape Cod to Long Island in one but I drink a lot. I also stopped at Block Island to sleep/ dodge weather.

15. And they've got loads of buoyancy. Not to mention a cuddy you can seal off. The yellow dinghy in TFA looks like something that should stay inside the sea wall.

14, 15, whatever. It's a friggin' Chlorox bottle. I wonder how many Price Is Right winners actually bring them home. Some don't strike me as being Yachtsmen. I'm a sail bum so I'd take one from a local dealer, use it for a couple seasons and off to Boat Buyers or Craigslist.


I actually like the WWP 15. And what isn't a 4kt SB Chlorox bottle in that price range? Ah, it's all ok, as long as there's a sail.
 
2014-08-17 09:49:54 PM  
Aside from that, he had a passport containing a US visa, hot dogs, beans and a bag of biscuits.

That's one big-ass passport. Not to mention messy.
 
2014-08-17 10:09:17 PM  
Everyone knows that to properly rough it on the high seas you need a baby with dysentery and a toddler along with you.
 
2014-08-17 10:18:48 PM  

mainsail: Betep: mainsail: Betep: Eh, a West Wight Potter 14 (the Price is Right boat) has done a transatlantic passage.
I sailed from Cape Cod to Long Island in one but I drink a lot. I also stopped at Block Island to sleep/ dodge weather.

15. And they've got loads of buoyancy. Not to mention a cuddy you can seal off. The yellow dinghy in TFA looks like something that should stay inside the sea wall.

14, 15, whatever. It's a friggin' Chlorox bottle. I wonder how many Price Is Right winners actually bring them home. Some don't strike me as being Yachtsmen. I'm a sail bum so I'd take one from a local dealer, use it for a couple seasons and off to Boat Buyers or Craigslist.

I actually like the WWP 15. And what isn't a 4kt SB Chlorox bottle in that price range? Ah, it's all ok, as long as there's a sail.


*raises glass*
there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

With a sail.
 
2014-08-17 10:20:47 PM  

ZeroPly: dittybopper: Sounds like an unprepared dumbass.

Crossing the ocean with no safety equipment? Yeah he's stupid, but who's disputing that he'd fit in over here? Just give the man a US passport and a trailer in the Ozarks, once he learns English you won't be able to tell him apart from the natives.


Ozarks?  Hell, put him *ANYWHERE* in the US (or the World, for that matter), and he'd fit in.  Places like Boston, NYC, Atlanta, Chicago, and LA have their fair share of dumbasses also.  Moreso, per square mile.
 
2014-08-17 10:50:39 PM  

mainsail: Betep: mainsail: Betep: Eh, a West Wight Potter 14 (the Price is Right boat) has done a transatlantic passage.
I sailed from Cape Cod to Long Island in one but I drink a lot. I also stopped at Block Island to sleep/ dodge weather.

15. And they've got loads of buoyancy. Not to mention a cuddy you can seal off. The yellow dinghy in TFA looks like something that should stay inside the sea wall.

14, 15, whatever. It's a friggin' Chlorox bottle. I wonder how many Price Is Right winners actually bring them home. Some don't strike me as being Yachtsmen. I'm a sail bum so I'd take one from a local dealer, use it for a couple seasons and off to Boat Buyers or Craigslist.

I actually like the WWP 15. And what isn't a 4kt SB Chlorox bottle in that price range? Ah, it's all ok, as long as there's a sail.


Well, before the littlebopper came along, I was in the planning stages of building a nice 16" sharpie.  Built a model of it and everything, and was just getting ready to start cutting out the templates when the littlebopper came along.

So no flat-bottom plywood stitch-and-glue boat for me.
 
2014-08-17 10:51:46 PM  

dittybopper: I was in the planning stages of building a nice 16" sharpie.


Actually, I did build a 16" sharpie.  Out of balsa.  It was a 1" = 1' model of what I wanted to build.
 
2014-08-17 11:03:56 PM  
It's a sign! The late British Cartoonist, Mr. Giles, has sent us a message from beyond the grave in the form of a living cartoon such as only he could draw!

Mr. Giles used to do wonderful cartoons about people being stupid in a sort of loveable dumbass way and the RNLI was one of his favourite charities because like many British people he loved "messing about in boats".

Either Mr. Giles has made it out of Purgatory or people are getting dumber by leaps and bounds. I think I'll go with the second one. I know Mr. Giles was that rarest of men, a Communist with a sense of humour and a love for people of all classes, but as an atheist I can't quite believe that Purgatory exists if even the Roman Catholic Church has down-graded it to out-of-date dogma.
 
2014-08-17 11:25:49 PM  

Betep: mainsail: Betep: mainsail: Betep: Eh, a West Wight Potter 14 (the Price is Right boat) has done a transatlantic passage.
I sailed from Cape Cod to Long Island in one but I drink a lot. I also stopped at Block Island to sleep/ dodge weather.

15. And they've got loads of buoyancy. Not to mention a cuddy you can seal off. The yellow dinghy in TFA looks like something that should stay inside the sea wall.

14, 15, whatever. It's a friggin' Chlorox bottle. I wonder how many Price Is Right winners actually bring them home. Some don't strike me as being Yachtsmen. I'm a sail bum so I'd take one from a local dealer, use it for a couple seasons and off to Boat Buyers or Craigslist.

I actually like the WWP 15. And what isn't a 4kt SB Chlorox bottle in that price range? Ah, it's all ok, as long as there's a sail.

*raises glass*
there is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.

With a sail.


Ratty's quote is a major part of my life. Cheers!
 
2014-08-17 11:27:58 PM  

dittybopper: mainsail: Betep: mainsail: Betep: Eh, a West Wight Potter 14 (the Price is Right boat) has done a transatlantic passage.
I sailed from Cape Cod to Long Island in one but I drink a lot. I also stopped at Block Island to sleep/ dodge weather.

15. And they've got loads of buoyancy. Not to mention a cuddy you can seal off. The yellow dinghy in TFA looks like something that should stay inside the sea wall.

14, 15, whatever. It's a friggin' Chlorox bottle. I wonder how many Price Is Right winners actually bring them home. Some don't strike me as being Yachtsmen. I'm a sail bum so I'd take one from a local dealer, use it for a couple seasons and off to Boat Buyers or Craigslist.

I actually like the WWP 15. And what isn't a 4kt SB Chlorox bottle in that price range? Ah, it's all ok, as long as there's a sail.

Well, before the littlebopper came along, I was in the planning stages of building a nice 16" sharpie.  Built a model of it and everything, and was just getting ready to start cutting out the templates when the littlebopper came along.

So no flat-bottom plywood stitch-and-glue boat for me.


As soon as the little one can hold a bit of sandpaper...you have yard crew. Get 'em involved!

Hell, it works for the Moonies...
 
2014-08-17 11:31:27 PM  

brantgoose: It's a sign! The late British Cartoonist, Mr. Giles, has sent us a message from beyond the grave in the form of a living cartoon such as only he could draw!

Mr. Giles used to do wonderful cartoons about people being stupid in a sort of loveable dumbass way and the RNLI was one of his favourite charities because like many British people he loved "messing about in boats".

Either Mr. Giles has made it out of Purgatory or people are getting dumber by leaps and bounds. I think I'll go with the second one. I know Mr. Giles was that rarest of men, a Communist with a sense of humour and a love for people of all classes, but as an atheist I can't quite believe that Purgatory exists if even the Roman Catholic Church has down-graded it to out-of-date dogma.


Oh boy, now you've gone and made me all nostalgic...
 
2014-08-18 12:35:30 AM  

dittybopper: Sounds like an unprepared dumbass.

If you are prepared, you can cross the Atlantic in a 14' sailboat.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinkerbelle

During the voyage Manry was knocked overboard by big waves, suffered from hallucinations, repaired a broken rudder in mid-ocean, and was woken up one morning by a surfacing submarine.


Yeah, sounds like it was picnic with all that prep.

Did our hero have American biscuits or english ones? Because Hotdogs and cookies sounds gross.

TL:DR; The UK needs its own internet.
 
2014-08-18 03:00:01 AM  
I thought the part about the map of Southampton was a joke. I should have known better.

//shouldn't make me laugh and yet, it does
 
2014-08-18 03:14:02 AM  
hot dogs, beans and a bag of biscuits.

Probably felt very Hungarian by the end of first week
 
2014-08-18 02:34:45 PM  

mainsail: dittybopper: mainsail: Betep: mainsail: Betep: Eh, a West Wight Potter 14 (the Price is Right boat) has done a transatlantic passage.
I sailed from Cape Cod to Long Island in one but I drink a lot. I also stopped at Block Island to sleep/ dodge weather.

15. And they've got loads of buoyancy. Not to mention a cuddy you can seal off. The yellow dinghy in TFA looks like something that should stay inside the sea wall.

14, 15, whatever. It's a friggin' Chlorox bottle. I wonder how many Price Is Right winners actually bring them home. Some don't strike me as being Yachtsmen. I'm a sail bum so I'd take one from a local dealer, use it for a couple seasons and off to Boat Buyers or Craigslist.

I actually like the WWP 15. And what isn't a 4kt SB Chlorox bottle in that price range? Ah, it's all ok, as long as there's a sail.

Well, before the littlebopper came along, I was in the planning stages of building a nice 16" sharpie.  Built a model of it and everything, and was just getting ready to start cutting out the templates when the littlebopper came along.

So no flat-bottom plywood stitch-and-glue boat for me.

As soon as the little one can hold a bit of sandpaper...you have yard crew. Get 'em involved!

Hell, it works for the Moonies...


Heh, you know, that's not a bad idea.  Gonna have to remeasure some stuff, make sure I can get it out of the basement, but maybe I'll start thinking about it again.

Maybe something like these:

http://www.stevproj.com/PocketYachts.html
 
2014-08-18 04:18:02 PM  

dittybopper: mainsail: dittybopper: mainsail: Betep: mainsail: Betep: Eh, a West Wight Potter 14 (the Price is Right boat) has done a transatlantic passage.
I sailed from Cape Cod to Long Island in one but I drink a lot. I also stopped at Block Island to sleep/ dodge weather.

15. And they've got loads of buoyancy. Not to mention a cuddy you can seal off. The yellow dinghy in TFA looks like something that should stay inside the sea wall.

14, 15, whatever. It's a friggin' Chlorox bottle. I wonder how many Price Is Right winners actually bring them home. Some don't strike me as being Yachtsmen. I'm a sail bum so I'd take one from a local dealer, use it for a couple seasons and off to Boat Buyers or Craigslist.

I actually like the WWP 15. And what isn't a 4kt SB Chlorox bottle in that price range? Ah, it's all ok, as long as there's a sail.

Well, before the littlebopper came along, I was in the planning stages of building a nice 16" sharpie.  Built a model of it and everything, and was just getting ready to start cutting out the templates when the littlebopper came along.

So no flat-bottom plywood stitch-and-glue boat for me.

As soon as the little one can hold a bit of sandpaper...you have yard crew. Get 'em involved!

Hell, it works for the Moonies...

Heh, you know, that's not a bad idea.  Gonna have to remeasure some stuff, make sure I can get it out of the basement, but maybe I'll start thinking about it again.

Maybe something like these:

http://www.stevproj.com/PocketYachts.html


I have a very good friend with a pocket cruiser, and he swears by the thing: you know how eople fall in love with cars? Yeah, like that. I've been on it, and he may have a point...
 
2014-08-18 06:14:33 PM  

mainsail: I have a very good friend with a pocket cruiser, and he swears by the thing: you know how eople fall in love with cars? Yeah, like that. I've been on it, and he may have a point...


Sweet.  They certainly look buildable by a doofus like me.
 
2014-08-18 06:29:36 PM  

dittybopper: mainsail: I have a very good friend with a pocket cruiser, and he swears by the thing: you know how eople fall in love with cars? Yeah, like that. I've been on it, and he may have a point...

Sweet.  They certainly look buildable by a doofus like me.


Measure twice, cut once: you don't want to recreate the Vasa.
 
2014-08-18 07:29:53 PM  

mainsail: dittybopper: mainsail: I have a very good friend with a pocket cruiser, and he swears by the thing: you know how eople fall in love with cars? Yeah, like that. I've been on it, and he may have a point...

Sweet.  They certainly look buildable by a doofus like me.

Measure twice, cut once: you don't want to recreate the Vasa.


Well, I *DO* have a pretty large back yard.....

I bet if I cut down a tree or two I'd be able to build a full-scale Vasa.
[checks Wikipedia]
Yep, that would fit in my back yard.

Though I'd go with something more modest.  Since I already have a black powder mortar, maybe I should build a bomb ketch:  I could sail it on Lake George and freak out the tourists at Fort William Henry, or up Lake Champlain and do the same to those at Fort Ticonderoga.
 
2014-08-18 07:34:59 PM  

dittybopper: mainsail: dittybopper: mainsail: I have a very good friend with a pocket cruiser, and he swears by the thing: you know how eople fall in love with cars? Yeah, like that. I've been on it, and he may have a point...

Sweet.  They certainly look buildable by a doofus like me.

Measure twice, cut once: you don't want to recreate the Vasa.

Well, I *DO* have a pretty large back yard.....

I bet if I cut down a tree or two I'd be able to build a full-scale Vasa.
[checks Wikipedia]
Yep, that would fit in my back yard.

Though I'd go with something more modest.  Since I already have a black powder mortar, maybe I should build a bomb ketch:  I could sail it on Lake George and freak out the tourists at Fort William Henry, or up Lake Champlain and do the same to those at Fort Ticonderoga.


THAT would make for a fun Fourth of July...
 
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