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    Re: LOP by Sextant Box Shadow
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2008 Jul 23, 01:29 -0400

    > It as a fifty foot Beneteu rented from the Moorings located on Raiatea.
    Bill wrote:
    > Does that have a helipad on it ;-)
    Lu responded:
    >  Yes, but only for something like these:  http://www.centuryheli.com/  :-P
    You will think I am pulling your leg (making this up) but I know a character
    with more money than common sense.  He bought a 42' center-cockpit Beneteu
    which he insisted on adding cutter rigging to (for day sails and short
    cruises on Lake Michigan) because it looks pretty.
    He has also been known to rig a mast holder from salvaged aircraft landing
    gear for trailering his old 25' Catalina behind his 4-rear-wheel (dualie)
    diesel pickup truck (purchased new to haul the 25' used boat). He also
    designed a semi-functional gin pole for mast raising, again from salvaged
    aircraft parts.
    His brother has a one-man helicopter, as well as many other toys.  One being
    an aircraft that supposedly will deploy a parachute and lower it to terra
    firma if the craft gets into trouble. This acquaintance is trying to figure
    out how to construct an appendage to his new-used Beneteu so his brother may
    land his helicopter on the "helipad" while the boat is on the Lake Michigan.
    I suspect if this venture fails, he may be the recipient of yet more
    salvaged aircraft parts.
    For those of you asking the big question (not whether I have gone mad or am
    trying to pull off an April Fool's joke on the wrong date), yes.  He has
    bred, and has a son and daughter in their mid twenties. Can it be long
    before someone from that gene pool wins the Darwin Award?
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