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    Re: LOP by Sextant Box Shadow
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2008 Jul 23, 02:08 -0400

    Lu wrote:
    > Yet another example of the thin line between genius and insanity (and the
    > number of people who can't tell where the line is...)
    But I forgot the early days.  He had a Catalina 22 with an outboard.  He was
    unable to maneuver it into a slip meant for craft up to 36', even two handed
    (one on the tiller, one on the outboard steering).  When he bought the used
    Catalina 25', it had an inboard diesel.  He knew he could never get
    something that big into a slip.
    The solution was to add bow thrusters, which he did.  And a marine head and
    holding tank, and a separate battery for the bow thruster--all under the
    v-berth.  Which made the craft a but nose heavy.  Even so, the bow thrusters
    were a bit too close to the water line, and their primary effect was to hose
    down any poor souls foolish enough to assist with lines while docking.
    But it gets better. He initially trailed this pimped-out ride to small
    Indiana lakes, and enjoyed the marine head.  It was only before heading for
    home and looking for a pump-out station that the awful realization that the
    local small-pond fuel dock did not have pump-out facilities struck him.
    Which left him with the lovely task of trailing home, and sucking out the
    holding tank with his wet-or-dry shop vacuum.
    There are other stories, but I can't keyboard with tears of laughter running
    my face.
    Bill B.
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