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    Re: LOP by Sextant Box Shadow
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2008 Jul 22, 22:40 -0700
    Bill wrote:
    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?
    
    Bill  
    Yet another example of the thin line between genius and insanity (and the number of people who can't tell where the line is...)

    Lu

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