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Old 11-27-2012, 11:10 AM   #21
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No. One, the wind would blow it all off in a heartbeat and two, if you put all that crap up you have to take it all down.
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I should have worded my statement to read that if the wind doesn't rip it all the lights and crap off the boat, which it will in our marina where storms with gusts to 60 mph are the norm rather than the exception, then you have to take it all down.

But most of the time you only have to put it up. Occasionally boaters in our marina get all Christmasy and put lights on their boats. Usually sailboaters---the powerboaters learned their lesson a long time ago. If the strings of lights and other "decor" last a week it's a miracle. They end up trailing in the water shorted out or sunk out of sight.
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Bah, humbug!

Marin, do ya want coal for Christmas?
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:47 AM   #22
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He's on the list I betcha...
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:55 AM   #23
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Marin, do ya want coal for Christmas?
The problem is Santa Claus is not on Marin's pre-approved guest list
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Old 11-27-2012, 02:26 PM   #24
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The problem is Santa Claus is not on Marin's pre-approved guest list

That's part of it. We don't need his fat ass and giant toy bag cluttering up the boat. As for getting coal for Christmas, why the hell would we want that? Our boat runs on diesel.
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:58 PM   #25
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That's part of it. We don't need his fat ass and giant toy bag cluttering up the boat.
= Bah Humbug!
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:10 PM   #26
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We're all decorated and hoping for decent weather this Saturday for the Lighted Boat Parade at Everett. Should be fun. Hopefully the weather guessers are wrong again.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:14 PM   #27
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That's what he said when we told him to go hawk his cheap toys and last year's cell phones on some other dock or we'd turn him in to the SPCA for abusing his reindeer. He keeps them up all night dragging his lard butt all over the planet, no crew-rest facilities on the sleigh so he's clearly in violation of the FAA's maximum time regulation, and other than this one 24 hour period he is totally unproductive and probably on food stamps. The guy is clearly a loser. Last time we sent him packing a heron fishing two slips down took a stab at him as he went by just on general principles.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:23 PM   #28
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It started raining today as I was headed for the boat so I guess I'll decorate it later this week.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:32 PM   #29
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Marin: You are in fine form today!

It was reported that while you were filming in the cockpit on a Boeing test flight last December 25th, you suddenly snatched the controls "just for a moment".
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:06 PM   #30
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Wasn't me. Santa Claus I don't care about but I wouldn't have wanted to hurt the reindeer. I probably would have given the sleigh a low pass to flip it over with wake turbulence so that fat fool would fall out and the reindeer could have headed off for a nice dinner somewhere without him.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:36 PM   #31
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Must be something in the water over in your part of the world at the moment.

I logged on this morning to be greeted by a post on OTDE, discussing/confusing Noah with Jonah, morphing in to Joan of Arc accompanied by two Mosquitoes. Only to find over here Marin considering murder in the first degree of some poor old semi retired bloke, leaving his pet reindeer orphans.

Perhaps it is the first signs of the Mayan prophesy of the imminent end of all things forecast for December 21. If Mark starts lauding the benefits of a flybridge I think we may all be in big trouble.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:16 PM   #32
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Perhaps it is the first signs of the Mayan prophesy of the imminent end of all things forecast for December 21.
Don't get me started... the first sign of the apocalypse was the end of Hostess.
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Old 11-27-2012, 10:22 PM   #33
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Anyone planning a party for December 21 celebrating the end of the Mayan calendar and the new beginning?
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:03 PM   #34
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Anyone planning a party for December 21 celebrating the end of the Mayan calendar and the new beginning?
Actually I am. My birthday is the 22nd.
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:20 PM   #35
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We're in the middle of a set if storms so came down to spend the night on the boat and take the Bimini down (dumb that we didn't do that Sunday!!). The lights are fine-they're zip tied at each stanchion and I doubt they're going anywhere--but Santa fell out of his chair. We've put him back to rights and adjusted his anchor points. Interested to see how he does in the next few storms rolling through.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:01 PM   #36
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Caution: sailboat lingo to follow...We can string lights up the forestay to the masthead down the topping lift to the aft end of the boom. Thence, back to the mast along the boom on the dinghy hoist line that is held 4 inches above the boom. (End of sailboat terms).

On the pointy end, another string can along the lifeline from the starboard pilothouse door to the bow pulpit back down the lifelines to the port side door.

As long as the bulbs can not bang on the mast, boom, or railings, the wind can blow and all will be well. Done this a dozen times with the loss of 6 bulbs. It delights the grandkids.
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:33 AM   #37
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I string a garland of silver tinsel around my swim-step to keep the ducks and the mountains of duck poop off it. Does that count?
Of course, the ducks would appreciate it, especially Christmas ducks.
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