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 Post subject: What steamboating looks like to the average Joe
PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:30 pm 
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I couldn't help but laugh at the narration. So this is what we look like to the average Joe.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydk8kGEkRSE

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:57 pm 
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Last line is dead on.

Also the launch is surely making a lot less wake. Six or seven knots?

Anyone able to identify the boat?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:05 am 
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Lopez Mike wrote:

Anyone able to identify the boat?


The number on the prow is VA 2611 PP

Don'y you guys have some sort of register?

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:58 am 
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Thank you for posting that Alex. It made my day.

Mike R.,

that set of numbers and letters are part of the state registration identification, much like a license plate. We aren't able to type in the numbers and get and name and address. The police and the Coast Guard can, but no the average person.

The first two letters indicate the state. "VA" means the boat is registered in Virgina.

As far as an official US Steamboat register... there are at least 3 steamboating associations that I know of based in the US. Seems getting us all under one roof is like herding cats, part of which is due to differing ideas about how things should be run, and part due to geography and how spread out we all are (ex: New York state is about 1/70th the area of the entire country)

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:24 am 
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And the distances. We seldom see each other. From where I live on the West coast to the state of Virginia is over twice the distance from London to Kiev.

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Not like we'd want to see eachother anyway haha :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 8:36 am 
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I think it might be worse over there, Wes. Wasn't it Shaw who said, "All an Englishman has to do to be hated by his fellow Englishman is to open his mouth."

I do often wonder how the U.S. stays together. I have traveled domestically more than I care to remember and there are places where I cannot understand the least thing they are saying. Central Louisiana might as well be Botswana.

That said, there was a wonderful motorcycle racer from Ireland, Joey Dunlop. And I never did figure out what he was saying. Made Ringo Starr sound like an elocutionist.

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:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Nah. I know pretty well what they are up to. It's talking them out of it that can be a problem.

For confirmation, read the posts here from first timers about building their own boilers from propane bottles.

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Your mileage may vary, I thought the narration was pretty reasonable for not knowing much about steam.

I just went sailing(with those old sheet things) yesterday on my friends Catalina 22. There was one guy who was helpful with a line but enjoyed standing around for longer then I wanted giving advice to us as we prepared for trailering homing.

Made me realize I'm going have to get used to that with Nyitra. I don't mind some questions, but sometimes people need to know when to buzz off. And I'm not really into people I don't know telling me how to run my boat - so if that happens - which I'm sure it will ... I wont hesitate to tell them that seeing as how it's my boat and all - I'll run it my way...

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