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    04-15-2024, 13:22
    Bligh replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    What a superb explanation of the proceedure Dobbs. Engines are great when they work, but when they fail ! :help::fixit::steer: Rob.
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    04-14-2024, 12:01
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Today we moved a bit farther south. I believe that picture is before the small craft advisory arrived 3 hours early. We finished the day with the...
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    04-14-2024, 11:52
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Yep, Magnificent Hayes is a hero of mine. Here's an excerpt from "Seamanship in the Age of Sail". The last few days, Grace did heel a...
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    04-14-2024, 00:54
    Bligh replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    At least you did not need to do any club hauling to get off the lee shore Captain. I look forward to your next log entry. Bligh.
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    04-13-2024, 17:57
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Garr! 3 days of riding out gales at anchor. For the last one, the wind veered unexpectedly and left us on a lee shore. The picture just doesn't...
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    04-10-2024, 00:55
    Bligh replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    A very lovely view of the river from the slope Dobbs. Not only did George live on a "A bit of a bluff" it seems that using a bit of a bluff was...
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    04-10-2024, 00:42
    Bligh replied to a thread New members signing on. in Wardroom
    This morning we welcome a new shipmate to the Anchorage. He is Ricardo from Arizona. Rob.
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    04-09-2024, 05:13
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Random acts of Piracy Sunday morning we left Washington DC and moved down the Potomac to George Washington's house, Mount Vernon. We anchored off...
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    04-09-2024, 04:14
    Thank you, Admiral. It's very shiny!
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    04-07-2024, 01:01
    :hatsoff: It gives me great pleasure to announce the award of the medal for four years service and 2000 posts to Commander Dobbs, ratified this day...
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    04-06-2024, 12:46
    Bligh replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Good luck sailors. Rob.
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    04-06-2024, 07:15
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    More sailing, Aye, aye! Today is a day of victualing and watering. We sail in two tides.
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    04-06-2024, 00:36
    Bligh replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Now you have gone and milked it for all it's worth. Have you no sailing to be getting on with?:steer: Rob. :wink:
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    04-06-2024, 00:31
    Bligh replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    :hmmm:And there I was hoping:pray: that the Apiary joke was going to be the Bee all and end all of these puns.:erk: Bligh.:surrender:
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    04-05-2024, 17:37
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Here's another one for you, Rob An ice cream shop just up from our boat has these cow-ches (couches) out front.
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    04-05-2024, 16:38
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Even riding the Metro (English translation - Tube) is a treat This was a perspective shot of a moderately long escalator down to the trains.
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    04-05-2024, 16:31
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Garr! It was upstairs. There's just so much to see! I took this especially for you, Rob. Ape House, Apiary, what's the diff?
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    04-05-2024, 15:19
    Bligh replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Here is one to be going on with Eric. Rob.
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    04-03-2024, 10:07
    A hearty congratulations to both Lankin and Bos'n! It wasn't an easy month for postng.
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    04-03-2024, 09:25
    :hatsoff: Our top poster for March, was Bob, aka Bos'n. Congratulations also to you. Bligh. :salute:
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    04-03-2024, 09:18
    :hatsoff: Our top thread starter for March is Lankin. Congratulations to you. Bligh.:salute:
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    04-03-2024, 05:56
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Yesterday afternoon we explored a corner of the American History Museum. They had a nice collection of commercial sailing vessel models. ...
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    04-02-2024, 23:55
    Bligh replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Ah! Mr Bushnell's invention in the round as it were Dobbs. Rob.
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    04-02-2024, 17:12
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Turtle Power! We found this in the Spy Museum lobby as we were walking to the American History Museum. Apparently some engineers decided to see...
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    04-02-2024, 01:01
    Bligh replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    A very interesting article Dobbs. Thanks. Rob.
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    04-02-2024, 00:51
    Bligh replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Lots of pictures I hope Dobbs. Rob.
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    04-01-2024, 16:25
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    Here's our home for the next few days. The Smithsonian Institute is about 7 blocks away. We went for a walk through the cherry blossoms and checked...
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    04-01-2024, 16:13
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    We found this in Alexandria, just south of DC. She's a reproduction of the sloop Providence. I imagine that there will be a bowsprit on her in the...
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    04-01-2024, 15:39
    :thumbsup: I'm getting an itchy chemistry finger. When the experiments begin, I'll keep you posted.
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    04-01-2024, 15:28
    Dobbs replied to a thread At Sea Again in Wardroom
    I'm thinking so. Maybe the burning of Washington will have a water feature in my history. Suzanne is working to find us a slip at a nearby...
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Weight of Shot

by Dobbs on 09-14-2020 at 18:43
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I'm sure it comes as no surprise to anyone how fast a sloop falls apart.

It got me to thinking though. A sloop fighting a sloop ought to be able to take damage like a frigate vs. a frigate, or 3rd vs. 3rd, etc. It's just that SoG is treating all guns as the same weight of shot.

I propose that ships with less than 9 pdrs subtract -2 from any numerical broadside damage indicated on a chit. Ships with 9-12 pdrs, -1. Ships with a mix go with the heaviest guns as the

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Reflections on Springing at Anchor

by Dobbs on 08-04-2020 at 18:33
My newest Springing Rules:

Springing Rules.pdf


This was a test of my newest Springing Rules.



To set the tableau, during the Quasi-war, the American frigate Saratoga discovers a French frigate watering on a small island in the Caribbean. The French, caught off guard and on a lee shore decide to fight from a spring instead of slipping the anchor.


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My Soloplay Mechanism

by Dobbs on 07-28-2020 at 18:24
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The Latest Version of the Rules:

SoG Solo Tables - Sailing Master 1d6 7-28.pdf

In this round, I have incorporated a number of new suggestions, as well as making a small change to the Yellow Arc tables.

I suggest printing out pages 1 through 5. The remaining pages are just an example of play, as suggested by David Manley, and can just be left on your computer for viewing.

The Bearing Template:

SoG Solo SM Bearing Template.pdf

If anyone gives

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Schooner Rules for Sails of Glory

by Dobbs on 05-05-2019 at 09:09
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Here are my House Rules for schooners plus some other wind related rules. Note that the Green Arc is reversed with the Yellow Arc, since fore and aft vessels sail to windward better than downwind. The page numbers refer to the SoG rulebook.

Schooner Rules for Sails of Glory 05-05-19

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Burden 1 Movement: Due to their agility, unlike larger ships which must plan two movement cards ahead, all vessels with a Burden of 1 need only plan one movement card

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