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Bump's World - October 2019
October 7, 2019
When I was growing up my dad wanted me to be a sailor. When I was 8, dad bought me a very cheap, plywood copy of an optimist. It was called a Sun Bird. I have never seen another one of these. My brother, Rick, and I sealed the joints and painted her. We installed oar locks for auxiliary power. Named her "Bumpa"


Bump's World - August 2019
August 23, 2019
I first worked for Baltic Yachts in the marine industry in 1979. The sweet spot for Baltic was the 39. The 39 was the perfect size for a family to cruise and do some racing. The 39 had a single enclosed aft cabin, which we called the owners stateroom, even though the owner almost always slept in the bow. It had hot & cold pressure water and a shower in the head. Gas stove and oven and built in ice box. It also had a full navigation station with a VHF, Loran C, and radio direction finder. By 1985 in the nav station had a Radar screen.


Bump's World - May 2019
May 10, 2019
I have done the Crocker Cup about 8 times and I have won it 6 times including last year. This was also on 6 different boats. I really like pursuit races and the Crocker is a good example of a pursuit race. The race is very well attended with often over 60 boats.


Bump's World - December 2018
December 12, 2018
I have been racing sailboats all my life. In the beginning as crew, I would see my skipper occasionally try to make his case before the race committee. Both times, when either he was protesting or was being protested, I saw a lot of emotion and not always the result he wanted.


Bump's World - October 2018
October 5, 2018
I just completed my 39th Newport Boat Show. This show had very good weather, overcast on Thursday but no rain, and sunny warm days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I have not seen the industry's inflated attendance numbers, but I would guess attendance was very good. I measure attendance by seeing if the docks start to sink. I also measure it by the line at the men's room. Last 2 years that measurement got thrown off because I found a little known bathroom next to the marina office. It is very new and clean. It is never busy. Please do not tell anyone about this.