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The Escape Yatch - delta_november

Jan. 8th, 2011

10:28 am - The Escape Yatch

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Things are pretty grim right now in this household, and my urge to flee my responsibilities is high.  The normal idiom for this is to buy a motorcycle and ride it until it's out of gas.  But it's winter right now, and that wouldn't be much fun.

Talking to leftofcool a couple days ago, we agreed to go halves on a yacht that would take us far far away.  Because I can't spell, the name of this ship will be The Escape Yatch.  It's fitting.

jo_etal and I have located the perfect vessel: the Zubr.  There are quarters for 4 officers, which should accommodate the principles in the venture, and 27 enlisted quarters for guests.  When we're not on adventures we can park it off Center Island.

Some people would say "But it's 25.6 m wide, and the Saint Lawrence Seaway limits you to 23.8 m.  You'd never get it into Lake Ontario."  But they would be wrong.  Because this particular yacht is quite happy portaging itself over 1.6 m tall walls, and up 5 degree slopes.

Two hulls were planned to be decommissioned in 2010 (link).  They cost $79M new, but I assume we'll be able to get a good deal on a used one.

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From:probabilistic
Date:January 8th, 2011 04:41 pm (UTC)
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You might get a good deal from the Greeks; I hear they're short on cash...
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From:delta_november
Date:January 8th, 2011 06:27 pm (UTC)
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Indeed they are. And there are two separate ways to approach that. How much of a deal would the Greek Navy offer? And how large a suitcase of cash would you have to board the vessel with to convince all of the sailors aboard to move to Cuba? The latter may be significantly smaller.
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From:kiwano
Date:January 8th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
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Forget the acquisition cost; what are the upkeep and fuel costs on a beast like that? Also, my Toronto Harbour chart (CHS #2085) shows that the designated anchorage area in the Inner Harbour is all about a quarter mile off the islands. If you take the westernmost one (there are 3 of them, separated by the ferry lanes), you're least likely to disrupt the sail racing that goes on in the harbour and suffer increased upkeep costs arising from vandalism/sabotage/etc.
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From:delta_november
Date:January 8th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
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Fuel capacity is 56 tons, so we're looking at something like $50k a fill-up. That's sufficient for a 6 hour cruise at 55 knots. So, yes, that could get spendy. I'm not sure about upkeep, but at least it would be easy to dry-dock when needed!

Mooring a quarter-mile out sounds like a good idea. We had discussed picking up a couple old Volkswagen Schwimmwagens to run down to the shops with.
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From:delta_november
Date:January 8th, 2011 11:31 pm (UTC)
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Aha! Have we found the secret ingredient that will get you to come to Toronto then?
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From:leftofcool
Date:January 9th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
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all it took was the world's biggest hovercraft. who knew? :)
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