I've run through this scenario mentally many times over the years. Which is why we have two fire extinguishers in the cockpit of the cruiser and more in the back. Plus a very clear plan of what happens if we have a fire.
@bison78 i get paid either way, it just gets delayed. And besides, I thought minority rule was the name of the game. After all, don't the rich run this country? if only we elected more democrats, I'm sure they would solve all our problems like they did out in California 😉
@ranwhenparked While I would absolutely love to be able to sail on a ship that old, if you know a little about Maritime safety over time seeing that your ship was built in the 40s might scare you a little. That is utterly remarkable that it is still in service. It doesn't look terribly old though.
It's all basically "resto-modded". You have the hull sections, tanks, and maybe some system piping still from the 40's, much of it is still going to be '60, which is old but you can still find old girl ferries from the 60's and 70's in their twilight years sailing today.
During the decades the vessel would have undergone more than just re-engines. There have been some excellent advancements in SOLAS Life Saving Equipment, which will have been implemented during the various refits and dry docks.
This vessel is likely insured under class of ABS [American Bureau of Shipping] and as such flying the US Flag as a Passenger Vessel it will come under some stringent regulations to ensure a safe vessel and its operation. Unlike Merchant Cargo they don't really allow too much in the way of "Grandfathering" on Passenger Vessels. Both US and Canada have more stringent safety regulations than are outlined in SOLAS Minimum Safety Requirements. Any incident involving prop or steering or safety equip (even if it doesn't make the news) with Passenger will have the classification society [ABS]/a representative, and USCG up your ass, pronto. Passenger vessels are inspected thoroughly every year.
@gmporschenut-also-a-fan-of-hondas You might break up some of the gunk, but with that much crud, the valve springs and timing chains have suffered a lot. Fresh oil can't correct metal fatigue and wear. At best, you'd end up with a somewhat cleaner engine that still runs badly.
I read Al Franken's book many years ago, and he devotes a chapter to pig farms. It sounds horrid. I visited a family dairy farm and it was bad enough, with the cow pens and the mechanical shit scraper that goes around inside. Cousin said it's all well and good until a cow dies in there and the mechanical shit scraper gets stuck.
@azw123 Thinking about this, I think it was probably a pretty new GMC Savana Explorer van, it was a loaded 9-passenger conversion job and I think it stickered close to $80,000. Priciest when new would have been a Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, but it had depreciated down to maybe $20k by the time I got to it.
Oh, and an early '00s Luhrs sport fish, which I think still retails somewhere close to $200k
@bloody-the-resident-shitposting-saffer The SS United States Conservancy has occasionally done special tours of the ship for former passengers, crew members, and their families/descendants, its closed to the public otherwise, and, obviously with COVID, has been closed entirely lately. You and your wife would probably qualify to get in, if they ever start back up again.
@urambo-tauro RHD in a LHD world is taking some getting used to. I keep finding myself trying to drive in the left side of a lane. That's not too bad since a Beat is crazy narrow, but would definitely suck in something wider.
I did it for 2 years without any great problems. Part of that time was a weekly commute to the LHD country. In the RHD country I was commuting from, I drove a LHD car!