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post #19 of Old 04-30-2013
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Re: Minimal Electronics reqirements and alternatives

Originally Posted by jameswilson29 View Post
I can still sail and navigate with no engine and no electricity or batteries....

...Too many convenience sailors today are lost without their gizmos.

Traditional sailors are self-reliant and do not expect someone to save them when all the conveniences fail.
I think the key phrase is "self-reliant"... and that refers to ALL aspects of yachtsmanship. Know how to sail and navigate without the conveniences and systems, but also know how the conveniences and systems work.

I know, I know, many people don't have the time or the tools or the inclination or whatever the excuse is for not knowing the systems aboard. I have a sailing acquaintance who scoffs at my paint spattered topsiders and sweat and bottom paint stained ballcap, pointing out that he is a sailor, not a yard monkey- he pays people to keep his hands clean. A handful of us were discussing this one afternoon over beers, and another sailor with topsiders and cap more stained than mine quietly asked "Any luck getting a yard monkey to come out to the middle of Erie in the middle of a blow to keep your hands clean?"

It's 5 o'clock somewhere:

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