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post #9 of Old 06-26-2007
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If you inspect these boats, would you find all that is necessary to survive out there on the big blue??
Just starting with spare parts for all the mechanical things on board? Spare halyards and other running gear? turn buckles, shackles and other jewelry to repair shrouds and Stays? Repair a sail? Repair the mast or boom?
Patience to take the events of every day on the sea with other people? There some people I will never go to sea with and having to deal with their angst.
Dealing with daily routine of a watch, and the maintenance of the vessel while off shore? This includes the ability to go long periods without having to turn on a TV or get on an electronic game system.
This is just a few of the details that will make the boat & crew ready for that long distance haul across the big ponds. And if they can't get across the Atlantic...Then don't even let them attempt the Pacific Ocean.
Please do a few coastal trips first to develop your skills on the boat and find out what is needed to improve the vessel for cruising.
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