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post #24 of Old 02-20-2008
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Another quiet singlehander

In September of '07, in Snug Cove, Bowen Island, I came across the most beautiful Tayana 52 I have ever, or will likely ever see. Black hull, self steering gear, teak decks... If I were staring at a woman, her husband would have taken great offense and beat me senseless.

The owner came out, and through broken English, I learned he was from Japan, had just completed a 50 day crossing from Tokyo, (becalmed for 25 days) and was on a leisurely 10 year trip to 'sail the world'. His next stop was San Fransisco.

I wish I could tell you the name of the vessel, but it was written in Kangi. Each idiom was made from white line, shaped and hardened with something (epoxy) and fixed to the transom. I didn't have my camera with me and have regretted it ever since.

He was a very nice, unassuming gentleman, and I often wonder where he is. I'm sure he very content.

"It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better."
Sir Francis Drake
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