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post #24 of Old 03-11-2008
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Sorry no pic. But I took early retirement as one gets intimations of declining physical ability in the late 50's. However although I can still swing around a monohull like a monkey in a cage the switch to a cat (gemini 105) has meant my wife can now enjoy prolonged sails and also (?more important) the dog who, at the canine equivalent of a century, really likes to snug down and feel safe. The only thing she doesn't like is being hoisted 10' + up a harbour wall.
The power windlass is a great boon; winches, well it's probably cheaper to get more favourable ratios than electric motors, if you can't haul it then you need smaller sails or to sail less hard on the wind, a cutter rig or a ketch?
Oh and the other suggestion is don't stop, there's no need of lots of health insurance/provision for senility, if you don't make it back from a trip the sea is kinder than a care home.

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