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Old 06-19-2008
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If you were going to leave to sail around the world in the trade winds, I would definitely recommend a wind speed indicator. The reason is that when sailing down wind, it is hard to judge how hard the wind is blowing. On our first circumnavigation in the early 70s, the only instrument we had was a wind speed indicator. We didn't even have a depth sounder; we used a lead line. However, that said, the wind-speed indicator was a useful tool in determining when to reef when going down wind. Other than on a broad reach or run, we would ALWAYS reef the FIRST time I thought about it. My motto was another day I have, another mast I don't have. As for the wind direction, pieces of yarn tied to the rigging will do fine.
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