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old time sailing
There are a number of windjammers plying the waters of the atlantic (and some in the pacific, too, I understand) which attempt to recreate, to varying degrees, the experience of water transportation circa 1850. My wife and I honeymooned on a vessel named the Sylvina W. Beal in 1992. Built in 1911, she had no running water (I think there were electric lights in the cabins, though, and a flush head), if you wanted water you pumped it from the water barrel on deck. No hot water to speak of, the cook made do with a wood-fired stove which did have a hose producing tepid water for dishwashing. She did have an engine, but the skipper, Geoffrey Jones, was a traditional sort who was reluctant to fire it up. Of course, there were no winches, there was a manual windlass to raise the anchor with. Hoisting sails and trimming was done by belaying to a pin on a rail. Basically, wonderfully primitive sailing, at least until the squall hits and the passengers all turn green.
Sadly, the Beal mostly does short daysails now, but she can be chartered. Specs:
Length Overall - 84'' Draft - 8'' Beam - 17'' Cargo - 60 Tons Sail Area - 2,200 square feet
Tons - 46 gross tons Hull - Wood Rigging - Gaff Rig, Two-Masted Displacement - 80 tons
Here''s the link:
She''s been featured in two movies, and she''s a beautiful old gal.
There are older boats afloat, like the Lewis R. French (built 1871), but most of these have probably been retrofitted with modern gewgaws like sinks and running water for passenger comfort (ugh!)