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tough old boys...
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waaaaay before gore-tex too.
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Really cool!
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Consider reading the book. It's very aptly titled Once is Enough, and is a story of some ridiculously sturdy and resourceful sailors. I'd consider it part of the canon of sailing literature. Moitessier was a fan, best I remember, and called it out as an excellent resource.
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Nice! Tough old guys. Does anyone know what that substance was that they were rubbing on the lines?
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Nice! Tough old guys. Does anyone know what that substance was that they were rubbing on the lines?
"Tallowing the sheets" was in the narration. Tallow is fat.
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Beef fat,boiled to remove salt . Used to 'sloosh' the masts too (on gaffers).Miles gave me a signed copy of "Once is Enough" Edit. Miles signed 'Because the Horn is there'. his later book.
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Consider reading the book. It's very aptly titled Once is Enough, and is a story of some ridiculously sturdy and resourceful sailors. I'd consider it part of the canon of sailing literature. Moitessier was a fan, best I remember, and called it out as an excellent resource.
I read "Once is Enough" before I set sail on my circumnavigation. Doing so saved my life, the lives of my wife, daughter and crew when we were capsized three times in a tropical cyclone (hurricane) off Fiji. During one capsize we lost the companionway hatch and without a thought I knew exactly how to make repairs and seal that huge hole, thanks to that book. A very important book for anyone who dares venture beyond the sight of land, IMHO.
In the early 70's I met John Guzzwell in Hawaii and he was obviously prematurely grey. He said it happened almost overnight, after the pitchpole.
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