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Old 08-05-2002
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Every once in a while

Every once in a while, you get a chance to learn something old. I had just replaced the Genoa on the rusty steed and one of the fellow sailors asked if I knew about the symposium on junk? Nope, I didnít see any of the flyers since we had a late start from home and just got underway as soon as we arrived. So, I accompanied Sid to the Lawson room of the marina/hotel and was mesmerized for 2 hours about Chinese junks from Seasoned junkers. Mike and Patty, from South Africa, who have been sailing junks before Christ was a corporal. The current junk the Chi Lin is a Ferro cement mishmash of parts from here and there. Iím sure many other sailors have seen the ďboatĒ in the many years itís been around. I canít even begin to relay some of the stories they spun. Like being in 5 hurricanes!
A lovely couple to talk to, They live with out refrigeration or AC, but the boat is fabulous. Itís a jigsaw puzzle of found parts, old teak, and bamboo and palm frond. I was invited aboard yesterday and was impressed by the workmanship the joinery and selection of wood, all done by the skipper and crew. If you get a chance to talk to them, DO! You will walk away with a renewed feeling of something. Itís the feeling that you can do anything or go anywhere (except near the navy) make your own decisions. Maybe not pay so much tax. To experience a real freedom, better than what you think you have now. To boldly sail where only several have sailed before! And have only yourself to blame in the thick of it.
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