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Cat poop vs. Bird poop.
Neither is the lesser of two weevils. Watch out for the SPCA. They will doggedly search for you! I was thinking of re-installing a 'Windex' on my Lightning to keep an Osprey from enjoying his lunch at the top of my mast. Ospreys don't like cats either but cats don't really like boats, especially at the mast head.
I know the area you sail in and I also know that you are smarter and younger then me. I can only surmise that the windex helps you judge what is going on at the top of the mast when you really can tell what is going on with the wind and sails just by observing (listening to the sails, watching the wind on the water and the feeling of the tiller - yes, I said tiller - no wheels here). Do you think that Joshua Slocum had a windex on his 'Spray' when he did his circumnav circa 1910 or so? My point is really that prior to the 'windex' people always relied on their senses to determine what to do. The advent of the 'windex' was a nice low tech invention that has paved the road for chart plotters and apparent wind instruments and I should not be crapping on it like the sea gulls do. You can sail quite well without a windex if your senses are tuned to the environment.
On our delivery cruise with Bene505 from Mtk. to Glen Cove I suspected that we had gusts up to 40 mph outside Port Jeff. The next day (Sunday) I knew that the wind was stronger and you posted a link to the mysound.com buoy system that showed gusts up to 50. Since the mast on the Bene 505 is at least 60' above the deck I doubt we could have seen it nor would it have been of much use. The most important part of our duties were to get the boat up wind to her port - which we did without the benefit of a single wind instrument on board. I only used my ears and my eyes to spot the cat paws (winds ruffling the waters surface) rushing by our boat to guess the winds approximate speed.
My most obscure point is that looking up at the top of the mast or at a chart plotter are not the best places to be watching for the weather that is in front of you.
For racing in light winds I suspect that the windex is a valued tool by most that lurk here.
Sorry we missed you at your get-together in Huntington. I look forward to the spring as all of us northerners do.
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