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Old 02-27-2012
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I must go down to the sea again....

This is by Jerry Hickson which is based on John Masefield poem "I must go down to the sea again". found on Scanmar International. Where they have a Sayes wind driven self steering for a Hardin45

I must go down to the sea again, in a modern high-tech boat,
And all I ask is electric, for comfort while afloat,
And alternators, and solar panels, and generators going,
And deep cycle batteries with many amperes flowing.

I must go down to the sea again, to the autopilot's ways,
And all I ask is a GPS, and a radar, and displays,
And a cell phone, and a weatherfax, and a shortwave radio,
And compact disks, computer games and TV videos.

I must go down to the sea again, with a freezer full of steaks,
And all I ask is a microwave, and a blender for milkshakes,
And a watermaker, air-conditioner, hot water in the sink,
And e-mail and a VHF to see what my buddies think.

I must go down to the sea again, with power-furling sails,
And chart displays of all the seas, and a bullhorn for loud hails,
And motors pulling anchor chains, and push-button sheets,
And programs which take full charge of tacking during beats.

I must go down to the sea again, and not leave friends behind,
And so they never get seasick we'll use the web online,
And all I ask is an Internet with satellites over me,
And beaming all the data up, my friends sail virtually.

I must go down to the sea again, record the humpback whales,
Compute until I decipher their language and their tales,
And learn to sing in harmony, converse beneath the waves,
And befriend the gentle giants as my synthesizer plays.

I must go down to the sea again, with RAM in gigabytes,
and teraflops of processing for hobbies that I like,
And software suiting all my wants, seated at my console
And pushing on the buttons which give me complete control.

I must go down to the sea again, my concept seems quite sound,
But when I simulate this boat, some problems I have found.
The cost is astronomical, repairs will never stop,
Instead of going sailing, I'll be shackled to the dock.

I must go down to the sea again, how can I get away?
Must I be locked in low-tech boats until my dying day?
Is there no cure for my complaint, no technologic fix?
Oh, I fear this electric fever is a habit I can't kick.


Now my Hardin45 came with a 7.5 KW genset... and I am going to find ways of weaning her off that diesel drinking monster hog of a genset... may take me awhile, but I will find ways of doing so....

Now what are you doing about weaning from gensets and so forth??
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A very good poem, Sir. I have been pondering on this issue for a 1/2 dozen years and last year sold our lovely Passport 50 which I had stripped down from "marina cocktail" status to "off shore" status; removing ice-makers, TV displays, etc. I just bought a Morris 28 Linda that has no refrigeration, no genset, no hot water and uses electricity for lights and minimal electronics. I can hop on this boat and be underway in 4 minutes.

There's an expression "you own a small boat; a big boat owns you."

I used to deliver boats to the Caribbean with compass, taffrail log, charts and sextant (and lots of books) because that's what existed. It has gotten pretty complex and can run your sailing life if you let it. The complexities of the Passport certainly ran my life aboard.
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Funny poem.

However, I would no sooner wean my boat than I would my house. We don't use all the conveniences, such as the TV, much at all. But she is our second home and we wanted to be comfortable and had her off the dock nearly 60 days last year.

In the grand scheme of things, diesel burn barely shows on the budget radar. So far, repairs, etc, have all been within budget as well. A budget that is notably less than it would take to have a waterfront vacation home in these waters. Less, in fact, than just having one in a town that has waterfront, let alone could you see the water.

And here it comes....... I can live on my boat, you can't sail your house...... I never get tired of that one. I will keep her equipped like a floating home.
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Good poem, the sailboat I just bought has only one battery for lights. There is no other wiring in the boat.

I'm tempted to add pressurized water, and macerator pump, but after reading your poem, I'm having second thoughts.
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GREETINGS EARTHLINGS; I must go down to the seas again, To the lonely sea and sky, I left my vest and socks there, I wonder are they dry. SPIKE MILLIGAN 1963 GO SAFE
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