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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

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I guess there isn't room on my boat for the drum kit but I've been thinking about taking the djembe. I have the same concerns about moisture affecting the drum head (it's goat skin) and the drum shell. It's made of thick oak but over time could still be affected. I would nodoubt have to find an isolated anchorage to play it.
I've had the djembe on the boat for 7 years, no problems in the tropics. Set it out in the sun once in awhile to dry things out. Have a nice spot by the mast (inside) that the drum tucks into nicely.
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

On Lake Michigan, there's no worry with salt (or sharks!).

I bring along my guitar. Either the Fender Stratocaster or a full-size acoustic. Our boat's a 31 foot Catalina.

If I bring along the Stratocaster, I also bring along a very small practice amp.

The guitar shares the v-berth with me (my wife gets the aft berth cuz she's...well, she's kinda noisy when she sleeps).

So, a guitar, two Siamese cats, a litter box, the usual travel bags and we're good to go.
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

I always have a uke with me on the boat, although those that been subjected to my playing probably wish that I would wait until I'm singlehanding outside the 3 mile limit! I also have a Washburn Rover traveling guitar that some of my friends play when they're aboard.

When my kids were little I used to bring a bugle along for those early morning wake-ups. ;^)
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I'll second the djembe suggestion. Doesn't have to be a big one. Also the egg shaker or a cabasa.

But, as far as a bomb proof melody instrument, look at an Irish whistle (sometimes called a penny whistle). Good ones are made of brass. Sometimes aluminum. Cheap ones out of tin can be had for 10 bucks or so. Great nautical tradition with these instruments and nothing is more beautiful on a foggy mooring than an Irish air floating on the air. PM me if you need more info.
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

oh.... and as for guitars on board, the solution is garage sales. Find one for 20 bucks and throw it away if you ruin it..... but you probably won't for quite awhile. With little invested, you won't worry about it. No case, just throw it in the back of the wet locker! Rusty strings .... oh well. (gut strings on a classical guitar anyone?)
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Rainsong guitars are made completely of carbon fiber and are unaffected by humidity. They sound good too. They make a smaller model.

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oh.... and as for guitars on board, the solution is garage sales. Find one for 20 bucks and throw it away if you ruin it..... but you probably won't for quite awhile. With little invested, you won't worry about it. No case, just throw it in the back of the wet locker! Rusty strings .... oh well. (gut strings on a classical guitar anyone?)
I agree. Doesn't have to be a garage sale (don't normally find guitars). When getting ready for a trip last summer, my wife picked up an excellent used, plywood topped (for stability and cheapness), 6 string acoustic guitar for $50 at a music store . It has surprisingly good sound, a very accurate and easy to play neck, and came with brand new strings! We got it for a week long sailing trip, we used a garbage bag for a "case", which didn't take up much space. On an extremely small boat for two people for a week.

I keep it in the open air on a rack at home, easy to pick up and play for a few minutes, and I don't worry about it drying out without a case. Because I don't care much about it. Little investment, lots of fun.

As an aside, I was putting on a roof in Florida once and from my height I saw the garbage truck coming. I looked across the road and saw a guitar leaning against the garbage, about to be picked up and crushed. What would you do? Yeah, and it wasn't a bad classical guitar to drive home with.
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

Well, I had a Yamaha drreadnought which was far too big. I gave it away to a friend for the price of new strings.

I bought a [I]Parkwood[I] by CORT - parlour size - which fits into 'fiddle storage' above front bunks.

I found that if you keep using it, the strings dont rust where you play.

Anyway, for me, the guitar is just for personal use.
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Well, I guess I'll have to forget about my 4 valve contra tuba. I spent all winter making a harness so I can strap the instrument into the dingy. Also had the bell made so it screws on and off to save space. The nice thing about the tuba is the pipe is wide enough to use as storage.

I think a Bosun whistle may make the most sense. Although a plastic uke may be okay.

Still thinking about ideas. I won't consider the Oboe. If ya want to be a good musician ya have to know your bass from your oboe.
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

Im thinking of getting me one of these: pbone UK :: Warwick Music Limited - Welcome
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