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

Ovation guitars will probably weather better than regular guitars. Still, the neck is made of wood and can warp. If you keep it in a quality case, humidity changes will be more gradual and help the guitar last longer.

If guitar is something you really want to play, get a cheap one. There's some brands out there that play relatively well and they're not solid wood so they're a bit more stable as far as warping goes. Let a good luthier run their hands over it to get the action right since a lot of the cheap guitars have five ft high action that's murder on the fingers. The one I use charges $40 to set one up right.

About the only thing I can think of that would be "marine proof" would be one of those plastic recorders. Who wants to play that though?

A banjo could last a bit, depending on what type of metal it's made of. You know metals and salt water don't usually mix. I have a banjo. It can be difficult to find music.

Learn to read music if you're playing flute/piccolo. Much more music will be available to you.
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

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Learn to read music if you're playing flute/piccolo. Much more music will be available to you.
It's on my list of stuff I plan to do while cruising and living aboard...
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

African Drum

Ukulele

Tamborine

Majorocas

drumsticks

Egg shakers

Spoons.

The more we drink, the better we sound...
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

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

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

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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