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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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Im thinking of getting me one of these: pbone UK :: Warwick Music Limited - Welcome
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

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What musical instruments are some of you playing on your boats?
I use a Martin LXM acoustic. It is very stable in the marine environment, even with the high levels of humidity. It is basically made of a composite (seems like Formica) and the neck is highly laminated. The thing does not move and stays in tune amazingly well for an acoustic.

While it does not sound like a D-18, OM or 000 it sounds quite decent for a little composite guitar and I played all the "baby" or small models. It's actually got some bottom end to it.. Carbon Acoustics & Rain Song make them in carbon fiber but I've yet to play one in the baby size but have played both CA and Rain Song in the D size... The baby size fits the boat very well I just wish the nut width on the neck was a bit wider.

I brought my Santa Cruz OM on the boat once, won't do that again.....

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

I have had a flute on both boats the first one lasted for 7 years and was still working OK but needed repadding.

Always remember the Fenchman who built his own boat because he wanted to have a full size upright piano on board. He built the boat round the piano.
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

My baby grand could replace the Saloon table as there's a U shape seating arrangement but the mast would have to go through the middle of the strings and soundboard!
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My baby grand could replace the Saloon table as there's a U shape seating arrangement but the mast would have to go through the middle of the strings and soundboard!
Guess you need to step the mast on the cabin top, and reinforce the piano's structure to bear the compression post. I have seen a steel beam span the cabin, with supports to either side. Can you fit your piano through the companionway entrance?

Obviously I think music is just as important as sailing!
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

As much as I'd like to keep a Taylor or Martin on board, I know neither would survive the temp and humidity changes on the boat. I built a slightly scaled down nylon string guitar and a rugged case just for the boat. It is all cedar with a Spanish foot but with a modern neck shape with a 12" radius. It has held up really well on the boat and does not take up too much room. Nylon strings put a lot less stress on the structure of a guitar and probably hold up better than a steel string where moisture is a factor. Having a guitar is a high priority item to me so I don't mind using some space to keep a real guitar. Those "travel" guitars that some builders make usually have very crappy tonal value.
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

I lived aboard in Florida for 12 months and kept my banjo with me. It shows remarkably little effect from that time. I kept a moisture eater in the soft case with it and replaced it periodically. Still can't play it worth a sh*t, I blame the salty air for that :-)
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