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It was important to run a little alcohol thru the bag to kill off the little beasties, but no real maintenance problems.
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Just curious, which works better, gin or rum?
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Ocarina. You can get them in plastic or ceramic.
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Ocarina. You can get them in plastic or ceramic.
I'd forgotten about ocarinas. Not much bigger than a harmonica, and without the reeds to stick.

I once listened to some South Americans play really nice live music on ocarinas. Nice mellow tone.
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Wow! The way it reads, most everyone tends to go pretty light with their selection of musical instruments. Here's the rig I'll be hauling. And, it only takes up half of the quarter-berth on my Morgan 33-O.I..



Here it is loaded on my cart for transportation up the dock to a Tiki Bar in Southern Maryland.



I can play the keyboard without using the main amp using the DC/AC inverter on the boat because the keyboard only draws about 50 watts. The amp, a Bose L1 Compact, draws 150-watts, and the other equipment draws about another 100 watts. That's a lot of battery drain if you're anchored out and having a raft-up party. Lots of fun in the Tiki Bars, through.

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Gary, amazing.

Proportionally, I carried a lot last summer. In a tiny Victoria 18, which is narrow and low, we carried a weeks worth of water (and drinks), food, camping gear for Maine, tools and supplies, two inflatables (fixed keel boat), 8 ft. oars (hate using a motor), several anchors and rode (like to sleep at night), and spare sails and backups for important stuff.

Plus, a full sized dreadnought guitar. It was a bit of a pain, but worth it. I'd asked my wife to look for a travel guitar, but the sound was so crappy she couldn't resist the full size.
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I second the vote for a ukulele, I have had my Fluke, Flea onboard for over 6 years with no issues. If you play guitar, you can string it with a low G string and use guitar cords, just drop the two top strings. They are great for meeting people and everyone seems to love the funky sound. Best of all they are small, tough and only $200.00

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What could be better to take aboard than one of these
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uilleann pipes, Irish pipes, just in time for St Patrick's Day
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I play the electric bass, guitar (electric, acoustic and electric-acoustic), some drums and keyboards. Electric instruments, for obvious reasons, are not a good idea on a sailboat. My acoustic guitars are worth too much to subject them to high moisture content. Drums? Well.... bongo drums maybe. I love jazz and blues and love the sound of a Hammond B3, but those are a bit on the heavy side, and about as large as my boat! But I do have a blues harp on board.

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As we sailed into the mystic.
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I play the electric bass, guitar (electric, acoustic and electric-acoustic), some drums and keyboards. Electric instruments, for obvious reasons, are not a good idea on a sailboat. My acoustic guitars are worth too much to subject them to high moisture content. Drums? Well.... bongo drums maybe. I love jazz and blues and love the sound of a Hammond B3, but those are a bit on the heavy side, and about as large as my boat! But I do have a blues harp on board.
Blues harp is good, I hope it's in the key of "sea"!
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Re: Cruising/sailing with musical instruments... ?

Used to play guitar when I was younger with the missus singing & playing basic stuff on the keyboard. We recently (at Christmas actually) decided to learn new instruments to take with us when we head out on our own blue water . She's started playing the tin whistle and has been entranced by the sound of the irish pipes (from a youtube of Seamus Ennis - small world ).

As we both like Irish music, I thought I'd pick up the fiddle. I currently sound REALLY bad playing it and wouldn't know how well it stands up to storage in the marine environment. Worst comes to worst, I'll have had fun torturing my family listening to me practice
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