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07-05-2003 09:18 PM
polar palm tree
Silly question, I know....

Well, I''ll wonder I love my boat so much....all the hanks (4 sails + the drifter!)open to starboard and I of course, am left handed......maybe that''s why I haven''t considered roller furling! To me safety is more important than tradition....if we followed tradition our boats would sure be a lot more work. I like fiberglass over wood''s annual sanding and painting. I like my depth guage over a lead line (I actually have a lead line!!) I sure like my synthetic lines over hemp! I love sailing, and often singlehand....I am much for the traditions I have broken.
For every broken tradition, new ones are built as no culture remains the same over time, even the maritime culture!
So, let''s drink to our new traditions: fiberglass boats, electronics, kevlar, and female skippers!
06-24-2003 03:42 PM
Silly question, I know....

Well said Jeff
06-20-2003 03:11 PM
Silly question, I know....

I derive quite a bit of satisfaction in doing things (ex: coiling a rope or making the correct marks on my chart) the "proper" or traditional way, and sailing has a rich tradition, but as Thoreau (or was it Emerson?) said, "Foolish consistency is the hob-goblin of little minds."<p>Traditions are born, develop, enjoy a long and fruitful life as long as they are useful, and then they disappear as needs change, or linger on as vestigal appendages whose purpose has long faded into obscurity. New traditions will rise in their place. Let''s know our history, but by all means, let''s also stay open-minded enough to pay heed to innovation and recognize when we''re just polishing the dunsul. <p>Oh, and the correct saying is "The <em>Devil</em> is in the details" (meaning, it''s easier to outline the plan than it is to execute it and manage all the little surprises that pop up). Maybe you were thinking of the less well-known saying, "Legalism is next to Godliness."
06-18-2003 01:41 PM
Silly question, I know....

I had three days of great sailing last weekend...Friday night under a full moon, all day Saturday, and most of the day Sunday until the rains came at about 6 PM. My own personal mental batteries got is good, left handed or right!

06-18-2003 08:48 AM
Silly question, I know....

I''ve had a couple of clear, non-rainy weekends.
Unfortunately, up here (north of 48), hot is about 72 Deg. F.
Oh well ...
06-18-2003 08:47 AM
Silly question, I know....

Join me my brother in Left Handedness. Together we will conspire to make ALL hanks to Starboard, and give ourselves unfair advantage, that we may once agian rule the seas!

-- James (the left handed)
06-18-2003 06:00 AM
Silly question, I know....

Now I know why hanking on the jib is such a pain,The right-handed world conspires againest those of the left-handed origin.Mayhaps a lefty invented roller furling to fix the Problems of hanking on sails. Fair winds to you all.By the way has anyone had a clear non-rainy weekend?
06-17-2003 04:56 PM
Silly question, I know....

Give me a break...that''s what sailing is about?
Glad there''s more in my life...and my sailing.

06-17-2003 04:49 PM
Silly question, I know....

Have to agree with Mr. Noyes about the jib hanks. When changing headsails, you want to be able to open the hank with your left hand and then guide it firmly onto the stay with your right, even on port tack. Trying to guide the hank to the stay using your left hand on a swaying, bouncing foredeck could easily double the time involved. Sailed an Ohlson 38 transatlantic and changed a lot of jibs.
06-17-2003 11:02 AM
Silly question, I know....

The Admiral and I bought our Hunter 34 to enjoy sailing. I can safely say we''re not snobs. One look at our boat will confirm that. She''s old, but still seaworthy, and that''s what really matters. You can call her a Yacht or a boat. It really doesn''t matter as long as she''s still afloat.

Right now, "learning to sail" is more important to us than "how we look", and it''ll probably stay that way until we''ve learned everything about sailing, or in other words - forever.

~ Happy sails to you ~ _/) ~

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