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Re: The Passing of TQA John Duncker - Elephant's Child
I found John to be a willing help with any problems I might need help with and he always had a friendly smile and time to chat. By the way his oh so friendly cat Dizzy has been rehomed.
As for aging aboard, I think the biggest revelation to me was when I realized that what was happening to me was that I was losing my agility. As a full time liveaboard all my adult life, these things crept up on me unannounced, probably more so than a part time sailor. The ability to hop about with ease, stand without holding on under most conditions and hop off and on the boat (to a dock) with ease were no longer just the way it was. I have to prethink every action; actions I'd been doing for over 5 decades without any worry of injury.
For years the doctors have recommended hip replacements and I have refused. The thought of having anything inside my body that would require advanced specialized medical attention should something go wrong appealed to me a lot less than the occasional pain, no matter how severe.For instance, I no longer twist from the wheel to pull in the main sheet, but rather I turn my whole body and face the task. I won't pull on a halyard or line (mooting or dock) but instead put it on a winch if the load is too great. Even little things like no longer going down the companionway backwards in a seaway. I turn and use the handholds; that's what they are there for! No more toughing it out.Think it out and maybe, just maybe, I can still be doing what I love when I'm 92.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
ďBelieve me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.Ē ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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