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Re: International sailing dictionary
Good luck with that one. When I took over a Danish freighter in Tampa I went to the library (pre-internet) for a Danish/English dictionary. but none was available. Later in Palm Beach, our home port, I was able to find one, but it was woefully short of technical and marine oriented words,
Fortunately for me when I was a kid I had an old photo of a Danish tall ship named Nord Lys (Northern Lights), so I knew lys was lights. After I got a generator running (she had 4), I turned on every switch on the engine room electric panel labeled 'lys' until I had engine room lights and I was able to go forward from there. It took 3 days and several rolls of masking tape to label all the switches on the engine room electric panel, but in the end it all came together, my crew arrived, and I was able to call the pilot and put to sea.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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