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Old 12-07-2017, 08:38   #46
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Re: Very Low Budget Atlantic Crossing

It seems like a very interesting story I may have to look at it on Amazon
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:06   #47
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Re: Very Low Budget Atlantic Crossing

I once picked up Howard Hughes who was hitchiking from Acapulco to Managua. Just joking, I believe you. I guess I am gullible, but it seems to me it would be a rare bird to falsify a logbook. A pathological liar, like my ex attorney Mr. Swanson, might do it, but even he would need to believe he could steal a lot of money to bother. I would be suprised if a person could earn enough money for a new cooker by putting a logbook on Amazon.
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Old 12-07-2017, 13:05   #48
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It was very interesting, made more interesting because I didn't have any money, or a lot of the equipment I should have had. Its not the boat on the cover, didn't have a photo of it at sea, so publisher got that photo of same type of boat, southern cross 31, mine didn't have the gear that has though. I am going to get him to just put the sea on the cover, he did that cover without consulting me.

The boat was great, but lot of problems, it hadn't been sailed in ten years, or out of the water for that time. I got it out of the water, but it needed so much, I just couldn't do everything.

When I met the old gentleman that was selling it, I hadn't seen the boat, and at the same time, I was thinking of a Bristol 39 for 16000, but that would have been everything I had, so I told him I would give him 8500 dollars for the boat without seeing it, and he took my offer, I regretted that when I saw the boat, it was a floating shame, covered in moss, and every bit of wood on it, dried out and cracked, it was just such a project. I could have sold the mussels and oysters that were on the hull.

I got it back to the UK, it wasn't easy, I had a lot of good luck, I had to go into St George Bermuda under sail twice, which is something I would never have set off to attempt, but I got in. My strength was the tools I had onboard, the bits of wire hose wood, nuts bolts plates, and bits and pieces, that came in very useful, my technical skills, and just refusing to give up.

Hope you buy it, and hope you enjoy it.
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Old 12-07-2017, 13:16   #49
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I don't like the way people suggest falsifying a log book. I was in the merchant navy for years, and its a legal document, I have the original, that was written in pen, I typed this exactly from it. The guy who published it (when I first suggested it) said "give it to me and I will re write it" I had to explain to him, that you can't re write a log book, its what happened. You cant change history. Even Donald Crowhurst, had his real log aboard the boat, and he was falsifying his to keep his family from being homeless.

I had to put things in, that I are not the sort of mistakes and stupid things that people would want to admit to, but if I edited them out, then it wouldn't be a log book.

Besides which, it could all be checked, I stated dates position wind direction weather, that can all be checked.

To fake a log correctly would be like faking a moon landing, it would take more effort to fake it, than it would take to do the real thing. Crowhurst killed himself, because he knew his logs wouldn't stand up to scrutiny, and he had set out to fake them, but he made claims of the fastest days run ever, my claims might be nearer the slowest days run ever, non of my days runs were fast. I also don't claim to have sailed through a force twelve (unlike the majority of RYA yachtsmasters I have met, even though they have never been out of the Solent.
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Oh you can also still check the boat name on the US coastguard website (well it was there last time I looked) I didn't bother getting the title until I got to the UK, and then they would only give me the short title.

and If you give my your e mail address, it will e mail some photos of the boat as she is now.
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