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Old 19-01-2016, 18:35   #76
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Re: Ask me about Taleisin...

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A software developer with an engineless wooden boat. I love a good contradiction.
Don't forget, relatively young. Only in my mid 30's

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Old 19-01-2016, 19:26   #77
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I get it. Modern day sailors have become motor sailors. It's to the point now that if your engine won't run sailors will not even consider leaving the dock. As a result skills are lost & achievements are muted. .
With the number of electronics on a vessel today I usually keep the engine ticking over to keep batteries topped up. Also helps to provide the added punch to get through waves so I use my engine regularly when sailing long passages.
However, I do not subscribe to the view that we lose our sailing skills. Recently when anchored with high winds and current and no engine I managed to sail off the anchor single handed. Skills once learned are always there when you need them.
After not reducing a sight for many years I got out my sextant and obtained a fix. Compared favourably with my GPS reading.
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