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Old 17-06-2010, 15:01   #16
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absolutely true

mackerel sky
mackerel sky
not long wet
not long dry
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Old 17-06-2010, 15:02   #17
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I think the bigger question is:

1. Why do you care?

2. Why would you ask a sailing forum?
A masthead mounted cow could be a valuable source of milk, wind information and fresh beef.
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Old 17-06-2010, 15:05   #18
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Sheep move upwind.

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That might be useful to have one on a boat. I wonder if they know the difference between true and apparent???
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Old 17-06-2010, 15:06   #19
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Poems are especially great - thanks Bash!
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Old 17-06-2010, 15:18   #20
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If you a landing a small plane in a grass field, never fly up a cows bum. But if landing a float plane, read the transom on the way in.
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Old 17-06-2010, 15:35   #21
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Actually, I was half wrong; cows tend to align* North ↔ South.

Cows Tend to Face North-South: Scientific American Podcast

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Cattle shown to align north-south

* Face either magnetic north or south
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Old 17-06-2010, 15:40   #22
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Ok so, cows can also be used as compasses. I wonder if they have to be adjusted for deviation. Do you put magnets on their ears?
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Ok so, cows can also be used as compasses. I wonder if they have to be adjusted for deviation. Do you put magnets on their ears?
Salty--don't you know. Thats why there are no cows at the Poles. They come fitted with fluxgates,-- and can't lift their heads high enough for star shots.
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Horses do also yes they do. noted many times from flying.
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Old 17-06-2010, 16:17   #25
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But I noticed that horses tend to face in opposite directions so 1) they can see as a pair 360 degrees, and 2) to use each others tail to brush away flys from face.
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Old 17-06-2010, 16:20   #26
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On Insatiable we have a well established practice:

Red Sky ib the morning, Sailor take warning.
Red sky at night, Sailor take warning.

Works every time!

And as to the masthead cow... there might be some fallout problems with this instrument system.

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Had an old farmer tell me if the cows are all grazing fishing is good, if they're laying around don't bother.
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Old 17-06-2010, 16:49   #28
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forsailbyowner - another reason to take one on a boat.

OK to get us off the cows, here's a more practical nautical hint I'm sure you already know:

With your back to the wind, if the high-altitude clouds are moving from left to right, weather will worsen; if right to left, it will clear. If they are moving toward or away from you, will remain the same.
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Hey guys having the cow on board not only gives you wind direction, magnetc direction, beef, milk, but everyone knows it'll rain soon if the cows are laying dowm. I'll have to rethink the chicken coop thing. The cow sounds much better! Lets see, compas, barometer, wind indicator, they must add up to a few pounds. What does a cow weigh?
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ConradG - you also get a lot of FREE methane for the generator
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