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Date Posted: - Wednesday - 03/21/07 - 11:13am
Author: Lawrence Killingsworth
Subject: Will do
In reply to:
's message, "Goosenexk for Mariner 40" on - Wednesday - 02/21/07 - 5:59am
Good morning, Mike --
OK, I'll get some good close-up digital photos of the mainmast gooseneck, along with measurements, and send them to you. It may be a couple of weeks before I get the winter cover off, so I hope that won't set your schedule back too much. I'm sure you're ready to get out and go sailing.
On the South Seas cruise, I flew to Tahiti and joined the ship there. We then sailed over to Moorea and out to Rangiroa Atoll in the Tuamotu Archipelago, then back to Moorea and finally to Tahiti again. A wonderful adventure, which even included running from tropical cyclone Zita.
There were 11 professional crew on the ship -- including sailors and scientists, since the Seamans is a research vessel -- and 23 of us amateur crew. We got to steer, navigate, handle (very large and heavy) sails, go aloft, swab the decks, you name it, we did it. (Except, I guess, for keelhauling. We didn't get to do that, darn it!)
It was exciting and also, as you suggest, humbling to sail on such a ship. We learned so much from the young, but thoroughly professional crew.
My own personal project on the voyage was to do celestial navigation and compare my results with the ship's GPS system. I joked with the captain that they might have to recalibrate their GPS if we didn't agree, but, you know, it turned out they were pretty close to the correct answer.
Enough rambling for now. Let me know if I need to put a rush on the photos. Otherwise, I'll have them to you for sure in a couple of weeks.
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gooseneck -- Mike Anthony, - Wednesday - 03/21/07 - 7:32pm
The trip sounded like a lot of fun. If we weren't so tied up getting Tivoli ready to get in the water it would be someting to consider. However, Tivoli is taking all of our time, any time off is spent getting her ready. A couple of weeks will be fine. Like I said we have lots to do. We want to get the hull painted and new sail track on both masts and some work on the bow sprint and bob stay, everything else we can do in the water. Once the hull is painted I will send out some new pics. Thanks again
Mike and Paula
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