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Bernard Montissier once was asked how much cruising cost and replied “whatever you have”

My choices  are simple, safe, and proven.

My 22 lb Fortress and 5/16″ chain cost less than insurance.

Hank on sails cost less than roller furling.

Buckets cost  less than marine heads, are cleaner and will never fail.

Tillers cost less than steering wheels and rarely fail.

Tell tales cost less than electronic wind instruments and cannot fail.

Self steering wind vanes cost less to keep going than electronic steering aids and pick up every wind shift.

Jerry jugs cost less than water tanks and if one gets contaminated or leaks you still have many backups.

Using your eyes and traditional navigation is better than relying on radar, when you need it most it will fail you.  Just like a skier cant ski without snow and a surfer cant surf without waves a sailor cant sail every day.

A sculling oar cost less than an engine.

a hard dingy cost less than an inflatable and doubles as an unsinkable life raft.

Natural ventilation and insulation cost less than heat, are safer and keep the boat dry and warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

Ice boxes cost less than refrigeration and never fail.

Hand held lead line is fail safe, cheap and saves one through hull.

Dead reckoning and traditional navigation is safer, more fun, and often more reliable than GPS.

Chilling on The’,  the rain last night was a welcome break and and perfect for some much needed R&R.

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent.  It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction.  ~E.F. Schumacher 

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