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To: SmoothSail who wrote (23851)12/30/2018 1:29:29 PM
From: Alan Smithee
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Beautiful.

Brings to mind the saying, “Red sky in morning, sailor take warning. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.”

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To: Alan Smithee who wrote (23860)12/30/2018 1:38:46 PM
From: SmoothSail
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Quilted sky, rain is nigh.

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To: SmoothSail who wrote (23859)12/30/2018 1:48:50 PM
From: Neeka
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Yes................we have that in common. ;) I'd be down in the SP right now sailing away with hubby and Dad if he were still alive. He told us when he retired that's what he wanted most in life and invited us to come along. Unfortunately cancer got him at the age of 66 or he'd be at sea.

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To: Neeka who wrote (23862)12/30/2018 1:58:33 PM
From: SmoothSail
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One of my favorite tunes with lots of sailing terms. Stills is a seasoned sailor, sailing his boat to the SP. Used to see him in Avalon.


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To: SmoothSail who wrote (23863)12/30/2018 5:17:17 PM
From: Neeka
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Have never seen the Southern Cross. Would love to one of these days.

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To: Neeka who wrote (23864)12/30/2018 5:42:33 PM
From: SmoothSail
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Have never seen the Southern Cross. Would love to one of these days.
About all that’s left on my bucket list. But it would have to be from a boat.

Even though GPS is now available, I would love to navigate using a sextant - just for old times sake.

Back in my blue water days, the best technology we had was LORAN and it wasn’t all that good. Wasn’t available everywhere.

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To: SmoothSail who wrote (23865)12/30/2018 5:46:26 PM
From: Alan Smithee
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I remember using LORAN when I had a timeshare on a 32’ Bayliner.

Kelsey was about 4, I think, so that would make it 26 years ago.

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To: Alan Smithee who wrote (23866)12/30/2018 5:49:39 PM
From: SmoothSail
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Compass worked just fine, most of the time.

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To: SmoothSail who wrote (23867)12/30/2018 5:54:39 PM
From: Alan Smithee
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Most of the time a chart and keeping the shoreline in sight worked fine for me.

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To: Neeka who wrote (23858)12/30/2018 7:30:24 PM
From: Joe Btfsplk
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The ice fields just behind Juneau generate some incredible breezes in winter. They’re the Taku Winds. The Taku River comes off the ice fields just south of Juneau. When the breeze is up and it's 0 +/- the wind from the river inlet tears the tops off any waves, so the surface is near flat. The torn off wave tops are in the air, scooting along at 90 knots or more.

Once, returning from a hunt further south in late November we laid over in a great little harbor just south to wait out a Taku. After a day or two with no let up we decided to hell with it and headed for home.

The straight course across the channel is a long haul with the wind hitting starboard broadside, so we went directly into the wind up the channel, turned and came down the opposite shore with the wind driving on our port quarter aft. It was maybe five or ten above zero and wasn't only the hull icing.

In to the wind wasn’t too bad, then having it coming from behind was sort of OK. The turn in that wind was probably the scariest thing I’ve done, was damned lucky we didn’t turn turtle.

There was a mail boat that regularly crossed that water on the way to Juneau, and out. They’d often radio in and have a crew waiting at the harbor to chop the ice so they could get off the boat. That boat kept on schedule no matter what, and the Taku wasn’t the only hazard on their route.

Funny how serious frights become fond memories.

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