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    FW: log lines
    From: Doug Royer
    Date: 2003 Jun 10, 11:10 -0700

    Steven,not meaning to be flippant even though this post sounds like it, did
    you ever consider showing the international day shapes or lights to draw the
    attention of other vessels that you have something off your stern?Without
    the rule book in front of me I don't know for sure if there is a size
    restriction on a tow but it may save you from loseing a valuable piece of
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Steven Wepster [mailto:wepster@MATH.UU.NL]
    Sent: Tuesday, June 10, 2003 06:39
    Subject: log lines
    Dear list,
    It seems that whatever type of towed log you have, it is nearly impossible
    to buy a rotating fin for it at a reasonable price. After loosing both the
    fins that came with the Walker Economy pack, I ran into a little-used
    affordable Walker Excelsior IV. Last weekend I was at sea with my boat, and
    one of the things I had to do there was to check the log's performance. On
    saturday it was beautiful and quiet weather so everybody, ripe and green,
    was out with his boat. The log performed excellent. But the great worry was
    this: during the afternoon, _two_ boats, on different occasions, almost
    snatched away the log line. In one instance it was due to the alertness of
    my crew that the line was saved by pulling it in rapidly. Evidently the
    skippers of the other yachts either did not see the log line at all, or
    else did not recognise it as a log line! This story has, in my opinion, a
    message in it about the current status of non-electronic navigation.
    Steven Wepster                          wepster@math.uu.nl
                                            tel +31 30 253 1531
    Mathematisch Instituut                      +31 61 251 4380
    Universiteit Utrecht
    PO Box 80.010
    3508 TA Utrecht
    The Netherlands

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