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    Log lines
    From: Steven Wepster
    Date: 2003 Jun 10, 15:39 +0200

    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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