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    Re: Taffrail log and an alternative
    From: Brian Whatcott
    Date: 2002 Jun 23, 14:22 -0500

    At 07:23 AM 6/23/02, you wrote:
    >If the clockwork presents low drag the slip of the fish is very low and the
    >fish moves thru the water like a screw in wood. Thus I suggest the accuracy of
    >a tafrail log is better than one percent. Unfortunately it doesn't perform so
    >well in southern waters since it continually fouls with Sargasso weed.
    >Don't forget to keep the fish painted black since it looks like a tasty treat
    >to many of the denizens and at $40 per replacement can seriusly reduce your
    >beer ration. There is a braided closline for sale that works as well as the
    >"special" and costly log line sold for the purpose.
    >Many paddle wheel logs are defficient at low speeds. The magnetic sensor gives
    >an impulse whether rotated forward or backwards. Thus whenever the water flow
    >is from aft to forward the distance traveled is incremented instead of
    >decremented. To approach the same accuracy as a taffrail log one must
    >for different sea conditions and headings.
    >The chip log seems like a good idea if it is streamed regularly but I never
    >figured out how to reteive it easily at speed due to its drag.
    >Walter Guinon
    >Lincolnville Maine
    This is just a stray memory trace - of the paradoxical kind that doesn't
    go away, though essentially valueless.
    I was in a Midlands  supplier's store - probably in Birmingham (UK)
    and I was looking over the amazing variety of cast brassware
    (of the kind which was advertized as 'toys') and I saw a taffrail log
    hanging on a wall - for sale, new - several minidials and pointers
      (for distance run?) and a speed indicator.
    Could Walker have been a Midlands company?
    Did it expire in the last twenty years or so?
    Brian Whatcott
       Altus OK                      Eureka!

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