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    Re: What kind of vessel?
    From: David F. McCune
    Date: 2006 Apr 30, 04:32 +0200

    She's a Rustler 31, "Ventura," a British long-keel sloop built in fiberglass
    in 1969 by Anstey Yachts in Poole, Dorset, England.  (31'5" LOA, 9' beam,
    5'6" draft, 12,800 lbs.) I sailed her from Los Angeles to Hawaii and back
    and now want to bring her to Sweden, where I live part-time.  She's not very
    fast or large by today's standards, but she's an old friend and we've taken
    care of each other for some years now.  I'm her fourth owner.  I have a boat
    over here in Sweden, too, but we've never really "clicked," so I thought
    "Ventura" would like the Baltic.  And anyway, I promised.  On the return
    from Hawaii, on one of those awful moonless nights when the seas were way
    too big and I was way too tired and scared, I told her that if we made it
    through just one more night I would take her home to Poole harbor.  Needless
    to say, we made it, so here I am, left with a lover and a promise.  And then
    there's her name.  She was named "Ventura" all those year ago by her first
    owners in England.  She wandered everywhere.  I found her in San Francisco.
    Through one of those odd twists, I eventually ended up living in Ventura,
    California, where she is now.  I don't believe in, well, stuff like that.
    But hey, alone at sea you have to believe in something, so over the years I
    decided we were meant to be together. Corny, to be sure, but as any
    frightened sailor will tell you, corny beats dead any day of the week.
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Navigation Mailing List
    Sent: Sunday, April 30, 2006 12:15 AM
    Subject: What kind of vessel?
    On 29 Apr 2006, at 10:16 AM, David F. McCune wrote:
    > A sextant is not as efficient as a GPS.  But then again, sailing is
    > not as efficient as United Airlines, either.
    Welcome to the group!  I like your thinking here.  Obviously we all
    gain a lot more from the study of celestial navigation than just our
    positions -- or otherwise we would just use GPS.
    I am always impressed when somebody actually crosses oceans in a
    small boat.  My hat's off to you.  You inspire the rest of us to
    someday do the same thing.
    What kind of vessel will take you to Sweden via the canal?

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