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    Re: taffrail log (Walker's log)
    From: Carl Herzog
    Date: 2008 Oct 12, 19:59 -0400
    George Huxtable wrote:
    I used to have a spare rotator, until one sad day when I engaged reverse gear, having
    forgotten that the log was still streamed.

    Yes, I've done that. I've also lost rotors to other people's props when curious powerboaters cut too close astern.(We started using bightly colored neon line after the first of those.)  I've also seen the line get tangled up in the prop and rudder when the ship is hove-to.

    The larger taffrail logs I've used also become worthless at less than about 2 knots -- the rotor just drags through the water instead of spinning -- so I've gotten in the habit of trying to ensure that it's hauled back when the speed drops, or the ship heaves to, or before we engage the main engine for any kind of tight maneuvering.

    George Huxtable wrote:

    That particular log had an inertia-wheel, a spoked wheel about the
    sixe of a big dinner-plate, a few feet aft from the taffrail. Presumably
    that was intended to keep it spinning smoothly, but I've never worked out
    how, or if, that really worked, or if it mattered.

    I've seen these too, but never used one. We had a taffrail log that came with one, but got perfectly accurate results without it.


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