This book was loaned to me by some friends that know I like to read sea survival stories. I think I read it a long time ago, but I enjoyed reading it again. It seems pretty clear that people that survive ordeals like this have an inner strength that helps them get through it. I hope that I have that kind of strength, but that could just be fantasy on my part. I hope I never find out the hard way.
This story is a mix of the mechanics of survival at sea, descriptions of various aspects of beauty that he observed in the midst of his ordeal, and introspection on what life is and what it takes to stay alive. This excerpt from page 109 really spoke volumes to me. (emphasis mine)
“For the first time, I clearly see a vast difference between human needs and human wants. Before this voyage, I always had what I needed – food, shelter, clothing and companionship – yet I was often dissatisfied when I didn’t get everything I wanted, when people didn’t meet my expectations, when a goal was thwarted, or when I couldn’t acquire some material goody. My plight has given me a strange kind of wealth, the most important kind. I value each moment not spent in pain, desperation, hunger, thirst, or loneliness. Even here, there is richness all around me.”
Maybe that’s why I read these survival stories. To bring into focus what it really takes to stay alive when we’re not cushioned by society’s safety net, and to explore what is important and what is means to be alive.
If you like these kinds of stories, I think it’s worth your time reading.
The Complete Anchoring Book
Stay put on any bottom in any weather
Alain Poiraud, Achim Ginsberg-Klemmt & Erika Ginsberg-Klemmt
I really liked this book. The authors seem to have done a great job of reviewing anchor types, explaining what anchors are, how they work and how to use them. I enjoyed the entire book, and especially liked Appendix I “A Theoretical Study in Rode Behavior”. Seeing the formulas and calculations showing how they came to the conclusion that a chain leader with a nylon rode is the best combination for anchoring was very informative and interesting. Knowing why you should do something is almost as important as doing it.
The knowledge I gained has me wanting to go out and drop a hook!
Of course I have to rehab the boat first
No boat news or rehab projects to report about, but today was a beautiful fall day here in the northeast US.
Here is the ReHabitat in all her splendor.
ReHabitat in Fall Colors
We’ve had 8700 hits on 160 posts since we started. That’s an average of 54 readers per post. I have to tell you I’m surprised. Most of you are family and friends I already knew. Some of you are new friends. Some of you are companies and other weird stuff. (May have something to do with liking blogs you have no interest so they’ll like you back and get your site more traffic – I just don’t get that)
Because of the “Project that must not be named” I haven’t done near as much sailing and boat rehab as I wanted (OK – none at all). And the number of blog posts has definitely reduced this year .vs. last year. I am happy to report that it is almost over. I have a projected date of Nov 26 to complete, and the plan is to be done by Thanksgiving.
Good news to report is that all my kids will be here and we get to have a large Traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings! Yay! I am hoping it will be a double celebration as we celebrate both the project completion and the holiday.
My how time flies when you get older. It seems like such a short time ago that I brought that first O’Day 22 home. I have spent that time collecting water craft, and here is the list.
- Wind Surfer – full working order
2012-11-17 16.25.08 Colorful sail
- Blue Sea Kayak – full working order
- Gray Sea Kayak – rudder needs repair
Kayaks on the floor
- Sunfish – trailer in pieces, and boat stripped to bare hull (but finally dry inside!)
Trailer parts in the living room
- Catalina 22′ – Inoperable – waiting on keel replacement
Catalina 22 and keel
I plan to get all these functional over the winter and I am thinking my new years resolution will be to sail 60 times next year, and go on 3 overnight boat trips on the Chesapeake in the Catalina.
I will also be joining the West River Sailing Association where they race several different kinds of boats. One of which is an F-16 Catamaran and another is a laser fleet. Can’t wait to go racing again!
Wish me luck, and thanks for coming along for the ride.
Annapolis Book of Sailing: By John Rousmanier
The author’s name is pronounced ”Room-an-ear”, and he sure knows a lot about sailing.
This is a great book jam-packed with sailing information. It covers knots, navigation, safety gear, sails, tools, maintenance, weather, anchoring, recommended reading, etc., etc…. There are 403 pages, (and they are big pages) with something interesting on every page.
It is not the kind of book I can read for hours. The format is such that even though it has chapters and a logical flow, it is easy to read it a little at a time. So I put it in the special room that I visit every day where I can take 5 or ten minutes of personal quiet time…
Several chapters like “The Boat” (chp. 1), “Weather” (chp. 4) & “Personal Safety” (chp. 7) were covered pretty well in my 13 week Coast Guard boating course. Other chapters “Piloting and Position Finding” (chp. 11) & “Special Piloting Techniques” (chp. 12) introduced me to Navigation, which I find very interesting – Especially Celestial Navigation. Most of my experience has been day sails and races, where most of the time I’m not out of site of the marina. (I do hope to change that soon).
One section I particularly liked is an Appendix called “A Sailor’s Library” which has quite a few recommendations for books to read. I was pleased to see Lin & Larry Pardey’s “Storm Tactics Handbook” in there, which as I’m sure you’ll recall I’ve already given a positive review on this blog.
I would recommend this book as a great introduction to sailing and I plan to keep it around as a reference book. “Most” of the time it is in easy to read English, and when the sentences get more complicated it is because the concepts he is talking about are more complicated.
The “Project that must not be named” continues.
We’re laying tile instead of putting carpet back in. Besides just laying it in a basic square pattern, Mrs. CapnRehab wanted to add a little decoration to the side entrance. What would you do to spruce up this area?
What to do to spruce this up?
We’re using 16″ tiles, which is the max size my tile wet saw can handle. Naturally she wanted a diamond pattern, and when you do that you’re looking at almost a 23 inch cut. I had to freehand cut the tiles like this. (By the way, this is another new tool for this project.)
Freehand diagonal cut
Also, for what it’s worth, I don’t think I’ll ever go with ceramic tiles again. Any tiny chip knocks off the surface layer, and shows the red clay backing material. I’ve heard that porcelain doesn’t do that since it’s the same material all the way through. I guess we’ll cross that bridge when it comes to it.
This was very much a colaborative effort, Mrs. CapnRehab did the design, I cut the tiles, Rehab jr. and Rehab son-in-law laid most of the tile. I think it looks pretty good.
Still have the grout to put in, and then there is work on the baseboards and door trim, and then… and then…
But the list is finite, and there is light at the end of the tunnel. I’m reasonably sure it’s not a train.
I had to rehab my phone. My Samsung Charge recently decided to lose all my phone numbers. Apparently the backup wasn’t working either. I was able to load a backup from a few years ago. Warning if you have one. It seems that this happens to a log of people.
I’ve pretty much lost all my contacts from Florida. If you have my number, AND you want to stay in contact … please text me with your name and I’ll put you back in my contacts list. Better yet, give me a call and let me know what you’re up to. I’ve been meaning to call, but you know how busy things get…
I have a samsung S3 now. This thing is pretty nice, especially the speech recognition.
I’ve got the new phone linked with my Google contacts now, so I won’t lose them again – but Google will know all about you now. Who am I kidding, they already know.