26 Dec Santa’s Workshop
Captain John Voss sailed a dugout canoe that he found in a backlot somewhere in Victoria BC most of the way around the world. He was a retired sealing captain and an extraordinary seaman to be sure, but still, a dugout canoe for God’s sake!
His book, The Ventursome Voyages of Captain John Voss is worth finding and reading. To give you some idea of the man, while in Australia he toured his canoe around on a train giving talks to raise money to further his trip.
One of the reasons he was so confident in his craft is that he bought the best hardware and gear he could find.
Captain Voss should be turning in his grave right about now as I pay the price for scrimping. A chick of the rimming rigging turns up s badly chafed foreguy. I bought more line to replace the existing guys before I left thinking it wise to replace some line that had seen a lot of use. I scrimped on the foreguys as they are lightly loaded. They didn’t last a week of service. The old guys, even after a couple of thousand miles show no wear whatsoever.
Here I’m splicing on extra cover as chafe protection for the guy.
As Voss himself might have remarks “Penny wise and pound foolish.”
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