Ho ho ho!
Due to the fact that I’m older than a half a century, I don’t believe in Santa nor does he believe in sailors. Sometimes “the Secret” will drop things in your lap, sometimes you have to dig into it yourself. The holiday season is an opportunity to acquire “stuff” from a long list of things. And due to financial blah blah, you can’t go overboard (oh, I cracked a pun!)
1. I love sailing books. I ordered 3 from Amazon and I gave them to family to give me with a 10euro bookmark. (they cost 13 GBP. Add shipping and currency convergence and they came to 35euro, wtf!!) Anyway, one by Robin Knox–Johnston and two by Bernard Moitessier. These two cats raced sailing around the world solo nonstop. Bernard didn’t finish the race but kept going one and a half times around, approx 10 months! A wonderful addition to my library of hero’s.
2. I you have a sail boat, having a sewing machine… well, it’s rather useful for obvious and non-obvious reasons.
Apparently the machine for sailors is a Sailrite. These babes go for $800 . But I’m in Greece and getting one would put me back over 1200euros which is twice the $$. Even if I found a cheep used one on ebay, 20kilos is a killer in shipping. Consulting my copy of This Old Boat, I opted for an old 1960 Japanese machine (= built like a tank). In the US you could probably find one for $10 at a yard sale. I paid 100euro (ouch) to an old Armenian sewing machine dude who sells and fixes new, antiques and used machines. I got an Imperial. It’s seen better days, I probably paid too much but now I’m in business! No bells and whistles on this baby, just robustness. All metal, walking foot, straight stitch, zig zag, takes a #20 needle and goes 4-5mm stitch length. Good enough for making awnings, canvas buckets, who knows, maybe even sails. I’ve been practicing with scrap garments……. man do I suck at this… but getting better. This thing runs like a bat out of hell. I’m looking into modifying the foot control to slow it down!
3. And the last shameful present to myself… a tablet. A 7 inch Samsung tabII. It goes for 150euros. My good buddy Perkules already has given me 2 old i-phones and somehow got it for free and just wanted to give it to me. I gave him a 50 out of principle. Still a steel a couldn’t refuse. All my computers are 10 years old so I guess I was due for an upgrade. Time will tell.
So what did Santa bring you??
Stay tuned (keep reading… ps galore)
ps…. 2 years ago I bought the Navionics i-phone app for 20 bucks. Now it goes for 35euro. And if it’s for a tab you should get the HD version which costs 60 euro!!!!! What… The… Faaaaaa!
pss… here’s an Imperial in action! Very similar and nicer than mine
psss… who ever can spot my dingy in these picks gets a free winch cover made by ME (just don’t hold your breathe)
pssssssssss…. I haven’t been paid for two months…. I’m broke!