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scrutney

the code of the seven seas.

beezer ...(my 12 year old son) and i just got back from jacksonville where i spent an obscene amount of money on blurays...mostly art films from the criterion collection (hell, they even sound expensive)...

beezer's latest obsession is boats...big boats, small boats, pretty much any boat at all.
no rafts.
nope...rafts just don't make the grade (i guess he doesn't like the cut of their jib).

on the trip to j-ville i found out why:

"dad, rafts just don't have the sailing spirit" he explained to me.

"but beez, isn't the sailing spirit embodied by anyone who takes to the sea, in whatever craft, no matter how large or small?"

"nope...no rafts...and no cigarette boats."

on the way there he wrote (with my help) the "code of the seven seas"
1. no going barefoot.
2. always follow the captain's orders.
3. no stealing.
4. in case you think of anything stupid, get your head examined.
5. no undesirables.
6. no accordions.
7. no slobs, swabs or gobs.

there you have it...everything a seafaring man needs to know about how not to run afoul of the cutthroat captain beezer...scourge of the poop deck.
Phred

Quote:
7. no slobs, swabs or gobs.


Every boat needs a good swabbie, IF, your abbreviated term "swab" was indeed an abbreviated form of "swabbie".

If not, well then, just never mind.
scrutney

Phred wrote:
Quote:
7. no slobs, swabs or gobs.


Every boat needs a good swabbie, IF, your abbreviated term "swab" was indeed an abbreviated form of "swabbie".

If not, well then, just never mind.


i was kinda mystiphied myself, phred.

i looked up swab and gob.
turns out (according to dictionary.com) that both words refer to sailors.

looks like the cutthroat captain beezer wants a sailing vessel with no sailors.

maybe he's looking for an all girl crew.
Phred

Quote:
looks like the cutthroat captain beezer wants a sailing vessel with no sailors.

maybe he's looking for an all girl crew.


Uh Oh ... deeper and deeper ... "girls" can't be sailors???   Wink
coebul

Just out of curiosity have you ever set him loose on a model?  There are some nice ones made out of wood that can be motorized but don't have to be.  

First one could be "The Code".
scrutney

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Just out of curiosity have you ever set him loose on a model?


i'm thinking a victoria's secret model might be just the thing for young  captain beezer.

hoist the crank and flibber the mainsils....arrrrrrrgh.
Mac IX

I thought the Code of the Sea started out with

Columbus had a cabin boy....
scrutney

Mac IX wrote:
I thought the Code of the Sea started out with

Columbus had a cabin boy....


i'm thinking that there's a poop deck joke, coming any time now.
puc reducks

Thank you, Captain Beezer!  Words to live by--land, sea, or air~

4. In case you think of anything stupid, get your head examined
bieramar

I commend a 12-year-old boy who recognizes that a cigarette boat doesn't exhibit the sailing spirit - wise beyond his years - and obviously not a brainwashed male chauvinist.

But I question what image and idea the word "raft" means in the 21st century to a 12-year-old?

Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer and Nigger Jim type raft?  Floatin' down a muddy river doesn't symbolize sailing spirit.

Life rafts?  More a symbol of disasters and emergencies.

Cuban refugee rafts?  I doubt if any American boy north of Dade County even knows what that means.  
I think the kid is right on.
tsiya

If he likes sailing he will love this movie. It has some 12 meter shots that will make the hair stand up on your neck. It's PG 13, nothing pornographic.

http://www.crackle.com/c/Wind/Wind/2479043?c=US
scrutney

thanks tsiya...
we'll take a peek at it tonight.
Mac IX

Hey HBob
Did you ever sail a 12?  It is frickin awesome.
tsiya

I crewed on a 65" Alden schooner. If you've ever seen the movie "A High Wind In Jamaica" I was a rigger working at Merrill Stevens in Miami on that job. It involved an old Chilean navy training barque, the Cruz Del Sur, and the schooner Caribee. We retrofitted all the rigging to hide the modern stuff. In between I bumboated around on an old Greek sponge boat type hull, fishing for snapper and chasing around the Bahamas. If I hadn't fallen in love I'd still be going! Very Happy
The old Alden was built by Electric Launch in 1909, she would flat haul butt. A wooden boat comes alive under sail, you can hear every joint working, a fiberglass boat is dead by comparison.
Mac IX

Cool.  I admire that almost as much as your pictures.  (that's a complement).

My dad was a shareholder in American Eagle (US 21 12 meter) and went to Newport and watched her get beat, but we did get to sail and sail on her.  

I was raised on Lightnings (a small racing sloop) and Stars when they were all still wooden boats.  My dad was Cock of the Fleet for Tampa bay for several years in the 70s with a Cal 36,  That was another great boat but built for west coast sailing and did a lot better in heavier weather.  Put her on the wind and she would fly!  Wonderful times.
tsiya

I started with 8' sprit rigged prams in Salt Run back around 50 or 51. I sailed anything I could get my hands on. Very Happy

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