Friday, September 21, 2007

All I Ask Is a GPS and a Radar and Displays

Zephyr was sharing some Masefield with us earlier this week. I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky.

A quick Google unearthed this parody by an unknown author on Panbo: The Marine Electronics Weblog. As someone who sails a very simple boat, on which we are not even allowed to use a digital compass when racing, I had to chuckle.

I must go down to the sea again, in a modern high-tech boat,
And all I ask is electric, for comfort while afloat,
And alternators, and solar panels, and generators going,
and deep cycle batteries with many amperes flowing.

I must go down to the sea again, to the autopilot’s ways,
And all I ask is a GPS, and a radar, and displays,
And a cell phone, and a weatherfax, and a shortwave radio,
And compact disks, computer games and TV videos.

I must go down to the sea again, with a freezer full of steaks,
And all I ask is a microwave, and a blender for milkshakes,
And a watermaker, air-conditioner, hot water in the sink,
And e-mail and a VHF to see what my buddies think.

I must go down to the sea again, with power-furling sails,
And chart displays of all the seas, and a bullhorn for loud hails,
And motors pulling anchor chains, and push-button sheets,
And programs which take full charge of tacking during beats.

There's more at Panbo. How many "amperes flowing" do you need to enjoy a day on the water?


merrifie said...

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has done it both ways. This article contrasts his two trips around the globe a little. It would be interesting to read more of his thoughts on the matter.

Carol Anne said...

Ooooooh, the irony, considering Masefield was lamenting the way modern technology was eliminating sailing ships and all of the romance of them.

This Panbo guy is a genius.

PeconicPuffin said...

If the wind does blow, let the amperes flow.

Gotta love them amperes.

Zephyr (Sail) said...


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