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Old School Yachting Advice From Another Century
Remember that it is not safe to put to sea without a corkscrew and a canopener. In fact, these tools are so in- dispensable when on the briny that they should be duplicated or even triplicated.
When a thirsty tar needs a glass of grog, medicinally or as a beverage, it is very provoking to be told that the corkscrew is mislaid. An old sea-crony of mine used to provide against such contingencies by always carrying, made fast to a lanyard round his neck, a sailor's knife, whose "other blade was a corkscrew," so he was never at a loss to tackle a rum bottle or a sardine can whenever the emergency arose. Shipmates ! take an old sea dog's advice and follow this most excellent example.
Matches should be carried in glass jars with wind and water tight covers.
These are good receptacles also for tobacco, either in plugs or cut. Cigars, too, may be kept in them without that injury to their fragrance inseparable from their absorption of sea-air, which has ruined the flavor of the finest of Havanas. If these glass jars are covered with canvas neatly sewn on, they will run no risk of breakage.
The yachtsman must use his own discretion regarding medical supplies. I recommend essence of ginger, extract of witch hazel, absorbent cotton, rubber sticking-plaster (which requires neither heat nor moisture for its application) rolled up in an airtight tin box, thread and needles, muslin bandages, a forceps for extracting splinters, vaseline, seidlitz powders (in an airtight tin), and Horsford's acid phosphate as among the most pressing necessities to be taken along.
A mixture of baking soda and vaseline in equal parts is a most excellent ointment for the cure of sunburn. I have known a landlubber's lily-white skin to be so scarified by the burning rays of the sun as to cause him excruciating agony. An application of the mixture mentioned above afforded him quick relief.
A large stowing place for ice is indispensable to health and comfort in these latitudes. If you should, however, happen to fall short of this neces- sary, it should not be forgotten that a canvas bucket filled with fresh water and covered with cheesecloth to keep out dust and flies, if hung up in the sun, will afford a supply of agreeably cold water. This is an old " wrinkle," much used in tropical climates. A porous earthenware jar will also accomplish the same result, the effect being produced by evaporation.
The good quality of the canned meats, vegetables and fruits, as put up nowadays, renders a yachtsman pretty nearly independent of a galley. With a capacious ice-box, he can store supplies of cooked meats and fowls, which, with the aid of his stock of canned goods, will keep him going. A stove on which he can boil a kettle for coffee or tea and fry a dish of fish or ham and eggs is all that is absolutely necessary. He wants all the available space for his racing sails and gear, and cannot spare room below for a Delmonico kitchen. Thus the aesthetic epicure or even the ordinary glutton (I guess there is but little difference between them) must make some notable gastronomical sacrifices while in the pursuit of yacht prizes, but he can easily atone for scanty fare afloat when he reaches the shore, where hotels with epicurean larders are within easy distance. But, as a matter of fact, the ordinary yachtsman will fare admirably on such "grub " as he can carry along from port to port, and he need never be forced to seek the hospitality of a caravansary.
One final word to the yacht owner. Be careful of the guests you invite.
The sea frequently develops the harmless shore crank into a most detestable nuisance afloat. When once he is aboard the law does not permit you to heave him overboard.
Teresa Thomas Bohannon
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