Monday, July 19, 2010
A sailor’s fix for the iPhone
This is hardly an elegant solution as far as design goes and I’m sure it is not one that Apple wants talked about. It is elegant, however, in it’s simplicity and universality, exactly the kind of solution that resourceful sailors come up with all the time. Sailors have to deal with many variables which are out of their control all the time, wind, waves, current, the failure of hull, rig, engine and electronics all come to mind. Managing these variables with the tools at hand is an essential part of sailing. Sometimes it’s the bit of duct tape that saves the day on a sailboat. Remember, when sailing, keep that duct tape nearby. When necessity calls you’ll be ready.
Other items to carry with you when sailing beyond the confines of the Charles River might include:
6’ length of 3/16th braided line.
Multi tool or knife
Handheld GPS [maybe even an I Phone or other smart phone]
A small selection of ring dings, clevis pins, sail repair tape, spare yarn, a small can of dry lubricant, sail repair tape, whistle. I also bring sunscreen, extra glasses, swim goggles. I wear sailing gloves, comfortable footwear, and a CBI hat.