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    Because real sailors aren't afraid of the dark?

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    'cause there aren't any marinized high beam/low beam headlights available?

    Although.....

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    S-2 7.9: "Wildcat of Loch Awe"
    1968 Selmer Series 9 B-flat and A clarinets
    1962Buesher "Aristocrat" tenor saxophone
    Piper One Design 24, Hull #35; "Alpha"

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntsUiga View Post
    Automotive lug wrench. If you want to get fancy, the folding version.

    Ants
    Thanks for guessing Ants. Sorry but a lug wrench is not the right answer. However, feel free to guess again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sleddog View Post
    While on the water today, I had occasion to use a common article of gear not usually found afloat, but available for less than $10 at an auto parts store or flea market This piece of equipment, without modification, can multi-task as a valuable piece of marine equipment for racing and cruising duty as a measuring device, an anchor for small craft, a mast step, an important connector that doesn't need a knot or shackle, a hiking aid, and can become vital to quickly changing a boat's direction.

    What is this?

    The first to answer will treat this thread to a description and photo by Philpott of her most unusual but tasty new breakfast food she says is "so delish I had it instead of breakfast, and gives Marianne's Macapuno or Petrolabs' Diesel Power Plus a run for its money." No, I can't at this time promise a taste, as it is currently only available to Jackie and wouldn't travel well to CBC.
    My guess is that it has something to do with magnets, suction cups, or one of these:
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    Tom P.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazzler View Post
    My guess is that it has something to do with magnets, suction cups, or one of these:
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    Sorry, DAZZLER, but nothing to do with magnets, suction cups, or a gripper. Please keep trying. You'll see this piece of gear most days at Richmond Yacht Club and other local boating venues. Because it has no moving parts, its strength, simplicity, and cost is a desirable characteristic.
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    I’m going to say it’s a bungee cord with hooks on the ends (but I’m having trouble imagining it as a mast step!)

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    Duct tape. Gotta be duct tape.
    S-2 7.9: "Wildcat of Loch Awe"
    1968 Selmer Series 9 B-flat and A clarinets
    1962Buesher "Aristocrat" tenor saxophone
    Piper One Design 24, Hull #35; "Alpha"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cover Craft View Post
    I’m going to say it’s a bungee cord with hooks on the ends (but I’m having trouble imagining it as a mast step!)
    Tom K
    Hi Tom and Alan,
    Good one! Sorry, but bungee cords with hooks, nor duct tape, is the answer. Hint: I sailed in the '68 Olympic Trials in a 5.5 meter with this unit as a mast step. There were two other boats, including Lowell North, doing that too. Nowadays it is quite common.

    I wonder what the breeze was in San Pablo Bay for the Napa River cruisers' return? It was sheep in the meadow at Mile Buoy off Santa Cruz Harbor today, with a full rainbow thrown in for measure on my evening walk to the cliff.

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    Plastic wheel chock with cutout added for shape of mast section.

    Ants

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    Good Morning, Ants. Suspect you had a bit of breeze in Bodfish yesterday. We had frost here last night, but not the hard freeze of inland. With a windchill corrected temp of 28 degrees, riding my bike this morning to the Harbor called for full gear including fleece face mask.

    Your guess of a plastic wheel chock could indeed be a lightweight and useful addition to a bosun's locker. However, it is not the answer I am looking for. Remember, this object can facilitate a quick change in a boat's direction. As well, having no moving parts, but being an important connector, it's strength is unrivaled for something as inexpensive..I've never heard of one breaking.

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