Biography Harry Furniss Sea Fever: Memoirs: Two

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Sea Fever: Memoirs: Two

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9781552128206: Sea Fever: Memoirs: Two

This book describes author Harry Furniss' life at sea - cruising for more than four decades.

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Boats have been Harry Furniss' passionate hobby for as long as he can remember - and that's now over 80 years. Toy boats made of tin bobbled in the bathtub when he was a baby; wooden models for sailing (or just loving) in the pond in the park; steamships for traveling abroad; and finally a modest parade of family pleasure boats which emerged first from his basement workshop and then commercial yards. Every one a beauty, however crudely designed or built, in the eyes of a dedicated creator. And in which Harry Furniss has happily cruised Canada's west coast for more than 40 years. Oh Joy, Oh Bliss, to be stricken with such a sublime disease as Sea Fever. Harry Furniss now lives in retirement with his wife Enid on Vancouver Island, where he is busy completing his third book of Memoirs entitled Family Tales. Visit Harry Furniss' other Trafford titles, Memoirs: One - The Flying Game and Family & Friends

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The lure of the sea -- that mysterious life-force which irresistibly draws us back to the ocean from which we once crawled formless and insensitive, covered with slime and scales: that tang of saltwater and seaweed which like a powerful virus instantly re-programs the human brainbox. Irrevocably.

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    The First Mate (my wife Enid) and I were aboard early. The bright, sunny day with deep blue skies and azure sea contrasted majestically with the endless northern horizon of show-capped mountains.     Ah, this is the life. Open up a cool one for the master mariner, I directed the Mate, and one for yourself.     And so, in utter contentment, we enjoyed the thrill of quietly threading our new yacht through the maze of freighters, tugs, fish boats, ocean liners and ferries in this mighty deep-sea harbor.     Soon the ocean's primeval push and shove took hold as we sliced through the tidal chop off Brockton Point, and then a feeling of awe engulfed us as we happily surrendered to the forces of nature and were swept serenely out to sea under the soaring span of the Lions Gate bridge in the tender embrace of a fast-ebbing tide.

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    There is absolutely nothing that makes you feel more like someone than to be met at the town quay by a uniformed sailor and ferried out in a smart runabout to a luxury yacht anchored mid-harbor in a tropical port. (Mazatlan, Mexico).     And there, under the stars on a broad after-deck trimmed with soft lights, to be served drinks and a fine dinner by a white-clad staff as the honored guests of a genial host."

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"No doubt about it," said Peter, "Cape Horn is one rugged stretch of water -- the meanest in the seven seas. Square rigged ships like ours often sailed right around the world to avoid making that east-west passage."

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Marine radio traffic is invariably entertaining. A tugboat skipper, during his morning report to head office, mentioned that he had been "aground for three or four minutes" during the night. Asked what excuse could be given the insurance company for touching bottom, the skipper promptly replied "insufficient water."

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    The launch party for my 22-foot PUTZY TOO ended predictably as the last drop of liquid refreshment gurgled down the hatch. When all the guests had left I was finally able to realize the ultimate thrill of yacht ownership ... pack up the empty bottles, wash the glasses, sweep up the canapé droppings, clean up the galley and toilet, and pay off the wharf attendant.     However, as I worked I consoled myself that I was under the approving gaze of fellow yachtsman D.K. Ludwig of New York, anchored close-by in his 257-foot DAGNIN of Liberia. His eyes, as he leaned on his polished teak deck-rail surrounded by white-jacketed stewards and dinner-jacketed guests, were positively green with envy for my simple life.

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Log Book -- Wed. Aug. 8     0530 hours started fishing     0610 fish on

    0710 fish aboard -- 59.5 pounds.

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   Soon it was blowing at least a full gale, but somehow it didn't seem to matter much after our breakfast of straight rye whiskey. Indeed we felt quite brave shutting down the outboard engines in that horrendous jumble of water to bat kelp off the propellers with a paddle.    Man, that's boating!

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   "... John hooked into a really large fish. He had 200 yards of line on his reel. The fish never stopped running ... took all the line and tore up the outfit."

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   Words seldom come close to describing the sheer bliss and utter contentment in spending nights at anchor in the peaceful solitude of remote coastal inlets.    A few drinks, a delicious fish barbecue, a leisurely row about the bay in the dinghy enjoying a nightcap liqueur, and then to bed with the boat drifting silently back and forth at anchor under the stars for hour upon hour of deep, refreshing sleep.

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