A word from the Captain

John Fletcher is angry. Mutiny on the Multihull !

Published on 21 september 2017 at 0h00

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My Planet For A Coffee!!

"Stop the computers, cut the lights, 
Quieten the microwave and the radar.
It is your north, your south, your east and west,
Your week’s cruising, your Sunday sail,
You think that electricity will go on forever but you are wrong."

 

These few lines, inspired by the wonderful poem by  Wystan Hugh Auden cannot hide my anger! I have had enough of watching us become prisoners in the vicious circle of unbridled modernism. What could be more annoying than to watch us creating more need for things once our desire for others has been sated.    Let me explain. The arrival of LED lightbulbs, whether for navigating lights or for interior lighting, and the progress made with automatic pilots should have freed us up from any energy constraints. However, all we do is to look for other, new ways to exponentially increase our consumption. Perhaps we should put a 12 inch color plotter at each helm station, another by the chart table, and why not a fourth one in the owner’s cabin!  Computers running 24/24, the coffee machine, a washing machine, a dishwasher, air conditioning like in a Miami hotel, a desalinator so that we can shower “just like at home”, when there are plenty of good ecological soaps, adapted to the sea water which surrounds us. Then there’s the radar, plug sockets everywhere for our ‘phones, MP3 players, watches, iPads, laptops, satellite TV with surround sound for the kids because the great spectacle that is the sea, the sun, the ...

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