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    Author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig, has died. Like many millions I read it as a teenager, and benefited from his outlook
    I've just learnt he was an ocean yachtsman, taught himself celestial navigation, and vogaged far and wide in Arête, his Westsail 32 bermudan cutter ( a William Atkins design, same lines as Suhaili ).
    He wrote his second book ( with more philosophy and fewer motorbikes unfortunately) while blue water cuising. Quite a character!

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    I didn't know that. Thanks.
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    I read and enjoyed 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' but I never knew he sailed. I must read his second book.
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    I had just finished re-reading "Zen" last week on the day he died. Spooky...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohlin Karcher View Post
    Author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig, has died.
    I don't think you need the 'has' in that sentence. He died two years ago. In other news, Princess Diana has died :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by newtothis View Post
    I don't think you need the 'has' in that sentence. He died two years ago. In other news, Princess Diana has died :-)
    Well done!

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    I once came into this, a bit gloomy but very well written

    http://www.moq.org/forum/Pirsig/cruisingblues.html
    oh no, yet another sailing blog
    http://sybrancaleone.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by colind3782 View Post
    I had just finished re-reading "Zen" last week on the day he died. Spooky...
    Quote Originally Posted by newtothis View Post
    I don't think you need the 'has' in that sentence. He died two years ago.
    Shurely shome mishtake.

    "Anniversary", perhaps?

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardS View Post
    Shurely shome mishtake.

    "Anniversary", perhaps?

    Richard
    Not so spooky then. I saw an announcement last Monday so I, incorrectly, assumed that he had just died.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto View Post
    I once came into this, a bit gloomy but very well written

    http://www.moq.org/forum/Pirsig/cruisingblues.html
    Yes, a good read. Something one might refer some of the ocean-cruising wanabees on the Liveaboard forum to read. ("My girlfriend and I have decided to sail round the world. I've had plenty of experience sailing an Optimist. What yacht should we get? PS Our savings are £3,000.")

    Actually, things have improved since Pirsig wrote this. I recall in the 80's and 90's one would come regularly across abandoned yachts in Spain, Gibraltar, Canaries and even the Caribbean: people who had found out the hard way the dream did not match the reality. The majority of these yachts would be British, a country where 'the great escape' was sold particularly hard: through the press adulation of pioneers like Francis Chichester; by the yachting magazines; and even within yacht clubs where winter lectures seemed to be all about Atlantic crossings.

    Nowadays, it is easier to test the lifestyle before becoming fully committed. One can take a berth on the ARC for example. Even in your own yacht, if you don't like it, it can be shipped back by Peters & May. And perhaps we have grown more realistic about dreams.
    Last edited by AndrewB; 04-09-19 at 03:15.

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