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    Congratulations Norm. You earned it. A fine read as well.

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    Great story, thanks for sharing! Its great to be both at different times..

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    Appreciate your sharing that. Nice job!
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    Bump. Fair winds Norm.

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    I wish I could write a story as inspiring as the OP.

    Fair winds, Norm.
    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    That's a great piece of writing- great buildup and back story, and a rollicking-good climax !
    Very inspirational.

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    Great story, I am a visual person so I like it when people post pictures. In this case no pictures please, I am sure that everyone who has read your account will have created some fantastic picture of Fiddler in their head and enjoyed the story more because of that.

    Thanks

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    Fiddlers Green...his green light here is out.

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    Ressurecting this thread is a finastkind celebration of a sailor's life. Fair winds on the celestial seas.

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    A true loss.

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    "Fiddler's Green" Sweet irony.

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    Thanks for bumping this JB - it's just as delightful to read again now as it was then - perhaps even more so now
    Larks

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    “It’s risky”, said experience.
    “It’s pointless”, said reason.
    “Give it a try”, whispered the heart.

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    Nice , isn't it Greg.
    Thanks to Scot for the sticky, thats kind.

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    Lovely to read that again. Fiddlers Green was a lucky boat, I hope she falls into good hands.

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    Thank you John for bumping this. I have been away from the forum for a few years and missed it the first time. Norm captured so well the life cycle of us amateur wooden boat sailors. My own experience has been in much smaller craft. But the path from sailor to maybe builder and back again is one I have experienced as well. His post did such a great job of expressing thoughts common to us all. What a writer! Did Norm ever get an ocean crossing in?

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    Some additional information about Norm from his friend Michael Tawton -

    Thanks John, it was touching to read the condolences from Norm's friends. I will forward them to Gloria, his loving wife and sailing partner of many years. He'd been battling pancreatic cancer and doing so without the aid of opiates which he refused to take due to the epidemic of deaths others were experiencing with the drug. He was more concerned about people becoming addicted and overdosing than his own well being.
    [A nice picture of Norm in the article below, JoP]


    http://www.uhn.ca/corporate/News/Pag..._overdose.aspx

    I picked Norm up from the hospital after his surgery.

    I sailed with Norm on Fiddlers Green and he with me aboard Ocarina. He was a smart and kind man of the highest principles, especially when it came to the traditions of the sea. His transatlantic single-handed non stop DOUBLE crossing, there and back without even stopping for a pint was only preempted due to illness. Fiddler's Green is ready to go.

    Thank you Michael. A fine way to honour your friend.
    Last edited by John of Phoenix; 03-23-2018 at 12:50 PM. Reason: Fixed the link.

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    That's such a brilliant essay. I'm glad it was brought back. An excellent tribute to it's author. Best wishes to Norm.

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    Just saw below that Norm passed three days ago. Fair winds. You left a great legacy.

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    Don't know how I missed this the first time around. Great writing about why we do what we do.

    Fair winds.
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    Norm:
    I just now read your piece and am somewhat inspired. 8 years ago, I bought George Buehler's book, "Backyard Boat Building" and was hooked. I was joining this forum to pay tribute to him, as I found out recently that he passed on Feb. 28. I had corresponded with him numerous times between 2011, by phone and emails, towards my completion of Juna JD in Oct. "17. As this was my first build I'm sure glad that he was forthright and insistent, in a convictive manner. Thanks to you George.
    Being similar in age to you, and surviving (some of) the maiden voyage down the Illinois and the "mighty" Mississippi and up the Ohio to Ky. L. I wonder if I'm sort of the reverse as you. Having invested nearly 6000 hours in my vessel, the sailing hasn't been as wonderful as I'd hoped. I do understand that it's early yet, and the sails haven't even been flown yet (mast was raised in late December on L. Barkley). Perhaps we could exchange ideas. thanks
    PS Should have read all the posts. Another mariner sails away. My best to Norm's family.
    Dave
    Last edited by snyderd55; 04-02-2018 at 09:05 AM. Reason: didn't see that he passed

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