Seamanship: Twin power

I was looking up at the masthead from the deck trying to see how the main halyard and the mainsail’s headboard were interacting and how the upper swivel for the jib furler was aligned. I took my 7×50 binoculars but I was still unable to get the close-up view I wanted. Then, in a eureka moment, I pulled out my digital camera, with its zoom capability, and put its lens to one of the binocular’s eyepieces. The result, call it a system coupling, was exactly what I was looking for. Not only did I get a very close look at my masthead, I also got a photographic record for future reference. (The white stick on the top of the headboard is a 12-inch ruler I temporarily clamped there for a dimensional reference.) This “two-fer” viewing method can be used in many situations to provide important visual information about what’s going on aloft without your having to get out the bosun’s chair.

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