Over the course of ten years of cruising, the aft end of my 34-foot Dufour, Gypsy Wind, had morphed from a clean and simple look to—well, a complex mess. First came the wind generator and its pole. The addition of a solar panel added another pole and crossbar, and of course there was the wiring for both units.
When an offshore earthquake near Japan resulted in a destructive tsunami in March 2011, I, along with sailors everywhere, held my breath. My eyes were glued to the Internet. I watched videos of massive volumes of water rushing ashore, displacing families, killing people and destroying villages.