First, kudos to him who goes by “Danny from Bruklin” for identifying fjorder’s scene with the sea otter as Monterrey Bay, specifically Santa Cruz harbor. Danny, you’re up . . . when you’re up for it.

The next two fotos come from coyote, who submitted earlier gypsum 1 and 2 foto sets. Below . . . what executes turn decisions aboard Gypsum King.

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Blue and rust red outside, but mostly white inside: it’s the inside top end of Gypsum King’s steering system showing hydraulic actuators. Make a decision and one cylinder retracts as the other extends. Great tech stuff at this link; find steering gear along left navigation bar.

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Here’s the analogous piece on an antique canoe-yawl, braided twine replacing steel cylinders on this portable vessel. See the pivot in the bottom-most large drawing at this link.

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Executing decisions isn’t the problem; developing the judgment and assembling the self-confidence to make good decisions are the sticking points.

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Executor on USCGC barque Eagle, built circa 1936

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Rudder on Sakura Express, three years old,

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Rudder on Peking, built 1911 and –tell all ship fanatics–to be moved into drydock in the Kills on January 7ish, 2008. Bring your camera; i won’t be around:((

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Rudder on London Express, built 1998. Repeat: the hard part is the decision, not the execution.

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