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Recife Ferry oar detail
Sun May 24 23:59:00 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

No oarlocks, thole pins (sticks of wood) are used instead. The rope that holds the oar to the thole pin goes around the side of the thole pin facing away from the rower.

The black piece on the oar is a length of plastic pipe for chafe protection. The white on the black is just some spilled paint.

The blades of the oars tend to be bolted to the shaft of the oars with a couple of stainless steel bolts.

Recife Approach
Fri May 22 13:39:12 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

Recife, just visible in the background, is laid out as a long city, running for several miles along the beach.

Umbrella Boat
Fri May 22 0:01:00 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

I guess putting a big umbrella on a boat is a good, cheap way to stay cool in the tropical sun.

This was taken in the entrance to Recife harbor.

Fri Aug 14 4:02:36 EDT 2009 | nick
you could just go for a swim. thats cheaper and better
Working Sailboat in Recife
Thu May 21 14:13:07 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

This is a working sailboat in Recife harbor. Many similar rowboats are used for fishing here. They fish mostly by casting nets. Few of the rowboats have added a sail, like this one did.

The rowboats are simple, wooden, flat-bottom craft.

Recife Lighthouse
Wed May 20 10:48:28 EDT 2009, Recife, Brazil

This is the lighthouse at Recife. Recife, a city of 3.6 million people in the northeast of Brazil, has a harbor that is well-protected by an outer reef.

It was an easy, four-day sail from Salvador to Recife.

Wed May 20 18:43:12 EDT 2009 | George Ray
You are getting ready to turn the corner and run down the north coast of SA. WOW! .... Amazon?
Thu May 21 13:58:54 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
I'm deciding where to go next....
Maragojiipe street scene
Tue May 12 13:15:00 EDT 2009, Maragojiipe, Bahia, Brasil

Rio Paraguacu sunrise
Sun May 10 11:56:13 EDT 2009, Maragojiipe, Bahia, Brasil

Fog lifting as the sun rises

Children playing on waterfront
Thu May 7 11:45:58 EDT 2009, Maragojiipe, Bahia, Brasil

We had a very brief conversation with the girl in the picture, but you really need to be pretty good at Portuguese to do much talking in rural Brazil.

Fri May 8 20:39:37 EDT 2009 | george Ray
I get the sense that you are way up in the river delta from this picture. How is the water quality? I assume you are in totally fresh water?
Sat May 9 12:44:30 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
About 12 miles upriver, as I recall. Still tidal, can't say how salty the water is was still quite salty 4 miles upriver (picture of Issuma at anchor) when we went swimming.
Another Maragojiipe Sailboat
Tue May 5 15:25:24 EDT 2009, Maragojiipe, Bahia, Brasil

Charter sailboat in Maragojiipe. Similar rig (mast from tree) and hull (very wide) to working sailboats.

Wed May 6 15:47:19 EDT 2009 | George Ray
Really Great stuff... thanks.

Could you take time to add a bit of context/history to the posts. Very few words (one additional sentence) would add a bunch for the viewer and in the future when you go back and write your memoirs every small word will be a catalyst for a flood of memories.

thanks again,
no job is too hard for the person that doesn't have to do it!
Thu May 7 11:39:48 EDT 2009 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, George, I will try and add some more details in future.
Domestic Mule
Fri May 1 19:01:00 EDT 2009, Maragojiipe, Bahia, Brasil

Different kind of house pet.

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