When Bill Tosh, our sailmaker wrote me to say he had made a bunch of flutes
from PVC pipe and did I want to sell them, I thought
he was crazy. But being the generous person that I am,
I asked him to send me a sample. When the thing arrived
I knew he was crazy. It was just a pipe with some holes
in it! I emailed Bill to tell him that I did not appreciate
his joke. He replied that it was indeed a flute and
that it would indeed play music. To prove it, he sent
me the video below.
Then I knew Bill was on to something. I reasoned that
most boaters do not take musical instruments along because
of the water. Water is death and destruction to most
instruments but not this one. It is only a piece of
PVC pipe with some holes. You can throw it in the bilge
of your boat and let it stay there for years and when
you haul it out after you have anchored an a lonely
cove after a long day of slogging to windward, it will
play like a champ.
Who has not found themselves aboard a boat and bored?
If the fish are not biting; if the Swedish Bikini Team
fails to show up; if there is no wind; if you are out
of gas and your buddy is rowing; if you are anchored
for the night; if it is raining and you are confined
to your cabin; If you are having a cocktail or a beer
and feel like some music - get your flute out and play!
Note: In the video above, Bill is playing
a blue flute. You can paint your flute blue too; or
red; or yellow; or green; or purple; or whatever color
you choose. The flute you receive from us will be white.