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    Default Squirrely lateen sail

    I recently replaced an old sail that came with a Grumman sail rig I purchased a year ago The antique sail was cotton muslin sold in 1953 and had been sitting in a loft unused for the past forty years or so until I bought the rig. The sail was tired and stained, but with some minor tears and holes patched up nicely with sail tape it was usable. I was using it recently up to a rainy spell and rather than leaving it in the canoe where I was afraid it might mildew I moved it into a shed where it would be out of the weather. The rain passed and I retrieved the sail. Or I should say that I retrieved what was left of the sail. A red squirrel had done a number on it making nesting material for some some little comrade baby red squirrels in the making. Good thing I have finished converting an Optimist sail into a balanced lug sail under the guidance of Bob Cavenaugh. Anyway, take care stowing away your sail in the garage or you might be replacing yours, too.
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    I hadn't realised that red squirrels where active over in the US, I thought that it was a European species, I had thought that you just had the Grey.

    Bad luck on the sail, at least you managed to give it a last run in the wind before it got retired.

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    Different species. The American Red Squirrel is Tamiasciurus hudsonicus as opposed to the Eurasian Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris. The American doesn't have the ear tufts, but oddly is also a conifer specialist.

    Deeply sad that I know that.
    "Oh, Eeyore, you are wet!" said Piglet, feeling him.Eeyore shook himself, and asked somebody to explain to Piglet what happened when you had been inside a river for quite a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyro View Post
    Different species. The American Red Squirrel is Tamiasciurus hudsonicus as opposed to the Eurasian Red Squirrel Sciurus vulgaris. The American doesn't have the ear tufts, but oddly is also a conifer specialist.

    Deeply sad that I know that.
    I would never say that, having knowledge is never sad, but sometimes geeky

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