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Fun With Bamboo and Shells

 Four cruisers in the South Pacific — either at Tonga or Fiji — employing the ‘Bambooski’.

Ichi Ban
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 If the Bambooski is so much fun, why the grimaces?

Ichi Ban
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Two years ago, Justin Jenkins of San Diego bought a Columbia 34 Mk II for $2,000, christened her Ichi Ban, repowered her and made other improvements, then took off for the South Pacific with his girlfriend Anna Wiley. How has it been going for the couple, who are in their early 30s? 

"We’re cruising around, making music, surfing, fishing, and making friends from all over the world. In other words, we’re enjoying life to the max!"

Justin reports that one of the things that’s helping them and their many cruising friends, particularly young cruising friends, enjoy the cruising life is a Canadian invention he modified and calls the ‘Bambooski’, which you see being employed in the two accompanying photos. Can you explain what a Bambooski is and why it helps everyone have a good time?"

Hint: While it looks like a giant flute, it’s not a musical instrument per se. However, music often accompanies and follows the use of the Bambooski.



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