OT: advise from an old sailor

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May 4, 2005
Macgregor 26d Ft Lauderdale, Fl
ok, maybe more quotes than anything...

Being hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified

I got nobody tellin me what to do, where to go or how to do it, that’s what I like about fishin'

You cannot fight the water, you’ve gotta learn how to live with it

If you haven't gone aground, you haven't gone anywhere.

The ocean has the conscienceless temper of a savage autocrat spoiled by much adulation

Ships are all right, it's the men in them...

Below 50 degrees south there is no law. Below 60 degrees south there is no God

You can hate storms, but calms undermine the spirit

It's scary to have a 30 foot wave chasing you. If you are steering, you don't look back. The crew looks back for you, and you watch their faces. When they look straight up, then get ready!

Wind is to us what money is to life on shore.

I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls

It's remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living.

Boats, like whiskey, are all good.

A ship is always referred to as "she" because it costs so much to keep her in paint and powder.

If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most.

How much does it cost to own a yacht? You have no right to own a yacht if you ask that question.

Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made.

If you can't repair it, maybe it shouldn't be on board.

The cabin of a small yacht is truly a wonderful thing; not only will it shelter you from a tempest, but from the other troubles in life, it is a safe retreat.

To the question, "When were your spirits at the lowest ebb?" the obvious answer seemed to be, "When the gin gave out".

When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land.

The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor.

Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time.

The art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance.

Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.

It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.

The only way to get a good crew is to marry one.

A sailing ship is no democracy; you don't caucus a crew as to where you'll go anymore than you inquire when they'd like to shorten sail.

I know who you are, but you'll have to wipe your feet.

Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar.

and my new favorite...

keel + shallows = brakes
Jun 5, 2004
Macgregor 26D Boise
"Be careful who you talk to about your sailing plans. Those who have abandoned their dreams will try to destroy yours."
May 4, 2005
Macgregor 26d Ft Lauderdale, Fl
these are good:

Some advice from an old farmer
Words to live by;

- Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong.

- Keep skunks, bankers, and lawyers at a distance.

- Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

- A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

- Words that soak into your ears are whispered.....not yelled.

- Meanness don't just happen overnight.

- Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.

- Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

- It don't take a very big person to hold a grudge.

- You cannot unsay a cruel word.

- Every path has a few puddles.

- When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

- The best sermons are lived, not preached.

- Most of the stuff people worry about, ain't never gonna happen anyway.

- Don't judge folks by their relatives.

- Remember that sometimes silence is the best answer.

- Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

- Don't interfere with somethin' that aint bothering you none.

- If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.

- Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

- The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every morning.

- Always drink upstream from the herd.

- Good judgement comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgement.

- Lettin' the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.

- If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

- Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.

- Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.
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