There is nothing quite as funny or sad as an ill-prepared and insecure skipper and crew docking or anchoring — usually husband and wife, girlfriend or significant other. It’s funny if you realize what a spectacle you made of yourself in the past. It’s sad when you realize what a spectacle you made of yourself in the past.
When I taught sailing, we would tackle this toughest and most critical problem for new boaters from the get-go. I would explain that when they mastered these steps everything that followed would be a piece of cake. (So I exaggerated a little.)
Fog stinks. I hate it at sea and on land. It makes me more vulnerable to idiots, whether they’re on a boat or in a car.
Advection fog forms day or night when warm air flows over cold water. It’s the heavy, moving fog often found near the coast. It can be associated with wind.
To paraphrase Occam's razor: When there are alternative solutions to a problem, the simplest solution is usually the best - in other words, keep it simple, stupid. This maxim holds true for boating, both power and sail.
The Earth has made another circuit around the sun, and it's time to get ready to launch another boating season. Same game, new day. We can bid a sobbing farewell to the miseries of winter, as those of us fortunate enough to own a boat begin spring preparation and fitting out.
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