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Boating Know-How with Mike Saylor

The bug-out bag: your insurance policy

I got used to go bags and bug-out bags while I was in the Army and was transferred to Germany. My wife and baby daughter came along as dependents. I had a go bag stowed in our car so I could respond to an alert, regardless of where I was. It included a set of field gear, underwear, three pairs of socks and my field boots, plus cigarettes, candy and coffee. It was the 1950s, the height of the Cold War.

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Sweat the small stuff and you’ll survive

saylor_mikeI recall going sailing in my friend John's new 23-foot sailboat. The boat had been hurriedly berthed on a mooring, using badly worn three-strand nylon line. We hadn't had the time to replace the line. In fact, we hadn't properly set up the anchoring system or the jiffy reefing system. It was the first available chance to sail her and we were anxious to try her out.

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Mistakes from fatigue can put you at risk

I remember hearing about a couple in their late 50s to mid-60s who decided to follow their dream while they still could. They sold their home, put some of their more precious and sentimental belongings in storage, and bought a boat.

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Reunited with my old sweetheart

If Tiger Woods can make confessions, so can I. Last summer I was reacquainted with my mistress. She still has a long, relatively lean body with wonderful curves. My wife, Lou, knows about her and loved her as much as I did.

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11 tips for a better summer cruise

It's summer - time to go cruising. Whether in a powerboat or under sail, cruising has always held a special place in my soul. I've never been much of a day sailor. When younger, I used to race, but even racing was a means to an end.

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