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Boating Know-How with Mike Saylor

My winter reading list

I’ve never met a seaman — power or sail — who was worth a damn and wasn’t an avid reader. Winter is here, and it’s a perfect time to sit down with a glass of good scotch and a good book.

1. Boating fiction is a genre all its own. I keep reading and rereading some of these; they never seem to grow old.

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The boats that stand out in my life

I’ve been in boating for most of my life, except when I was trying to imitate John Wayne while in the service. My boating’s split pretty evenly between power and sail. I even survived building a 32-foot sailboat, and yet when I think of the boats I’ve owned, raced or delivered, only three stand out.

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Big ships vs. pleasure boats

Don’t let anyone kid you; size does matter. Big ships versus pleasure boats are nolo contendere. In other words, you cannot win. Regardless of the Rules of the Road, COLREGS notwithstanding, the primary rule to remember is mass has the right of way.

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Mistakes and their lessons

“Stuff” happens, and we make mistakes. We can learn from them and the mistakes of others. It’s OK to make mistakes; the trick is not to repeat them.

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Getting the most out of boat shows

I love going to boat shows, and I can think of three reasons to attend:
  1. You’re interested in buying a boat and want to see what’s out there.
  2. You’re interested in adding or upgrading equipment and want to see what’s out there.
  3. You enjoy boat shows and just want to see the latest and greatest that’s out there.

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