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Cruising Life through the Eyes of Tom Neale

Boating repair tricks of the trade, from store-bought to home-grown

seasavvy1I’ve always assumed that Murphy’s Law had to have originated with a boater. After attending Google University, I understand there was an Edward A. Murphy whose name has been associated with the law, and that he was an aerospace engineer. Good grief!



Boats: what you see might not be what you get

seasavvy1When they said that a picture is worth a thousand words, they hadn’t heard of Adobe Photoshop. What you see isn’t necessarily what you get, and this is sometimes true in fancy ads for boats. I enjoy playing the guessing game over whether it’s really the way the boat looks. In the process, I’ve learned that a builder puffing its product doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a poor product. It’s just the way of our world. Let’s look at a few examples.



How, where and when should boaters bury a family pet?

seasavvy1I was told long ago to never write stories about pets on boats. People tire of reading them. So I’m not going to write about pets on boats. I’m going to write about dead pets on boats.



The give and take of etiquette at sea

seasavvy1I’ve always known about etiquette. I just haven’t been sure about how to say it. I don’t usually use French words, and I think etiquette is one of them.



What do ‘they’ know about hocus-pocus on board?

seasavvy1Mariners are extra suspicious, “they”say, because of all the bad things that can happen on a boat. “They” don’t know squat.



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