Just about every time you pick up a boating magazine you read about “how to do” any number of repairs. These articles are great at instilling self-confidence. But I’m going to talk about the other side of the coin: how not to do it. And trust me, I’ve had plenty of experience. I certainly can’t cover all of my mistakes, but I’ll give you a running start in the diesel department.
Over the centuries mariners have often sailed in fleets. There have been good reasons for this, such as war and pirates. In recent years, many boaters going on trips or cruises have preferred to go in groups rather than solo, even if they’re just going to a marina down the river. There are good reasons for this, and some that aren’t so good.
A sinister trap for seamen and their vessels awaits in one of the world’s busiest and most important shipping areas. It has destroyed more ships of all kinds than we will ever know. It has killed untold numbers of people. We’re not even sure of its origin, only that it’s there, waiting for the unwary or the unlucky.
So you’re sitting in a comfortable chair, a fireplace warming you, listening to the winter wind blasting cold into everything outdoors and pushing its way through cracks and crevices into your warm indoors.
Although I have a lot of admiration for Noah, I don’t think he’d make the same dramatic rescue today, even if he wanted to. That capacity plate on the ark would stop him cold.
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