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"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not.""

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"I'd rather be in a boat with a drink on the rocks, than in the drink with a boat on the rocks"

Tee-shirt seen in SXM

"If you can't sell the boat, sell the dream"

Quote from the Yacht Brokers Handbook, or would be if there was such a thing.

"Three things you can't get enough of, money, sex and boatspeed"

Tee-shirt motto of MSB Racing, Heineken Regattra SXM 2009

And my all time favorite;

"Paddle faster, I hear banjo music!"

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My favorite quotes relating to sailing have to do with

1. breaking away from land;

2. boat building;

3. sailing and the majesty of the sea.

Here are many of them:

A goal without a plan is just a wish.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 – 1944)

and the opposite once you're cruising---

The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.

Dom Degnon

And after two days in civilization we realized we could never stay for long and started to plan our next adventure.

- Bob Bitchin (Letters from the Lost Soul)



If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea..."

- Antoine de Saint Exupery

I just thank God I don't live in a trailer.

Jimmy Buffet , Son of a son of a sailor

"Not all who wander are lost."

- JRR Tolkien

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

- William Arthur Ward

The house was built on the highest part of the narrow tongue of land between the harbor and the open sea. It had lasted through three hurricanes and it was built solid as a ship.

- Ernest Hemingway

Sailing is just the bottom line, like adding up the score in bridge. My real interest is in the tremendous game of life.

- Dennis Conner

Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time.

- Joseph Conrad

I cannot not sail.

- E. B. White

There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.

- Joseph Conrad

The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails.

- Joshua Slocum

At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.

- Robin Lee Graham

The cure for anything is saltwater – sweat, tears, or the sea.

- Isak Dinesen

The sea hates a coward.

- Eugene O'Neill

To young men contemplating a voyage I would say go.

- Joshua Slocum

Boats, like whiskey, are all good.

- R. D. Culler

Wind is to us what money is to life on shore.

- Sterling Hayden

I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits.

- Bernard Moitessier

Being hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified I know.

- Donald Hamilton

The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator.

- Edmund Gibbon

The chance for mistakes is about equal to the number of crew squared.

- Ted Turner

If you are going to do something, do it now. Tomorrow is too late.

- Pete Goss

The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.

- John Rousmaniere

Prevention is, as in other aspects of seamanship, better than cure.

- Sir Robin Knox-Johnston

If you can't repair it, maybe it shouldn't be on board.

- Lin and Larry Pardey

I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky.

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.

- John Masefield

Mackerel skies and mares tails, soon will be time to shorten sails.

- Old sailors proverb.

A sailor's joys are as simple as a child's.

- Bernard Moitessier

…surely these victims of the sea…had rushed willingly down the hills to the water, only to find themselves caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Who should judge whether they were there for the wrong reason?

- John Rousmaniere (Fastnet, Force 10)



The planning stage of a cruise is often just as enjoyable as the voyage itself, letting one's imagination loose on all kinds of possibilities. Yet translating dreams into reality means a lot of practical questions have to be answered.

- Jimmy Cornell (World Cruising Handbook)

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

- Mark Twain

If you can't tie a knot, tie a lot.

- Motto of a representative of the Winslow Liferaft Company

There are three sorts of people; those who are alive, those who are dead, and those who are at sea.

- Old Capstan Chantey attributed to Anacharsis, 6th Century BC



Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.

H. Melville, Opening Line from Moby Dick

Now - bring me that horizon.

The last line from Pirates of the Caribbean:

"He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea."

- Thomas Fuller .

"Without patience, a sailor I would never be."

-Lee Allred

"The sea finds out everything you did wrong."

- Francis Stokes

"I start from the premise that no object created by man is as satisfying to his body and soul as a proper sailing yacht."

- Arthur Beiser 1978, The Proper Yacht

"He who lets the sea lull him into a sense of security is in very grave danger."

-Hammond Ines

"It's out there at sea that you are really yourself."

-Vito Dumas

"Whenever your preparations for the sea are poor; the sea worms its way in and finds the problems."

- Francis Stokes

"I was born in the breezes, and I had studied the sea as perhaps few men have studied it, neglecting all else."

- Joshua Slocum

"When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea."

-Whoopi Goldberg

" A tourist remains an outsider throughout his visit; but a sailor is part of the local scene from the moment he arrives."

- Anne Davison

"Men in a ship are always looking up, and men ashore are usually looking down."

- John Masefield

"To young men contemplating a voyage I'd say go."

- Joshua Slocum

"At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much."

-Robin Lee Graham

"A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind."

-Webb Chiles

"Sailors, with their built in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world."

- Nicholas Monsarrat

"Only fools and passengers drink at sea."

-Allan Villiers

"Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him."

-Charles C. Davis

On Boats:

"There is little man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a sailing ship does. There is not much man has made that calls to all the best in him, but a sailing ship does." - Allan Villiers

"The perfection of a yacht's beauty is that nothing should be there for only beauty's sake." - John MacGregor

"The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting place." - Arthur Ransome

"There are only two colors to paint a boat, black or white, and only a fool would paint a boat black." - Nathanael G. Herreshoff

"For one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the wind-and the boat made three." - Hilaire Belloc

"If you can not arrive in daylight, then stand off well clear, and wait until dawn. After all, that's one of the things God made boats for- to wait in." -Tristan Jones

"There is but a plank between a sailor and eternity." - Thomas Gibbons

"A small craft in an ocean is, or should be, a benevolent dictatorship." -Tristan Jones

On Engines:

"Long ocean passages usually don't require engines; it's the ports and headlands at each end that may demand some expert sailing." - Hal Roth

"At last, the god-damned engine is quiet!" - William Snaith

"He was now convinced that the most valuable sail on board was the diesel."- Ray Kauffman

"The only reason that Uldra's engine never failed was because she did not have one." - Dennis Puleston

"I can't wait for the oil wells to run dry, for the last gob of black, sticky muck to come oozing out of some remote well. Then the glory of sail will return." -Triston Jones

On Weather:

"Headwinds are sore vexations and the more passengers the sorer." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Confronting a storm is like fighting God. All the powers in the universe seem to be against you and, in an exraordinary way, your irrelevance is at the same time both humbling and exalting." - Franciose LeGrande

"I once knew a writer who, after saying beautiful things about the sea, passed through a Pacific hurricane, and he became a changed man." - Joshua Slocum

"The pleasures of being becalmed became threadbare; there is a limit to untutored star gazing." -Charles Landery

"Off Cape Horn there are but two kinds of weather, neither one of them a pleasant kind." - John Masefield

"There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes." -Old Norwegian Adage

"I loved cruising the coast of Maine . For one thing, it helped me conquer my fear of fog. Not that I have learned to feel secure in the fog, but at least I have learned how to grope without panic." -Herb Payson

"Being hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified I know." - Donald Hamilton

"Below 50 degrees south there is no law. Below 60 degrees south there is no God." -Old Sailors Adage

"I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits." - Bernard Moitessier

"It's scary to have a 30 foot wave chasing you. If you are steering, you don't look back. The crew looks back for you, and you watch their faces. When they look straight up, then get ready!" - Magnus Olsson

"I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls." -Hugo Vihlen

"It's remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living." -Ernest K. Gann

"A tradewind starts gently, without gusts — a huge ocean of air that slowly and resolutely begins to move with ever-increasing strength. Suddenly everything comes to life. Spirits rise as the sails fill. The boat heels slightly and moves ahead. The almost oppressive silence gives way to the sound of the bow cutting through the water. Gone is the sea's glassy surface, and with it the terrible glare. Close the hatches and ports! We're sailing again!" - Jim Moore from By Way of the Wind, 1991

"A ship is always referred to as "she" because it costs so much to keep her in paint and powder." -ADM. Chester Nimitz

"I want a boat that drinks 6, eats 4, and sleeps 2." -Earnest K. Gann

"It looks like frozen snot." -L. Francis Herreshoff, looking at a Herreshoff Bullseye built of fiberglass.

"If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most." -E. B. White

"Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made." -Robert N. Rose



"The cabin of a small yacht is truly a wonderful thing; not only will it shelter you from a tempest, but from the other troubles in life, it is a safe retreat." -L. Francist Herreshoff

"A sailing ship is no democracy; you don't caucus a crew as to where you'll go anymore than you inquire when they'd like to shorten sail." -Sterling Hayden

"We had twelve hours of daylight, and if we did not sight the coast, I should conclude that Brazil was merely a geographical expression." -Frank Wightman

On the Sea:

"The sea hates a coward." - Eugene O'Neill

"The ocean is an object of no small terror." -Edmund Burke

"The sea drives truth into a man like salt." - Hilaire Belloc

"I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea." - Alaine Gerbault

"Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." -Buzzy Trent

"The ocean has always been a salve to my soul...the best thing for a cut or abrasion was to go swimming in salt water. Later down the road of life, I made the discovery that salt water was also good for the mental abrasions one inevitably acquires on land." -Jimmy Buffett



"The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats." - Ernest Hemingway

"One of the best temporary cures for pride and affection is seasickness." - Henry Wheeler Show



" Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit." - Brooks Atkinson



"Never a ship sails out of a bay, but carries my heart as a stowaway." -Roselle Mercier Montgomery



"Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters." - Howard Bloomfield



"Our voyage hade commenced, and at last we were away, gliding through the clean water, past the reeds. Care was lifted from our shoulders, for we were free from advice, pessimism, officialism, heat and hot air." - K. Adlard Coles



"The single commandment of anchoring is "thou shall create scope." - Reese Palley
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Here's few quotes,

"I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea...All of us have, in our veins, the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat,in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whetherit is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came."

President John F. Kennedy

Newport, Rhode Island

September 14, 1962


When one has good wine,

a graceful boat,

and a maiden's love,

why envy the immortal gods?

Li Tai Po

When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land. Dr. Samuel Johnson

"For one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the wind-and the boat made three." Hilaire Belloc

"Sailors, with their built in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world." Nicholas Monsarrat

Not bound to swear allegiance to any master, wherever the wind takes me I travel as a visitor. (Horace)
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Infamous "If by whiskey" speech:

"My friends,

"I had not intended to discuss this controversial subject at this particular time. However, I want you to know that I do not shun controversy. On the contrary, I will take a stand on any issue at any time, regardless of how fraught with controversy it might be. You have asked me how I feel about whiskey. All right, here is how I feel about whiskey.

"If when you say whiskey you mean the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster, that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean the evil drink that topples the Christian man and woman from the pinnacle of righteous, gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, and despair, and shame and helplessness, and hopelessness, then certainly I am against it.

"But;

"If when you say whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and laughter on their lips, and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer; if you mean the stimulating drink that puts the spring in the old gentleman's step on a frosty, crispy morning; if you mean the drink which enables a man to magnify his joy, and his happiness, and to forget, if only for a little while, life's great tragedies, and heartaches, and sorrows; if you mean that drink, the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars, which are used to provide tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitiful aged and infirm; to build highways and hospitals and schools, then certainly I am for it. "This is my stand. I will not retreat from it. I will not compromise."
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Amidships - condition of being surrounded by boats.

Anchor - a device designed to bring up mud samples from the bottom at inopportune or unexpected times.

Anchor Light - a small light used to discharge the battery before daylight.

Berth - a little addition to the crew.

Boom - sometimes the result of a surprise jibe.

Bottom Paint - what you get when the cockpit seats are freshly painted.

Chart - a type of map which tells you exactly where you are aground.

Clew - an indication from the skipper as to what he might do next.

Companionway - a double berth.

Dead Reckoning - a course leading directly to a reef.

Deadrise - getting up to check the anchor at 0300.

Deviation - any departure from the Captain’s orders.

Dinghy - the sound of the ship’s bell.

Displacement - when you dock your boat and can’t find it later.

Estimated Position - a place you have marked on the chart where you are sure you are not.

First Mate - crew member necessary for skippers to practice shouting instructions to.

Foul Wind - breeze produced by flying turkey.

Freeboard - food and liquor supplied by the owner.

Headway - what you are making if you can’t get the toilet to work.

Heave-Ho - what you do when you’ve eaten too much.

Jibe - either you like it or you don’t and it gets you.

Keel - term used by 1st mate after too much heel by skipper.

Landlubber - anyone on board who wishes he were not.

Latitude - the number of degrees off course allowed a guest.

Mast - religious ritual used before setting sail.

Mizzen - an object you can’t find.

Ram - an intricate docking maneuver sometimes used by experienced skippers.

Rhumb Line - two or more crew members waiting for a drink.

Sheet - cool, damp, salty night covering.

Shroud - equipment used in connection with a wake.

Starboard - special board used by skippers for navigation (usually with "Port" on the opposite side.)

Swell - a wave that’s just great.

Square Rigger - a rigger over 30.
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"A collision at sea can ruin your whole day" Thucydides (c. 460 BC – c.)
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The call to the sea has got neither a on/off switch nor a volume control.
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Plans are best written in the sand at low tide.

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There are two types of sailors - those that have run aground and those that lie.
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The call to the sea has got neither a on/off switch nor a volume control.
Lovely quote, Bob.... And, ain't that the truth....you either go, or you stay...wondering.....always....

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And there is the old famous adage...

"there is nothing, absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing, as simply messing about in boats...."

Mark Twain.....

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