||08-22-2007 08:53 PM
I just read this one at Maxing Out's blog...I like it a lot.
7. Cruising let's you share a back porch with a billionaire. In Turkey we anchored next to a diamond merchant's 200 foot megayacht for two days. He spent 50 million dollars to visit the same destination as us. Some people buy floating condominiums and some people buy the sailing equivalent of a cargo crate, but we all meet at the same barbecue pit on the beach.
Does anyone have some nuggets or pearls of wisdom to share?
||08-23-2007 02:33 AM
Originally Posted by Trim50
Does anyone have some nuggets or pearls of wisdom to share?
How about a Cruising fact of life ?
The day that you take delivery of a brand new boat https://www.cruiserlog.com/forums/pub.../icon_boat.gif
- is the day you start maintenance
||08-23-2007 01:25 PM
“There's no thrill in easy sailing when the skies are clear and blue, there's no joy in merely doing things which any one can do. But there is some satisfaction that is mighty sweet to take, when you reach a destination that you never thought you'd make”
“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”
Seneca quotes (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)
"When in doubt, let it out."
A strong nor’-wester ’s blowing, Bill!
Hark! don’t ye hear it roar now?
Lord help ’em, how I pities them
Unhappy folks on shore now!
-The Sailor’s Consolation
Abbey, Henry; 1842-1911
What do we plant when we plant the tree?
We plant the ship that will cross the sea,
We plant the mast to carry the sails,
We plant the planks to withstand the gales-
The keel, the keelson, and beam and knee-
We plant the ship when we plant the tree.
||08-23-2007 01:31 PM
"My experience with engines is that if you depend on them they fail you, but if it just doesn't matter, they serve you."
"He was now convinced that the most valuable sail on board was the diesel."
"Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm."
"It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better."
-Sir Francis Drake
"The art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance."
-Annie Van De Wiele
"If you can't repair it, maybe it shouldn't be on board."
-Lin and Larry Pardey
"Ships are the nearest thing to dreams that hands have ever made."
-Robert N. Rose
"There is nothing- absolutely nothing-
half so much worth doing
as simply messing about in boats."
-Ratty said to Mole in Kenneth Grahame's beloved 1908
classic, The Wind in the Willows.
"Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit."
"You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind."
"Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left
port and the other was an atrocious liar."
"Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that
-Charles G. Davis
"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist
expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails."
-William A. Ward
"Ships that pass in the night and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
AND NOW FOR MY FAVOURITE SALING QUOTE:
"The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet
so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and
impatient when least effective."
-Henry David Thoreau
||08-23-2007 07:32 PM
I heard it was the most expensive way to travel third class.
||08-23-2007 07:51 PM
Here are a few of my favourites......
"Sailing alone soothes me because the sea is fair, not cruel. It judges only your ability. It does not care who or what you are. It does not ask your
age, color, sex, address, sexual orientation, education or IQ, but only your competence. It requires only that you can sail. If you can, you survive. If
you can't, better stay ashore. That's fair, more fair than most of us experience on land...and refreshing."
A sure cure for seasickness? Stand under a tree.
Let those who know not how to pray go to sea.
Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.
Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Give a man a boat, he cannot afford to eat again.
Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah's Ark:
One: Don't miss the boat.
Two: Remember that we are all in the same boat.
Three: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
Four: Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
Five: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
Six: Build your future on high ground.
Seven: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
Eight: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
Nine: When you're stressed, float a while.
Ten: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
'In all systems, as complexity approaches infinity, the mean time between failure drops to zero.'
"Most of my money I spent on boats and women. The rest I squandered'.
"When I die, I want to go quietly, in my sleep; like my grandfather.
Not screaming in terror like his passengers."
CANNON BALLS: In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon, but prevent them from rolling about the deck. The best storage method devised was a square based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of thirty cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem - how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding/rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate called a "Monkey," with sixteen round indentations. If this plate was made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make "Brass Monkeys." Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the cannon balls would come right off the monkey. Thus, it was quite literally, "Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey!"
"Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, much of that comes from bad judgment."
Girls don't lay down in boats they can't stand up in.
"There is nothing so distressing as running ashore, unless there is also doubt as to which continent the shore belongs."
"There is never any excuse to put the comfort of the crew above the safety of the vessel"
"To me, nothing made by man is more beautiful than a sailboat under way in fine weather, and to be on that sailboat is to be as close to heaven as I expect to get. It is unalloyed happiness."
"The gods do not deduct from a man's allotted span, those days spent sailing."
"Them that dies'll be the lucky ones"
- Long John Silver in Treasure Island
Sailboats are safe in a harbor. But that's not what boats were made for.
To quote Mark Twain:
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed
by the things you did not do than by the things you did do.
So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is."
"The gravity of the situation is only increased by the slant of the ramp"
A small boat and a suitcase full of money beats a 40 footer tied to the Bank every time.
This new ship here is fitted according to the reported increase of knowledge among mankind. Namely, she is cumbered end to end, with bells and trumpets and clock and wires . . . she can call voices out of the air of the waters to con the ship while her crew sleep. But sleep Thou lightly. It has not yet been told to me that the Sea has ceased to be the Sea.
- Rudyard Kipling
"The man who would be fully employed should procure a ship or a woman, for no two things produce more trouble" - Plautus 254-184 B.C.
"There are three kinds of people in the world,
Those who can count and those who can't."
In the long run, all solutions are temporary, so go ahead and use duct tape.
Flashlight: A cylindrical object that is used to store dead batteries.
And why do you, lad, look so pale?
Is it for love, or lack of ale?
"A powerboat and a sailboat both went to sea. From the powerboat, voices asked - when will we get there? From the sailboat, voices answered - we are!!!"
Sir Francis Bacon, "They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea."
"Son, you have to remember that people like terra firma - the more firma, the less terra."
"Nothing goes to windward like a 747."
Nothing is as permanent as a good temporary solution."
In rough and rolling seas all good sailors sit to pee
Only a fool becomes embroiled in an argument on a singlehanded boat.
"You can observe a lot just by watching."
Approaching a dock with a boat it is like approaching a woman in a bar,
very seldom is a slow approach a poor approach."
"That packet of assorted miseries which we call a ship." - Rudyard Kipling
'If you have to be somewhere by a certain date, you aren't cruising, you're racing.
and my absolute favourite of all time...
"My drinking team has a sailing problem!"
And then there was the letter from the ship's master......
Letter to the Owners
Shipping Company Y
It is with regret and haste that I write this letter to you; regret that such a small misunderstanding could lead to the following circumstances, and haste in order that you will get this report before you form your own preconceived opinions from reports in the international press, for I am sure that they will tend to over-dramatize the affair.
We had just picked up the pilot, and the apprentice had returned from changing the 'G' flag for the 'H', and being his first trip was having difficulty in rolling the 'G' flag up. I therefore proceeded to show him how, coming to the last part I told him to 'let go'. The lad, although willing, is not too bright, necessitating my having to repeat the order in a sharper tone.
At this moment the Chief Officer appeared from the chartroom, having been plotting the vessel's progress, and thinking that it was the anchors that were being referred to, repeated the 'let go' to the Third Officer on the forecastle. The port anchor, having been cleared away, but not walked out, was promptly let go. The effect of letting the anchor drop from the 'pipe' while the vessel was proceeding at full harbour speed proved too much for the windlass brake, and the entire length of the port cable was pulled out 'by the roots'. I fear that the damage to the chain locker may be extensive. The braking effect of the port anchor naturally caused the vessel to sheer in that direction, right towards the swing bridge that spans a tributary to the river up which we were proceeding.
The swing bridge operator showed great presence of mind by opening the bridge for my vessel. Unfortunately he did not think to stop the vehicular traffic. The result being that the bridge partly opened and deposited a Volkswagen, two cyclists and a cattle truck on the foredeck. My ship's company are at present rounding up the contents of the latter, which from the noise I would say were pigs. In his efforts to stop the progress of the vessel the Third Officer dropped the starboard anchor, too late to be of practical use for it fell on the swing bridge operator's control cabin.
After the port anchor was let go and the vessel started to sheer I gave a double ring Full Astern on the Engine Room Telegraph, and personally rang the Engine Room to order maximum astern revolutions. I was informed that the temperature was 83 degrees, and was asked if there was a film tonight. My reply would not add constructively to this report.
Up to now I have confined my report to the activities at the forward end of my vessel. Down aft they were having their own problems. At the moment the port anchor was let go, the Second Officer was supervising the making fast of the aft tug, and was lowering the ship's towing spring down into the tug.
The sudden braking effect of the port anchor caused the tug to 'run in under' the stern of my vessel, just at the moment when the propeller was answering my double ring Full Astern. The prompt action of the Second Officer in securing the shipboard end of the towing spring delayed the sinking of the tug by some minutes thereby allowing the safe abandoning of that vessel.
It is strange, but at the very same moment of letting go the port anchor there was a power cut ashore. The fact that we were passing over a 'cable area' at that time may suggest that we may have touched something on the river bed. It is perhaps lucky that the high tension cables brought down by the foremast were not live, possibly being replaced by the underwater cable, but owing to the shore blackout it is impossible to say where the pylon fell.
It never fails to amaze me, the actions and behavior of foreigners during moments of minor crisis. The pilot for instance, is at this moment huddled in the corner of my day cabin, alternately crooning to himself and crying after having consumed a bottle of gin in a time that is worthy of inclusion in the Guinness Book of Records. The tug captain on the other hand reacted violently and had to forcibly be restrained by the Steward, who has him handcuffed in the ship's hospital while he is telling me to do impossible things with my ship and my person.
I enclose the names and addresses of the drivers, and insurance companies of the vehicles on my foredeck, which the Third Officer collected after his somewhat hurried evacuation of the forecastle. These particulars will enable you to claim back the damage that they did to the railings of number one hold.
I am closing this preliminary report for I am finding it difficult to concentrate with the sound of police sirens and the flashing lights.
It is sad to think that had the apprentice realized that there is no need to fly pilot flags after dark, none of this would have happened.
Master m.v. ………………………..
||08-23-2007 07:56 PM
And an interesting bit of historical background...although off topic and nothing to do with sailing.....for which I make no appologies this time.
Giving the Finger
Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future.
This famous weapon was made of the native English yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as "plucking the yew" (or "pluck yew"). Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, "See, we can still pluck yew! "PLUCK YEW!"
Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative 'F', and thus the words often used in conjunction
with the one-finger-salute!
It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic
gesture is known as "giving the bird."
And yew thought yew knew everything!
||08-23-2007 08:01 PM
and off topic again, for which I appologise this time as I am way off topic but our South African "okes" just need to see this letter.......
Dear Ma and Pa
I am well. Hope you are. Tell my boetie Wouter and my other boetie Koos that being in the Kommandos beats working for Oom Piet by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before maybe all of the places are filled. I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed till nearly 6 am, but am now starting to enjoy sleeping late.
Tell Wouter and Koos all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot and shine some things. No varke to feed, no cows to milk, no mampoer to mix or braai wood to split. Practically nothing. Manne get to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water.
Breakfast is strong on fruit juice, pap, eggs, bacon, etc. but short on steaks, boerewors, chops, potatoes and other regular food like vetkoek. But tell my boeties you can always sit between two dorpies that live on coffee. Their food plus yours holds you till noon, when you get fed again.
It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much. We go on "route" marches, which the Sersant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it is not my place to tell him different. A "route march" is about as far as to our postbox at home. Then the dorpies get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks.
The country is nice, but awful flat.
This next will kill my boeties with laughter. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a dassie's head and doesn't move at all. And it isn't shooting back at you like those bliksemse Venter boys from the next door plaas. All you have to do is lie there all rustig like and hit it. You don't even have to make your own cartridges. They come in boxes.
Then we have what they call hand-to-hand combat training. You get to wrestle with the dorpies. I have to be really careful though, they break real easy. It's not like fighting with Swart Duivel, our old bull at home. I'm about the best they got in this platoon except for that Groot Jan Jordaan from somewhere in the Noord Transvaal. He joined up the same time as me. But I'm only 5'6" and 130 pounds and he's 6'8" and weighs over 300 pounds dry.
Be sure to tell my boeties to hurry and join before other okes find out about this Kommando setup and come stampeding in!
Your loving daughter, Esther
||08-26-2007 06:55 AM
After a good day's sail there is nothing som nice as a beer, a bottle of wine with dinner and a wee dram afterwards. So here too are a few of my favourite quotes on this sympathetic and profound subject..... anyone got an opener?
I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning,
that's as good as they're going to feel all day.
The problem with some people is that when they aren't drunk, they're sober.
William Butler Yeats
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his
Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep
your mouth shut.
You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.
Drunk is feeling sophisticated when you can't say it.
No animal ever invented anything as bad as drunkenness - or as good as
Time is never wasted when you're wasted all the time.
Abstainer: a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a
Reality is an illusion that occurs due to lack of alcohol.
Drinking provides a beautiful excuse to pursue the one activity that
truly gives me pleasure, hooking up with fat hairy girls.
A woman drove me to drink and I didn't even have the decency to thank her.
What contemptible scoundrel has stolen the cork to my lunch?
Beauty lies in the hands of the beer holder.
If God had intended us to drink beer, He would have given us stomachs.
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
Life is a waste of time, time is a waste of life, so get wasted all of the
time and have the time of your life.
I'd rather have a full bottle in front of me, than a full frontal lobotomy.
24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence ?
When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we
fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. Sooooo, let's all
get drunk, and go to heaven...
You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it
helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons,
but at the very least you need a beer.
Always remember that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has
taken out of me.
He was a wise man who invented beer.
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
If you ever reach total enlightenment while drinking beer, I bet it makes
beer shoot out your nose.
Deep Thought, Jack Handy
Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer.
Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.
The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.
Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.
I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer.
Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen,
for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.
I drink to make other people interesting.
George Jean Nathan
All right, brain, I don't like you and you don't like me - so let's just do
this and I'll get back to killing you with beer.
||08-29-2007 08:57 AM
Here are a few more...
Some older friends named Bob and Rose sailing on "Fair Rose" a Westsail 36
used to end their snail mail notes:
"May the wind be behind you and may it not be your own!"
I love this one:
"The liver is evil... it must be punished!"
B.J.Smith SY Sooke
||08-29-2007 09:06 AM
And then there is this one.......
"Houses are but badly built boats so firmly aground that you cannot think of moving them. They are definitely inferior things, belonging to the vegetable not the animal world, rooted and stationary, incapable of gay transition. I admit, doubtfully, as exceptions, snailshells and caravans. 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.
It is for that reason perhaps, that when it comes, the desire to build a boat is one of those that cannot be resisted. It begins as a little cloud on a serene horizon. It ends by covering the whole sky, so that you can think of nothing else. You must build to regain your freedom. And always you comfort yourself with the thought that yours will be the perfect boat, the boat that you may search the harbors of the world for and not find."
||04-16-2009 05:16 PM
||04-16-2009 09:41 PM
"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.""
Spoken by Ratty to Mole in Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932).
||04-17-2009 01:22 PM
"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!"
Apologies to anyone who hasn't seen Deliverance
||04-18-2009 02:29 AM
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.
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."
"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."
"It's out there at sea that you are really yourself."
"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."
" 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."
"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."
"Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him."
-Charles C. Davis
"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
"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
"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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