Did you know that on a boat (or plane) the left side has a red light. And the right side has green.
PORT = RED
STARBOARD = GREEN
Vessles travelling head on should alter course to starboard to pass port-side to port-side.
When two power-driven vessels are in a crossing situation on a collision course, give way to the vessel on starboard.
What is it that draws us earth-bound humans to the sea. Into a tiny capsule far from safety to bob up and down on a vast desert of salt water.
A short and definitive answer will not be possible.
There are a thousand reasons why the sea draws souls into its domain. Any combination of them can roll and fold into a mysterious, growing and compelling force that leads us to that ordinary act of untying a rope and pushing off from shore.
Though the question may be difficult to comprehensively address, there are some elemental forces at play. Let me mention a few.
Tying knots - the mainstay of sailing is a basic skill and a very practical one.
Here, we are going to learn a very basic figure 8 knot, where and why its used.
It is similar to an overhand knot but but for a twist
Take one the lead end, make a loop
loop the lead under,
and back down through the loop.
Its not likely to come undone under load or agitation.
Purpose: to stop the rope from just running through a cleat or hole.
Its relativity easy to untie when not on load. But not in the middle of a ...