At Night

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   Additionally: 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.

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What is it about the sea?

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. ...

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Knots – figure of 8

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. pull tight.   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 ...

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