Originally Posted by Whovian58
I'm grateful for all the input so far, guys!
For Readers of Nautical Tales: what annoys you the most about stories/novels written by authors who have never been on the water? Or nautical-themed movies, for that matter?
That's easy. Too many stories, novels and movies leave a bad impression due to the failure of the author to research terminology, common practices and simple reality.
You are moving in the right direction by asking questions here; you'll get lots of friendly (and mostly accurate) input. You can't go wrong by having someone with expertise do a bit of proofreading for you.
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