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Re: US Navy Veteran_New to Sailboats_Need your Honest Knowledge and Experience_Thanks

Originally Posted by denverd0n View Post
Why? Because of sharks? There are just as many sharks around the shorelines as there are far out to sea. If you would be willing to go for a swim in 20 feet of water in Tampa Bay, then going for a swim in 5,000 feet of water in the middle of the Atlantic is really no different.
It's called imagination, Don! A lot bigger (and hungrier) things can be in water 5000 feet deep than 20, or so one's mind would have us believe. And let me tell you, from first hand experience, that really huge shadow below, at the edge of visibility, you when you are swimming around in a calm half way to Hawaii, can be a powerful incentive to get back on board rather quickly, even if it ends up being the boat's shadow! But for a few seconds........
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.

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