Yes, I agree... generally a disaster is a series of minor events happening in quick succession that lead to total disaster rather than just one catastrophic thing...
Also, by circumventing some of the little things that can go wrong... like checking the cotter pins on your rigging once a week or so... you can often stave off the big disaster happening... the mast falling down and holing the boat and sinking her... John Vigor's Black Box theory of seamanship is an excellent one... and one I believe in.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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