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Well said, John. Those with no fear of the sea, no matter their level of experience, are questionable ship mates when it comes to judgement. We have a saying in the merchant marine about mooring lines, the spring line used while docking in particular, "strain it-but don't part it." The same philosophy can be applied to all seamanship, and, in particular, the decision to leave port.

Like drunk Russians, who either cry or laugh, the seaman in extremis will often exhibit one or the other. I prefer the humor, even if it is "gallows."

I also liked the anecdote of Sir Edmund. When you're hove to, and got her buttoned up, you might as well rest. After you've done all you can, there is no sense to worrying it about, you've already done all you can and it's nature's show now. Go to bed and sleep, bad news arrives quick enough without worrying it to you. This is usually about the time someone cuts a fart, and everybody laughs and goes to sleep!

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