Tania Aebi has a story in her recent book about doing a delivery with her husband and the owner aboard. During the delivery, the owner decides to jump overboard at the bow and swim around to the stern and climb up the swim platform. He finds this so invigorating and refreshing, he does it a second time. About 5 seconds after he climbs back aboard the second time, a large shark hits the swim platform, where he had just climbed aboard....
Swimming in the open ocean is not a great idea IMHO. We're prey out there, and there are too many things that can go wrong. In a protected bay or lagoon, it is a different story.
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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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