Of course, the ideal situation, especially if singlehanding, is not to fall off of the boat.
Prevention beats the snot out of learning a knot in preparation for falling off the boat.... and if the boat is moving at three knots or more, the chance of you being able to pull yourself back aboard from any distance before exhaustion or hypothermia set in is minimal.
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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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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.