One of the funnier stories I've been told is of a friend of mine was doing a sailboat delivery... normally does bluewater deliveries, but this was moving a boat from one place on the Great Lakes to another.... first afternoon out with the boat, he noticed some water in the bilge... so he tasted it...and since it was fresh, he figured it was from a leak in the pressure water system. Well, a few hours later, it was over the floor boards... and he was thinking "There isn't that much water in the tanks..." then it struck him that Lake Ontario wouldn't be salt water... and went to look for the leak before it got much worse. IIRC, it was a loose nut on the stuffing box on the prop shaft... It had been fine with the boat not motoring, but motoring caused it to start leaking.
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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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