You're right, of course, but I suspect that we all tend to get a bit more "dreamy" well off-shore on a beautiful night with a full moon and a beam reach... Having said that, however, I also have to keep slapping myself from not taking "home waters' for granted. Once told a crew to keep the Statue of Liberty off to starboard as we headed south out of NY Harbor. Went below and five minutes later felt us going aground on a charted sandbar directly S of the Statue. The crew had kept the Statue to the starboard, but as it is on an island, had started a circle around it... eight embarrassing hours with tour boats, water police, coast guard, park police etc until the tide floated us off...My fault for lack of clear and complete instructions.
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