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post #15 of Old 07-25-2008
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IMHO, a Mayday should be reserved for situations where there is an IMMINENT THREAT TO LIFE OR LOSS OF THE BOAT. Anything less is not a MAYDAY situation. Running out of fuel, beer, torn sails, etc are generally not even PANPAN situations in a sailboat, much less a MAYDAY situation.

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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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