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Old 08-04-2011
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I had a similar situation when I first started boating, but on a power boat. My friend, the boat's owner (and my first boating mentor) standing next to me while I was at the helm of what I considered a big a$$ boat, kept saying to me "Believe me, I am NOT going to let you hurt my boat!" As long as he was laughing, I figured I was doing OK and could relax somewhat.

Safe boating not only includes knowing what your boat is capable of, but of knowing and being realistic about what YOU are capable of, too.

My friend was still laughing when, months later he presented to me in a little ceremony in front of all of our Coast Guard brass a necklace made up of a chunk of the piling I took out when he was teaching me how to dock.
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