A well-found boat will not leak around the chainplates and the hull-deck join. Those leaks, especially the ones around the chainplates, can lead to serious problems—like core saturation and deck delamination.
Walking away was probably a good choice.
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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.