Re: What to do?
Here are some more advanced "wise" tips:
-- Your government-issued "TWIT" card allows you to work in any country and can be shown to pirates to chase them off; it's also good for discounts of up to 50% at West Marine.
-- Remember that Atomic 4 gas engines are only compatible with inexpensive alternators and blowers from auto parts stores or junkyards.
-- If you have an Atomic 4, you can improve fuel mileage by removing the backfire flame arrestor so the engine gets more air.
-- If you go over the side for a mid-ocean swim in calm weather, leave the sails rigged in case you need to make a quick getaway.
-- The best place to watch a sailboat race is with your boat tied up to the "leeward" or "gybe" marks. To be more festive and in the spirit of sailboat racing, fly some random signal flags while you're tied up to the race mark.
-- Keep a couple of screwdrivers and a vise grip or pipe wrench next to your boat's compass (the numbered card thingy in a glass) so you can make quick adjustments to it.
-- Sails with a big belly in them are the best, because they can hold more air.
-- The best material for amateur boat building is aluminum; it's not only strong and light, and dead simple to weld and shape, but is also compatible with all other metals, unlike mild steel. Those who really lack basic skills, though, could try making an aluminum boat with a reinforced-concrete deck house.
-- When entering a foreign port, the black flag with the skull and crossbones must be flown, above and along with the country's flag turned upside down, until you have checked in with the authorities. Only after checking in are you allowed to turn the country flag right side up.