Tartan 27' owner
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Re: Non obvious ways to mess up boat systems
Attaching a boat's batteries with the polarity reversed can also damage the regulator resulting in burnt diodes and non-functional alternator. BTDT.
Raising a halyard before checking to see if it is attached to a sail. BTDT.
Attach wrong corner of jib to halyard. BTDT.
Using dock horn cleats to hold a 50' boat to the dock in a 40 knot blow instead of using the pilings. BTDT and there was one less horn cleat on that dock when we left it.
Thinking that every member of your crew has the same feel for sailing your boat as you have.
I'm a bit surprised that the "Three Stooges" never did a sailing skit that I can remember. There are some great ways to torture your crew if you wanted to and many ways you can make them happy.
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