Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Gloucester, Mass. USA
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I’m a fan of canned sodas. “Tonic” we call it here in the Northeast. The cans store well in the 12 pack cubes. When they’re empty, they crush up and store with minimal space. I keep them well into the bilge where they remain cool and a few of them go into the icebox for later.
Ah… Later! Yes, I’ll vote for Mount Gay Barbados Rum! I pull one of those cold cans of Coke from the icebox, only real Coke will do here, and take a swallow off the top. Into this pours an appropriate serving of rum and I’ll add a slice or squirt of lime should I have any aboard. Now, here’s the secret. This should only be stirred with a well-used marlinespike. No, no, not for any of that macho sailor crap, it’s because it’s the only thing handy that will fit inside that opening o’ the can!
This system serves a couple more hidden purposes: You see, the more you drink, the more intoxicated you get, the tougher it becomes to pour the rum through the can opening. Also, in a seaway, the task is next to impossible! This boils down to keeping you from drinking when you shouldn’t!
Now, one should always remember the following custom for opening a new bottle of rum aboard. The skipper of the boat stands on the foredeck, facing aft, and opens the bottle. Holding his thumb slightly over the opening, he sprays some in the air and says: “Here’s to the wind”! Next, he pours a shot over the side to: “And here is to the sea”! Now, he pours a line across the foredeck saying: ”Here is to my boat”! And lastly: “And here is to me”! I don’t have to tell ya’ where to pour that dollop!