Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Western Corn Field
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I am totally anal about dock lines. I just like to know that when I leave the boat, its not going to leave the marina without me. Or... that its not going to bang against the dock, or have strange wear.
For other things, I don't know enough to be anal enough as yet. I think that after you make a bunch of mistakes, you get the system that works for you, and you stop others mistakes. I do find that I like things to be done the same way each time, so if I need to release a line quickly, it can happen.
Now, for knot making... since I climb, I am extremely anal about my knot tying, and other peoples knot tying. I won't ask someone to tie their knots different, unless I see a problem, but I always always always tie mine the same way. My regular climbing partners know how my knots are tied, and I know how theirs are tied.
Actually, I look forward to the time when I know my boat, and sailing well enough to be anal about things. I am more anal right now about storing things below. The last time we went out, people kept putting stuff on my nav station... and I hate that. When I need to do navigation, I need to have a clear space, not something where I have to take the shorts, dog-collars, empty water bottles, or random junk off it.
One time knowing we were going to hit weather, and I was going to be stuck at the helm, I had asked for things to be stowed below, and made shipshape. I was assured it was... after the trip, I looked below... stuff was everywhere. All I said was "this is why I wanted to be sure stuff was stored properly".
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