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I had a guest on charter in St Thomas ask where she could buy some clear bottles. I asked what she needed clear bottles for and she replied "So I can take home all the different colors of water." It was all I could do to keep from laughing.

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I had a guest on charter in St Thomas ask where she could buy some clear bottles. I asked what she needed clear bottles for and she replied "So I can take home all the different colors of water." It was all I could do to keep from laughing.
We were on a cruise and the captain told us he had a lady doing that also....makes you wonder.

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When I was just introducing my girlfriend to sailing/boating she asked me why i didn't like wood boats as opposed to fiberglass. she replied "well doesn't wood float better?"
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I sail an inland lake in Arizona, and I was recently asked how long it would take to sail to California.

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astraeus... they must have been related to my brother's girl friend. When I lived in Tennessee and sailed on a lake (thanks to the TVA), she actually asked me if I got to sail on the ocean much. And she was serious.
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I was whale watching in the San Juans a couple of years ago on a whale watching boat and overheard a school teacher ask the captain how they keep track of the islands floating around.

If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps better than most. A small sailing craft is not only beautiful, it is seductive and full of strange promise and the hint of trouble.

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After a great day of sailing we were anchored out for the night. Our guest was sitting in the coockpit an asked? Who determines which way all of the boats are anchored? My simple answer with a grin....."God".
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Craig hit on mine, "How fast does it go?"
I say around 6 knots (or around 7 miles per hour) is pretty typical, but we can go much faster. (lets face it, they have no clue how much a knot is unless its given in MPH)

I also sail back and forth to my previous harbor a couple of times a year, its 85NM's each way. I than get asked "How long does that take?" When my reply is anywhere from 14-18 hours they are amazed. Lets see at 6knots it would take over 14 hours, thats on the fast side of the scale. Than they say, "Its 85 miles, I can drive that in less than 1-1/2 hours." ................... And your point is?

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An office friend told me this

Several years ago, a friend in the office who knew I sailed came to me and told me she was going sailing over the weekend. I told her how happy I was and hoped she enjoyed it.

On the following Monday morning I saw her and asked how the sailing went. Her reply was that it was GREAT. She said the stopped and cooked out in the afternoon and then sailed on. At about sunset they were coming in and they ran aground. Remembering this was the Chesapeake Bay known for it's thin water and soft mud bottom I asked, "And...?" She said, "Well, I guess you know what that means, you have to spend the night!"

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