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Every time I've left for a passage on Friday, Something went wrong. I don't do it anymore. I've left at midnight Sat. morning to avoid it. Banana's came from a stupid Jimmy Buffet song, and I curse him for it. When we were becalmed on a Tall ship I was on, we would bake a cake and throw it over board for Neptune.
Never bring a black suitcase on board. I don't no why. I saw a girl whistle up a squall once, I told her not to. My Grandfather changed the name on my boat before he gave it to me, I've sunk it twice, been de-masted, Knocked down twice, Hove to for 4 day's in the storm of the century 40 miles south of key west, I ended up out at the fort. Lost my engine 15 years ago, still don't have one. Had the Boat seazed by a boat yard, Hurricane Wilma knocked it of it's stands in the boat yard and it landed on the rebuilt Yanmar that was under it on a palette. Just to name a few!
Maybe "Lucky Lady"'s not the best name for a sailboat after all....

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Maybe "Lucky Lady"'s not the best name for a sailboat after all....
Oh, your ask'n for trouble there!
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No, the banana thing didn't come from Jimmy buffet. It's very real.
Brazilian wandering spider - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

These spiders hide in dark places during the day, and in banana bunches when they were brought on board ships. Then bite the crew, who would then die at sea.

Bananas = poisonous spiders.

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Thought the whistling onboard thing was so there was no confusion with bosun's pipes.
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No, the banana thing didn't come from Jimmy buffet. It's very real.
Brazilian wandering spider - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

These spiders hide in dark places during the day, and in banana bunches when they were brought on board ships. Then bite the crew, who would then die at sea.

Bananas = poisonous spiders.
I stand corrected, Thank's, that makes a lot more sense. I wonder if Jimmy Buffet know's that?
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[QUOTE=flyingwelshman;810875][QUOTE=Rick486;810868]Always toss a tot overboard in thanks after a safe passage "the old man"./QUOTE]

So up to what age would be considered a 'tot'? I know a few teenagers that could stand to be thrown overboard.


Ha ! A "tot" is a ration of rum, tequila, gin, whatever is your poison. :-)

Just thought of another one of my superstitions:

1. Never talk negative of your boat when aboard, or talk about another boat you may like or wish to own.
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Not a superstition per se, but whenever I've worked as a Mate, if I catch one of my minions -er, deckhands- spitting on the deck, they're spending the rest of the shift mopping that ENTIRE deck (a taller order than it sounds, the boat is 180ft in length). I can't abide someone disrespecting a vessel like that, just seems like its asking for trouble.
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I like the "not talking negative towards your sailboat". Not just a good superstition but a good rule.

In reference to leaving port on a Friday, there is a tale (I'm sure many more) to this superstition. The Royal Navy decided to disprove the statement, that Friday is an unlucky day. It was said that they "laid the keel" of a ship on a Friday. The captain's name was Friday. She was launched on a Friday. The only problem, she disappeared without a trace on her maiden voyage.

Superstition breeds what we cannot control.

BTW, I will never invite my redheaded flat footed stone throwing whistling friend on my sailboat ever again...

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I heard that the Friday thing came from Fridag the Terrible, a mean Viking dude.
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I like the "not talking negative towards your sailboat". Not just a good superstition but a good rule.

In reference to leaving port on a Friday, there is a tale (I'm sure many more) to this superstition. The Royal Navy decided to disprove the statement, that Friday is an unlucky day. It was said that they "laid the keel" of a ship on a Friday. The captain's name was Friday. She was launched on a Friday. The only problem, she disappeared without a trace on her maiden voyage.

Superstition breeds what we cannot control.

BTW, I will never invite my redheaded flat footed stone throwing whistling friend on my sailboat ever again...
The superstition predates this story, as the British Navy was attempting to debunk the superstition and only managed to reinforce it. Some say, this story itself is not true, but I believe every word.


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