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One of your defenses against the inevitability of Murphy catching you on a cruise is to have an adequate towing policy, as we found out last summer.

The annoying part of this story is that we had 2 unusual mechanical failures within a half hour that involved parts that were professionally installed less than a year before. The most serious problem was loss of raw water cooling as we were motoring dead upwind against an increasingly foul current. We lost time attempting to diagnose the raw water problem, thinking it was a blockage (sea weed, plastic?), but to no avail.

We attempted to beat to weather, but our estimated arrival was after 10:00 PM in an outer harbor that was exposed to a contrary wind direction that day. There were other complications that made it sensible to call for a tow that got us into the inner harbor at Cuttyhunk by 7:00 PM.

Bottom line: A towing policy can save you time and money when Murphy has your number.
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I was taught Murphy's 7th law - Buoyancy is inversely proportional to cost.
Examples - a chrome plated winch handle, your favorite pair of prescription sunglasses
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Re: Murphy's Laws of Boat Care

Starting a small project by yourself usually turns out to be a two man job.

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Re: Murphy's Laws of Boat Care

The propellor shaft and coupling that were perfectly aligned when you removed the engine from the boat will be hopelessly out of alignment when you put the engine back in the exact same spot where it previously sat.

(Actually, in reality I had the opposite experience - they lined up perfectly when the engine when back in, but just sayin' - I do know people who experienced this mysterious syndrome.)

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Re: Murphy's Laws of Boat Care

...very apropos to the endeavour I'm considering...
...a 30 year old Endeavour 32,. that is...
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Re: Murphy's Laws of Boat Care

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LOL...all true!!

Let's not forget the rule of 3's....

When one thing breaks...2 more will shortly follow...and always at night in choppy seas.
then go ahead and add another 3 for good measure
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Re: Murphy's Laws of Boat Care

great article-

Who said it could not be done and what great victories has he to his credit which qualify him to judge others accurately?
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Re: Murphy's Laws of Boat Care

hahha, thx for sharing
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Yes. Murphy was an optimist...
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And there is a limit to what two part epoxy is designed to fix...
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