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TomMaine
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Re: How nervous are you?

Every season, I go through some fear of things breaking. When the first stiff wind lays your boat over, I don't know how you can help but wonder about all the forces involved.

I don't like the feeling. So I reef early, especially in the spring.

I watch the engine more closely in the spring until I'm confident things are the way they should be.

I look for slight changes, creeping around chain plates, sudden slack in the rigging.

I check the bilge more frequently in the spring.

Pretty soon decks are awash, the boat(thanks to a reef) feels good and solid, and I feel all the parts that hold a sailboat together in a stiff wind, are strong.

But a little fear is good. I wouldn't go anywhere with someone who didn't have it.

I'd sail with you.

Tom Young sailing a 1961 38' Alden Challenger, CHRISTMAS out of
Rockport, Maine.
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