Diesel engine maintenance and repair
Splicing lines and eye loops, line to chain
Safety procedures....MOB and recover
Gelcoat color matching
Bottom paint prep and application
Motoring in a current
Sailing....trim, balance, tacking, gybing, heaving to
Anchoring & mooring
Knotwork - bowline, halyard knot, figure eight, cleat hitch, round turn 2 half hitches, reef/square knot, square knot for 2 different size lines
If you have the time and inclination...refrigeration and a/c.
I know this wasn't meant to be funny, and it really isn't, but I still got a good laugh out of it.
Particularly ironic is just how far down that list "Sailing.... trim, balance, tacking, gybing, heaving to" is... in order to be a competent SAILOR! Sheeesh...
Sort of like the skills you need to make it as a popular musician..
1. Good hairdresser and makeup artist
2. Eyecatching wardrobe
3. Edgy or at least interesting image and personality
4. Great agent
5. Marketing and self-promotion skills
6. Web design skills
7. Quality music production equipment
8. Oh yeah... and maybe be able to play your axe or at least sing a little bit. This can help but, obviously, it certainly isn't necessary these days.
SO .. yeah... I guess it's more sad than funny as a musician. The quoted post about sailing isn't sad at all, fortunately, but truer than most folks just getting into it realize. I bought my boat because I wanted to learn to sail, but I've learned a LOT more about epoxy, woodworking, compounding, wiring, radio protocols, chartreading and navigation, rigging, painting, and host of other boat-related things than I have about the actual act of hoisting and trimming the sails, reading the wind, and pointing the boat where it should go. It's ALL good!