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Favorite Quotes about sailing and the sea...
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea..."
"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter. Nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not."
THE RELIGION OF A SAILOR
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
I just thank God I don’t live in a trailer.
The house was built on the highest part of the narrow tongue of land between the harbor and the open sea. It had lasted through three hurricanes and it was built solid as a ship.
Sailing is just the bottom line, like adding up the score in bridge. My real interest is in the tremendous game of life.
Attitude is the difference between ordeal and adventure
There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.
Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time.
I cannot not sail.
The lovely thing about cruising is that planning usually turns out to be of little use.
There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.
The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails.
At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.
The cure for anything is saltwater sweat, tears, or the sea.
The sea hates a coward.
To young men contemplating a voyage I would say go.
Boats, like whiskey, are all good.
Wind is to us what money is to life on shore.
I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits.
Being hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified I know.
The wind and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigator.
The chance for mistakes is about equal to the number of crew squared.
If you are going to do something, do it now. Tomorrow is too late.
Do or do not. There is no try.
The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.
Prevention is, as in other aspects of seamanship, better than cure.
If you can’t repair it, maybe it shouldn’t be on board.
I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky.
Mackerel skies and mares tails, soon will be time to shorten sails.
A sailor’s joys are as simple as a child’s.
“Chaunt in his ear delusions magical,
…arranging the journey was so difficult. Getting home again was much easier.
Man marks the earth with ruin his control stops with the shore.
…surely these victims of the sea…had rushed willingly down the hills to the water, only to find themselves caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Who should judge whether they were there for the wrong reason?
And after two days in civilization we realized we could never stay for long and started to plan our next adventure.
The planning stage of a cruise is often just as enjoyable as the voyage itself, letting one’s imagination loose on all kinds of possibilities. Yet translating dreams into reality means a lot of practical questions have to be answered.
Twenty years from now you will be more disppointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
If you can’t tie a knot, tie a lot.
There is nothing like lying flat on your back on the deck, alone except for the helmsman aft at the wheel, silence except for the lapping of the sea against the side of the ship. At that time you can be equal to Ulysses and brother to him.
Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Give him a fishing lesson and he'll sit in a boat drinking beer every weekend.
Don't worry about the world ending today. It's already tomorrow in Fiji.
"Not all who wander are lost."
There are three sorts of people; those who are alive, those who are dead, and those who are at sea.
Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.
Now - bring me that horizon.
You'll take from life just the life you live...
All who wander are not lost
Sailing unties the knots in my mind
Until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore, you will not know the terror of being forever lost at sea.
However bad the storm you are in, there is still sun somewher over your horizon
Pull that thing
If you're not getting close to capsize, you're provably not pushing hard enough
Sailing - The fine art of slowly going nowhere at great expense while being cold, wet and miserable.
Sailing - The fine art of getting wet and becoming ill while slowly going
Sailing - The art of slowly going nowhere at great expense.
To sail is human... to power divine!
Life's roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors.
On the Trans-Atlantic Single-handed Race Mr Owen Smithers has been disqualified for using both hands.
The difference between a fairy tale and a sea tale? A fairy tale starts with "Once upon a time". A sea tale starts with " This ain't no $hit"!
I need the Sea because it teaches me
"I am a citizen of the most beautiful nation on earth, a nation whose laws are harsh yet simple, a nation that never cheats, which is immense and without borders, where life is lived in the present. In this limitless nation, this nation of wind, light, and peace, there is no other ruler besides the sea."
"The best bilge pump of all is a bucket in the hands of a frightened man"
The right of way goes to the vessel with the least competent crew
To my crew:
With crews like this, no wonder they race round the world single handed.
Court of Inquiry - Church House - London
Time and Tide wait for no man..
Time and tide wait for no man, but always stand still for a woman of thirty
There are more sharks on the land than in the sea
"I'm telling you that India is that way, now set my course."
My wind is turned to bitter north, That was so soft a south before; My sky, that shone so sunny bright, With foggy gloom is clouded o’er My gay green leaves are yellow-black, Upon the dank autumnal floor; For love, departed once, comes back No more again, no more.
Remember 'It was a professional who built the Titanic, It was an amateur who built Noah's Ark
Can we go downwind now please. I've been hit in the face by a grill pan.
The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
When the draught of your vessel exceeds the depth of the water, you are most assuredly, aground
A Smooth Sea NEVER made a Skilled Sailor
One hand for the ship and one hand for you
A ship is safe in harbor but that's not what ships are for
Received from Jennie Gist
I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.
Everyone must row with the oars he has.
A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for
"There is little man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a sailing ship does. There is not much man has made that calls to all the best in him, but a sailing ship does."
"The perfection of a yacht's beauty is that nothing should be there for only beauty's sake."
"The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting place."
"There are only two colors to paint a boat, black or white, and only a fool would paint a boat black."
"For one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the wind-and the boat made three."
"If you can not arrive in daylight, then stand off well clear, and wait until dawn. After all, that's one of the things God made boats for- to wait in."
"There is but a plank between a sailor and eternity."
"A small craft in an ocean is, or should be, a benevolent dictatorship."
"Long ocean passages usually don't require engines; it's the ports and headlands at each end that may demand some expert sailing."
"At last, the god-damned engine is quiet!"
"He was now convinced that the most valuable sail on board was the diesel."
"The only reason that Uldra's engine never failed was because she did not have one."
"I can't wait for the oil wells to run dry, for the last gob of black, sticky muck to come oozing out of some remote well. Then the glory of sail will return."
"Headwinds are sore vexations and the more passengers the sorer."
"Confronting a storm is like fighting God. All the powers in the universe seem to be against you and, in an exraordinary way, your irrelevance is at the same time both humbling and exalting."
"I once knew a writer who, after saying beautiful things about the sea, passed through a Pacific hurricane, and he became a changed man."
"The pleasures of being becalmed became threadbare; there is a limit to untutored star gazing."
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes."
"I loved cruising the coast of
"Below 50 degrees south there is no law. Below 60 degrees south there is no God."
"I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits."
"It's scary to have a 30 foot wave chasing you. If you are steering, you don't look back. The crew looks back for you, and you watch their faces. When they look straight up, then get ready!"
"Wind is to us what money is to life on shore."
"I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls."
"It's remarkable how quickly a good and favorable wind can sweep away the maddening frustrations of shore living."
"A tradewind starts gently, without gusts a huge ocean of air that slowly and resolutely begins to move with ever-increasing strength. Suddenly everything comes to life. Spirits rise as the sails fill. The boat heels slightly and moves ahead. The almost oppressive silence gives way to the sound of the bow cutting through the water. Gone is the sea’s glassy surface, and with it the terrible glare. Close the hatches and ports! We’re sailing again!"
“Anchor as though you plan to stay for weeks, even if you intend to leave in an hour.”
“Your vessel should always be ready to clear out at a moment’s notice, so have your exit strategy well prepared.”
One of man's greatest inventions was the plough. Then some eedjet made an anchor out of it.
"The single commandment of anchoring is "thou shall create scope."
More on Boats:
"Boats, like whiskey, are all good."
"A ship is always referred to as "she" because it costs so much to keep her in paint and powder."
BOAT = Break Out Another Thousand
"I want a boat that drinks 6, eats 4, and sleeps 2."
"It looks like frozen snot."
"If a man is to be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most."
"You have no right to own a yacht if you ask that question."
"Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made."
"The cabin of a small yacht is truly a wonderful thing; not only will it shelter you from a tempest, but from the other troubles in life, it is a safe retreat."
More on Sailors:
"Bad cooking is responsible for more trouble at sea than all other things put together."
"To the question, "When were your spirits at the lowest ebb?" the obvious answer seemed to be, "When the gin gave out."
"When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land."
"The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor."
"The art of the sailor is to leave nothing to chance."
"Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk."
"It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better."
"The only way to get a good crew is to marry one."
"A sailing ship is no democracy; you don't caucus a crew as to where you'll go anymore than you inquire when they'd like to shorten sail."
"I know who you are, but you'll have to wipe your feet."
"Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar.
"We had twelve hours of daylight, and if we did not sight the coast, I should conclude that
On the Sea:
"The sea hates a coward."
"The ocean is an object of no small terror."
"The sea drives truth into a man like salt."
"I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea."
"Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear."
"The ocean has always been a salve to my soul...the best thing for a cut or abrasion was to go swimming in salt water. Later down the road of life, I made the discovery that salt water was also good for the mental abrasions one inevitably acquires on land."
"The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats."
"The cure for anything is saltwater sweat, tears, or the sea."
"To be successful at sea we must keep things simple."
"One of the best temporary cures for pride and affection is seasickness."
"The thing I realized this last few days is that the earth is a big place."
"Never a ship sails out of a bay, but carries my heart as a stowaway."
"Cruising has two pleasures. One is to go out in wider waters from a sheltered place. The other is to go into a sheltered place from wider waters."
"Our voyage hade commenced, and at last we were away, gliding through the clean water, past the reeds. Care was lifted from our shoulders, for we were free from advice, pessimism, officialism, heat and hot air."
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