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    Billy Atkin generally had the right philosophy about boats. Here s a snippet: There is no way to please everybody. My old waterrat shipmate, Abel Brown, for
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 23, 2004
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      Billy Atkin generally had the right philosophy about boats. Here's a
      snippet:

      "There is no way to please everybody. My old waterrat shipmate, Abel Brown,
      for instance, will have no truck with what he calls "fancy" boats, nor for
      that matter, fancy fittings and gear. He says, "Yer don't want no boat that
      has ter be took care of all the time; yer wants a boat yer can use, that's
      what yer want, a boat that's got sense an' knows how to behave like decent
      people." There is wisdom in his rough words, especially his last five, "to
      behave like decent people." On the other hand how many there are who want,
      and purchase, fancy boats, thoroughbreds with blue in their seams and plenty
      of varnish and brass work to keep one captive. To keep one captive while
      Abel's little vessel stands close on the wind offshore and that profane old
      cuss sprawls in her stern sheets with a sand bag for a pillow and a whisp of
      tobacco smoke trailing off to leeward. No brass work for him this pleasant
      summer morning, and so much fun to be lazy.

      "There is a good deal to be said for Abel Brown's philosophy and his choice
      of a small sailing boat. And it might be an excellent idea for all yacht dub
      committees whose duty it is to select and purchase fleets of one design
      boats for racing and sailing to have at least two such members. With plainer
      and more practical boats the younger people might become seamen as well as
      racing men and they assuredly would have more time to sail and be less
      burdened with repairs and maintenance."

      But then next month he'd come up with some boat that needed a mile of wire
      and half a chandlery full of hardware... <shrug>

      --
      John <jkohnen@...>
      http://www.boat-links.com/
      Never board a ship without an onion, is sound doctrine.
      <H. W. Tilman>
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