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More Words and Phrases that have Nautical Origins

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Did you know that many of the common words and phrases that we use today have roots in the nautical world?Last year I wrote an article highlighting several examples.Now it is time for round 2.Let’s see how many of these sayings that you use.

Cup of Joe – This was named after Josephus Daniels who was secretary of the Navy under Woodrow Wilson.One of the changes that he made was the abolishment of the officer’s wine mess aboard Navy Ships.From that point on, the strongest drink aboard a Navy ship was coffee.Sailors eventually started referring to the caffeine laced drink as “Cup of Joe”.


As The Crow Flies – Typically this is used to represent the most direct path from one point to another.Years ago (well before the age of GPS), British vessels used to sail with a cage of crows aboard. When released, a crow will fly towards the nearest land allowing the sailors to sail the most direct route.

Above Board – In today’s society, this typically refers to a certain level of honesty or transparen…

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Is a Diesel Outboard Right For Your Boat?

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For years, buyers of boats in the 35 foot and over range had a decision to make when buying a boat; gasoline powered or diesel powered.If you were buying a smaller boat, you pretty much had one option (with a few exceptions) and that was gasoline, especially if the boat you were looking at had an outboard engine.


Now, things are beginning to change.Several manufacturers, including Oxe, Cox, and Mercury Racing have announced new diesel powered outboards that rival some of the best-selling gas powered outboards on the market today.I’m not talking about the 16 HP Yanmar that is on your neighbor’s sailboat.These are serious outboards in the 200 to 300 HP range.On top of that, they are quiet and smoke free.

When comparing diesel outboards to gasoline outboards, there are similar comparisons when doing the same with inboards.Diesels are more expensive and heavier but they are also more efficient and will typically last a lot longer than a gasoline model.A typical 200 HP diesel outboard can…

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