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Twas The Night Before Christmas - Sailor's Version

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Twas the night before Christmas, I swung on the hook.  Passed out on the settee, asleep with my book. When up on the deck I heard footsteps and stuff:  I’ve been boarded! I thought, and I tried to be tough.  Then down the companionway hatch came a dude. 
He was dressed like a nut and I thought “I am screwed”!
But he laughed and he hummed and he surveyed my junk.  So I figured he must be the resident drunk. His eyes were lit up like a junkie on speed.  But he gave me a whole bunch of stuff that I need.  Like rum and cigars, new charts and a dinghy,  And some kind of fancy electrical thingy. I thought it was stolen but I wasn’t telling.  I hoped he was giving and wasn’t just selling. I poured him a grog which he downed with a wink.  Then I poured one for me (I sure needed a drink). Then he staggered above to the dark tropic night.  As I peaked I beheld an incredible sight. Eight tiny dolphins and a beautiful sleigh.  And the dude hopped aboard and prepared to make way.  The dolp…

Six Nautical Knots Every Boater Should Know

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So here we are again, sitting at home looking out the window as the wind blows the leaves around the yard.Maybe even some of us are looking at snow.We are wondering how another boating season has gone by so quickly.For those of you who live in places like Miami or Phoenix this does not apply to you, so I guess you can skip this paragraph and move to the next one.For the rest of us, we are once again wondering how to pass the winter months as landlubbers.Here is a suggestion:Learn how to tie some knots.

Here are six of the most useful knots for boaters, what you should use them for, and how to tie them.

Bowline

This is definitely one of the most versatile knots you can have in your arsenal.I have heard a lot of boaters claim that if you only learn one knot it should be the bowline.Some call it the life saver because it is taught to sailors as the knot to use to tie themselves to a lifeline should they fall overboard but is has an almost unlimited number of uses.

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