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March 30, 2009

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2) Boat plumbing. Special rules of physics hold for plumbing on boats. Water can flow uphill, disappear, or spontaneously materialize anywhere.

4) Winches. Special rules apply here, too. Parts from any winch that is opened up while the boat is in the water will immediately fall into the water, but only the parts that are no longer available from the manufacturer.

13) Varnishing. If you didn't take the time to do this while the boat was out of the water, you will never take the time to do it once the boat is in the water. Varnish is highly over-rated. It makes you look like one of those obsessive-compulsive types. Who needs that?

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