The origin of Messing About In Sailboats

  • The original quote is from Kenneth Grahame's Wind In the Willows: "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

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July 29, 2007


Peter McGrath

"Solent Coastguard this is motor boat Imbecile, I am aground, over."

"Motorboat imbecile, this is Solent Coastguard, have you tried your engines in astern. over?"

Long silence.

"Solent Coastguard, this is motorboat imecile. We are no longer aground..."

You could just hear the laughter ringing round the place.


That is too funny... I need to listen to my radio more often. I probably will when we're back in the Keys!

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