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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September 12, 2008



Nice one. I was thinking of writing about my favorite knot ... not the bowline.

But what's all that about the bunny being wrong 50% of the time? My bunny works 100% of the time... as long as the rabbit hole is in front of the tree and the bunny comes out of the hole first.

Adam Turinas

Tillerman, you are so wise. I never learned that bit.


Brilliant!! Now, can you tie one behind your back? ;-)

- Christy -

Carol Anne

The trick to getting it right is being sure that when you create the rabbit hole, the tree lies BEHIND the line that subsequently traces the path of the rabbit.

Peter Mc

Step 4...tell at the crew to get that ****in roving fender out because you've taken so long tying your knot that you missed the cleat you're drifting into a gin palace owned by a litigation lawyer.

There's a quick and dirty 'emergency bowline' which takes about 1.5 secs. Shall I youtube that?

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