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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October 20, 2008



Wonderful. I love posts about sailing that aren't actually about sailing. Often it's these peripheral activities that provide the most humor.

greg and kris

Just the sort of event that gets me kicked out of most clubs I attempt membership in. Irreverence serves me well except when it doesn't. Sigh.

Dan Bessmer

Good grief. I had no idea what my East Coast Brethren go through to sail. "Winterizing" a west coast sailboat is about as logical as electing for our next President... oh, never mind.
I couldn't stand going through this every year, knowing I couldn't sail until Spring. I LOVE the Puget Sound all the more!

Miguel Alejandro de la Peconica

1. Well-told tale!

2. I have one word for you: windsurfing. Takes me 15 minutes (at top speed) to get from water to the drivers seat of the van.


3. are they going to wrap your boat in that white plastic saran wrap that I see in boatyards?

Adam Turinas

Hola Miguel

I am starting to see your POV on windsurfing. No on the plastic. I will go the $50 tarp route given that saran-wrapping will cost half the value my old tub


Oh, club life, club life. I'm suddenly reminded of last fall's final work day at Sebago. Low point (or high point, depending on whether you're a glass-half-empty or glass-half-full type) was the moment when I found myself in one of the "sheds" (really shipping containers) with 30 experts giving me advice on how to coil a garden hose!



PS - Side note to Dan, if he comes back -

Dan, just got back from a vacation that included 2 days of kayaking in Deception Pass (ok, actually it was Canoe Pass). BEAUTIFUL. OK, it wasn't exactly my first time in the area (graduated from HS on the Kitsap Peninsula) but I hadn't started paddling yet & it's just the most amazing perspective.

O Docker

Wife falls off boat, then giggles.

Adam, you are a most fortunate man.

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Ah, the dear Woman! so? was it diamonds or rubies or BOTH!!?? 'Girlie throw' was the red herring appetizer for an impressive 'dive, smile & wave' main dish. Swimmers are the best.

Excellent narrative - you should video haul out day next year so we can all share the fun - and a re-enactment of the attempted wife drowning incident would be wonderful - Dylan

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