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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April 24, 2011



Is the "insert", with the eyes on the end rigid? is it stiff wire-rope? It looks like a "diaper" for the jib furler. you know, so you can attach an asym spin? If it is rigid, I have no clew.

Adam Turinas

It is rigid but bendable. I think you may have just saved me $150 that I was going to spend on West Marine on something like this. I have an asym so that would make sense. Lets see what others say.


Looks a little small for a riding sail and a little stiff for a tacker. I think it is a simple drogue.

John McCarthy

Could be an old fashioned bosuns chair. Use it with the rigid part underneath the seat for padded support.


I think it's a seat for spinnaker parasailing.

o docker

If it says 'Ronco' anywhere on it, you can probably use it to slice vegetables.

Ethan Garr

It's a recent issue of Entrepreneur Magazine.

Adam Turinas

No Ethan, it's quite an old issue


It's an entrepreneur's spinnaker parasailing seat.

Peter Belenky

Sea anchor/drogue?

E. Banner

Come on ...everyone knows it is a thingamabob. Usualy used with the doohickey.


It's an ironing board.


It's a formal sailor's cumberbund. Used at yacht club formal gatherings, it is worn by the skipper of the last vessel to finish.


It's a harness for when you have to trapeze off the side to boat. If you look around where you found this strap, you should find hooks to quickly attach to this harness or as they call it, a "hammock". Hope that helps.

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