Our Favorite Quotes

When sailing offshore, keep the wind behind you, the sun above you, and the Mai Tais ahead of you.

“More than the distance I sail from my home port, cruising, for me, will always be a state of mind, a willful throwing of myself into ineffable wonders and perils of the unknown and unpredictable…this cruising deal is about managing the unmanageable in order to find comfort in the uncomfortable. Those of us who pull it off, willy-nilly, get to be the freest of the free.”

– Paul Vandevelden

If you can’t fix it with a hammer, you’ve got an electrical problem.

(He) Who wishes to give himself an abundance of expense let him equip these two things: a yacht and a woman.  For nothing involves more expense, if you have begun to fit them out.  Nor are these two things ever sufficiently adorned, nor is any excess of adornment enough for them. – Titus Maccius Plautus (c. 254 BC – 184 BC)

Dinner is poured!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore.  Dream.  Discover. – Mark Twain

There is no such thing as bad weather – just inappropriate clothing.

Auckland is a drinking town with a sailing problem.

Good judgment come from experience.  Experience comes from bad judgment.

If it doesn’t kill you it will make you stronger.

It is preferable to be on a boat with a drink on the rocks than in the drink with the boat on the rocks.

I would much prefer to sail with a novice sailor who is a nice person than an expert sailor who is a jerk.  It is much easier to teach a novice how to sail than to teach a jerk to be a nice person.

When you are lying on your deathbed, you won’t wish you had spent more time at the office. – Dr. Meyer Friedman

Never approach a dock at a speed faster than you are willing to hit it.

Girls don’t lay down in boats they cannot stand up in.

To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest.  Otherwise you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen, who play with their boats at sea – “cruising” it is called.  Voyaging belongs to to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change.  Only then will you know what the sea is all about. – Sterling Hayden

Without passion, it is just wind and water.

The ocean will not tolerate errors nor will it remit any of the penalty which attaches to them. To hope that when something has been overlooked or left undone aboard a vessel at sea, the fullest penalty will not be exacted is merely to delude oneself, and perhaps the hardest part of voyaging is to make the necessary switch in thinking from that of a landsman to that of a seaman.  On land whatever may happen to us the is always help available.  At sea the only help is self help:  the only supplies are those that are carried aboard. He who voyages must be a rigger, carpenter, electrician, blacksmith, mechanic, navigator, and above all an improviser of wide imagination and the strongest tenacity. – author unknown

Some say “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I say if it ain’t broke, fix it anyway, because it will break, and it will break at the most inopportune time. – Tom Peters

“I’ve always wanted to sail the South Seas, but cannot afford to” (people say). What these people cannot afford is not to go!  They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of “security.”  And in the worship of security, we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine-and before we know it, our lives are gone.  What does a person really need?  A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in-and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment.  That’s all, in our material sense. But we are brainwashed by our economic system, and we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocracy of the charade. The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. Which shall it be: bankruptcy in purse or bankruptcy in life? – Sterling Hayden

Any error in calculation will inevitably be in the direction of the most harm.

All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing.  –  Edmund Burke


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