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Old 25-03-2008, 19:49   #1
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Do you ever talk to your boat?

I confess, I do talk to my boat on occasion, but never in the presence of others. I sometimes tell her she has been a "good girl" at the end of a long day after washing her down as I am leaving the dock...provided of course that nothing has broke or gone wrong with her. Perhaps it is a little crazy, but some boats do seem to have a soul of sorts. I do have enough sanity left in me to realize though that if one day she talks back, then its time to go see a shrink.

If your boat could talk what would she tell you? Mine would probably say, "Try to take a little better care of me."...meaning a little more maintenance, especially cosmetic maintenance. In my opinion they are girls after all and do like to look pretty.
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Old 25-03-2008, 19:55   #2
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Mostly when doing things like head plumbing or hanging upside down in the chain locker trying to replace a non-waterproof butt connector for the windlass... But the words I speak to her are not repeatable here. To be fair, they are not so much words against her, but against bad installation or repairs by previous owners.
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Old 25-03-2008, 20:02   #3
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But the words I speak to her are not repeatable here.

Clearly the case here. I wil add not when the Admiral is aboard either. I love them both though.
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When doing projects the wife walks the docks and explains to the neighbors that I am indeed talking to the boat and not calling her those names.
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LOL...thats funny Chuck.
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Old 25-03-2008, 21:11   #6
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If your boat could talk what would she tell you?
"Let's get the hell out of Dodge!"
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Old 25-03-2008, 21:41   #7
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I talk to my boat. Especially when she's been through a rough bit of weather, and I go out to check on things and don't find anything broken or out of sorts.(except for my sunglasses... they somehow end up flying all over the cabin in the slightest of seas if I'm not on there... I can't explain it.)

I know she's probably been through much worse than what she's experienced since I've had her, but I still feel like congratulating her.

I have to say, I also talk to my car as well. It's got it's own personality as well, but I've had it longer, and it's taken longer to develop. The boat just seemed to come with it.
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Yes, been there done that.

A few cuzz-word when say, we run up the river behind a couple of boats, current running and plenty of (radio) traffic: as we approach the open bridge as tail-end Charlie, the bridge starts to close: Too late to stop or go in reverse there is no other choice but to fire-wall the engine at the same time as blowing the horn, at the same time as yelling on the radio STOP THE BRIDGE and at the same time whispering to the boat, come-on baby, come-on let's do it...

One time the bridge came within 1 foot of the spreaders as my pulse was running the same RPM as the engine...4000 or so.

Yes, I talked to my boat and she listened...Later I hugged and kissed her and if there had been a way to make love to a diesel engine......
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I talk to her when I'm single handing, and give her a pat on the cabin top when locking up to head home.

In the middle of a navy firing range... alone except for her, the Navy drops a super sonic something or other... I ducked and screamed "HOLY SHEEEIIT, What was that!?!" at the top of my lungs.

That and when we try to beat the cloudlines back to the dock. She's got a lot of race boat in her too, if its a team effort to outrun somebody she'll pick up a half a knot. If no competition... begging doesn't help. (Only promises of new lines... and a wash.)

She communicates. With the atomic four, never would she start if I left a funnel in the oil fill Crank crank crank crank. Hmm... funnel. Any other time, and the instant you hit the key and vrrooom. It must have happened ten times! She hums at sunrise when its time to get up and go sailing too, I haven't figured that one out... some days I want to sleep in. 9 times out of 10 if you let go of the tiller she heads north, going to have to train that out of her.
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I talk to my boat frequently, reassure her, encourage her, occasionally tell her to smarten up, and always thank her for bringing us back home safe and sound.

I'm sure it seems like idiocy to some but then there are millions of people in the world who all head off to these odd-looking buildings on Sunday mornings...
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millions of people in the world who all head off to these odd-looking buildings on Sunday mornings..
So what do they say to the building?? ;-)
And didn't the ten commandments get written because a bunch of them were talking to a Lump of gold in the shape of a Calf?? ;-) :-)
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ssshhh shes listening...and I havnt told Idler about Jannali....I recon there going to be trouble....
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I talk to boats too, as the mood takes me, when we're(me & my tools) working on them & driving them. Jannali, place of the moon? All the best from Jeff
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you got it Jeff...new dingy is probably going to be Birubi.....
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