I would add the reef and trucker's hitch to Lassie's essentials. 5 knots to cover a lifetime at sea or ashore. No big deal. All that other stuff came from sailors having a lot more free time than working stiffs. Heh.
Over beers one rainy afternoon, a couple of young GQ studs, paid deckhands on a megayot overnighting off the ICW
, were doing the Big Dog, and enlightening the yokels with tales of high seas derring-do.
I produced a dog lead I was carrying and offered both a beer
if either could tie a bowline. Yo ho ho! They were offended, and insulted, and so forth. When the hubbub died down, I offered the dynamic duo a case of beer
to tie a bowline. They stomped out with parting words of an unkind nature.
Does this make me a bad person?