On a research
"The most dangerous nut on a boat is the one holding the wheel
"If it says marine
grade, square the price
. If it says oceanographic, cube the price
"The larger the letters that say "Waterproof", the less likely that it actually is."
"Salt water and electronics
go together like Republicans and Democrats."
"What works on paper in the office, only half the time works in the field."
"Murphy was an optimist."
"The more complex a system, the more likely it is to break." Corrolary: ...the less likely it is to work in the first place.
"The cost of what you put over the side of the boat is directly proportional to the probability of losing it."
"Time estimates are always optimistic, reality is always pessimistic."
"Always check the simplest things first."
"The first day is a sacrifice to the bug gods, the rest of the days are for science."
"Science never sleeps...but it does take naps."
"If you do take a precaution, it won't happen. If you don't take a precaution, it is guaranteed to happen."
"Sh_t happens in threes." (I am convinced of this and I am not superstitious.)