Well, you certainly can tell the threads which get emotional. There is a direct correlation between that and the number of pages (22) and the number of posts (317). This is timely for me since one of my slip neighbors made a snide remark about my banging halyards this week. I was abashed since I am one of those who truly hates halyard
slap. I had gone up the mast
with some friends' help a couple of days before and had not put my spinnaker
halyards back on to the lifelines
and had not secured my lazy jack lines. I take it serious to be a good neighbor since it bothers me too.
Which brings up this whole "freedom" thing. As if my gun toting neighbors should be allowed to shoot their cannons off in the marina at any hour of the day or night because it is a freedom thing. Not. When we all have to live in close quarters some of that freedom thing has to be managed. Regardless if some freedom nut does not like anyone telling him/her what they can or cannot do to irritate everyone else around them.
I love my freedom. I like being able to slip the dock
lines any time and I want and to visit other places so long as my boat
and the wind can carry me there. But by god, I am not extending that freedom to just anyone to constantly annoy the hell out of me with their idea of what freedom is or is not. And, I'll be damned if I allow someone to tell me that I can leave if I don't like it. That works both ways.
And slapping halyards are damaging to the equipment
- the mast paint
, the lines, the hardware
, the wire inside the mast. That's just physics and material science (oops the dreaded "s" word). Glad that some of you don't have to worry about it. I do. (But the rest of the boating
experience will undoubtedly destroy my lines before any slapping does.)
I have gotten on other people's boats to "assist" them with their halyards. I have mentioned boats to the harbor master. He does go through the motions but some people don't know how to fix it or just don't care. Most of them don't live within 70 miles of their boats and many of the others only come down once in a while to check on and even less to use their boats. So they don't know. I do NOT like going on someone else's boat. I don't like trespassing. Trust me it is a last resort. But I don't extend their right to freedom to send annoying sonic waves outside of their personal slip space either. I have never damaged a boat on purpose but the idea has floated through my mind a few odd times.
Now, if I could just get that pesky Bald Eagle from coming in every morning at sunup and doing his eagle chirp thing, that would be great. Have to admit I don't mind that as much. He only does it for a while and then goes fishing
for the rest of the day. Sea gulls are another thing though.
I have to admit that I am incredulous that there are people out there who like the sound of halyards slapping in a full marina. One thing I know about those people, they are not in the marina and not on their boats very much. Fortunately most everyone I know who is a sailor tends to be polite and civilized and really try to manage their halyards once it is pointed out to them. It is greatly appreciated.
That's my rant contribution and I'm sticking to it. A bit jumbled but there it is.