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Old 16-07-2012, 18:15   #61
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Re: why do a few folks on CF think they are francis drake?

I disagree with the OP....



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Old 16-07-2012, 18:42   #62
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Re: why do a few folks on CF think they are francis drake?

There are a lot of fish in this pond of knowledge, and they just jump on the hook, but you have to do the gutting and filleting yourself.
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Old 16-07-2012, 18:46   #63
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Re: why do a few folks on CF think they are francis drake?

Great comment, Starbuck! Rebel Heart... you touched a nerve and made me examine my past comments in light of being one of the 'blowhards' I fear you were alluding to. Think I better shut my gob for a while and return more contrite and knowledgeable... cheers, Capt Phil
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Old 16-07-2012, 19:05   #64
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Re: why do a few folks on CF think they are francis drake?

after several nanoseconds of serious thought (which I attempt to do on a weekly basis) I was examining the relationship of a poster to his peers here. Perhaps at least some of the reasons that famous sailors are famous are not necessarily because they have captured the imagination of other sailors. The names are famous because they captured the imagination of the average population. Whom are NOT sailors. As a comparision: Amerlia Earhardt is not famous because other pilots found her flying to be astonishing. No. She impressed the common person.

IF you walk into a PTA meeting and proudly announce that you have just arrived there in six minutes, thirty seconds at an average speed of 132 mph, you will get a different reaction entirely from walking into a NASCAR drivers meeting, or a stunt man convention, with the same boast.

Talking about sailing here is playing to a pretty tough audience. Nobody is without peer, and the graveyards are well stocked with indispensible people.

Who's to say that a sharp cookie might not invent something of absolutely outstanding value to us all after his very first hour on a sailboat? Judging someone's validity solely by their specific sailing experience might or might well not carry over to the validity of their ideas.

Me? I just like to have fun.
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Old 16-07-2012, 19:20   #65
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Re: why do a few folks on CF think they are francis drake?

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Who's to say that a sharp cookie might not invent something of absolutely outstanding value to us all after his very first hour on a sailboat? Judging someone's validity solely by their specific sailing experience might or might well not carry over to the validity of their ideas.
Good point! the vast majority of aircraft are not designed by pilots....
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Old 16-07-2012, 19:46   #66
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Re: why do a few folks on CF think they are francis drake?

There is a two seater commercial aircraft designed and built in Northern NSW,
By a Blacksmith, currently undergoing approval by the FAC, I think they call themselves, Aircraft safety organization, Govt Department,
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Old 16-07-2012, 19:59   #67
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The three universal rules of knowledge:

1) There are things you know that you know.

2) There are things you know that you don't know.

3) There are things you don't know that you don't know.

It is rule three that, at one time or another, make fools of us all!

Then there was Mark Twain who said, "It isn't the things you don't know that get you in trouble, it's the things you know for sure that just ain't so." I think he had some river boat experience IIRC.
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Old 16-07-2012, 22:15   #68
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Re: why do a few folks on CF think they are francis drake?

I feel that when I first joined I was one of these blowhards for a time, but if you know what you talking about you know when someone else is not.

Plus a friend of mine that spent many years cruising taught me that "it is not always the one who says the most that is the most knowledgeable, but it is in fact sometimes quite the opposite."

That doesn't mean that if you know something and want to share it that you should stay quiet, by all means teach us. One is never to old to learn.
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