I dont have one related to sailing but still think of this incident as a cautionary tale not to over think things.
I took a jewelry class once. We were given some options for our final exam. I chose to make a simple band ring in copper because I didnt have money
for silver. My design was simple because it was a beginner class. Any way..
I worked really hard on my ring. It took me days to make.
Feeling really good about myself and work I waited patiently for the teacher to show off her own work during class. I was sure she would praise my perfect ring. But, as she was showing off her work she pulled out a copper ring that she had cut from copper pipe.....by the way her pipe ring was the exact size of mine!
Copper sheet 10.00
Saw, blades, mallet etc 50.00
Copper band ring total: 310.00