Sail­ing off a mud bank

Yachting World - - Great Seamanship -

You are quite en­ti­tled to say that to re­move a per­fectly good Ja­panese aux­il­iary en­gine from Saun­tress is an act bor­der­ing on mad­ness. And so it may be. But it was done, and once done was rather like hav­ing a tooth out. You feel so much bet­ter. And so in­deed did Saun­tress. Al­ways nim­ble, she pos­i­tively danced for joy. It was like re­mov­ing a ball and chain from a hag­gard pris­oner. She came alive.

But at a price. Called ex­pe­ri­ence.

One sil­very day. A hazy win­ter sun. A faint breeze. We slipped, as so many times, the moor­ing, the ‘we’ be­ing

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