The big­gest project of them all: buy­ing a “new to me” boat so I can get back on the wa­ter. —T. Han­ra­han

Cruising World - - Underway -

Just fit­ting a grab rail on the spray­hood and mak­ing a rear cock­pit en­clo­sure on our Ocea­nis 350. —A. Wood

To the out­side ob­server, sailors must ap­pear to have a real masochis­tic bent. We ter­ror­ize din­ner-party guests with tales of har­row­ing sea con­di­tions, with wave heights and wind speeds in­creas­ing com­men­su­rate to the amount of wine im­bibed. We la­ment can­tan­ker­ous en­gines, torn spin­nakers and ex­or­bi­tant moor­age fees. We’ve made con­sid­er­able con­tri­bu­tions to the English lan­guage, forg­ing new words in the fiery cru­cible of the en­gine room (no, you won’t find these words in the dic­tio­nary). Suf­fice it to say, we can hardly blame our near­est and dear­est for oc­ca­sion­ally ques­tion­ing our pro­fessed love and

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