Iknow, I know, it’s a sailboat, but please indulge me. While cruising the Downeast Loop this summer, we visited Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. On the way into port, Bluenose II appeared out of the fog. The next day I climbed aboard and noticed that every sail stop knot had been tied the exact same way. I find beauty in the curves and elegance of the knot, but that’s not what earns it a spot in “The Right Stuff.” By tying each of these knots the same way every time, the crew ensures that day or night, blinding rain or breaking seas, they can quickly untie and get the sails up. Consistent adherence to routines pays great dividends at sea. If you coil each dock line the same way and always stow them in the same places, it makes docking a little easier. If you inspect the engine room in the same sequence each time, you reduce the chances of missing something. If you stow the binoculars in the same place every time you finish using them, you will never have to go searching for them when needed. Now, if only I could find my reading glasses.