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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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Knots and Boats
The Fundamentals of a Captain in the Making

The Monkey's Fist

Knots and Boats ('Nuts' and 'Bolts') is a blog about the fundamental building blocks of a Captain in the Making.  I believe in being a life-long learner, and following your passions wherever they may be.  Putting the two together for me meant it was time to set out on a boating education.

I started out, and guess what?  The nautical world is HUGE.  I thought, 'Hey, it's like driving a car on water, with some football-throwing and beer-drinking, and voila I'll be a mariner.'


I've been at it now for years - on other people's boats, now on my boat, and let me tell you: this stuff is difficult.  Being a true boater means being an experienced navigator, intelligent driver, crafy engineer (mechanical and electrical!), worldly traveler, open-minded food-lover, adaptable problem-solver, safety officer, legal authority, radio-operator, rescue facilitator, geography expert, weather forecaster, and the list goes on!  It really takes a lifetime of study and experience to master the maritime life.

So, I plan to use this blog to pull together all kinds of resources including books, manuals, magazines, seminars, and real-world experiences to create a road-map to becoming a captain.  Not a Coast Guard Captain, per se, but certainly a captain in heart and mind.  There is so much on cruising, yachting and electrical troubleshooting, but no robust resource (that I've found, anyway) to take someone through all of the aforementioned facets of boating that I have learned, and have yet to learn.  And we'll have some fun along the way as well, don't you worry.  Except in the cold winter months when we're all pissed off thinking about how far we are from the upcoming summer.  Nah, we'll have fun then too.

So, I invite you to subscribe, follow, and send in your thoughts, comments and suggestions.  This is for you, the reader, so I want to hear from you!

With Nautical Regards,

Knots and Boats
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  1. I'm totally in agreement with the written word above, and would love to add my two cents.
    My name is David "Dutch" Winter and I am a life long boater myself. Since i'm going to hit 70 next week, I have been on the water just a bit longer than Peter. But he's absolutely right, it's an ongoing learning experience! Just when you think that you have mastered something another problem pops up and you realize just how little you really know!
    The trick is to continue instruction and become a captain, even if it's just for leisure boating, one can never know to much!
    So, with that said I'm subscribing to your blog and am looking forward to a great summer on the water.
    Dutch Winter

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