Favorite Nautical Quotes
I start from the premise that no object created by man is as satisfying to his body and soul as a proper sailing yacht. Arthur Beiser 1978, The Proper Yacht

"A proper yacht should be...a fast, handsome, seaworthy sailboat capable of ocean passages, one that a man and a woman can live aboard indefinitely yet sail coastwise by
themselves. ... There are many requirements a sailboat must fulfil to be really satisfactory: it must be solidly built, easily handled, and so on. But these are the barest
minima. To my mind, unless ones spirit soars at the sight of a boat, unless one instantly sees oneself at its helm under a blue sky with porpoises leaping alongside, it just
wont do. ... I believe that of all the elements that go into a proper yacht, the one that should never be compromised is beauty.... There is no excuse for an ugly sailboat,
and every reason to insist that a vessel meeting almost any reasonable set of requirements ... be a pleasure to the eye as well." Arthur Beiser, The Proper Yacht.

"There is nothing -- absolutely nothing -- half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of 'em, it doesn't matter. Nothing seems really to matter,
that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't; whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get
anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like,
but you'd much better not." Spoken by Ratty to Mole in Wind in the Willows a children's book by Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932).

"It's not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, that's what a ship needs, but what a ship is... is freedom." - Capt. Jack Sparrow, Pirates of the Carribean

"A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind." Webb Chiles

"There are three sorts of people; those who are alive, those who are dead, and those who are at sea." Old Capstan Chantey attributed to - - - Acharsis, 6th Century BC

"When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea." Whoopi Goldgerg

"Twenty years from now you will be more disppointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe
harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain

"Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him." Charles C. Davis