Not all maritime failures are so tragic, but there is something about the sea that humbles one constantly. Even in the smallest ways as Seth Godin describes in his post All boats leak

  • There’s always a defect, always a slow drip, somewhere. Every plan, every organization, every venture has a glitch. The question isn’t, ‘is this perfect?’ The question is, ‘will this get me there?’ Sometimes we make the mistake of ignoring the big leaks, the ones that threaten our journey. More often, though, we’re so busy fixing tiny leaks that we get distracted from the real goal, which is to go somewhere.”

Sometimes I think sailboats are more curses than blessings. So many of friends who own them seem to spend more time repairing and prepping them than actually sailing. Maybe their failures (drips) are part of their allure.