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Old 09 May 2009, 12:49   #1
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A couple of recent posts on here have got me thinking. Are there things that we do with our boats or believe about their use that are not particularly well founded? I refer to practises or deeply held convictions that are neither based on our actual experience, nor explained or justified by logic. I'm not so much thinking about fishermen's superstitions (i.e. no green clothing) but about what Richard Dawkins would probably call a Meme - a self perpetuating thought process or belief, or what Redmond O'Hanlon might regard as a Fetish, an apparently useless item that we feel might spare us from an otherwise uncontrollable fate.

I won't give boating examples of what I mean - that would just start trouble (God forbid...) but any divers here will remember the exuberant "drying" of regs with compressed air that enlivened every dive boat / quayside in the 1990s. Another would be the practice of hanging a spoon in an open bottle of champagne to "keep it fizzy"; no really, some do this.

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Not changing the name of the boat must be the number one myth/superstition. I've known people to be stuck with boats with the worst names in the world but wont change 'em coz they may sink
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I'm not so much thinking about fishermen's superstitions (i.e. no green clothing)
FFS, can I take you people nowhere?? Yer a disgrace!
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dem irysh nobburs aynt orl lukky. mi mait rayzers az jus ad de sakk fromm de redd and ganng. wot append rayzers i sed. hee sed garF yew wannker i jus gott a bitt mixt upp wiv orl dem diffrent leters forr de difrent ganggs. fuk mee thers pira rira cira inla uvf uff psni uda. i gott de sakk forr neecappin a rinkly owld bint fromm de wi. i jus bin forr a job wiv a blaksmiff. hee sed av yew gott eny eksperiense shooin horsis. i sed noe but i towld a donkee too fuk orf wunce.


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dem irysh nobburs aynt orl lukky. mi mait rayzers az jus ad de sakk fromm de redd and ganng. wot append rayzers i sed. hee sed garF yew wannker i jus gott a bitt mixt upp wiv orl dem diffrent leters forr de difrent ganggs. fuk mee thers pira rira cira inla uvf uff psni uda. i gott de sakk forr neecappin a rinkly owld bint fromm de wi. i jus bin forr a job wiv a blaksmiff. hee sed av yew gott eny eksperiense shooin horsis. i sed noe but i towld a donkee too fuk orf wunce.


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hmmm, no fear of that for you gArfiE, is there?
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The reason behind changing a boats name was you'd have to sand the old name off or plane it off if it was carved in the hull which made the hull thinner and less seaworthy!

Its bad luck to P I G in Staithes!
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