Herb Payson


To depend on luck is to court disaster; to sail without it is to do the same.  From this delicate balance is a sailor’s superstition born.

Second only to foresight, a sailor’s best insurance is his ability to improvise, an art that can improve with experience.

They were so well prepared that maybe when the first emergency came along that required improvisation – a solution not in their book – it destroyed their confidence.  To be sure; preparation is the most important part of safe cruising, the best insurance you can get.  But after a certain point a person must be confident enough to ad lib.

‘Blown Away’ Herb Payson

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