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By Dan Beard

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Do not forget your personal flotation device. 

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Do not overload the boat. 

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Do not carry too much sail. 

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Do not sail in strange waters without chart or compass. 

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Do not forget your anchor. 

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Do not forget your paddles or oars. 

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Do not attempt to learn to sail before you know how to swim. 

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Do not sit on the gunwale. 

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Do not put the helm down too suddenly or too far. 

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Do not let go the helm. 

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Do not mistake caution for cowardice. 

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Do not be afraid to reef. 

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Do not fear the ridicule of other landlubbers.

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Do not fail to keep the halyards and sheets clear. 

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Do not jibe in a stiff wind. 

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Do not fail to keep your head in times of emergency. 

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Do not make a display of bravery until the occasion demands it. 

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Do not allow mistakes or mishaps to discourage you.

What you have read in the foregoing pages will not be found very difficult to remember, but there is only one way to learn to sail and that is by sailing. If possible, sail with someone who is a good seaman. If this sort of companion cannot be had, try it alone on smooth water and with short sail until you accustom yourself to the boat and its peculiarities. 

No boy ever learned to skate or swim from books, but books often have been helpful in giving useful hints to those who were really learning by practical experience.

You will soon become an expert and be able to engage in one of our most exhilarating, healthy, and manly sports and earn the proud distinction of being a good small-boat sailor.

OHB

 

 

   

 

 


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