Certainly every man that goes to sea in a little boat of this kind learns terror and salvation, happy living, air, danger, exultation, glory, and repose at the end; and they are not words to him but, on the contrary, realities which will afterwards throughout his life give the mere words a full meaning.
Hilaire Belloc (Hills and the sea).
The sea, perhaps because of its saltness, roughens the outside but keeps sweet the kernel of its servants' soul.
Joseph Conrad (An outcast of the islands).
In this book, confined to little ships and the sea, I have selected material that is representative of various experiences spread over many years of cruising and ocean racing.
Buying a boat is always an exhilarating experience.
Chapter I - A northern narrative, 1927.
"And that, you understand, is why first we are always Bretons, then Bretons-Français, and finally, to the casual-minded, just Français."