We did some Crew Overboard practice on Saturday. It is required by the NOR and it seemed like a fine day to do it. I'll admit that I don't practice often enough but I was surprised to hear pretty much everyone mutter that same thing as we decided to get started. Everyone who reads this is probably a sailor or something similar...don't be like me, practice this stuff! End of Public Service Announcement.
So as we're getting ready to go, Garrett grabs a fender and starts looping a line around it. I then said what could possibly be the worst most unseamanlike thing of all time..."shouldn't we practice with a less expensive fender?" Ah man, did I get crap for my lack of confidence. Yet I know they were thinking the same thing...I'll paraphrase their hidden unspoken thoughts, "I don't want to be responsible for not getting back that fifty buck fender". I guess that's motivation.
Garrett kept pointing out that the fender looked cold (more motivation) but we got it back on board and nobody had to pony up for a new fifty buck fender.