I was always a good swimmer....I really can't remember not knowing how to swim. I guess that's not as common as I thought. In sixth grade we lived in Washington, and I was in Boy Scouts. To get my lifesaving merit badge, a bunch in our troop went to Bremerton Naval Station for more "advanced" swimming lessons, which consisted of some crusty old Navy guy throwing us off a 30 foot platform into a pool. "Swim punks!" I guess it worked....none of us drowned that I remember. Anyway....being landlocked in Fairbanks, I don't get to do much body-surfing like I used to. And the closest I ever get to sailing is....well, let's say that unless I build my Viking ship and sail it up the Chena River, it's not going to happen. So the the closest topic I could find to "at sea" is this here "on the road" thread. I really want to do some hamming on the ocean, which I haven't done since 1974. How many seafaring hams do we have on board anyway?