A Most Appropriate Malapropism
Posted by Darrell Nicholson at 11:39AM - Comments: (10)
September 7, 2011
Every once a while, we have a good malapropism wash over the transom and into our Mailport section. After some fairly disastrous misadventures on our own “curses” this summer, this one was too perfect to resist.
Dear Practical Sailor,
What do you think about a J\24 for cursing?
A Loyal Subscriber
Dear Loyal Subscriber,
Thanks for your letter.
In my opinion, a J\24 is a little too small for serious offshore cursing. They are pretty sensitive boats and might not hold up to well to a long, hard curse. Then again, I know plenty of sailors who wouldn’t hesitate to curse a J\24. I should mention that these are mostly racing sailors, and they do a lot of cursing.
Some people will tell you to that cursing any boat under 30 feet is madness. I completely disagree. A friend and I cursed a Balboa 26 during a one-week charter down in the Florida Gulf. It’s only a little bigger than a J\24, and it was fine for cursing—particulary when we ran aground. We would just lift the centerboard and carry on cursing. If you really want to do some intense cursing, try exploring shallow waters in the Gulf some time.
I must warn you, however. Once you start cursing, it’s hard to stop. I have this problem myself. My wife blames the rum—says that the more I drink, the more I want to curse. I say that’s crazy, cursing is in my blood. And she says, that’s her point.
She doesn’t curse as much as she used to. Neither do I. But we’re looking forward to the day when our boys are old enough so we can curse together as a family.
Fair winds and happy cursing,
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