quote by Alain Gerbault

I wanted freedom, open air and adventure. I found it on the sea.

— Alain Gerbault

Most Powerful Nautical quotations

later down the road of life, i made the discovery that salt water was also good for the mental abrasions one inevitably acquires on land.

At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.

Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.

It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.

Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk.

To young men contemplating a voyage I would say go.

The ocean has always been a salve to my soul.

The best that science can devise and that naval organization can provide must be regarded only as an aid, and never as a substitute for good seamanship.

It's out there at sea that you are really yourself.

Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear.

Out of sight of land the sailor feels safe. It is the beach that worries him.

There is little man has made that approaches anything in nature, but a sailing ship does. There is not much man has made that calls to all the best in him, but a sailing ship does.

The only way to get a good crew is to marry one.

A small craft in an ocean is, or should be, a benevolent dictatorship.

Sailors, with their built in sense of order, service and discipline, should really be running the world.

Wind is to us what money is to life on shore.

There is but a plank between a sailor and eternity.

The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.

I don't know who named them swells. There's nothing swell about them. They should have named them awfuls.

Whenever your preparations for the sea are poor; the sea worms its way in and finds the problems.

I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits.

Being hove to in a long gale is the most boring way of being terrified I know.

Bad cooking is responsible for more trouble at sea than all other things put together.

The cabin of a small yacht is truly a wonderful thing;

not only will it shelter you from a tempest, but from the other troubles in life, it is a safe retreat.

The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final resting place.

For one thing, I was no longer alone; a man is never alone with the wind-and the boat made three.

The days pass happily with me wherever my ship sails.

There never was a great man yet who spent all his life inland.

There's no such thing as bad weather - only the wrong clothes.

When I forget how talented God is, I look to the sea.

To the question, "When were your spirits at the lowest ebb?" the obvious answer seemed to be, "When the gin gave out."

The sea is the same as it has been since before men ever went on it in boats.

The sea finds out everything you did wrong.

One cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow.