Monday, August 18, 2014
It was a very quiet Sunday morning when I went to the boat to prepare it to receive a coat of nonskid paint in the cockpit. I took this picture at 10 in the morning. I was the only one there, and there were even very few people at the public boat launch in the far back of the photograph.
Typing the word cockpit makes me all the sudden realize that airplanes also have cockpits. Interestingly the dictionary says its origin is from an enclosed area where they had cock fights. It goes on and says it is also the name of the quarters of warships where the junior officers are housed. A very interesting juxtaposition here. On small water crafts like sailboats and smaller motorboats the word “pit” in the word cockpit sounds more true to its meaning; it is a well where you stand in and do most of the boating and having a nonskid floor is important.
Oh well. An egret was standing on the dock, peering down, probably looking for a juicy morsel like a small crab or small fish. At low tide (which it was) the mud flats are often overtaken by fiddler crabs. Neat little animals; the males have one huge claw and one that is the normal size. Females have equal size claws. Makes you wonder if size matters in this part of the animal kingdom as well. There are so many ways of being attractive to the opposite sex in the animal kingdom; it is amazing. Even in our own species, the humans, different cultures have different (physical) things they look at to judge whether that person makes a good mate. It is absolutely fascinating what evolution did to further a species and facilitates selecting mates that would make my offspring more successful than yours. That’s what Darwin called “Natural Selection” and “Survival of the Fittest.” Guess that is also why we called out boat the "Beagle."
Anyway, there had been heavy dew fall, and after drying the boat and waiting some time, I had a successful day getting the nonskid paint down. It is now safer down there; it looks better and hopefully less sensitive to water getting into the core of the boat.