Apparently, according to Mark Twain, the phrase should be attributed to Benjamin Disraeli. It's always been one of my favourites.
Of statistics however, I've just totalled up Calstar's log from last year. Our biggest reservation when we were first thinking of buying her and moving up to a bigger boat from our Drascombe was that we wouldn't be able to use her enough to justify the cost.
Total trips: 31
Total distance: 720 nautical miles
Hours underway: 168 hours
Engine hours: 20 hours 42 minutes
I think our fears were somewhat unfounded.
The forecast looks promising for tomorrow and the tides are good, so with a little luck we might just get her out for a few hours. It'll be our first sail since October 17th. Far, far too long to sit idle in the marina, but weather is what it is.
The pictures were from our first sea trial in Swansea, back in November 2014. Seems like a very long time ago now.