Comedian Jeff Foxworthy has made a fortune with his redneck jokes about “the glorious absence of sophistication.” They also poke fun at a particular socio-economic class in our culture. Yes, they’re corny but they’re also funny because many of us can see a bit of ourselves or somebody we know in them.
There are distinct socio-economic classes in sailing culture too. This web site is specifically tailored for one of them so, just for fun, here’s my version with a stingy sailor twist. Please don’t be offended by them and write to me to call me a sailing bigot. I count myself as squarely in the middle of the pack. If you can think of a good one, add it to the comments below.
If you think “Do it yourself” is the eleventh commandment…you might be a stingy sailor.
If you make your own teabags out of old sails…you might be a stingy sailor.
If you’ve used more duct tape on your sailboat than rigging tape…you might be a stingy sailor.
If the head in your sailboat can also be used to bail water…you might be a stingy sailor.
If you’ve ever used a tarp as a boom tent and as a mainsail…you might be a stingy sailor.
If your fenders are trailer tire inner tubes and also your backup plan in case of a flat tire…you might be a stingy sailor.
If your outboard motor is a salvaged boat anchor…you might be a stingy sailor.
If you make your morning coffee with yesterday’s coffee grounds over a can of Sterno…you might be a stingy sailor.
If the tiller on your sailboat used to be a yard tool…you might be a stingy sailor.
If you check your email inbox every Saturday morning for the latest post on The $tingy Sailor…you might be a stingy sailor.
If you conclude that you are, in fact, a stingy sailor and you’re proud of it, why not show it with a stingy sailor T-shirt?