I met the crew at the marina at eight as instructed and my landlady, a licensed captain thank you very much, started the safety brief. “The what?” “Were these boaters talking about safety?” I thought that never happened. But there they were, intently discussing routes and the float plan and then carrying on with EPIRB and radio checks, a full safety gear inventory, and all the things that the boaters I had met at work invariably failed to do. It was amazing. They were talking about the sinking and screaming part to make sure they didn’t experience sinking and screaming. I had never seen anything like it, and that’s when it hit me.