As a card-carrying, albeit inactive, member of the union, I have a unique appreciation for the professional yacht captain's authority. It takes the creative skills of a true waterman to fill a log with hours, a cup with urine and the correct bubbles on a multiple-choice exam. Designers, particularly those who do not benefit from a writing career, learn to appreciate the professional captain's contributions to custom design. The owner may pen the checks, however, his captain makes the decisions. It is the way of the sea. Fussing with a cranky cappy can be risky.