The small but fiercely proud Isle of Man lies off the west coast of Britain in the Irish Sea. My partner, Larry, and I had made our way there after a brief stop in Dublin. A miserable weather forecast convinced us that it would be best if we tied up Traversay III, our Waterline 43, in the inner harbor in the middle of Douglas, the island's main town. The inner harbor can be accessed only at high tide, and a sill is raised up to keep the water from flowing out during low tide. A traffic bridge over the sill is raised to allow boats to pass during high tide.