Several years later, I found myself working as the captain of Splendido, a 57-foot Beneteau in charter. She's much larger and far more complex than Charisma or Fun Time, but all the lessons my grandparents taught me over the years still apply more than ever. In fact, there's very little that I've had to do as a captain that I hadn't learned previously with them. Whether I'm hoisting the sails, rebuilding a pump, or contorting myself into a seemingly impossible space, I remember all those times doing the same back home on Chesapeake Bay. Occasionally, when I'm really stumped, I call my grandfather, and he usually has an answer. If not, he reminds me of his constant advice: "Never Give Up."