Full Set of Murphy’s Laws

Just found a set of Murphy’s Laws in Colvin’s (1972) Coastwise and Offshore Cruising Wrinkles, a very entertaining book on cruising design. There are six in total:


  • If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.
  • When left to themselves, things always go from bad to worse.
  • If there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will go wrong is the one that will do the most damage.
  • Nature always sides with the Hidden Flaw.
  • Mother Nature is a Bitch.
  • If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

From Thomas Colvin 1972. Coastwise and Offshore Cruising Wrinkles. 

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