Boating builds self-confidence, among other things. Mike Ahfield of Birdseye, Indiana, related to me while sailing the other day how he helped perform an unusual rescue. He and his brother and nephew were out on a rickety Jon boat when the transom began to depart from the top of the stern. The weighty outboard slipped backward as if to lie down in the water, pulling the stern down. They were sinking from water rushing in the gunwale. Mike quickly rigged up a line around the neck of the outboard. He righted the engine and the transom as best he could while the other two went to the bow and pulled tight to keep everything relatively upright. They fired up the outboard and made it to shore safely, with a true tale to tell.