The sea is a harsh mistress.
We’ve definitely heard this somewhere. However, Google isn’t being terribly helpful to narrow down where we might have heard it. It may have been from The Sea Captain on The Simpsons.
Regardless, the sea, she be a harsh mistress, aargh.
Between the squalls, the weeks kept away from one’s family, the vast and unforgiving oceanscape, the uncertainty, and the fact that once you get a boat it takes all of your time and money, the sea is a harsh mistress, indeed.
And sometimes, that’s why you need a beer.