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γάρ: that is.

τὴν ναῦν: his ship.

τινὰ ἐλπίδα: any idea.

μὴ ἀπολέσαι: for μή with the inf. of indirect discourse, see on μηδενί i. 2. 39.

ὡς ἂν ... πολιτικῷ: sc. ὄντι. With ὡς ἄν should be supplied the clause πείσαιμι ἑαυτὴν ἐπιτρέψαι. Cf. iii.6.4. In the following ὡς ὄντι (without ἄν), however, the meaning is on the ground that you are a man skilled etc.

σεαυτόν: see on εἶναί με 35.

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