korien_nov25“I don’t know why Mr. Smith was so mad. It was just a little mistake.”
“Well, he runs a tight ship. He wants everything to be perfect for the customers.”

A business or home is not a ship, but we can use ships as a metaphor for anything. When things are run tightly, it means everything is done correctly and efficiently. If the captain ran a loose ship, the crewmen would be lazy and do a sloppy job.