The primary reason was due to the conditions that the vessel would have to endure during the voyage. Since we now manufacture the material the boat is made of, what better way to advertise its virtues than by allowing it to go out and be subjected to knock downs, collisions etc...
But also because I choose to support the dreamers, the adventurers, those that are not content to sit in their boat comfortably tied to a dock
In my 50+ years I have learned that the only difference between most people that have a tinged reputation or not, simply comes down to whether they are willing to let people see into their closet.
Many that tout themselves as good people have many more skeletons in the closet than those that allow others to see them as they are. Usually they feel this way, because what they may have done they feel justified in having done.
If you go back in history
you will find that most of the great people that are written about, adventurers, statesmen, generals etc... are not as pure as you had been taught.
It is an interesting observation that I have come too after these many months of supporting Reid.
Most that support him are winners in their "physical life", business and social life.
Most that are against him are losers, unhappy with the way they have allowed thier life to turn out, and blame others for their inability to succeed.
I see no reason why I would not want my company associated with him, I would rather support someone who may have had made mistakes
in life, but are willing to admit it, pick themselves up and try again.
But then after all, I am a dreamer, adventurer, someone who has made mistakes
, been knocked down and picked myself back up.