Dave - (not in reference to CSY
Guy's post) - IMO it is not a preference to sail, it is a snob attitude against power boats. It has been around for the 50 years I have been on the water. It is no different than wooden boat owners looking down on those that initially bought fiberglass
. Since I have always loved all sorts of boats (and owned most of them at one time or another), I have never understood the attitude.
One thing that I do know to be true is that those who make their living from the sea, that go out on the water in all kinds of weather
, that own older boats with tired engines and rusty fitting - those guys have a deeper connection and a better understanding of the ocean, the life in it, weather
, engines, tides, currents and all things marine
than most of the "sailors" on this forum will ever have. Those that can safely operate a commercial
vessel and navigate around the pretty little sloop
that is blindly sailing across a shipping
channel (oblivious to traffic with some misconception that because they are sail they have the right of way) deserve our respect and consideration.
I enjoy sailing. I also enjoy the fact that I can own 36 feet of quality boat for under 80K. I enjoy fishing
. We are primarily catch and release and we go well offshore
in relatively small boats. If you are going miles off in a 20 footer, being able to run for home is mandatory. A 36 foot sportfisher could cost 380K. I would love to own one. A 42 GrandBanks trawler
could cost even more. Now that is a home on the water.
Some people are great, some have their head
up their ass. In 50 years on the water, I have made no connection between the type of boat and the type of individual. Maybe I'm just not smart enough to see it.