Originally Posted by kefroeschner
Adelie, thanks for the kind response and info. And so many of your other wise comments on may subjects. You are worth reading. I wondered if the need to get something light and air-transportable to downed pilots in WWII might have been relevant as well.
I meant to imply that in my earlier post with the line about WW-II and the jet age that followed but should have made that more overt.
I don't know about being wise, I strive for balanced.
My feeling is that a lot of things come about in this world for very good reasons in particular circumstances but then others try to expand the use of those things into areas where they aren't suited or aren't as well suited either because they don't know better or they have a financial incentive that helps them rationalize that what they are selling is the best in all situations. I'm not just talking about inflatable
liferafts, but other sailing topics like ultralights as cruising boats and integrating all your electronics
and electronic charting and the latest and greatest in anchors being completely superior to all other previous designs in all situations.