Originally Posted by smj
don't let that decision affect or inconvenience anyone else.
This is one of those statements
that sound wise at first hearing
but which fail to support a closer look.
Do you maintain that same strict criterion
for those who carry EPIRBs?
Those things are deliberately *designed*
to affect and inconvenience others!
How about noisy motors and generators
in otherwise peaceful anchorages?
I could list examples for pages.
Most of our activities affect others.
But sails are generally less of an inconvenience
than their alternatives.
Let's try to avoid the name-calling and insults
and recognise that none of us is the Judge
to dictate what is allowed or approved or legitimate.
If I could wave a magic wand
and eliminate all motors and generators on boats,
I would wave it in a heartbeat.
But I don't condemn power boaters,
I don't call them "stink pots",
I don't call sailors "hypocrites" for using their motors.
When their racket and wash affect and inconvenience me
I roll my eyes and go about my business.
Only when the racket is malicious
or the (illegal) wakes deliberate
do I speak up.
Or when I see good people being publicly denigrated.