Originally Posted by overtheseas
Sorry? i just don't get this thread. I thought the original purpose was to discover how many people were actually sailing long distance. Rather, it seems to be some sort of point scoring. Sorry leave me out of that stuff- thanks all the same. See you out on the briny folks.
I think I can say, no.. I CAN state that my going 200 miles offshore fishing
does not make me a sailor. I can even tell you why.
. enter co-ordinates in plotter. Push button.
Do boat prechecks, press sniffers wait for gas fume check and push start.
Check fridge for food
arrange where friends sleep on the 40 footer...
Final check on fishing gear
gently exit marina/bay.
Push throttles to cruise
, put on autopilot
. set RADAR
to 10 miles, sit back in chair and look around for next few hours.
.. Sleep.... fish
reverse procedure and come home 2 days later.
I also have a bit of sailing experience.. took a yacht from UK to Mallorca the long way round in '86.
Does this make me a sailor? naah... I know the mechanics, can read a chart, plot a course on the chart, know some rules and have a heap of books
on what and when to do the things that I have to... and can trim a mean sail to the wind
angle. I dont know all the words or intuitively understand what Im supposed to do in any given situation but manage in the main to sort it out. I went to college for yachtmasters but dont have enough practical to mesh it together instinctively.
Yet.. Im told that I am a sailor by people who come with me and feel confident in my abilities.
Im not sure if 2 years sailing around the world will make me a "sailor"...... it will give me more experience that is for sure, and a lot more time fixing 'stuff' but a sailor?
Im happiest coastal or big Lakes and maybe a week offshore in the Med, and that in sight of or no more than 50 miles away from land.
I dont want to cross the Atlantic or the Pacific.
Im not a sailor. But I do like messing in boats.... a lot.