Sitting at a desk in a high stress job eating deep fried everything is much more dangerous in my opinion.
Boating is a calculated risk. You prepare yourself and your equipment
, you train, you make intelligent decisions and usually everything is OK. It's a rare boating disaster that you can say they did everything right but still lost
their boat. It's usually a series of mistakes
and failures and things overlooked.
I raced cars for many years. I always felt safer on the racetrack at 140MPH than I do on a crowded freeway at 60. On a track, at the very least, everyone [I]intends[I] to be a better driver and their car has been inspected. At best, everyone is an expert and calm and their cars are completely prepared. On the street few people are even paying attention, they have no idea what their car is capable of, and they probably don't have any real skills and almost certainly no training beyond one class when they were 15.
Be like the person on the racetrack- prepare your equipment, grow your skills, and make wise decision after wise decision and you'll tell your great grandkids wonderful stories of the sea.