Originally Posted by Bash
You're wasting both your time and ours. If you want to do research
on sailing/cruising, get off the internet
and get out on a boat.
No one has ever learned to sail, let alone cruise
, by surfing the web.
While this is harshly put, it has some truth to it that the OP should heed.
My brother in law is a very successful writer, and years ago one of his first novels was about an internet
start up that served as the backdrop for some sort of intrigue. Since I had worked in the internet start up world for a number of years, he sent me a copy as one of his "technical readers."
By the time I was 25 pages into reading it, it was clear that the writer had not only never worked in a start up, but had never even worked in an office. He didn't understand how it was possible I could pull that from the book so quickly, so he had a few other people with backgrounds similar to mine read it. Short of it is he scrapped the book.
Sailing is a knowledge, skill, and experience intensive pursuit, full of jargon, best practices, and ingenuity-driven solutions. I can't think of another "sport" where someone's lack of familiarity would surface faster in fiction.
The OP would do well to volunteer as a crew member
on a few blue water
voyages. Not only would it be fun, but the details, knowledge, and perhaps more than anything else the sensory memories that you would gather would provide a virtually invaluable gold mine for the writing process.
The outline of the book very broadly reminds me of Liz Clark's voyage on Swell:
Liz Clark and the Voyage of Swell