My belief is that the only small amount of power that we have in making the world a better place, is to: "BE the change that we wish to see in the world". I have done this since I left home @ 15 years old.. I have aspired to growth and excellence in all aspects of my life... physically, mentally, and in all areas of knowledge and skill as well. I do "my best" when I build boats, houses, furniture, arts & crafts, or whatever...
It isn't yet known how long a "good" wood/epoxy boat lasts. Our WEST / LP boat is of 33 year old materials now, and still perfect. I suspect she is good for at least 100 more, WITH maintenance
. (Time will tell). My houses and furniture... good for perhaps 200 years or so!
This is not uncommon, just not valued any more. I have friends who equipped their shops with perfectly functional 80 year old tools. They get repaired, rather than fill up the landfills. In Europe
, 200 years old is quite common for houses and furniture, and over 100 years is occasionally seen in boats. (And THAT was before WEST & LP paint technology)!
I hate vinyl covered particle board faux furniture crap, that sells so cheaply these days. I also hate the ultra low standard in quality and lifespan, that so many folks under 50 come to believe is "normal". Being highly educated, (although I was continuously "self taught" through life), is deemed "elitist", and aspiring to nothing more than mediocrity, out of impatience and laziness, is admired.
Regarding some things in our lives, many people these days seem to be OK with a 5 or 10 year lifespan, (if not HALF that), then whatever it is is shot, it becomes fodder for the landfill... Or just sits out and rots... another blight on the landscape.
The instant gratification, low investment, low expectation, low result, modern world that we live in, is polluting our vastly overcrowded world. It is shameful in my view. It is nothing to be proud of for sure. Sure, they'll get slaps on the back. "AttaBoy"... But this comes from others with those same low standard values.
IF someone has done their very best, be it the butcher, the baker, or the candlestick maker, then they have in fact achieved excellence! It is not about money or skill, its about patience and a deep down "caring" about everything that one does, from their craftsmanship, to their carbon footprint, to their interpersonal relationships. Always, DOING ONE'S BEST!
As it applies to boats... Going out long distance cruising in unsafe, poorly built and poorly maintained vessels of any kind, is stupid. I personally know of countless multihulls that looked OK at a distance, until they more or less fell apart, almost killing their neglectful owners. If it is in the tropics, and they are lucky, trimarans are more forgiving of this. Even when boats that I know of had an ama break completely off, (one... a SR 31), they sailed back to the dock
. Some call that a great adventure, but I call it just stupid.
I wish we lived in a world where "everyone" cared, applied common sense, and did the best that they could. I have seen hundreds of derelict multihulls on the beach, that were there because the boat's owners did otherwise. Their anchoring
was as sloppy as their maintenance, and I often had to put MY anchors on the ones upwind of me, in a gale!
DON'T GET ME WRONG... There are many perfectly sound, expertly maintained trimarans out there, that are pre WEST system, pre LP paint versions, and they're still perfectly safe boats. They do, however, require many times the maintenance, and will have a fraction of the overall lifespan, but still... 50 years of service
could be attained, SAFELY. (With constant maintenance)
Taken to the neglectful extremes, however...
If these boats also get sloppy workmanship, rationalized neglect, and ridiculously stupid materials, (like latex house paint), then they may be doing just fine for a few years, until they're not. This is when they require rescue
, or end up on the beach, or the boats die, rotting away in some yard. The owner, if they survive, often rationalizes that they were not irresponsible, and have not lived their life at others expense.
No matter what technology or materials is used, or the number of hulls, I suggest that those with a low attention span, looking for instant gratification, NOT get into cruising. They're not suited to it.
I also suggest that if they are committed to it, THIS IS A LONG TERM FORMATIVE PURSUIT! Their journey should include years of study, gaining knowledge and skill, and they should work on every aspect of cruising and seamanship, NOT just focused on the boat. In other words: Go slow, learn, DO YOUR BEST, and become excellent! Then, if **** happens anyway, and you loose your boat, your conscience is clear.
EXCELLENCE CAN BE OBTAINED IF YOU:
CARE MORE THAN OTHERS THINK IS WISE;
RISK MORE THAN OTHERS THINK IS SAFE;
DREAM MORE THAN OTHERS THINK IS PRACTICAL;
EXPECT MORE THAN OTHERS THINK IS POSSIBLE.