I agree with you completely. I've been sailing 40+ years.. all sorts of things, mostly old gaffers in the SW of England
. I'm quite well known there and my Dad is a lot more well known. Last year I wanted to charter
a boat from a friend's company. They could not rent me one as I don't have my RYA daysailer certificate. You can get one of these in 3 days if you are really keen. Your entire experience can be 3 days on a boat.
It doens't matter how fit you are, it's a real tough thing to drag yourself in, fully clothed in crappy weather
at a few knots.. I've done it. God I was knackered at the end.
I do a lot of solo sailing and usually prefer it that way unless the people on board KNOW how to sail and you don't even remind the people to trim a sail. Not a lot of those folk around.. Mostly they are out there... solo sailing....
There was a show on liferafts the other day.. most of them dont work.... I'd hate to have to rely on a liferaft
.. My god.. by the time you are getting into a liferaft
you're pretty well luggered.
You have to get certificates now to take your boat into international waters.. If you need to go and get a third party to give you a certificate to tell you your boat is "safe" you really should not be on a boat.
Boatman.. I agree with you totally....