Nice article but agree that this is just one persons perspective though one shared by my previous partner who got harder and harder until she finally said "I'm not some G'damned pioneer woman" and moved off.
I learned a lot about how next time, should I ever get together with a non-cruiser (not too likely anymore) I really
need to make it really
clear that this whole cruising thing is largely about proccess and that a simple desire to "get away" and an aptitude for sailing is not at all enough.
This also touches on the important (for me) disticntion between having served on a military vessel with a trained crew and having sole responsibility for a small auxillary sailboat. While the latter experience may acquaint someone with how powerful and dangerous the ocean can be, the respect it demands and the importance of discipline, maintenance
and proper routines it doesn't prepare one for the work of rough weather
or the fears it may engender nor for the tedium of the doldrums.
The only thing that has made it possible for me to deal with the seemingly endless periods of rebuilding and strengthening the boat and the failures of gear
or boat systems has been how much I seem to love the ocean.
There is also the fact that after many years of one sort of 9-5 or another I am anxious to serve a mistress (master) who, as Moitessier so much more eloquently put it, does not engage in bias or vanity. The rule
of nature apllies evenly to all and anyone
willing to learn her ways will stand the best chance of flourishing in her eye... something like that anyway.