Good idea about fresh new challenges, but we can't stop pushing the envelope. We would have never hit the sound barrier, crossed the Atlantic, climbed Everest, let alone the MOON, and the list is HUGE!. It is the risk takers that spring us forward.
Some explore from the armchair, and some explore with their lives on the line. I guess you shouldn't send an ambulance to a poor house with a heart attack victim, because us taxpayers will pay for that too. I am sure we pay for more ambulance rides than boats saved in $ amounts.
One of the best sailors on S.F. Bay died a few years back right on the bay. Because he couldn't get his boots off. RISKS are everywhere on every corner. Let's not shut down the human spirit.
I almost bought a BOC boat that was a couple of years old before I bought my cat. I bought the cat, because I met my wife. You think Hassler, and the others wouldn't have used a radio
if they could, or taken a GPS
? They like Magellan
left with the best technology they could afford. Still today you need to be resourceful to try, and save your own butt. How many of you have On Star system? Shame on you if you do, or are you just taking advantage of today's technology.
I say let the HUMAN SPIRIT thrive, and the rest of us will reap the rewards. Pushing the envelope makes for better developement. No one is forcing you to single-hand the Southern Ocean. STAY ON YOUR LAKE, YOUR BAY, or where ever your heart desires, but never hold those back that in some way we benefit from. just my humble .02 cents