Maxingout, while I agree that the silence and yes, relative desolation on night passages have a salubrious effect on most of us, I believe that there may be something more at play here. My son went out for his first sail at 12 days of age - we purchased an old pram with a landau top, removed the frame and wheels and were able to wedge it securely in the cockpit
, or down below. He suffered from what had been described as colic early on except
when we were sailing (motoring just brought on cries, as many of our dockside neighbours coud attest to, when docking).
I always believed that the motion of the boat, mirroring that of the amniotic fluid in his mother's womb, was the tonic for what ailed him. Could it have been the relative lack of noise
? Perhaps, although the motion of the boat still soothed him even if we had the stereo on, or were engaged in some boisterous conversations with guests.
Is this phenomenon (assuming it is one) something that merits further investigation and likely the expenditure of tax dollars? I doubt it. Do I believe that a one hour sail for non-sailors will prove anything? No. But at least for infants, I continue to believe that the motion of a sailboat in reasonable conditions is relaxing and comfortable, at least in part because it mirrors the experience while 'en ventre sa mere'.