I wonder if we're talking across a bit of a conceptual chasm here?
Sailing is not something cruising sailors do for ‘hire and reward’; it's something we do for some mixture of fun/satisfaction, and travel.
OK: we’ve chosen a sailboat. It seems to me sailors generally lie somewhere along a distinctive spectrum.
A spectrum, perhaps, with the wish for some sort of connection with nature situated at one end, and the practicality of having one's own base, and one's own stuff, at the other.
Otherwise it seems to make no sense to elect to travel in such an inefficient, expensive and antiquated way.
And I think that what we see on forums
like this is often that people near one end of the spectrum, for whom a sailboat is a means to an end, a mobile home capable of being repositioned to distant destinations, project
their priorities onto people for whom a sailboat, and sailing, is an end in itself.
And vice versa.
People for whom sailing represents a search for simplicity, or is a source of fulfilment, or … or a way to grope towards understanding of things we can never understand … are mystified by those for whom sailing seems to be about getting the best of, and from, the latest tech products.
It seems to me the impatience which often boils over in our discussions is unnecessary and unproductive. I don’t
think we can, or should, win people over to our particular tribe. And even if we can, I don’t see how putting down other tribes will help.
Pianos and drum kits remained a valid choice in the eighties, and synths and drum machines remain a valid choice now. Art vs utility is a false dichotomy.
And outside of commerce, the world is not at the service
It’s the other way round, and it’s not mandatory.
Everyone needs to embrace some aspects of the modern, but it doesn't seem sensible to embrace them all, particularly if done without question.