Originally Posted by sailorboy1
I disagree (and you just said I donít know to sail as the smallest boat Iíve ever even been on was 33í). Iím not going to pick apart your massive misstatement assumptions, but what Iíve noticed is that most of the time when I see a cruiser that needs to adjust the sails
some is they are still going pretty fast and kicked back. Cruisers lots of times arenít in a hurry and 5.6 knots mellow instead of the 6 they could do if they paid attention mean nothing. Sometimes we prefer to relax.
I too prefer to relax. Sometimes relax means making the right decision, as we recently had to do- leaving port at 10:30pm to avoid coming Force 9 winds, and making landfall and entering a poorly lighted port with many unlit bouys at night.
Knowing sail trim can make all the difference when it's really needed. Making port before a storm thanks to extra speed is relaxing; having 90 minutes to go and having to cross the bar in a storm is not. The latter isn't "bad luck" it's inexperience.
There is often some sort of arrogance that comes with "new big" boaters who think they know everything, or at least enough. Not that this is unique to boating- if anything, the attitude is far exceeded in amateur auto racing
. The thing about auto racing
is that the new guys with big motors and attitude usually learn pretty fast the hard way, whereas the "new big" boaters may go years before they learn the lesson.
Case in point, I joined a "new big" sailing vessel off Australia
that had left the US east coast
, spent a year in the Carib, gone through the Panama Canal
and all the islands. First big storm, and it was like sailing was scary and new- "we're going to rip the main" no we won't, oops there it goes. "we should lash the jib" no we don't need to, then five minutes later I'm burried under seas lashing the jib
as it's trying to escape overboard
Who needs to read charts
or know what the declination is? Nobody, we have a chart plotter. Who cares about storms, we have a big boat with a turbo motor
. Yada yada. Oh my gosh, our anchor
"mysteriously" failed to hold in the storm.
Perhaps the best indicator of experience vs. "tough guy" is the local USCG. Though the young kids
have extensive training
, and are purportedly led by those with experience, it a regular observation that they have difficulties with boat control, knowing the lay of the sea, etc. I'm sure they, like the "big new" boaters, think the problems they encounter are typical, or normal, while those of us watching understand that most of the problems are avoidable and self-induced.
sad the typical problems that magically happen- motor
won't start due to suddenly bad batteries
damage due to improper springs, dragging anchor
, running aground, no tool to repair something, etc. It isn't bad luck. It's inexperience, often with arrogance. And as we hear the story about this terrible bad luck, we often just sit and listen- because the "big new" owner isn't open to hearing that it wasn't "bad luck".
Carry on! We'll be here when you need us.