Re: Is Sailing Sexist?
Had to rig my boat today. That mast is HEAVY. Earlier I had to clean the bilge and paint it. Disgusting. Then I was under the boat epoxing up cracks in the keel gelcoat. Messy and smelly. I will be doing more jobs that take muscle power, determination and focus. All to get the sailboat rigged and set in her slip. I had my wife and one other guy working with me today. The wife tries but she really isn't strong. I really needed someone with MUSCLE.
We have always been 50-50 paertners on our boats. But they are mine. I'm sure my wife can use the tiller just fine once we are sailing. I'm sure she can sheet the main. Yippeee. The boat will be mine because of the work I've done on her.
Is the fact that I have to lift a heavy mast or scrape and paint sexist? I think not. It just is. Men were the small engines of the world 100 years ago.
edit - I just saw my post follows zeehag. zeehag you are more of a sailor than I am. Respect. And there is no shop class anymore, for anyone.
Last edited by Sal Paradise; 05-04-2013 at 08:13 PM.