Well, part of the issue for you Chuckles, is that the Chesapeake isn't all that salty...it's really nearly fresh brackish water, at least up where you are, more than it is salt water. The salt really is not much of a factor there.
So, your experiences may not have any relationship to the reality of those living and sailing on the ocean or one of the salt water bays. You're comparing apples to oranges.
According to the graphic above, the part of the Chesapeake you're on is 5-10 ppt salt. The Atlantic Ocean is 33-37 ppt salt or three to almost eight times as salty. That's a big difference.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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