I think that AlanBrown has hit it on the head. The mindset of a sailor is different from that of a powerboater. How many powerboaters do you know that have re-powered their boat themselves? How many sailors do you know that have modified or replaced the rigging on their boat on their own. I am guessing that one number is going to be much higher than the other.
Also, another point, which I don't think he made is that many sailors start at a relatively young age... This combined with the mentoring often shown novice sailors, means that sailors often get a deeper education than do powerboaters.
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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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