Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife
Oh no, they may not know the truth!! They may think they know. They may think they were going of their own free will.
But no they may have been deluded!
Young, naive, and deluded by lots of nice masts, a skipper with personality, a mate with a gold earring, the smell of adventure and "we are a team!" Or the other type: "yes, you go home to mummy you woooose. Go play with toys, you're not man enough to sail on a tall ship with us. Look how stupid you will feel when we arrive in Florida having beaten Frankenstorm".
No. The people inside the cult, the ones believing the cult leader may be the last to be able to tell the truth.
I think it is all in degrees of risk.
A lot of non sailing folks think we as sailors going out on the ocean in little plastic sail boats is stupid. They think it is a risk, and when we run into trouble we call up the Coast Guard asking for (and sometimes demanding) help, all at the risk of lives to the Coast Guard and all the while spending taxpayers' money in the process. A lot of non sailor folks probably think all pleasure boats should stay at the dock at all times.