Originally Posted by casey1999
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.
I think someday we are going to have problems because there are too many sailors out there calling for help without having a valid reason to do so (except inexperience) or because they are doing foolish things in old boats that should only be sailed locally. The worst thing is that the non sailing guys are starting to have a point.