Originally Posted by PCP
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.
Agree. And with all the electronic charts, navigation, gps trackers, sat phones and e-mail, weather routing, weather forcasting, power winches, rolling furler and reefing mains on boats now, it is easy for a non experienced sailor (with a lot of money) to purchase a large well equiped boat and go out and get themselves into real trouble.