Can't argue with that, however the week end sailor used to have to have a much broader skill set than today, First they invented the engine, all of a sudden you didn't need to know how to sail, then the radio direction finder, no need to learn to navigate, now the chart plotter, why learn to read a chart, clips and jam's, why learn how to handle line,..........
Come on, Aaron! Don't get pathetic about it.
That's like saying Neanderthals were better than us because they could make arrows and capture game.
Electronics have made boating vastly safer for all. They have allowed many people to go sailing vastly more safely than previously.
Just go read a book like Gentelmen never sail to weather and you will see how many times these idiots nearly died.
Just go around a marina or cruising area and have a talk to people. Vastly more intelligent than the critics suggest. Also far more accomplished in cruising, navigation, rules of the road, understanding and respecting other cultures as well as the sea fish and wildlife.
Because paper and sextants have been shoved up the ass of the garbage can people can now relax and enjoy the important parts of boating.
And if people think its gone to hell, then look at the statistics of cruiser type fatalities. Since GPS and Ecn they are a fraction of what hey were in the 1970s, let alone including the increased number of people doing it.
The modern advent of boat systems have opened the oceans to all. And that makes a lot of old timers very angry because they have lost their uniqueness.
Mark <----- who circumnavigated and says ANYONE can do it!!! And everyone who wants to should