Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...
There are a ton of amatuer sailors that are absolute pro's. There are professional sailors that suck. Like the cattle-maran kids in key west harbor. In my world, if the boat is less than 85 feet it's tiny and therefore rather easy to handle, the boat I steer at work is 400 feet long when all hooked up. It's relative. You don't want mariners with no formal training driving vessel's of significant tonnnage and gurth, however I bet some of the 1600 ton guy's I work with would be sh!tting there pants off shore in a 28 foot sail boat. They'd be lost and almost none of them know how to sail.
" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"