Can we agree to post only new material which hasnt been posted already.
OK, this should qualify - although it will no doubt raise the hackles of those who feel our only role in this thread, should be to advise them solely of the latest developments in the investigation into the sinking of the BOUNTY... (grin)
Sliding up Delaware Bay this morning in yet another flat calm, I came across the following letter in the November issue of SAILING... Although it is in response to an editorial by Bill Schanen regarding life jacket regulations, it speaks also to the tangential discussion in this thread, and my contention that the latest and greatest technology does not necessarily, or by definition, make today's sailors better, or safer...
Just part of the opinion from a renowned professional sailor, whose experience and knowledge is likely more vast by several orders of magnitude than all of us here put together:
Overuse of PFDs actually promotes a sense of fear on the water, and leads to what can be a false sense of security.
Due to electronic navigation methods, we have already lost various "seat of the pants" skills, along with many fundamental techniques - call it the art of sailing. With the ultra efficient and all pervasive means of communication (cell and sat phones now de rigueur) we have also lost part of the sense of freedom and certainly a large share of privacy in going to sea. This is the unstoppable march of technological evolution, but we need not go down this route being forced to wear PFDs at times when they are not warranted.
Cape Town, South Africa
Sorry, I couldn't resist... (grin)