Originally Posted by Siamese
I'm not believing for so much as a fraction of a second that sailing a Morris is going to make the Coast Guard any better at what they do.
Why not give 'em ballet lessons so they'll be a little more graceful on deck, etc. etc.
The 'Guvment' would never spend that kind of money on sailboats!!! All of the funding for paying Morris came from the Alumni association at the CGA; a major accomplishment and a true testament to how valuable the program is considered to be.
Morris was chosen for its reputation, the ability to deliver 8 standardized boats, the quality and durability they promised to deliver, and their warranty and delivery commitment. I have not had a single cadet know who David Pedrick is or who Morris yachts is; they are there to sail, with no preconceived notions to obstruct their experience. It's an incredible program.
With a 9-foot draft, there's a whole bunch of places we can't go, but we get a lot better ports and make our way further from the academy as a result.
The experience of learning to plan, stock for, and sail a two week trip with no prior experience or assistance (only interference in unsafe conditions) is precisely the type of experience that equips them to handle stepping on board a vessel that is sinking 100's of miles off shore (as it did me)... and leave it afloat, with crew and vessel intact, homeward bound.
Here's a link that will help refute your unfounded assumptions (remove spaces):
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