Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
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Re: Why do you love to sail?
I hope I am not alone when I answer this honestly...
I really don't know...
I love to sail new water.
I love to go fast with no internal (or external) combustion engine to blame for it.
I love the water.
I love the sound, the feel, the smell, hell even the taste of being on the water, salt water makes it more "real."
That halyard slapping you hear? It's something to be identified and quelled. Perfectly fine as long as its not my boat. But the sound is "home base."
Love to wake up aboard, either at anchor or under sail, to the motion of the boat.
Cannot express enough the whole experience from cruising to racing, to island hopping, to long sails with no destination... Is all great.
I do not sail to "save the earth," or to conserve fossil fuel... It's not an alternative mode of conveyance for me. If that were the case I'd sail over water, and ride my horse on land (and yes I do both). The amount of fuel I burn on both of those hobbies makes the "Save on fossil fuel" argument (at least for me) a ludicrous one (My diesel 3500 dually is plenty of evidence of that at 12mpg).
If I could truly pigeon hole myself into a specific set of sailing that makes it all worthwhile, I probably would have settled on a boat much more quickly (not sure I have even yet). My desire for a fast boat that is also a great cruiser, keeps me always looking for the next boat. My want for bigger water makes me less appreciative of the time I get sailing now on my local puddle.
I sail a lot, and for that I am thankful, because as you see above, there are way more reasons to love it, than I can even identify.
I'll misquote something I read (that I cannot find now)... "Sailing is more than a sport, sport should have it so good."
Not even sure this post does my "hobby/sport/lifestyle" justice.
1983 WD Schock Wavelength 24. Production boat limit tester, blue-water bucket owner, with wine taste on a beer budget.