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My favorite incident is when the owner of a powerboat that used to be a my marina came and told me that his first fuel dock trip of the season cost him $1500... the name of his boat is "Empty Pockets"...

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And that was just his "first" fuel dock trip of the season. Good grief - it's no wonder the used boat market is saturated with powerboats collecting dust and loan interest!

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The powerboaters get a bit annoyed at me when I tell them I spent $50 on fuel for the entire season and still have seven gallons left over... I love doing that to them...

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If one was to pick a profession of those of us that sail my guess would be pilots would be #1 on that list. I know of those that I fly with in the cockpit, at least 25% of us sail. It is a marriage made in heaven. I have to echo what others have said. We understand all how a sailboat works, can grasp the understanding of systems on the boat (electrical, plumbing, ect), navigate, and crew resource management.
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If paragliding (Parapent, in French) counts you can add me up.
I did my Parapente training up in Gourdon above the city of Grasse. It was a lot of fun but trading the comfortable slow pace for that lack of control ended up being too much for me. Perhaps the chute collapse on a cross country flight {which luckily re-opened just before I was to impact the ground} was the real reason I stopped paragliding. But you really do have a very intimate relation to thermals in a paraglider and I used my nose more often than the vario or seat-of-the-pants to realize what the air around me was doing.

p.s. I am selling my LS-6b and LS-4a if anyone here is interested


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I learned to sail before I took up hang gliding. Sailing a windsurfer in high wind with the sail pulled over lifting me and the board reminded me of flying a hang glider. Sailing and flying seem so together.

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Weather, Navigation, Etc... I have always enjoyed sailing with fellow professional pilots. We all pretty much follow the same Crew Management and reactions needed to operate the vessel (aircraft and sailboat). The training after years of flying in that enviroment become very natural and expected when followed aboard a sailboat. I am not at all saying pilots make better sailors. Just that they can draw a lot of information and knowledge from their day job.
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