Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: St Peters, MO
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I would be counted among those who heartily agree with Chris Gee. I have read several articles in sailing magazines about handicapped sailors, who sail for sheer enjoyment. They will never sail singlehanded around the world, enter America's Cup races, or live aboard as full time cruisers, but I would never deny them the same admiration, courtesy, and access to the thrill of sailing that the world's best deserve. I would deny those pleasures to those who lack courtesy and/or common sense, and suffucient nautical knowledge to be able to securely anchor their vessel, watch their wake, and avoid hurting other people or property.
BTW, although I do not legally qualify as handicapped, I have virtually zero depth perception. I love to sail, have done so for 40 years, and plan to live on our 37 foot Endeavour sailboat when I retire. I know my limitations, so my wife is usually at the helm when we dock or raft up to others. I can do it with extreme caution, but my wife does it more easily! And if your wife does not do it occasionally, what will she do if you are incapacitated? Strokes, heart attacks, or even severe hangovers may happen at any time!