I just returned yesterday from a successful and very enjoyable trip cruising aboard my 26 foot Classic Yacht in the Florida Keys, and Bimini Islands. Before leaving, I had been contemplating purchasing a larger sail boat. Jeff, John,and others gave me some very good advice on things to look for and consider.However,none of them mentioned "the Bust factor".When cruising in the Keys, and the Bahamas, I noticed that on almost every power yacht above 45 feet had a topless woman riding on the bow.I didn''t see any sailboats with this arrangement.At sea, you contemplate many things, and this was one that I thought on for awhile until I caught a nice dolphin that demanded my attention. Some of the items debated between myself (the sailor) and my alter-ego (potential power boater)were
1) Are the looks and bust size of a woman aboard a boat, somehow proportional to the size of boat she is on?(2) Do women enjoy the speed and feel of the big twin cats underneath them rumbling, more than the serenity of the wind and peaceful movement of a sailboat through the water?(3)As a man, would I be better off chartering a large power boat for a few years rather than buying a bigger sailboat, so as to challenge my theory, and also buy myself some time to get older so that the "the Bust factor" isn''t an issue when trying to make a rational decision on upgrading to a different boat.I could pretend that I''m rich while my beautiful buxom lady could pretend that she was with me because she liked who I am, rather than the fact that I''m rich.I''ve heard this referred to in business as a "win-win" situation.(4) "The Bust factor had never occured to me before. When sailing my boat in a lake in Upstate SC it''s just not an issue to be given any thought. Not that the women of SC couldn''t make it one should they so desire!, but it just isn''t done. I always have considered myself a sailor from the time I was a young boy sailing toy boats in the local creek,then as a man sailing in Greece,and now.On the other hand, I can also remember as a child snatching the breast away quickly whenever we had chicken.While cruising,I found myself on board using my new Nikon binnoculars to not only see the busts better, but also calculate the range and magnetic bearing to them.I''m totally confused....I just hope they don''t start going topless canoeing!