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Worth considering is the fact that when boats are just drifting there is less stress on them than when they are being sailed. Presumably, beating to windward or running fast is much harder on the boat than lying ahull. Therefore, boats with much less structural integrity might last longer if left alone than if sailed.
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
Shakespeare, Julius Caesar IV, iii, 217