I was talking with the wife of a life-long sailor some time ago. He's a friend with more miles and more years on boats than I will ever have. She shared with me the one thing she was completely sick of.
"The one thing he won't stop talking about is how sailboats aren't sailed. He's constantly complaining about how people buy beautiful sailboats, and then they sit in their slips or at their moorings and rot. Old boats, new boats, it doesn't matter. They don't go out, and it pisses him off."
I've pondered that comment for a few months, and now I wonder. Is the greatest sin of sailing simply not sailing? I mean, we can all make mistakes of seamanship, or ding other boats, or run up on a shoal and have to call for help, but does all that typically pale compared to the "greatest sin," which is simply not sailing and not learning and not moving forward? Basically, neglecting the boat yet not letting another take it on. Or worse still, spending all one's time thinking or researching or chatting, instead of doing?
I had another friend who "crewed" for wealthy new boat owners. They could afford 44 foot plus boats, but were pretty much psyched-out when it came to sailing them. The idea of scratching the gleaming topsides was too much, so it was best to keep them tied up and polished as often as possible
Anyway, that's the poll. Along the same lines, I have a modest proposal. Could we have a suggested ratio here of 20:1? Basically, for every 20 posts about stainless anchor couplers, or sailors being rescued, or old shoes, or off-topic rants, could we have have one post about an actual recent sail by the member?
It's just a suggestion...