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These discussions always crack me up. Casual cruising sailors reject advances in technology like no other group. Eventually everyone comes around, but it's begrudgingly.
For instance, one of the posters above states that he thinks using a GPS is now acceptable (really?!?!), but only a "handheld", with emphasis. What's the point of that distinction in terms of being critical of using a fixed-mount GPS? Note by the way, that I don't mean to pick on that one poster, and please don't take offense, as you are far from alone and I'm just using that as an example.
Just about every new advancement is met by reisitence and proclamations of heresy and cries that sailing is not meant to be advanced, etc. That's just nonsense. Everything from sail material, to line material, to navigation, to communications, to building materials, to propulsion, to anti-fouling, to winches and sail control equipment, to every last little thing that you have on a modern sailing yacht built in the last 40+ years is the result of technological advances, and I bet just about every single one was decried by some group of sailors or other, complaining about how the sport is being ruined by technology.
Does it REALLY bother you that some other sailor on some other boat has a gadget that makes him/her happy?
Rant over. You may now go back to your regularly scheduled programming.
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