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Are yachts sentient?

Just answer for yourself these simple questions

do you talk to your yacht?

do you ever pat it?

do you ever thank it?

does she have off days?

can you hurt her feelings?

Curious to hear your answers

I will leave you to guess where I stand on the yacht anthropomorphising scale

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Damn, you made me look up a word. Thank you! But now that I now what sentient means, of course. I would be shocked if anyone who spends any significant amount of time on a boat they own doesn't experience those feelings.
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Of course.

I've made it a rule to refrain from patting anything other than my wife or my dog. It's easier that way.

Not yet, that I recall.

She's still in therapy. I expect off days are part of the healing process.

If I have, I'm not aware of it. She has yet to tell me that I have.
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yacht anthropomorphising

am I emtionally retarded because I do not speak to the slug?

is this because I went to an English boarding school?

How weird am I in regarding the slug as a loose collection of plastic and stainless steel shapes

Please help me

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Just answer for yourself these simple questions

do you talk to your yacht?

do you ever pat it?

do you ever thank it?

does she have off days?

can you hurt her feelings?

Curious to hear your answers

I will leave you to guess where I stand on the yacht anthropomorphising scale

Dylan
Of course- I take care of her and she takes care of me. but I talk to myself as well so no-one really notices.

Makes more sense if the boat is wood for some reason- maybe woodie owners are just more nuts. (a reasonable alternate explanation)
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Just answer for yourself these simple questions

do you talk to your yacht?

do you ever pat it?

do you ever thank it?

does she have off days?

can you hurt her feelings?

Curious to hear your answers

I will leave you to guess where I stand on the yacht anthropomorphising scale

Dylan
Yes, more of a rub, yes, no, yes. and i think she has personality~does that make her sentient in some new age psycobablle sort of way? oh, but i too talk to myself as well, but i think it has degenerated to muttering.
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What or who you talk to does not deifine who or what you are.

What would I know about that? I'm a Yank. ;-)

Failing to anthropomorphise an inantimate object is hardly a ticket to the loony bin.

Each of us has something in life that we approach differently from everyone else. It's only a problem if you choose to make it so. Difference can also be a problem if your peers penalize you for your difference, in which case it's probably best to change peers. Hope that helps.
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I always talk to my boat. After a good day on the water and I've put everything away, I say something like "Thanks for the sail, girl. See you later."

If I'm out on the water and things are getting hectic I might mutter something like "Come on you bitch -- what's the matter with you today?"

A boat's a "she" and she has a name -- you better talk to her. You ever know a woman that likes being ignored?
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Just answer for yourself these simple questions
do you talk to your yacht?
do you ever pat it?
do you ever thank it?
does she have off days?
can you hurt her feelings?
Curious to hear your answers
I will leave you to guess where I stand on the yacht anthropomorphising scale
Dylan
The boat is not sentient, but Mother Nature is. The boat only reflects her passion
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All machines are sentient,....(it's the gremlins).
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