Clearly my genius is lost on you people, but that's what I get for thinking outside the box.
Sailing seems instinctive to you and to a certain extent to me since I learned how at a young age and have been doing it off and on for awhile.
It isn't instinctive to everybody. I spent some time sitting in sailboats this summer with people who had little or no sailing experience. Something as simple and as critical to sailing as knowing which way the wind is coming from isn't always obvious, - especially on a small lake where the wind shifts on a regular basis. Lots of big boats already have this, but something that clearly showed the newbie the orientation of the boat to the wind would be a tremendous help. Yes, telltales will show apparent wind which is arguably more important but actual vs apparent takes awhile to get a feel for. Something that shows both is helpful, especially if it could do it at the same time without having to fumble to change modes.
A "sailing by the lee" or accidental gybe warning indicator wouldn't be hard to add to the electronics that are available on lots of boats. Most of what's needed is already there. It might already exist. Like all technology, it can trickle down over time.
I don't have time to make a hugely long post but if any of you are divers and have been doing it for awhile, you probably know how dive computers have tremendously simplified dive planning and instruction. There are all kinds of alarms built in to them that people can turn off as they gain experience. The use of dive tables is barely taught anymore and has been replaced by dive computer instruction.
And to be clear, I'm not talking about smart phone apps.
This will probably ruffle some feathers, but I think there is a certain contingent that don't want sailing to be easy. The ability to sail is like a badge of honor for them.
dude. you are right in what you say. 100%. not that i agree with your solution; just your appraisal.
sailing shouldn't be made idiot friendly. i teach medieval combat. all true combat is actually simple. complex moves look good on TV but, in the crisis of combat, they are ineffective. from my experience, there are some people that can not learn to be good martial artists. no matter how they try, they are lacking something it takes to do it. not everyone is cut out for every activity. honestly, some people should not sail. they are a risk to themselves and anyone on their boat. just like some people should not ride motorcycles. that's life.
most of my time sailing has been on lakes. yes, the wind can be tricky, shifty, and hard to read. but, if you honestly can't learn to read the wind, you should not sail. i never put a telltale on either of my boats til this summer...and that's just because i had a piece of yarn that belonged to someone special, to me, so i tied it to my jib stay. and i learned to read the wind like a pro. it can be done. you don't need a machine to do it for you. when people have machines to do stuff for them, they never bother to learn how to dop it for themselves.
i will agree with you, i am sure some of us don't want sailing to be idiot friendly. it's not a badge of honor ( although learning to sail well is an accomplishment that people should be proud of ). it's that, as the above post points out, when you open something beautiful up to those who are not worthy of it, you lessen it and ruin it. yes. i said worthy. i taught myself to sail from books and just going out to try it. i am sure lots of other people can say similar things. if you have not the initiative or the dedication to stick with it to learn, then sailing doesn't need you. if you are just one of those people that can't learn to sail ( as previously noted ), it's not safe for you to sail.
and, for the record, machines are a big part of the problem with the world. what ws it you said?
" if any of you are divers and have been doing it for awhile, you probably know how dive computers have tremendously simplified dive planning and instruction. There are all kinds of alarms built in to them that people can turn off as they gain experience. The use of dive tables is barely taught anymore and has been replaced by dive computer instruction. "
is that a good thing? what if these people who only know the computerized way of doing it were in a situation where there wasn't a computer to think for them? they'd be screwed. it's just like calculators. many schools don't even teach the times tables anymore because of machines to do math for us. but i bet you can guess what happens when one of these kids needs to do math and a machine isn't available. personally, i use math all the time, to fabricate, and i refuse to use a calculator. they turn your brain to mush. what about GPS? how many people, in the GPS generations, would be able to find their own butts without their GPS? none of them can even read a bloody map, for pete's sake.
yeah, at face value the idea of 'simplifying' something by making machines, that can think for you, might sound like a great idea. and it might, as you say, bring in the younger generations. but at what cost? these machines and our dependency on them is turning a species that set sail in open longships, over uncharted oceans, into pathetic helpless weaklings and idiots. that's not a good thing.
i know we live in the era of spreading the wealth, 'fairness', and schools that train for mediocrity ( better to pull down the hard workers and the intelligent than to make the lazy or stupid feel bad about themselves ), but you have to ask what kind of people we are sending into the future? our forefathers, who learned to sail the seas before us, would be ashamed of what we are becoming.
now, you don't have to have a teacher or read books to learn to sail. you can just surf through youtube. there are tons of instructional videos, there. there is plenty of ways for people to learn to sail.
trying to gat machines to think for yung sailors, so they don't have to learn to be good sailors is actually not thinking outside of the box. it's firmly in the box of modern thought. thinking that people should actually larn to sail, as generations before them did, is outside of the modern box.
i wonder, how many cruisers that have GPS actually learned tyo navigate, the real way, and how many just rely on the GPS? has GPS actually created any skilled navigators or just people dependent on GPS?