I think we (most) except purist..., are "stink pot's" at times: thinking about that most "bone head things I've done, were under power!" Yes that means more than one.
The difference, IMHO, is that all boating is sailing, and all boats sailed untill the late 1890's, therefore, we have one hell of a standard to live up to. Boating is a new term. This term has led to the mass production of afforable boats. Which leads to that "mass" thing.
Boat - OR - Sail,
Most ships, open sea or harbour, have an education to the craft. I.E. ( nav, tides, planning, thinking, ect..) Most sailors I know, like to read about these's (-)'s and master.
Boater's, ("stinkpots, megayatchs, sailors, cargo, ect") are a hazarad to sailing...we all need to look out. I would rather, give way and have a story to tell than repair my boat.
I am the only "Sailboat" at my marina in Dover, NH. So, the local pub is right there. And I would have to say that all "stink pots" are very considerable. Those that use the lauch, well that is a different and oppisite opinion.
I see it as a matter of Pride.
I can be the "BEST" sailor I can and accept and reaserch, untill I can.
Having driving a few PWC, My IQ drop's...there fun! But, one needs to be by themselfs. Fast boat, jetski, whatever, to fast to be close, without education.
Law's will not do any good, until we enforce the one's we already have. So, let's spend more money making more laws that we will never enforce. That big lake(can't spell unless I look up) southern NH, has just passed law's...difference being that most homes on the lake are 1/2 million or more, and the laws are enforced.
I sail in the coast of NH, and see more enforcement officers, and see that most do enforce or rules.
To end, I think that well all need to keep the tradition of sailing to far port's,
and am sure you have not heard of 3-4 Ft motor boats sailing across an ocean. Yet, Small sailboats, year after year, come from points far and wide.
With that, I have never meet a person from France, In NH, that came with the bottle of wine, IN a Bayliner 19Ft bowrider. A Flicka, yup, I can see that.
Thankyou to all "sailors out there...! ... Lead by Example" .
New to me Tartan 27, #461