Our world is changing. Over the centuries countless boats we would now consider unseaworthy made countless voyages, there were no rescue services, many were lost.
In some silly way Rimias is a spirit of freedom, except he abuses the rescue bit. We met a long distance couple not much different from him. They were frightening but gave us spirit to go forth.
I agree that "Over the centuries countless boats we would now consider unseaworthy made countless voyages", but there is difference between the heart of that statement and the internet fueled nuisances like Rimas.
I have told this story before, but back in the early 1970's I was restoring a 1949 Folkboat on the hard in Miami, and a fellow hauled out near me who had a plywood boat with a cast concrete keel that he had sailed all the way from Australia. That boat was a wreck, with holes patched with pieces of plywood ring-nailed to the topsides, with standing rigging pieced together from scraps and wire clamps. sails that were patched with salvaged sail cloth and so on. But he had sailed 3/4 of the way around the world.
He did not brag about the trip, he just lived it. If he talked about where he had been, it was with the deadpan of Sgt Friday's "Just the facts Ma'am." and was only mentioned as a side note in some story he was telling.
This guy went to sea solely because he the wished to do so. He was self-reliant and a heck of a skilled seaman. He got by doing everything simply as possible, doing what he could to honestly get spending money, and enjoying whatever life threw at him. He had the attitude that he had survived getting hit by machine gun fire in WW II so he was already living on borrowed time, and that getting lost at sea would sure beat working a 9 to 5 job and dying on your sofa any time.
For better or worse, he was inspirational in his strength of character, joy of life, stoicism, and resourcefulness, and was impressive for all that he had accomplished. Yet as a 23 year old kid, I also felt sad for him because the condition of this boat suggested he was nearing the end of his voyage and that few epic passages were left in the old boat before before he had to either quit or go missing at sea. And he knew that.
But to me that is different than the sense of 'all for the roar of the crowd', and sense of entitlement in expecting a tow at the end of a passage that seems implicit in the article and comments on Rimas.