I realize that most millinials skills don't include wick trimming but needs and musthaves could be sorted to make it away. Remember back when we hippies went back to the land,started communes and hootennannyed. .
Back in the 70's, sailing a gaff ketch built in 1909 through the SoPac, the only electric light on the boat was over the chart table. Even the running lights and compass lights were kerosene, as was the stove. Refrigeration? Ha! Our only "mod con" was a pretty decent stereo on which the Doors, Quicksilver or the Grateful Dead blared continuously.
There could be a case for minimalism today, but it's a pretty slim one when one considers the quality of life aboard a cruising boat. Watermakers, refrigeration and GPS make life so much more pleasant than water rationing, canned food for 20 days or more after the fresh stuff has run out, and getting hours
more sleep a day because those hours aren't spent navigating.
Sometimes it took months for a letter to reach family. They worried. With sat phones and the internet communication almost anywhere is virtually instant, not a bad thing, especially when in need of a part.
And on Skipping Stone, with all our "mod cons" I'd bet we still have a much smaller carbon footprint than most on this planet.
I would no more go back to those "simpler" days on a cruising boat than I would to the wool uniforms the soldiers and sailors of old wore in the tropics.