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Re: Isolation/Loneliness at Sea
Those few true single handers I've gotten to know well are, as mentioned above, a breed apart, IMO.
When I was ocean voyaging, I never truly single-handed as my daughter was aboard, but in reality, a 5-6-year-old child was little to no help with the sailing. But, she was company, of a sort.
However, unlike space flight, solo ocean sailing is much more a test of endurance than space flight. There is certainly no designated sleep time when solo sailing. Maintenance and sailing occupy most of one's time, unlike space flight where there is little to do much of the time. I should think boredom would be the biggest factor of space flight, unlike sailing, which is hardly a fact for solo sailors.
As for a robot 'friend' to sail with, unless it was made entirely of noncorrosive materials, it would just be one more item requiring maintenance and repair, in the most corrosive environment on the planet, so no thanks.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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