Join Date: Jun 2011
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Re: So much hate to new people.
I guess I don't get the youtube thing. Very occasionally I'll watch the hacks, but they are so repetitive that I usually nod off after a few videos. Anyway, it seems only one in 100 ideas may be useful to me.
I couldn't imagine watching anyone else cruising. I once heard ocean sailing described as 99% shear boredom and 1% shear terror. That's a whole lot of watching boring videos for a few seconds entertainment.
Perhaps there are some instructional videos on how to do things that are helpful to some. The few I've watched out of curiosity seem pretty amateur and unpolished (read boring here), not exactly a source for reliable information, if they can't keep one engaged, IMO. Go to Maine Sail's site for that stuff; that guy knows his $hit!
The fact that Vagabond and others can actually make money through subscriptions with videos of sailing around just amazes me. What is the appeal? If sailing around is something you plan to do, why miss out on the adventure of experiencing it for yourself first, by watching someone else go there before you? If it's just entertainment, National Geographic and many TV producers do travel shows better than any amateur, without the ego thing of most youtube videoers.
If you are never going to go, what's the appeal of that format? Its like the plethora of books out there on sailing. One in a gazillion of them is actually written by a someone who has any talent as an author. The rest seem like ego trips for the writer. If I've been asked to write a book once, I've been asked a thousand times. Why? I haven't done anything that many others haven't done before me and after me. Sure each of my pages and chapters are unique to my story, but aren't we all in that very same boat, so to speak?
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
ďBelieve me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.Ē ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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