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Re: Riding The Razors Edge
Considering most sailboats can't easily reach 20 mph, it's a pretty dull razor's edge! It is also virtually impossible to capsize a decent size cruising boat unless you are out in a gale or tropical storm. Smaller boats that do capsize easily are often designed to do so without taking water and can easily be righted, so once again, pretty dull.
Lastly, most sailboats that get set on their beam ends will not go farther because the windward rail cuts the wind to the sails, decreasing the pressure and force needed to capsize.
If you have a desire to learn to sail, the best advice is to get a small boat and go out and capsize it a bunch of times. Nobody can really learn the feeling of sailing on a bigger boat. All the world's top professional sailors started out as dinghy sailors and most return to that when they just want to have fun sailing.
"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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