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 The Tedious Details

"So, there are many "neighborhoods" out there in the cruising community. The upper crust on their Sundeers are careful not to spill their martinis while pushing the button to hoist the mainsail while the folks on the Wharram Catamarans are sailing in the nude. On the sensible side of the anchorage the baggywrinkle crowd find contentment by adjusting their sextants. They're all showing us that there are many approaches to cruising and all are successful. What is important is that your choice of a boat and its equipment match your personal approach. When we get into arguments about which type of boat is the safest to sail across oceans in we focus on the boat and ignore the person at the helm. Different types of boats require different tactics for safe navigation. The reason Rory Mcdougall was successful at circumnavigating with a Tiki 21 is that he integrated his lifestyle with his boat and he responded to the challenges of the ocean in a manner appropriate to his boat."

 (Submitted by Noel Sun Aug 29, 2004 )
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