Reed and Judy Jopling, Pescara, Abruzzo ITA asks:
We love reading your cruising notes but lately we're wondering if
you're being a little hard on the sailboat people. Sailboats are
among the best cruisers in the world and we also shouldn't forget that
not everyone can afford a Nordhavn even if they wanted it. Some
people actually like sailing. Naturally, we're not among them but we
understand it. We have to admit sometimes we find it hard to explain to
them why we like power.
To each his own. Hope you keep enjoying your new home.
Ciao from Italia, Reed and Judy
Scott Flanders from Egret responds:
Reed and Judy, You are right. There is a friendly barb exchanging,
competition if you will, of a small group of sailors here in Ushuaia vs the
only stinkpot, friends of OPEC, etc. We treat each other with great
disrespect while having dinner at each other's boats. This is, of course,
all in fun AND a very short part of the evening. This has spilled over into
VofE, however I was hoping at the time it was recognized for what it was:
simply fun given the background of our friendships.
As far as sailboaters being the "best cruisers in the world", there is no
question here. We powerboaters are ALL following in sailboaters wakes.
Sailboaters have pioneered the way for all of us long distance power boaters
giving us the guidelines for cruising the world. We push buttons or move a
lever, they have to THINK. (Well, power boaters have to think a bit as
well, sailboaters have to think a bit more to be more specific.)
Yes, Nordhavns and other ocean capable power boaters are expensive. VofE is
directed toward the relatively small group of people who have or going to
buy in the future of these small ships. We are trying to encourage them,
after their due apprenticeship coastal cruising, to head offshore and enjoy
what Egret and others are enjoying in the remote areas of the world. Now,
if you look at the big picture of VofE it truly serves a group far greater
than the small one we have targeted. In reality the far, far majority of
readers of VofE are/or will be coastal cruisers, whether power or sail, for
innumerable reasons. If we can encourage this far greater group to take to
the water along with their long distance brothers, we have done our job and
made the hours we spend on VofE worthwhile. VofE's singular goal, without
venue, is to encourage boating as a means to enrich our lives.