- Because moving silently through the water without lifting a finger is magical. When you’re coasting along in a nice breeze, nothing else in your “real” life matters. You are a moving island and adventure is everywhere. What matters is keeping the boat moving swiftly and finding the next puff.
- Because when you’re sitting on the rail with two small boys and the wind is blowing through your hair, you all feel the same- you’re stoked on the teamwork and the good vibe of being free (and on the distinct possibility that you might end up dumped in the water).
- Because sailing builds confidence, skill, and character in small boys which translates into so much more, later in life.
Being practical, here’s why a sailboat ain’t such a good idea:
- Because at best, it gets used three times a month and the rest of the time it blocks up the driveway and collects water, leaves, and moss.
- Because the darn things costs as much as half a year of college.
- Because the last thing the world needs is another big piece of plastic or plywood and all the stuff a boat entails.
- Because a rowboat (which you already own) is so much simpler, even if only some of the family can go out in it. Did I mention rigging, trailering, and launching?
- Because what do you really “need” anyway? That money could be donated to a really good cause instead.