02 May 2006

Pride & Prejudice

Of course, with the good comes the bad. When I sail, I pride myself on knowing the rules of the road, being courteous to other boaters and being generally aware of what's going on around me. Then again, I have found that I have disdain for every form on non-sail-powered boat. Possibly unfounded, but probably not.

Examples of what I might say about other boaters during a typical outing:
  • "damned stinkpotter"
  • "that bastard is going to hit us with his wake"
  • "how many longneck buds do you think they drink before they go out?"
  • "what jerks...that's like $1.42 per minute of gas they use"
  • "do you suppose he got the mullet discount on that rig?"
  • "damned kayaker, he's just lurking at that breakwater, ready to surprise somebody and collect the insurance money"

    It was at that point that I was called a bigot. The exact quote, "It could be Mother Theresa driving a powerboat delivering food to the lepers on Angel Island and you'd bitch about her choice of boat. If it's not a sailboat, you insult them." My only defense was that the lepers have been gone from Angel Island for years.

    My name is Edward and I'm a sail-snob.

    Anonymous said...

    Damn powerboat - where did she get the money for that monster - the Duvaliers or Charles Keating?

    Anonymous said...

    You have how many horsepower per person???

    Anonymous said...

    Since I do all watersports I can tell you that everyone else bicthes about the others.

    Yak paddler. God Damn Sailor, doesn't he know about the right of way!

    Surfer. God Damn Yakhead.....etc...ad infinitum.

    Anonymous said...

    Whenever I see a stinkboat I just count...

    "$1000, $2000, $3000..."

    Beacuse that's how much fuel they are using to experience the same stretch of water I can enjoy for free!

    Anonymous said...

    If og has found a way to sail for free, he knows something that I never figured out, and I have been sailing since 1937.

    EVK4 said...

    a sailor's money is spent at the dock and I've certainly seen sailable boats where none was spent there.

    It's like living in San Francisco, it's easy to be poor there or rich there, nothing in between. I think you can sail for very little or spend a ton to do it....depends on your personality and how safe and/or beautiful you want your boat.

    Anonymous said...

    My name is David, and I also am a sailing snob.

    I've never been able to figure out why you'd want to mount eleventy billion horsepower on the back of a fiberglass shell.

    So you can cross the may in 10 minutes instead of 15 minutes?

    It's just weird, man.

    Friends don't let friends buy powerboats.

    Zen said...

    hahaha , nice to know I'm not alone...

    s/v Zen
    Martinez. CA

    Pat said...

    If sailing is free, then how do sailmakers put food on their tables? As my buddy, "Zorro", says, "It's a gear-intensive sport." But, don't tell the sail loft guys that I just bought my wife some used sails.