about batteries, now
there is something where the
green boating pontificators would do better to put their money instead
spending it on air fares and conferences.
Develop an affordable and
compact hydrogen cell and
I’ll be first in line to buy one.
Well I will with one caveat,
that they develop it
while at the same time considering how to dispose of it
when it has
stopped working, which it will.
And I don’t need to hear the
sort of hogwash the
snot boat industry is still touting, such as plastic boats will last
Yea right, tell me that when
the landfill sites are full
of that everlasting plastic that has ceased to be usable boats.
Already there are some
landfill sites that will no longer
allow the disposal of plastic boats.
You can recycle old sails,
make tote bags, halyard tidies
or even deck chairs from them but there is little you can do with old
Wooden boats on the other
hand, can be repaired with a
little effort and some truly have lasted for hundreds of years.
As for the contention that the
snot boat industry has
allowed more folk to go boating, my response is that it may have conned
of folk into buying boats but that isn’t the same as actually going
How many plastic boats rarely
leave the marina or spend
most of their lives sat on a trailer in a driveway, gathering moss,
I understand the power of
advertising, being male I can
just about understand the guy who is conned into believing that just
boat will turn him into a macho adventurer.
What I find hard to comprehend
is any of you girls being
conned by the boat that has been designed to appeal to the ‘wee
woman’, with its pretty little plastic galley.
If I were a woman I’d find
that is so patronizing
as to be offensive.
It is almost as patronizing as
suggesting that snot boats
will last forever.
I will admit that there are
some very good and quite
pretty plastic boats around but to say that they will out live a wooden
with little maintenance is totally unsubstantiated.
Show me a plastic boat that is
over fifty years old and
still looking good.
Or ask the owner whose boat
has osmosis and has to put
her out of the water for at least a year just to dry out before messing
with all those nasty chemicals.
Anyone truly interested in
green boating needs to
reevaluate their lifestyle and consider how and why they do things.
It is so easy to be mesmerized
by the glitter of all
those fiercely advertised gadgets and latest trends.
What could be dafter that
spending a fortune to use a
rowing machine, in a stuffy gym stinking of other peoples sweat and
a noisy smelly outboard on the back of your dinghy instead of just
You can call it green boating
or what ever buzz word you
like, to me there is something elemental about sailing that favors
"Sailors, with their built in sense of order, service and
discipline, should really be running the world."
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