Nah. Here in Amurrica, we draw no old-world class distinctions between sail and power boaters. Idiots may choose the type of vessel that most appeals to their complete and utter incompetence. Now, the built-in technical challenges of sailing craft might appeal to a certain sort of thoughtful, deliberate, small-c conservative moron who respects his witless elders and soaks in lore & wisdom from generations of morons who have been doing stupid shit in sailboats since that punter Amenemhat III pushed the steering oar the wrong way and accidentally rammed Aswan.Is there some specific reason why he's calling this a sailing vessel? Maybe regulatory? licensing? tax?
It doesn't seem, to my untutored eye, that much thought has been given to rigging Seeker, nor does Doug seem to be much of a sailor; I'm wondering if it's somehow easier to build or operate a boat that's supposedly a "sailboat" rather than a "motorboat".
Motorboats, OTOH, offer a sort of turn-key & small-d democratic entrée into the Stupid Boaters Club. Any slope-browed git with opposable thumbs may climb into a Sea Ray and fuck up immediately, with no learning curve or training whatsoever -- and many seize the opportunity with both dexterous hands. A powered vessel is a tool, and the purpose of tools is to multiply the damage dumb people inflict.
Doug is a motorboater by birthright and personality. But he is determined to build a sailboat and be a sailor, which is sweet and sad. There's a Cargo Cult sort of longing at work, like the peoples of the 1940s New Guinea highlands who lashed sticks together to mimic airplanes that flew over their villages and occasionally rained canned ham upon them. Seeker is a fetish object, built by a man who has never seen a sailboat close up but knows he wants some of that, whatever that is.
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