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Is Sailing Stressful?

Date Posted: 2021-04-19
Source: American Sailing Association

What Part of a Daysail Is the Most Stressful for You?

The daysail is a common activity for every sailor. Whether you are headed to your own boat, part of a sailing club, or have a generous friend who allows you to tag along there are general stress factors that contribute to your planning process.

Our first boat was a Catalina 27. She was beautiful but as they say “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  Our first sailboat had a 4HP outboard that was moody. To this day, I cannot tell you what the problem was, I just know that it had a personality of its own.  I would feel the anxiety build up as I drove up to the marina. My personal yacht floating in the slip looked majestic but then I would spot that outboard. 

“Would she start today?”

“Would she start as we made our way back in?”

“What could possibly go wrong?”

My family understood that issues with a boat were part of boat ownership and that the pleasure far outweighed the pain.

We eventually upgraded but even now regardless of what boat we may be sailing, our own personal boat or a charter vessel we are always aware that issues may arise. It’s less stress these days but there will always be a lingering concern. 

We recently asked our members about the stress that they encounter when heading out for a daysail. Their responses are noted down below and they are warranted. What engages your worry reflex when heading out on a daysail?

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  • Comment submitted by Mark Baker - Wed, Apr 21st

    Murphy's Law is the first rule of boating... Always have a Plan B...

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