Reconciling Romance and Reality
There is no denying that Practical Sailor is a publication preoccupied with the material world. Our very existence depends on hulls, spars, sails, cordage, and all the other gear and gadgets that go into boats. One of the great ironies of my own fascination with boats and gear is that it is so far removed from the notions that first led me to landís end. Each sailor has his own reasons for going to sea, but I like to believe that thereís a common impulse behind that choice.