Dr. Dentworth declined to reveal full details of the study plan, but he indicated that each cruise can be broken down into percentages. He said the study would try to establish the amount of time amateur sailors spend on a cruise while experiencing:
The study will also explore the percentage of time voyaging sailors spend in:
Waiting for weather to improve
Cursing the engine
Waiting for engine spares
Trying to clear Customs and Immigration
Searching for fuel
Filtering water and sludge from fuel
Searching for fresh produce
Searching for someone who speaks English
Searching for a mechanic
Searching for a mechanic who speaks English
Repairing the refrigerator
Patching the inflatable, and
Arguing about where to go next
‘We hope the statistics will enable us to discover why people go cruising in the first place,’ Dr. Dentworth added. ‘It’s not an entirely reasonable thing to do, on the face of it. The motives are obscure. There are easier, cheaper, and less irritating ways to go around the world — but it’s possible that long-distance cruising appeals to people with regressive genes.’
I’d rather go by bus.— Price Charles, aged six, when asked if he was excited about sailing to Tobruk on the royal yacht.
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