Airport body scans and pat downs have spiked the
debate about how far we should let government
intrude on our personal and private spaces.
Are these procedures really necessary? I don't
know. If they stop a terrorist then I suppose we
can say that the procedures did what they were
supposed to do.
But we don't have to like them. In fact, the
airport hullabaloo and other worrisome
developments in the world have given me that "Stop
the world I want to get off" feeling. And when I
get that feeling, I know just what to do. Get on
Plop, plop. Oh what a relief it is.
Chartering boats is my business but after all
these years (26 going on more) of being in the biz
it still feels great to be on a boat, even when
I'm not going anywhere. Fortunately, Vic and I
share a passion for cruising. So, start the
engine. Untie the lines. Goodbye world, for now.
In an imperfect world with an increasing lack of
personal freedoms, water draws an exemption. Water
is the wild blue yonder, the great escape, the
Of course, boating has rules and regulations, too.
But it doesn't feel that way. This is a world
where you rarely see a law enforcement officer yet
everybody pretty much obeys the laws anyway. On
the water the feeling is that we are in charge,
not Janet Napolitano.
At the airport if the attendant says "Have a nice
flight" it sounds too automatic. When our friends
in the next slip say "Have a nice cruise" we know
they mean it. We don't have to file a float plan
with the government but generally we do leave one
with marina friends … just in case.
I know, I know. We can't completely escape this
crazy world on a boat but boaters know that it
comes pretty close. Just sitting on the boat
rocking gently in its slip or at anchor is like
being in a different world. Scenery is different.
Sounds are different. The marine radio doesn't
broadcast the news of the day.
I also get a thrill helping charterers plan their
boating vacations on the water and another thrill
hearing their excited stories when they return.
The new airport screening procedures are sure to
generate transportation winners and losers.
Airlines will be losers, I suspect. Auto travel
will be a winner.
In my world boating is always a winner. You don't
have to buy a boat to be a boater, you know.
Increasingly families are passing up boat
ownership in favor of boat chartering.
Chartering yachts is what we do. Airline travelers
who have had it with security procedures will be
glad to know we don't have any metal detectors or
full body scanners and nobody will pat you down.
We don't charge extra for luggage, either.