Simply Messing About in Boats

By: American Sailing Association, Sailboats, Standards

There’s something about the Fourth of July weekend that invites us to abandon our big boats and splash around in little ones. Maybe because by the Fourth of July, it’s so hot most places that you want to be able to capsize on purpose. Or because you can pull small boats up on a beach and have a beer and a picnic without having to “keep a lookout.” For me, little boats have an element of nostalgia: They were always floating around at cabins and beaches, where my family congregated for the Fourth. People often “progress” to larger sailboats as …