Small boats are easier to take care of than large boats
and small boats can be constructed very seaworthy.
A newspaperman once sailed across the Atlantic
in a fourteen-foot sloop without too many problems.
But there’s very little storage space on a small boat
and there isn’t a lot of space for moving around.
The newspaperman on the fourteen-foot Tinkerbelle
spent almost three months sailing across the Atlantic.
Provisions took up so much space he could barely move.
Just a few days in and throughout much of the voyage
he suffered through intense prolonged hallucinations.
Small boats are coastal creatures so you can buy supplies
and stretch your legs and look at more than the horizon.
You want to go away. You don’t want to go insane.
United States. Canada. Greenland. Iceland. Norway.
There are coastlines all the way across the Atlantic.
I know a guy sailed a fourteen-foot boat straight across.
I don’t know if anyone ever coast-hopped across.
Small boats are coastal creatures. But the coast can be big.