Our friend Wilson Fitt is one of the sharper knives in the drawer and also one of the better seamen I know. He has made some admirable voyages including a single-handed passage from Newfoundland to Scotland and a double-handed passage back to Halifax against the prevailing winds in April. (Wilson may be smart but he seems to have a strange and very rare disability that prevents him from reading calendars and pilot charts.)
Be that as it may, Wilson made these very tough passages, on the plank on frame sailboat that he built himself, look easy, with almost no gear failures and absolutely no drama.
In short, Wilson is worth listening to. Over dinner some time ago while we were discussing my in-progress Person Overboard Prevention Online Book he said something that really made me think.