Could you tell a little bit more about boating? Is it hard to get the license and rent a boat?
Asked by Rūta Simanaitytė
My experience in getting boating license is limited to Lithuania, however, I believe the process is similar as there are international requirements which are pretty much the same. To get a skipper’s license for recreational vessels I took a month course with daily lectures as well as practical lessons based on weather availability. They teach you only in a perfect weather, but we went out to the open sea on the very first lesson!
The theory part can be tricky as they're a lot of things to remember which don’t have a perfect logic to them, so you need to just remember it to pass the exam. Good tip is to take the exam as soon as you can once you finish the course, as you will starting forgetting things rapidly.
This license gives you an international permission to boat in any inland waters, sea and ocean with no engine power limit. The only limit is the length of a vessel and that is is 24 meters.
Renting a boat without a captain in Lithuania is very hard, however Mediterranean sea countries provide a way more established boating infrastructure with a very wide choice.
Let's start with a simple yet very common question: what's the difference between motorboats and sailboats. Yes, it's in the name, but there's more to that.
A motorboat is an ultimate Bay and ocean boat and is great transport for bays or short fishing trips into the wide-open water. Whenever you get the urge, you can hop in, turn the key, and go wherever your heart desires.
A sailboat is the perfect boat for people who want to connect to the water and weather on a primal level and understand how to navigate the world on their own power. If you want to live the ultimate boating adventure and explore the world by boat, then a sailboat is the boat you want.
As wind power is the main source of energy in a sailboat, running cost is very low, however you will have to compensate that with your hard work while on board. It takes much effort and mastery to win over nature to your side (no auto-pilot too;)). The motorboats are easier to navigate and control, however those powerful engines are very thirsty for fuel. Yes, some can burn 200 liters per 1 hour very easily. The Engine noise at cruising speed can be a factor too, however once you start hitting those waves so fast that not a single sailboat can catch up, then you forget this quickly.
Leaving the energy source aside, sailboats provide less space inside as they can only become longer, not wider. Thus, the comfort for passengers or crew is minimized and the draft of a sailboat is much deeper, requiring you to stay further from shore and avoid shallow water. While motorboats are well suited for a very comfortable journey providing opportunities to showcase your boat attire, champagne fridge and sun tanning skills.
Which experience do you prefer and why?
"Practice makes perfect."
Sounds more like a curse.
In this day and age everything moves a million miles an hour and perfectionism can be a hinderance.
Don't strive for perfection, you need to do, just do. Figure it out as you go. You will fail, hit speedbumps, be challeneged but you will ultimately succeed and overcome those challenges.
Don't strive for perfect, strive to do, to create, to be proud.
You will hone your craft but it takes time.
Patience is tenacity.
Recently I watched the documentary I recommend watching to all current or new c2c marketplace founders. It is called 'The Third Industrial Revolution.'
Well, the word 'revolution' sounds like something far away from our current lives, however, the author Jeremy Rifkin in simple language explains what triggered industrial revolutions in the past, and how the recent technological advancements are pushing us to a new, unprecedented, revolution.
In essence, Rifkin says that two main factors trigger a massive change in all industries: (i) the new source of energy and (ii) the new communication technologies. Revolution is triggered once (i) and (ii) merge.
The (i) discovery of coal and (ii) invention of the printing device triggered the first industrial revolution. Coal was a source of cheap energy (heat). It was the main fuel for the invented steam engine, which was put on wheels and in boats. It created the logistics never seen before in the history – massive rail and ship networks. Transportation became cheap and accessible. Printing devices allowed information to be replicated and copied cheaply on a scale – something never seen in history before.
The (i) discovery of oil and (ii) invention of the phone triggered the second industrial revolution. Oil was a new, much cheaper energy. It was the main fuel for the internal combustion engine. It was put into cars and allowed the creation of a new kind of logistics – personal, cheap, and agile. The phone allowed people on two different locations to communicate in real-time - something was never seen in history before.
I love Rifkin's view on the economy from a thermodynamics point of view. The amount of energy in the closed system is constant, and energy only changes forms. He argues that oil, gas & coal fuel the majority of our current economy. These fossil fuels are the primary sources of electricity production. Oil is the primary source of energy for logistics. The more injection of fossil fuels to the economy leads to more GDP.
Well, the oil extraction per day peaked in the '80s, and oil price peaked in 2006, which was a massive shock to the whole economy (will not elaborate in this post).
What is happening today? We see an emerging new source of energy - renewables, which Rifkin argues, at scale, will become the much cheaper and primary source energy. Emerging new communication technologies like 5G will allow unprecedented connectivity among not only humans but things (known as the Internet of Things, IoT). Cheap, clean energy merged with IoT will be the foundation for new, fully autonomous networks of logistics.
This 21st-century smart digital infrastructure is giving rise to a radical new sharing economy that is transforming the way we manage, power, and move economic life. It is where massive opportunities lie for future c2c networks.
I genuinely believe Qoorio is one of them.
Watch the film here: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bj5zaq/watch-vices-new-documentary-the-third-industrial-revolution-a-radical-new-sharing-economy
Read the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Third-Industrial-Revolution-Lateral-Transforming/dp/0230341977
NB. It is one of those rare cases when I found the movie better than the book. The book has too many political stories and other things which I account as sales pitches for Rifkin's consulting firm's services, IMO.
Rifkin itself is an impressive person. According to The "European Energy Review," "Perhaps no other author or thinker has had more influence on the EU's ambitious climate and energy policy than the famous American' visionary' Jeremy Rifkin. The Huffington Post reported from Beijing in October 2015 that "Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has not only read Jeremy Rifkin's book, The Third Industrial Revolution, but taken it to heart," he and his colleagues have incorporated ideas from this book into the core of the country's thirteenth Five-Year Plan.
According to EurActiv, "Jeremy Rifkin is an American economist and author whose best-selling Third Industrial Revolution arguably provided the blueprint for Germany's transition to a low-carbon economy, and China's strategic acceptance of climate policy."
Credit goes to Justinas Mačiulis for the film's recommendation.