John (jwnall) said: "Personally, I believe that a good background in sailing, and all the hard lessons learned there, make for a more rounded boater."
As a former (and still sometime) sailing yachtsman, I agree wholeheartedly. So does the U.S. Coast Guard and many foreign navies that maintain sail training ships like our USCG barque, the Eagle.
Note that Mark's helm station aboard the Coot features an overhead mounted fan. That's to create the virtual effect of feeling the wind on his face. Only trouble is, he always thinks to himself, "Drat! The wind is dead on the bow, again!"