How Long Have Humans Been Sailing?

Submitted by: LordJim 1 month ago in Science
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Male 2,345
It is not possible for me to believe that a creature capable of making tools, on seeing a body of water, would not try to make a boat.

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
- The Water Rat
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Male 9,621
semichisam01 My favourite childhood book.
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Male 2,345
LordJim I did not know about that book until I studied it in college, but the water rat is absolutely right. 
I have wasted so much time rowing boats, poling boats, repairing, bailing, disentangling from seaweed, covering for winter. A boat is like a cat in that it can be hard to tell who is serving whom. But just writing about it now, I want to be out on a lake or a bay, looking into a little cove that I just saw by a fluke.
Being in a boat means leaving the land and safety. It is a little like flying. I feel strongly that the first 'human' who floated out onto water on something buoyant just wanted to get out on the water.
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Male 46,093
I'd never thought of this before. Answers are nice but I love new questions more.
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Male 5,341
Did Neanderthals have boats? Pfft, I see plenty that have cars.
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