Since decades traditional sailing ships in the developing world are in decline. If nothing is done they will disappear. Some argue that joining the last working sailors on remote places will hasten this decline. If you sail with a local fisherman he might be tempted to give up his traditional way of life and shift over to tourism.

Opponents of that point of view argue that this old way of life is disappearing anyhow. Without action and pragmatism these boats will simply vanish. However, if the fisherman is given the opportunity to earn an income by using his boat in old ├ánd new ways, his boat will remains a future source of income for him and his children.

Indigenous Sails firmly believes that responsible tourism and local awareness can play a role in preserving maritime traditions.