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Old 07-27-2013
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Re: Boat Size

For some reason there are some questions and discussions which bounce around in my mind like a BB in a box car, and while I was out sailing today, this has been one of them. As I began to think about this question, I initially thought, "gee, this is kind of a how long is a piece of string?' kind of a question.", because any reply that you receive will not likely be the correct answer for your situation. After all we all have our own tolerance for how spartan or plush our world needs to be, our own sense of privacy, our own routines, our own tastes and our own budgets. The answers that you receive are more likely to tell you more about the responder than about what is right for you.

But as I thought about that thought relative to my earlier comments, I thought that sounds perhaps discouraging and perhaps dismissive, when in fact I think its a neat thing that you are trying to do. I tend to romanticize my memories of living as a family on our boat. I remember it as a time when I was close with my parents, learning and sharing. There was a sense of shared responsibility. My brother and I were responsible for strpping our beds, folding our clothes and bed linens, putting on and removing sail covers, hanking on the jib. When we got older, we were each assigned a side of the boat to keep the teak oiled and the chrome polished and waxed. When one side began to look better than the other, Dad had us switch sides.

The close relation that I built with my Dad working on the boats and sailing together has held for the 50 plus years since. The ability 'to do things' was learned at his side. My Mom passed a decade ago, but the shared sense of adventures carried through our relationship as well.

So examine your self. Ask what you need to be comfortable. With a small boat every thing needs to be carefully marshalled. Can you get by with rationing electricity, and water, washing in salt water and only rinsing in fresh, doing spit showers, and cooking on two burners. It can be done, but its not right for everyone if you see what I mean.

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