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Old 09-23-2007
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We've lived aboard different boats for the last 15 or so years. And I'm sure during that time many of our neighbours have scratched their heads wondering why we weren't out sailing. The thing is we are either holed up in a marina working our touches off to top off our cruising kitty so we can get away sailing again, or we're in the middle of a refit with half of the boat disassembled. It's a common lament of many liveaboards. We try to look at the bright side and say that at times like this at least we are ON the water.

On the other hand, it is also true that after we've been offshore a bit, going out on the water for a few hours of tacking loses some of it's apeal. We sometimes feel that if we are going to go out sailing, then lets go for at least a couple of days so we can overnight. That may mean waiting a little until we get a few days off.

A couple of years ago we were crewing on a boat that sailed from the Red Sea to Turkey. We arrived at our final destination and pulled into our slip next to a beautiful 55 foot sailboat fully equiped with gleaming brightwork and spotless teak decks. When the owner stopped to chat with us he told us that they never left the dock. They flew in from Europe a few times a year and lived aboard. They were too afraid to go out sailing. We thought that was really sad.

Robyn
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