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Old 03-23-2012
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Re: Sailing on a shoestring.

My wife and I do ok, but we are far from rich. I sailed off a trailer forever and it is just this season that we are upgrading to a bigger boat with a mooring for the summer and a yard for the winter.

The fees for registration, insurance, mooring and yard come to $220(US)/mo; I know that it isn't that much money, but it is essentially 'money out the window' as soon as the checks are written. It is as much as a car payment; I don't know how anyone does a boat mortgage AND all the annual fees.

I got into the new boat for cheap, but it wants a lot. It only needs afew things, however. A tiller comes to mind; I broke the old one trying to see how stiff the rudder was. (I'm quite the brute, apparently)

So, I do all of my own maintenance when I can and I buy used equipment whenever I can. And sailing is just about all I do. No ski passes, no trips, very few dinners out...

It's important to me, so I make it happen.
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Testing a mother's love since 1962
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