I thought I'd just add a little to the point of guys working the days away while their boat sits in a slip. I remember being a boy on my grandfather's boat after he retired. He told me of all the days he had been stuck in his shop in Brooklyn staring out at the water and imagining his boat pulling on its dock lines
. He said it was torture. Now I sit in my office nex to the Hudson River workingthe days away while my sailboat tugs at its dock lines
as it moves in the breeze. And I know what he meant.
We use our boat once or twice a week. Its a struggle to do that with all we have to take care of.
Its a shame that we make our work hours like farmers or millworkers 100 years ago. In at 8 am and out at 4 pm. Monday through Friday. What a life! I'm a professional, and I would love to find something that would let me work flexible hours. I'd work every rainy day, nights , early mornings, whatever. If only I could get out when the weather was good. I asked my boss one time about this and he said that if he let me do that, others would get jealous and then discipline in the office would go down. What a load of crap. Just need the right people, the right attitude. If we could pull 12 hour days with no OT and be more productive and happy I bet we'd all make more money and have those extra days to sail more. Until then,or until I retire, my boat will sit in the dock 5 days a week, waiting, waiting......and I'll stare out the window at the water and wish I was there.