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Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

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Now there is something I never would have probably learned. Even the chance of walking by the outside of a Yacht Club and reading a menu outside would be a reach on my budget. I'm pretty sure that in some long lost language that Yacht Club means "to suck money out well dressed boaters pockets" and was developed as a high end choice for those that would normally go to a pub.

Well, you just need to get out a bit more. A far better burger is available a the Phucket Cruising Yacht Club with fries for 4 bucks. Cruising yachties from all over the globe seem to manage at least one and a few $1.45 Singha Beers.

The owners wife threw a B day party 2 nights ago with free food for all. Talk about a good time. Still recovering from the fun and fellowship with sailiors from all over the world on all types of budgets. The smallest boat and the guy with the biggest heart and the most friends and the loveliest gal was on a vancouver 27.

Make sure you explore the little, tiny yacht clubs catering to the cruisers who ply the worlds water, you'll never ever meet a more generous and sincere group of folks.
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.....in some long lost language that Yacht Club means "to suck money out well dressed boaters pockets"......
I heard it meant, place to get drunk where no one you will pick on you for having become successful.

I don't belong to one, but I often feel I need to be apologetic that I'm the first in my family to graduate from college, worked hard and can afford a few nice things now. My year end bonus had a full 50% deducted for taxes, but I'm told I don't pay enough. I totally get why private clubs exist.
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I heard it meant, place to get drunk where no one you will pick on you for having become successful.

I don't belong to one, but I often feel I need to be apologetic that I'm the first in my family to graduate from college, worked hard and can afford a few nice things now. My year end bonus had a full 50% deducted for taxes, but I'm told I don't pay enough. I totally get why private clubs exist.
I understand and get the same feeling on some of the other threads. But I've never been to a Yacht Club in my 6 years of sailing (I've never even stayed in a slip) so can not really judge. My wife and I have decided that we are OK with being white trash with money and even though we used to go to fancy places 25 years ago when younger now prefer places like brew pubs.

I would think that doing Yacht Clubs would make it pretty challenging to cruise on $3000/mo for long.
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Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

Yacht Clubs and "gentlemen's clubs" used to provide valuable opportunities for the brasher youth of the gentry to learn about comportment, decorum, and noblesse oblige. Meaning, at the least, that it was considered unbecoming to bemoan the burdens of one's good fortune. Regrettably, American culture has been so broadened by the mass popular media, that too many young riches nouveau and ancienne are only distinguishable from the common lout by the scale of their coarseness, but not its character.
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Was a yacht club member for twenty years.
Cheap launch service.
Acted as buyers club so cheaper supplies and services like winter sticks done right and for a good price.
Got reciprocality when cruising.
Had a great sailing program.in fact produced some girls who won the Olympics .
Easy to pick up crew.
Fun to race against boats you knew.
Now have owners of sisterships for advice and companionship scattered all over and slip mates. Serve the same kind of functions.
Guess I'm a lout. Can't stand pretentiousness. Didn't see much at our pretty down to earth yacht club.
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Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

I know I'm not supposed to post here b/c I'm one of the unwashed masses, but I just wanted to say not all yacht clubs are created equal. I have belonged to two so far. No sailor whites and no $12 burgers. But you can use the club BBQ if you bring your own propane, and if you want your boat hauled and mast taken down, then you better pitch in and help your neighbour do the same, b/c that's the only way things get done, no matter how "successful" one is.

We have millionaires, we have people on social assistance, and we have plenty of folks in between. We work together, and we play together. Incredible, eh?
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Mike. +1 on your post. Had opportunity to join yacht club in town I was living in or town I work in. Snots v. Sailors. Many clubs are sailors and we are all equal before the sea.
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Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

I think of the "all members help or do volunteer work at the club" as Boat Clubs. Most (there are always exceptions) Yacht Clubs have full restaurants and facilities and Boat Clubs have a patio (with a tent over it at the nicer ones) with a gas grill that you can use and a couple of showers. Yacht Clubs have paid staff workers and Boat Clubs have members doing those things mostly

May come down to whether you think of your boat as a "yacht" or a "boat".

There is a place for both and I don't have anything against "yachties".
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....opportunities for the brasher youth of the gentry to learn about comportment, decorum, and noblesse oblige......
Good approach in the days of the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts, when their fortunes were made at the cost of human lives to build their oil wells and rail roads. Make no mistake that their noble oblige was as much a pay off.

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Re: $3000/mo cruising budget

I might put it another way: it don't take money to have class.
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