Would you get bored of cruising? - SailNet Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 41 Old 02-18-2009 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 133
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
Would you get bored of cruising?

Hi all,

I am just curious what people think on this topic. I hear one of the biggest disappointments of people that retire is their expectations are not met. They think 'I am going to golf every day' (or tennis or whatever their passion is). So they retire, golf every day and about 3 months later are truly saturated with golf and are getting bored.

So, what say you all on cruising? You retire and think 'I am going to sail around the world' and 'I am going to snorkel every day' and 'I am going to enter into the xyz regatta' and 'I am going to catch fresh fish for dinner every night'. Whatever it is you put together as your itinerary, the reality would seem to be you are on a boat, you can travel and see new places, you have limited space/amenities (compared to a dry land home). Do you think you would find yourself getting bored?

Don't get me wrong, I am sure snorkelling in the Bahamas is wonderful and a round of golf at Tobago is very nice. But after a while, you are likely to be in a routine much like the golfer no? Sail to xyz, dock/anchor, get food, look around the locale, meet some people, go for some dinners, do some snorkeling, do some eating out, do some eating in, do some onshore activities and then....move on.

I realize there is a lot more you CAN do (much like for the golfer guy on land) but of course many people in the world lack a heck of a lot of imagination. So, do YOU think you would get bored - when you give it a serious thought, not just your gut reaction as you stare bored out of your office window.

Thoughts? Comments?

Regards!
yellowwducky is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 41 Old 02-18-2009
Aeolus II
 
mccary's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Posts: 670
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 14
 
I am not retired, yet. But I am getting close. My wife will retire at the end of this school year so this is a topic near and dear to me. First, let me say, I don't plan to "go cruising" instead, sailing will be part of my life's experiences. I enjoy a nice week on the boat; I see/sail different areas and enjoy it all, but I also enjoy going home. I am a commercial photographer and I enjoy my work, it is rarely the same each day and while sometimes I do the same projects year after year they are very different. So, for me, I enjoy a varied life full of mixed experiences with sailing an important part of that life. I have no desire to sail off into the sunset. But I do respect those who do plan such a life. To each his own.

Joe McCary,
Sailing on The Central Chesapeake Bay, West River, MD on my Catalina 27, Aelous II with my wife and friends.
Sailing Blog:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
mccary is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 41 Old 02-18-2009
moderate?
 
camaraderie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: East Coast
Posts: 13,877
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 16
     
I got bored...but it took six years. Best six years of my life! Nothing has to be forever to be worth doing!!

No longer posting. Reach me by PM!
camaraderie is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 41 Old 02-18-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: sw florida
Posts: 196
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 8
 
If you had to ask that question then it's probably not for you. I have been doing this for over 15 years and still get excited . It's not the destination, it's the journey.
funsailthekeys is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 41 Old 02-19-2009
Senior Member
 
Omatako's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Auckland New Zealand
Posts: 2,560
Thanks: 1
Thanked 33 Times in 30 Posts
Rep Power: 12
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by yellowwducky View Post
Sail to xyz, dock/anchor, get food, look around the locale, meet some people, go for some dinners, do some snorkeling, do some eating out, do some eating in, do some onshore activities and then....move on.
This sounds a little like the routine of life, just the topics differ. As Cam said, nothing is forever. I guess even astronauts in the space station get bored. Life will give you the variety you ask of it. If settling into a dull routine is a part of your character, you will develop that routine whether you're working, golfing, cruising. . . .

I once met a couple who were nearly done with a circumnavigation and when asked what the lady thought of the South Pacific, she said " Just a string of rocks and palm trees". When we asked her husband? "Paradise". Same place, different attitudes.

When people ask me how long I intend cruising for I always say: For as long as it takes. When I've had enough I'll know.

But I've never been bored in the cruising I've done to date.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

__________________

"Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."

Arthur C. Clarke
Omatako is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 41 Old 02-19-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Boerne, Tx
Posts: 159
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 9
 
The most common comment made by retirees (including me) is "Where did I ever find time to work?"
dongreerps is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 41 Old 02-19-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Milton, DE
Posts: 592
Thanks: 2
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 10
 
When I retired 8 years ago it was fly fishing and upland bird hunting which I did all my life, then added to that was salt water fishing. That did not last long.
Then it was sailing.
Guess what?
I got bored and felt useless. I got a job where I really have to think. I love it. Hope to work all my remaining days.
Dick
Flybyknight is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 41 Old 02-19-2009
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: wherever
Posts: 5,283
Thanks: 8
Thanked 17 Times in 16 Posts
Rep Power: 12
     
Funny, I shoot for Discovery & History...and I'm bored with it! Anything can get routine. But it took 25 years to get to that. I expect I'll need at least as much time as Cam took to get bored with cruising. I plan on cruising till I can't. Then?
xort is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 41 Old 02-19-2009
Wandering Aimlessly
 
PBzeer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Cruising
Posts: 21,238
Thanks: 0
Thanked 94 Times in 91 Posts
Rep Power: 15
     
Boredom is a self-affliction.

John
Ontario 32 - Aria

Free, is the heart, that lives not, in fear.
Full, is the spirit, that thinks not, of falling.
True, is the soul, that hesitates not, to give.
Alive, is the one, that believes, in love.
JCP


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
- Website & Blog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
PBzeer is online now  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #10 of 41 Old 02-19-2009 Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 133
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 7
 
Heh, yea, the saying I have heard is 'if you are bored, it is because your are boring'.

I don't think I would have any troubles at all with it on a very long term basis. It is interesting though when you mention to others 'oh, yea, I am thinking of retiring early and going around the year on a boat'. So far, the responses have ranged from 'the pirates will kill you' or 'the ocean will kill you' or 'you will get bored after a while'.

Well I am not worried about pirates or the ocean - a healthy respect for the situation at hand and some forethought should sort that out. But its interesting to hear the people who think it would be boring. I don't really get that one myself. I mean, my job IS boring - this is a FACT. In my free time though, I am never bored and only wish for more free time. Well heck, cruising would give a lot of that.

Thats why I asked the question, just to see what others thought.
yellowwducky is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Retirement Cruising Budgets Randy Harman Cruising Articles 0 05-12-2004 08:00 PM
Calculating the Cost of Cruising Paul & Sheryl Shard Cruising Articles 0 04-03-2003 07:00 PM
Calculating the Cost of Cruising Paul & Sheryl Shard Her Sailnet Articles 0 04-03-2003 07:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome