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Old 03-10-2012
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Why do we do this?

Had the chance to meet Sailnetter Melrna in Miami earlier this week and enjoy her wonderful hospitality. She's just as bold/feisty/crazy IRL as she is online, by the way. As the evening wore on (and the rum went down) we talked as boaters often do, about big winds, anchor dragging, systems and equipment, etc etc. Melrna commented, "You know, living aboard is hard, and can be uncomfortable. It's a lot of work. Why do we do this to ourselves?"

Good question.

My immediate reaction was - it's that one perfect sunrise over the ocean, that makes it all worthwhile. But then I started to wonder, cool as it is to watch the sky go from black to gray to pink and gold to blue, if that's enough of a tradeoff for mold and lack of space and seasickness and constant vigilance? It must be ... SOMEthing must be ... but I discovered that after 10 years of living aboard, I can't really articulate what it is that makes it so incredibly worthwhile. So I'm throwing it out to all of you guys - what makes it worth it for you?
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Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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Adventure comes to my mind !
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Because I like it better than any other choice I have.
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Re: Why do we do this?

I have a need to see what's beyond the horizon!........Dale
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Re: Why do we do this?

It is not one thing and not the same for everyone. Lastly, there are some reasons you can articulate, but also many that are just innate feelings, the can't really be expressed in words.

And it is cool to meet other SN folks in real life.
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It's eveything from a high stakes exciting passage adventure to a serene peaceful anchorage with flat water and a sunset. There is something for everyone.

A sailboat as a home is also small enough that you can fully master and control it all. It is somehow comforting to know one can live without complete reliance on the electric, sewer and water umbilical cords that tie us to a grid on land.
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Re: Why do we do this?

There is something else too. Some energy on or from the water and the sky. Something subliminal, that we all can feel. After a day on the water your own inner energy just feels different. Cleaned out, smoothed out. You can also get it from wilderness mountain tops, or the desert or plains, but living, moving water seems to magnify it, whatever it is.
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The neighbours are nicer, and no grass to mow, flowerbeds to weed, shingles to replace, and fences to mend I can rip out and replace the head and holding tank on a boat in an afternoon, and install a fresh water tank and hose in another day, for less than $1500. Replacing a toilet and cast iron drain, and the galvanized plumbing in our dirt-home? Including permitting, labour, inspection and materials, call it four weeks and $5000.
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The neighbours are nicer, and no grass to mow, flowerbeds to weed, shingles to replace, and fences to mend I can rip out and replace the head and holding tank on a boat in an afternoon, and install a fresh water tank and hose in another day, for less than $1500. Replacing a toilet and cast iron drain, and the galvanized plumbing in our dirt-home? Including permitting, labour, inspection and materials, call it four weeks and $5000.
I agree with bl. It's the toilets.
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