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Re: A philosophical divide?
I am surprised that the question prompted this much discussion, since it was primarily a throwaway post in the spirit of the LABOUR day weekend.
It's great to see the responses, and Mark is right, in his typically abrasive dismissive fashion- to some of us it IS a ridiculous question, because our frame of reference doesn't accept the idea that maintenance could be a process to be enjoyed, because the paradigm is that one uses a boat as a cruising instrument, and maintenance is a grudging obligation necessary to get to the next destination, or we're day sailors who view an hour of maintenance as an hour that could be better spent sailing, or whatever your "maintenance is the debbil" mindset is.
But, i think there are a whole lot of sailors, especially small water seasonal sailors, who are one step removed from boatbuilders- they'll constantly tinker and tweak and fix and refit a GOB- sometimes the sailing ins entirely secondary- i think there is at least one or two folks in every marina who spend years working on a boat on the hard, get her in the water, and at the end of the season the for sale sign is up, and they are on to the next project. These are people who enjoy the process, as much as, maybe more than, the result, like model railroaders who spend years build an HO scale layout in their basements, always adding more trees, another house, one more little waving person, who rarely run a train on the track.
We all probably know one or two aspiring cruisers who pulled the trigger on buying a boat with the goal of spending a year outfitting her and refitting her, and five years later they are still finding one more project that needs to be completed, or one more system that should be reworked, or... they got addicted to the process, and, like most addictions it happens without anybody realizing it has happened until boom, as a refit addict said to me, one morning you wake up and realize you don't own a shirt or a pair of cargo shorts without, paint, stain, epoxy or caulking dribbles on them.
There are boat jobs I don't love, but when your boat is on the hard six months out of the year because the water gets too solid to float a hull, maintenance gets you through those long winter months when you CAN'T sail. it keeps one connected to one's boat, even if at a remove.
It's 5 o'clock somewhere:
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