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A philosophical divide?

I think there are two types of sailors: Those who reward maintenance with a sail and/or a destination, and those who perform maintenance so they can sail and/or to a destination.

How many of you enjoy the process as much as the result, and how many of you endure the process the get the result?

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Re: A philosophical divide?

I think the vast majority enjoy the process and don't make a distinction between getting ready and going. It is a continuum for most of us.

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How many of you enjoy the process as much as the result, and how many of you endure the process the get the result?
For me thats a ridiculous question. Like saying who has an auto and likes working on it? If my car is a junker I junk the f'ing thing and get a car that works.

The reason I have a boat is to travel and see places I could not otherwise afford. Its JUST a conveyance to get me from point A to point B and on-site cheap accomodation.

To my mind it is insane, absolutely nutters, to spend retirement years relishing a blocked sh!tter, or varnishing some bit of crap so you can do it again next year.

I maintain my boat because its the only way I can see the world.




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Sounds like the continuum to me! but what do I know? Ha!

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Re: A philosophical divide?

I want the boat to look nice and function well. Mind you, I didn't say everything needed to be perfect. There's a point where you reach diminishing returns, and you're better off getting away from the dock.
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Even if you're sailing a brand new boat you're doing work on it . And some people love it so much or because of economic necessity , they are willing to " relish a blocked ******* " Bright work is an annual chore . I defy anyone to say it isn't . To me it's all a part & parcel of the same process .
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For me thats a ridiculous question. Like saying who has an auto and likes working on it? If my car is a junker I junk the f'ing thing and get a car that works.

The reason I have a boat is to travel and see places I could otherwise afford it. Its JUST a conveyance to get me from point A to point B and on-site cheap accomodation.

To my mind it is insane, absolutely nutters, to spend retirement years relishing a blocked sh!tter, or varnishing some bit of crap so you can do it again next year.

I maintain my boat because its the only way I can see the world.




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I don't enjoy maintenance - but I'll do it to maintain my enjoyment of sailing.

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Even if you're sailing a brand new boat you're doing work on it . And some people love it so much or because of economic necessity , they are willing to " relish a blocked ******* " Bright work is an annual chore . I defy anyone to say it isn't . To me it's all a part & parcel of the same process .
Bright work isn't an annual chore on my boat! A former professional painter, my teak is natural. No time for that. I do clean it occasionally.

Not sure I enjoy all the work on the boat but I enjoy knowing it is done and done correctly. I need to know how stuff I rely on works.

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Re: A philosophical divide?

I think it helps to keep things in perspective. For example, I enjoy working on my boat at least ten times more than mowing my lawn.
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Re: A philosophical divide?

I keep my boaat in a constant state of readiness both for practical purposes and personal ppride. I sail multiple times monthly and read sailing daily, either through bowditch, sea explorers manual (thanks boy scouuts) or more recently patrick o'brian haha. I crew bi weekly and after xmas will be cruising for months until i find a job crewing as a deckhand or mate of some kind. Then ill do it everyday all aeound the world until I get my go anywhere boat or reach skipper status on anothers.
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