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This sailing others peoples boats thing is looking like work

Sat AM I drive to Mystic where I audit the first day of an ASA 101 course seeing if I can impress the owner enough to give me a job.

In the afternoon I drive to Westbrook where I skipper for a special needs sailing group.

This AM my wife and I drive to Haverstraw NY and jump on an Aloha 34 and do some sailing and docking practice in the mighty Hudson in 20 to 25 knots of apparent.

Now I'm pooped. At least I can go to work tomorrow and rest up.

I was thinking I might like to do this for retirement.
Now I'm thinking it might be a lot less tiring to just keep working.
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Re: This sailing others peoples boats thing is looking like work

I was down in Haverstraw yesterday. I was very surprised how strong the wind was, it was really blowing and kicking up the water. i was not on a boat though, down for other business.
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Re: This sailing others peoples boats thing is looking like work

You are a better man than I david.
I blew off sailing today on the Hudson because it would have been just SWMBO and me. Too much work for the skipper IMHO.
Keep your day job.
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Re: This sailing others peoples boats thing is looking like work

Maybe you just need your own boat, there's nothing more relaxing for a 60+ year old person than climbing into a lazarette that's about half your size and working on a steering quadrant. You will be so caught up in the tranquility of the moment that you want even realze that the explecitives that you are using are being resonated like a bullhorn while you are screaming at the top of your lungs. You just can't experience the full pleasure of boating on other peoples boats; it 's too much like work!
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Re: This sailing others peoples boats thing is looking like work

Well I can think of 10 different boats I've sailed on this season so far.
Some of these skippers let me sail their boat more than twice.

I'm pretty sure if I had my own boat I would be "stuck" sailing just one most of the time.

It is getting to be drag never being able to remember if this boat is the one with the head that works and the reefing that doesn't work or the one with the engine that shuts off at odd times but the roller furling works great.
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Re: This sailing others peoples boats thing is looking like work

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You are a better man than I david.
I blew off sailing today on the Hudson because it would have been just SWMBO and me. Too much work for the skipper IMHO.
Keep your day job.
The guy and his wife seemed pretty fearless so I didn't feel like I could wimp out.

We put in a reef, which he had never done on this boat, so we had to figure it out in 17 kn+. We didn't use the jib much because with the gusts the boat would blow over.

The aloha 34 is very heavy boat though so it was a lot more manageable than I expected.

I was asked to be a co-caption but when I got there I found out that the guy could not handle the shifter and throttle in the right order.

Did not know how to tack or jibe or know what the topping lift was for or the out-haul, reefing etc pretty much no sailing understanding at all.

They were fun to hang out with and he and his wife were completely fearless.
So I have no doubt they will get it eventually.
I am so cautious so it boggles my mind how people just buy a boat and go sailing and know practically nothing. It never ceases to amaze me.

So we spent about a half hour doing back and fill circles with the motor and about three hours doing jibes.
The wind was perfect to let someone know if they did a jibe wrong.

We only were able to get enough upwind speed to do a tack a couple times with just the reefed main up so we concentrated on the jibe.

It took me a while to figure out the topping lift as it was a new system to me. They had the topping lift line run internal in the mast and exit a mast slit about six feet high. I missed it at first as it was so high. At the top of the slit was a smaller slit. The topping lift line had two knots in it. A knot would get caught in the narrow slit and prevent the line from running. You adjusted the topping lift my adjusting which know was caught.
Seemed a little sketchy to me but it sort of worked.
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Re: This sailing others peoples boats thing is looking like work

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Well I can think of 10 different boats I've sailed on this season so far.
Some of these skippers let me sail their boat more than twice.
Excuse the sorry attempt at facetiousness, I actually envy your situation and think that you definantly have the right approach for the most pleasure with the least amount of work. Seems to me that it does take a special type of personality that I am sorely lacking to pull off but I can appreciate those that do. As to your origianl quote I would say that the only time I find sailing to be "work" is crewing on other peoples boats especially on deliveries. On another note, I met a couple of guys on a delivery that sailed out of somewhere on the Hudson, I think it was Poughkeepsi. I lost the contact info for them and my old-timers CRS leaves me simply guessing at one of their names; George I think, but I remember that he worked for the phone co and had a Catalina 30, the other guy was a retired cop and had a Pearson either 323 or 365. If anyone reading this post happens to know the Guys I am referring to please send me a PM. I would like to get in touch again.
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Re: This sailing others peoples boats thing is looking like work

At one point in my life, I wondered. So you spend your life working so you can sail. What if you started early in life and worked on other people's boats. Sailing as work, rather than working to sail.

Since then I've gotten to know the captains of some relatively big sail boats. I remember one captain telling me that he really likes the owner, really dislikes the owner's wife, hates the owner's girl friend, and thinks his kids are brats.

That's when I decided my decision wasn't so bad.
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Re: This sailing others peoples boats thing is looking like work

I've found that once I start doing anything for a living, it takes the life out of it. Once anything becomes a chore and you're no longer learning much every day, it just becomes passe'. Sailing is something I hope does not turn into a chore. We often think, "Wouldn't it be great to do that every day for a living," only to discover later that doing it for a living is not all that great.
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Re: This sailing others peoples boats thing is looking like work

I blew off sailing in 25kts in order to hang upside down over the knife edge of my engine hatch and install a bilge pump because my old one had given up the ghost and I had a minor flood on my hands.
Unfortunately the minor flood picked up the last couple of 'oops' the 'professional mechanic' the previous owner hired left behind while changing oil. I think I also found a jelly fish in the bilge but have no idea how it got there.

I pulled out at least 15 feet of various bits and strands of wire, some with butt connectors every 6 inches as previous owners apparently just added the new wire in.

When I was done I was too sore, twisted and frustrated to even consider installing the new over the companionway board I'd spent the previous day cutting out and shaping.

Yeah, retiring to live on the boat is going to be so restful.
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