Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: British Columbia
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Re: Don't have to be rich to sail
I rigged a 100 amp auto wreckers $35 alternator for Welding. Since then .I have built everything from self steering, to wood stoves, to anchor winches, from scratch, in my cockpit, while at anchor. Easy skill to learn.
I could waste a lot of cruising time making my paint job a mirror finish , so you could see your face in it from across the harbour.For who's benefit? Certainly not mine!
I could polish my stainless until it looked mass manufactured and freshly electro polished. For who's benefit? Certainly not mine.
The marina queen crowd try to jealously sabotage your freedom, by imposing their judgements, based on their priorities, on you. Having done so little time in the real world , they have no comprehension of practical and functional. Cosmetics and stylishness is all they have to judge a boat and it's gear by. They simply don't have the hands on cruising experience to understand the concept of "function" on a boat. Cruising on a low budget means not being suckered into their "trendiness and yachtieness" priorities .That is what makes boating so expensive for them and their victims. That is why they so rarely leave their marinas. Follow their priorities, and you too can spend horrendous amounts of money, as a slave to other people's priorities, and never leave the marina.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"