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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.
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Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

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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.
Damn, it must suck to go through life feeling so relentlessly persecuted by anyone, and everyone, who just might happen to own a boat that shines...
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No, the worst part is seeing others get suckered out of their cruising dreams, by being sold the line that it absolutely MUST shine, or they will die for sure.
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No, the worst part is seeing others get suckered out of their cruising dreams, by being sold the line that it absolutely MUST shine, or they will die for sure.
Well, here's a news flash for you:

Anyone who falls for such crap, was never going anywhere to begin with...

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Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

unfortunately a lot do...

just like those that are told thay they need the must have cruise gear or you will die

peruse craigslist for many of these GEAR sales youd be surprised how damn repetitve these gear sails are

never used drogue
never use parachute anchor, never used this blah blah blah blah

people get suckered into many things

including threads and forums! oh no!
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Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

I surely appreciate the spit and polish of meticulously maintained boats. There is beauty in ships that cannot be denied. Functionality is one thing, esthetics is another. I am not into that kind of tedious maintenance, never have been, but applaud the efforts of those who like shiny.
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Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

For the type of "cruising" a lot of people do, what is so great about that? Many people on the cruise circuit go to places that are pretty much the same. They get to their location, eat at a resturant, drink, fix boat stuff (or have someone fix it for them) and buy boat stuff, then figure out where they will go next and leave. Kind of like being on your own cruise ship except you gotta do the work. I have never been "cruising" proper but have sailed all around the world while being crew for the "cruiser" or on working boats. Some "cruisers" do get off the beaten track and do cool stuff but 99% don't.

For me, sailing is just fine.

BTW, if you want to buy a boat and don't have the money, take a look at the car you drive. I have never owned a new car and not too many years from retirement- probably will never buy a new car. New cars are probably the biggest waste of money today. Buy a simple used car and learn how to fix it. If you cannot fix most things on a car and are having problems raising funds for a sail boat, probably cannot afford to maintain a boat either.
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Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

Spit and polish when cruising that's what you do in between ports of call so you look shipshape when you enter a port
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Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

We lived on a 42 foot boat on a mooring in the Caribbean for 2 years. It cost us less per month to live there including boat repairs than it cost to live on land in the US in a tiny one bedroom apartment. I guess it's all relative. We have friends who dream of sailing away, and they ask us how we managed to make it happen. Some of these folks are better off financially than we are. We tell them to start by getting rid of stuff. Stuff keeps you tied to terra firma. We usually get a confused look in response. I think there are a large number of people who love to fantasize about sailing away, but that is really all they want it to be. For them it is more comfortable for sailing away to remain inaccessible and a fantasy. So they choose to believe that it has to cost a lot of money.
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Re: Don't have to be rich to sail

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Spit and polish when cruising that's what you do in between ports of call so you look shipshape when you enter a port
Either you sail with large crews (as in many, not big guys), or you've figured a way to get enough free time between ports for spit and polish. What is the secret, 'cause I've not found it yet.
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