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I moved out of my 2 room after they raised the rent and onto my boat taking an 80% reduction in expenses. No more dirtdwelling for me. Even if I have to go on unemployment, I'm still making money! When my friends bitch and moan about life's costs, I just smile.

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Don't you Yanks get to play the "mortgage interest deductibility' scam on boats as well as your 2nd and 3rd homes / cottage / ski chalets?


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There is nothing more exhausting than dealing with wealthy people who, for some reason or another, Think that they are not wealthy.
It's amazing what never gets done, not because of lack of funds, but because, people have so much, that they gety confused and think that they dont have much.
It's also amazing what cann get done when someone excepts that they have no money, and simply find another way of accomplishing their goals.

The biggest divide in north american society, is most certainly class.
It is also one of the most confused.
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There is nothing more exhausting than dealing with wealthy people who, for some reason or another, Think that they are not wealthy.
It's amazing what never gets done, not because of lack of funds, but because, people have so much, that they gety confused and think that they dont have much.
It's also amazing what cann get done when someone excepts that they have no money, and simply find another way of accomplishing their goals.

The biggest divide in north american society, is most certainly class.
It is also one of the most confused.
I've pretty much had the opposite experience with rich folks and boats. Any problem can be dealt with, in their mind, by just throwing money at it. When I needed to replace one plastic filter bowl for a Racor 1000FH, the owner sent me three (3) complete units! Duty was astronomical in the T&C and we had nowhere to stow those huge things.
One owner insisted that nothing should go wrong when he was aboard, even if I had to replace the engine every time, before he came aboard. A small fray in the genoa; order a new one! Another owner saw a vessel with black dock lines and "suggested" that they would look nice on his boat, a week or so after having purchased new ones.
It was much better before the tax law reforms of the late 80's, but still, quite often, when I needed some part, I received a complete new, replacement unit, from corporate, instead, at many times the cost. I probably could have made a much better living splitting the money I could have saved some of my owners, by handling the vessel expenditures, than I made as captain of their yachts.

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Saying you have to be rich to sail, is like saying you have to be rich to own a car.

You have to be rich to own a brand new Ferrari, but you don't have to be rich to own a fifteen year old Chevrolet Impala.

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MOST people with boats are rich to a degree. Even most of the $500/mo people.

Just get over it

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The common stereotype is that people who sail are rich..
I have co-workers who "boat" they all have expensive and semi-expensive powerboats that are larger than my little SS23... yet they look at me like I must spend a lot of money to go sailing.

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I have co-workers who "boat" they all have expensive and semi-expensive powerboats that are larger than my little SS23... yet they look at me like I must spend a lot of money to go sailing.

Compare fuel costs. That might get them thinking otherwise.
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I have co-workers who "boat" they all have expensive and semi-expensive powerboats that are larger than my little SS23... yet they look at me like I must spend a lot of money to go sailing.
So true. I can burn more fuel in a weekend in my center console, than I burned in diesel bringing my sailboat back from the Bahamas.

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Collecting the perfectly good cast offs from other vessels and leaving them at the boaters exchange has kept me in beer money. Caveat emptor works from both directions.
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