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The taste of beer, with your crew (even if you are solo) after a sunny and consistent breeze of a day


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Racing one of the slowest forms of transportation invented and winning by 5 seconds after a 3 hour race
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The best part of owning a sailboat: shutting the engine off, and continuing to move in silence.
Right? The first time I was on a real sailboat was 2009. I remember being baffled by "head to wind" and such. But then we cut the diesel and the boat kept moving? Perfect. Just perfect.

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Family interaction.

Bonding time between a father and daughter.

When my 13 yr. old daughter forgot her math books to our weekend together for a helpful math party (because her school work is suffering), she learned more about motivation to study than she thought she would when I made her drag out 75m of 5/16 inch shortlink chain to count how many links there are in it so I could put depth markers on it. She had the task of using the kind of mathematics she was using in school, grams and fractions, tell me the count and weight of it, 1/2 of it, 1/4 of it if one link weighted 200grams. She did it grudgingly while other kids played in the hot sun by the water. I then told her that a sailboat is nothing but mathematics and there is a whole lot more of work to be done if she forgets her books or she doesn`t pick up her grades. She is now motivated.
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Right? The first time I was on a real sailboat was 2009. I remember being baffled by "head to wind" and such. But then we cut the diesel and the boat kept moving? Perfect. Just perfect.
This.

And, as many others have mentioned, the social aspects that weren't there when I was sailing my 18' day-boat off a mooring on a very small lake. I could get people to sail with me...

Now that I'm moving up to a 30' cruising boat on a mooring with access to the Atlantic, they want to sail with me.

I also love the mix of skills it takes to be an owner/skipper. I've always considered myself a 'jack of all trades' and this activity really showcases that.

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