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For years I lived on the west side of Madison, Wisconsin and kept my boat at a mooring field on the western short of Lake Mendota. I worked downtown Madison, just 3 blocks from the pier and breakwater at Tenney Park in Madison. During the summer I would sail to work in the morning and sail home in the evening. Sweet.
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There is such a deep satisfaction when I'm sailing (especially when I'm alone and my senses are super heightened), and I have everything dialed in, can even take my hands off the wheel and she steers herself, and I'm just filled with this feeling that I can't describe -- supreme happiness? bliss? Maybe if I were religious, I could describe it in rapturous terms, but it never fails to overwhelm me in the moment, and I just grin and go with it. Many questioned my sanity about buying a boat and there were moments of doubt myself. I've been lucky to have done many things right in my life, but nothing was more righteous than my own boat.
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What pleasant upsides have you found about having your sailboat?

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Wait until you discover how to do the Naked Lightning dance. Pure joy.
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1. The boat and learning to sail it has been a great, rewarding challenge.
2. Sailing on my own boat has been much more fun than on others. In fact, it is so much fun that I am finding that I lack the discipline to work on it, I just want to sail it every time I go down to the marina.
3. The boat provokes thought- from learning how to fix things, to planning trips and long-term upgrades, wondering about its history, and dreaming of how far it will someday take me from this hectic, chaotic land life.
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Its much quieter than a Motor boat !
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I find that I really like planning new projects for the boat. Actually getting them done is icing on the cake (sometimes I am forced to eat my cake without icing).

SailingJackson - I miss having my boat at Marshall park. Was 5 min drive to the boat. Now it is in Milwaukee. We would get food at Imperial Garden and take it out to the boat to eat.

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The Silence of moving with out the humm of an engine
the ability to be truly unreachable for extended periods of time.

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* The remarkable sound the hull makes through the water at 6 knots, has an almost therapeutic effect.
* The unmistakeable feel of the boat when your just perfectly set trim, and the boat "clicks" into a groove, its a satisfaction you cannot get easily from other hobbies.
* People are no longer questioning your sanity, they are now sure you have none.
* The response of "I'm busy sailing" for some reason seems like a perfectly acceptable response for some people. And "I'm sorry I have a race, I can't let my crew down."
* The required attention to detail in both sailing, and repairing the boat, somehow in a very welcomed fashion, pulls away all focus from other stresses/worries in life.

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23. Getting to take apart the head when it gets plugged - but I digress.
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