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FirstCnC, I think that's one of the "advantages" of having to haul out in the winter - you are forced to NOT sail for a while, and that allows you to get work done.

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For those of us who live board;
A house is just a poorly built boat that won't go anywhere.
If you don't like your new neighbors, you can move without selling the house.
When you do move, you don't have to pack and label one single cardboard box.
When it floods and the water rises in your front yard, you don't have to sand bag the doors.
It's so nice living in a home and not sharing it with bugs.
Rarely do folks stop by saying they were just taking a walk and found themselves outside your door.
Uninvited house guests are few and far between.
When the weather stinks, it's a good excuse to stay home.
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Everybody thinks your rich.


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Everybody thinks your rich.
Yeah, I'm not so sure that's a plus when you are cruising.

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Yeah, I'm not so sure that's a plus when you are cruising.
You must get that a lot on that nice HR.

My friends on a Swan always say it's a bene when booking into a yard.,..


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Re: The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about

A sailboat is a constant project for those of us who like projects.

It is a place to get a complete change of scene.

The planning of cruises is fun and challenging.

There is never a day sailing when you don't learn something new.

A sailboat sits upon a free medium connected to the rest of the world.

For those of us who are retired, sailing provides the satisfaction that comes with doing something challenging. It also convinces many friends that we are stark raving mad:-)
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Don't have to mow the lawn.
Don't have to rake the leaves.
Don't have to pay the property taxes.
Don't have the neighbor's dogs pooping on the lawn.
Don't have to ride behind slowpoke drivers in the passing lane.
I'm sure there's more.
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Re: The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about

When I bought my first boat to live aboard, I enjoyed telling everyone that I had just bought a boat with the intention to live on it.

I still remember when one guy replied, "C'mon admit it! You just bought the boat for the girls."

"Girls?!?!" I thought as my 22 year old brain struggled to comprehend that I may have just struck pay-dirt. "Boats attract Girls?? Sweeet!"

It was true.

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An extended cruise, or even a single vigorous day, makes you focus on where you are. You forget about what ever is wrong with the office, the home, and life in general, because you can't do anything about it now. You simply live, focusing on what is immediate, both good and bad.

I like the same thing about climbing. While in the midst of it you can't worry about some other thing. All of the petty problems are put in place, you sweat out the BS, and what remains is a good clean human. That's how it feels.

It isn't as simple as relaxing. That's a child's view of vacation. It is a separate world you go to. The mountains can be like that too.

(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")

"Well, I just climb up to them."

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