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The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about
When I was considering my sailboat purchase, so many people warned me away from getting a boat. "Boats eat money", "You won't use it as much as you think you will", and "The two best days are when you buy the boat and when you sell the boat". So I worried I might be making an irrational decision, but decided if I was going to have mid-life crisis a sailboat was far better than a BMW, a house, a baby, or a start-up (which seemed to be how most late 30-something crises were manifesting themselves around me).
Instead, I find that I highly underestimated the benefits of owning a sailboat. Here are the things that really surprised me:
1. A sailboat makes an excellent weekend vacation cottage, even if you don't leave the slip.
2. Other people find sailing and sailboats interesting and are always asking about your sailboat. If you are bad at small talk, a sailboat offers an endless source of conversational material.
3. Everything on a sailboat is more fun. Even cleaning a sailboat is way more fun than cleaning your house.
4. New car smell has nothing on sailboat teak smell.
5. Watching birds catching fish and other people docking their boats is better than 99% of television.
What pleasant upsides have you found about having your sailboat?
1987 Pearson 28-2, Deale MD