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Do many of you live onboard each weekend?

On a typical weekend during the summer season, my wife and I leave home after work on Friday, sail away from the marina and do not come back to our slip until Sunday night. At times, when weather conditions aren't ideal for dropping a hook, or picking up a mooring for the night, we will just daysail. But at the very least, we choose to at least sleep onboard at the marina, instead of going home . . . and we live only 5 minutes form the marina. This past entire weekend was absolutely perfect, so we spent three nights onboard. Of course we also take an occasional one to two week cruise to offshore islands.

I just came in from the boat this morning, logged into Sailnet from my office computer and was amazed to find 8 pages, over 40 threads per page, of unread posts since Friday afternoon. well over 300 threads, each containing scores of new posts.

I find it truely amazing that during the height of sailing season, many SailNeters, to my percepetion, choose to be logged in here on weekends than spending quality time on your boats. What are the various reasons for this . . . explain yourselves please.

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With the invention of wireless internet, cellphones, air cards, etc the being on the boat, and being on the internet, are no longer mutually exclusive
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I was on my boat most of the weekend... working on it... But I don't generally stay aboard her when she's on the hard, out of the water... it feels funny to try and sleep aboard her when she doesn't move... very unusual and throws my senses off... so I avoid doing that. I hope to have her back in the water next week sometime... weather permitting.

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Hey TrueBlue,
While I have wireless I mostly use a cell card with a trucker antenna I have hanging from the foremast lower spreader, therefore, if I am on line during a perfect sailing weekend, it is probably because I am out sailing and can update our website or come to sailnet while being at least 20 miles offshore proven, and supposedly 50 miles off shore can be expected. So maybe a lot of us are posting and sailing at the same time. There is also the possibility we all don't have the same great sailing weather at the same time, so while you may be enjoying the perfect weekend, we may be stuck in the doldrums.
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I sailed Friday, Sat and Sun; I was also able to surf the interents, see a movie with friends, apply three coats of varnish and wash my truck. There are lots of hours in a weekend. I hate it when when people say "Why aren't you sailing? It's such a beautiful day!" D'oh!




ps. I live aboard fulltime, not just weekends.
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I had four pages worth of new post this morning.

Two great weekends in a row, 85 nm each way both weekends.

Yes, we try to spend the weekends on board.
Drive up Friday evening and drive home on Sunday evening.
The hard part for me is trying to figure out everybodies schedules.
Teenage daughters you know....... Always got something going on.
Lately I've just been leaving them behind. If they don't want to go sailing, than oh well, no problem. Im still going.

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If I were out on the boat all day for two or three days at this time of year off the waters of HHI, my cockpit would be swamped... from the sweat dripping off of my testicles. The cockpit drains just wouldn't be able to keep up, and so we day sail. For me it's a safety issue.
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Now that I wear glasses, I find the need to wear a headband ( read sweatband ). The dripping runs down my forehead onto my glasses, rendering me somewhat blind. I hear ya sailhog.

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Sailhog - Thanks??? for that image.....

Last summer we were gone 56 days straight - and came back to literally thousands of unread posts... Clearly not everyone gets summers off.

And as others have mentioned, the expansion of wireless services and proliferation of laptops means access even from aboard... some of us probably could use the occasional intervention for Sailnet addiciton!

Unfortunately this summer will be different for us, my wife is fighting breast cancer and we have to be home for chemo treatments every three weeks... but plan to get out when we can between treatments, starting today for a week or so.
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ROFLMAO, man that is an image I really didn't need in my head this morning... and I'd hate to think how that would affect the local sea life... kill most of it most likely... now where'd I put that mental bleach....

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If I were out on the boat all day for two or three days at this time of year off the waters of HHI, my cockpit would be swamped... from the sweat dripping off of my testicles. The cockpit drains just wouldn't be able to keep up, and so we day sail. For me it's a safety issue.

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