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Zen and the art of sailing?
I recently purchased a new-to-me 33 foot fiberglass keel boat. It's almost 50 years old, with its original spars (yes, one of those great wooden booms, which is attached to one of those amazingly still true spruce masts). It does not leak. It has a full keel. It has 50 gallon fresh water tanks. It's one of those amazing Phil Rhodes designs (a Rhodes Swiftsure) where the waterline increases so radically as the hull inclines that you only really want to sail it at 30 degrees. And then it goes like stink. It's got berths for six, enormous lockers, and a truly magnificent cockpit layout.
So, without any pretensions of serious circumnavigating use, I have a wonderful sailing platform for me and my family.
And here's the kicker; it cost $10,000.
I'm in the middle of dumping maybe another $10,000 into it (and even that is to put in electronics beyond what I'll reasonably need).
That's it, all in, no loan, no sacrifice. Am I doing something wrong?