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Boat Partem Depression!

Tomorrow my baby gets hauled out. Thus endeth my second season of sailing.

I am already feeling depressed by the prospect of 6 - 7 months of being stuck on the hard.

I wish someone had told me how tough it is. This sailing thing gets under your skin in a big way.

Does it get any easier? Do you 'old salts' still feel these pangs of emptiness when the tension increases on the travel lift straps and the last of the season's waters stream from the tip of your keel?

Tomorrow I will be a wreck. I'll have to drown my sorrows with a dram or 2 of Lagavulin.

Sorry to bring you down.

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Tomorrow my baby gets hauled out. Thus endeth my second season of sailing.

I am already feeling depressed by the prospect of 6 - 7 months of being stuck on the hard.

I wish someone had told me how tough it is. This sailing thing gets under your skin in a big way.

Does it get any easier? Do you 'old salts' still feel these pangs of emptiness when the tension increases on the travel lift straps and the last of the season's waters stream from the tip of your keel?

Tomorrow I will be a wreck. I'll have to drown my sorrows with a dram or 2 of Lagavulin.

Sorry to bring you down.
Oughh!!! That must be awful! I don't want to imagine the feellings.

Move South, my friend!
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Move South, my friend!
Or West! Anywhere we can boat year round... cures your syndrome!

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You guys suck... Yeah, winter is a tough time for those of us who have to haul our boats for the season.

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Well, if it makes you feel better, it is kind of cold and rainy some times when we sail YEAR ROUND here in the PNW.

But, seriously, when I lived in Michigan, we spent our winters working on the boat.

I'll bet there is some project for your boat you can do while inside this winter...

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Does it get any easier? Do you 'old salts' still feel these pangs of emptiness when the tension increases on the travel lift straps and the last of the season's waters stream from the tip of your keel?
It sucks alright, but then I see it as one less year until I take my dock lines with me and head south to warmer climates instead of north for another winter on the hard.


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Believe me, I feel your pain. Mine hauled last week.

Excuse me, I have to go kick the dog...

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This is where I'll be spending this weekend (3 days) but don't feel too bad, we're expecting some rain.



OK so we're heading into summer but we also get to sail thru winter with just some rain to deal with.


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Does it get any easier?
Not really. My wife asked me just the other day if I was going to be crabby all winter........ again.
Julie wants me to paint the living room and upsatairs hallway. That should keep me busy. Than, we travel in the offseason. 3 out of the next 5 weekends after the boat is hauled are planned away. There is other stuff to do and it kinda breaks up the year.
In reality, boat is hauled 1st of November, November and December are spent in preperation for the Holidays, January and February just plain suck, than March comes and we start working towards launch in mid April. So its just the two months that I really suffer.
But the good news is, my youngest daughter is a Junior in high school this year. There have been some discussions about relocating. My daughters were the only thing tying us down. Gives us something to think about for the future.

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Just hope you don't get sandbagged with wedding expenses by the older one... I understand that's part of the reason TB has been so scarce recently... still recovering from the sticker shock of his daughter's wedding this past summer.
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Not really. My wife asked me just the other day if I was going to be crabby all winter........ again.
Julie wants me to paint the living room and upsatairs hallway. That should keep me busy. Than, we travel in the offseason. 3 out of the next 5 weekends after the boat is hauled are planned away. There is other stuff to do and it kinda breaks up the year.
In reality, boat is hauled 1st of November, November and December are spent in preperation for the Holidays, January and February just plain suck, than March comes and we start working towards launch in mid April. So its just the two months that I really suffer.
But the good news is, my youngest daughter is a Junior in high school this year. There have been some discussions about relocating. My daughters were the only thing tying us down. Gives us something to think about for the future.

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