Hey thanks for the kind words Joe.
Truth is someday s it's hard owning a boat. Those days are mostly the days I go to balance my books
The rest of the time I feel tremendous pride in owning a boat. I wait tables for work so often times I get guests who ask me questions about what I do and such. I always love the responses I get whenever it comes up that I own a sailboat and love sailing. Old people look at me with a look of half wonder and envy and the rest astonishment.
I am used to being poor so living scarce is nothing new to me. Besides, everyday when I leave from working on my boat I get to think how I am one day closer to throwing off the lines for good. It is a sort of anxious excitement.
I will say truthfully that I still have a lot to learn. I know almost nothing of the boats electrical systems and most of the plumbing needs replacing. Also, my diesel engine experience is bare-none besides taking apart the engine from the transmission and bell-housing unit to see the broken pressure plate in front of the gears. Also, I get terrified still every time I attempt to put a new hole in my boat. I find myself asking questions of fellow sailors at my Marina that appear common sense to them (yet none of them can convert my IPJE numbers to feet of line I need to buy!!! >=( )
Work on my boat takes 2 to 3X as long as others it seems. My workmanship is definitely lacking in gelcoat repairs (matching off white is FREAKING IMPOSSIBLE!!!)
I find fiberglass repair is not too bad, but then the inevitable gelcoat... Also, while I do appreciate mm teak cabin I DO NOT appreciate the three days of wood restoration I have been involved in.
Lastly, who knew port holes could costs so much money? I have no idea how I will get those done by myself yet.. Got a bit to figure it out though.
So THANK YOU joe for your kind words. While I am a proud and jubilant sailboat owner the truth is I am about as scared and unsure as the rest. The only real benefit I can see in it all is that I got plenty of time to learn!