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There's more money in flat screen than I have in my boat, really. That's pretty, to be sure, but does she ever get out of the slip? Why bother?
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With all the lights and TV's I figured that it was nucular powered. If the engine room is as pretty as the rest of the boat I'd like to give her a go down the thorny path.
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There's more money in flat screen than I have in my boat, really. That's pretty, to be sure, but does she ever get out of the slip? Why bother?


She ALWAYS gets out of the slip. She ALWAYS travels. It is pretty easy to dismiss our work and our result as a "dock boat", but it would be nicer for those nay-sayers to just admit that they don't want to/can't/or don't really love their vessel enough to take better care of her. We understand the finanical limits of some owners, but rest assured that we also do most of the work ourselves, so it sometimes boils down to putting in the elbow grease necessary to get things done right ONCE. Our diligence is rewarded with much less downtime than alot of our fellow sailors with much less complicated boats. It comes down to doing it right at the start, not taking the easiest or cheapest route to a repair. Good equipment lasts, cheap crap is well . . . cheap crap. "Discount" boat part sites may be cheaper, but cheap stuff gives cheap results. We have always over bought, such as buying the next pump size up instead of the bare minimum for the job. The same applies to electrical items and plumbing items. For example, our toilets are from HeadHunter Heads in Fort Lauderdale. More money? Yes. but in 3 years of constant year round use, never a clog, jam or toilet being taken apart. Same with the water maker. Makes about 30 gals an hour, but then we only have to run it one hour, as opposed to the cheaper units that you run for 6 hours and have to pickle etc and have constant problems. As far as the interior finish, it was done once, at great expense, but now it just needs vinegar and water to keep it looking like new.
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Hi Oceanaire we sure do miss you, & (to everyone that has negative comments),
Let us just say yes they sail and they sail more than most people that call themselves liveaboards. She is a well loved home that travels. We have been fortunate enough to sail with them and enjoy dinner in their home while they came for breakfast on ours. We have known them for almost 3 years now. They take care of their home "boat" as most people would take care of your land home...one person mows weekly and weeds the garden; they take a soft cloth and wipe the interior down. While you prune your trees and bushes; they clean the decks. While you fix the car engine; they tweek their batteries. You put in about 10 hrs a week cleaning and caring for your land home and then so many hrs. caring for your boat.

They spend the 10 hrs a week caring for their home and then it is sailing, enjoying friendships, helping out other sailors and enjoying life...isn't that what cruising is all about.
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She ALWAYS gets out of the slip. She ALWAYS travels. It is pretty easy to dismiss our work and our result as a "dock boat", but it would be nicer for those nay-sayers to just admit that they don't want to/can't/or don't really love their vessel enough to take better care of her. We understand the finanical limits of some owners, but rest assured that we also do most of the work ourselves, so it sometimes boils down to putting in the elbow grease necessary to get things done right ONCE. Our diligence is rewarded with much less downtime than alot of our fellow sailors with much less complicated boats. It comes down to doing it right at the start, not taking the easiest or cheapest route to a repair. Good equipment lasts, cheap crap is well . . . cheap crap. "Discount" boat part sites may be cheaper, but cheap stuff gives cheap results. We have always over bought, such as buying the next pump size up instead of the bare minimum for the job. The same applies to electrical items and plumbing items. For example, our toilets are from HeadHunter Heads in Fort Lauderdale. More money? Yes. but in 3 years of constant year round use, never a clog, jam or toilet being taken apart. Same with the water maker. Makes about 30 gals an hour, but then we only have to run it one hour, as opposed to the cheaper units that you run for 6 hours and have to pickle etc and have constant problems. As far as the interior finish, it was done once, at great expense, but now it just needs vinegar and water to keep it looking like new.
SO,
"why bother?", so you can spend less time fixing your boat and more time enjoying it!
Ocean - don't worry about it. You've got a crazy nice boat. If people don't like it - so what? Furthermore, you actually sail it! I, for one, respect that.

Also I'm definitely with you on the enjoy-more-than-fix approach to sailing.

But, dude, there's no way you're ever getting me to put a mink throw in my quarter-berth. I'm more the manly, plaid Snuggie kind of guy.

30 gallons an hour on that watermaker???? Holy crap! What is it?


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Hey Smackdaddy, thanks for the kind words. As to the watermaker, look here: Watermakers, Inc.. As to the mink throw, real men wear pelts, since caveman times. Once you try it, you'll never deny it again. You gotta be kidding about the plaid snuggies, no?
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Hey don't be hatin' on my snuggie, yo...

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PS - It's reversible, the inside is plaid. And I can use it to defuse IEDs.


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With that photo, I'm speechless! I could use that in my rubber room to minimize injuries!
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To our good friends on Giggling Dolphins, I have to say we owe them much as it was them that coached us off the dock for the very first time for our very first sail with out anybody but us on board. You should understand that Oceanaire is our first boat ever, so it really was a watershed moment. All of these miles later here they pop up to give us an "atta boy"! Now that is a friend indeed. Hopefully our paths will cross again as you sail down the east coast this year. Not just a friend, but excellent and patient sailors as well. Thanks for the very kind words, those were good days in Biscayne Bay!
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Oceanaire:

I congratulate you on your boat and the obvious care you put into her. Thank you also for sharing her with us, and your willingness to participate in our forum, even though our manners are a bit rough at times.

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