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Originally Posted by jackdale View Post
I live in Calgary - but then so do most of my clients.
And I thought I was landlocked!

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If I am on the water, in the water, or under the water, on my boat, or someone else's, then it "counts" to me. The reasons that I outlined in the other thread also include the same reasons that I count the time. To that end, I am able to:

1. Look at the water nearly every day while at work or traveling to a customer's site
2. Spend time at sea while working
3. Work pierside in nice locations (e.g., San Diego, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, etc), several times a year.
4. Spend time playing during off time at work (scuba, etc)
5. Take 1-2 long distance races with trips to/from the start/end.
6. Weekends tied up or daysailing. I don't care as long as I'm on the water.

Tomorrow, while headed to a meeting, stop by Annapolis to pick up my new genoa. I count that as water time.

I'm easy. If it relates to water, I'm good. I have no complaints.

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Ten years ago, we had waterfront house, and boat on a mooring 3-4 hours drive away. Then Uncle Sam informed me that I would be best utilized in Washington DC, as skipper of an LMD (large mahogany desk) in a windowless office. Considered buying/renting housing close to work, and driving to the boat on weekends like we'd done before. We saw housing prices & concluded the only way to have waterfront property like we'd had in our previous location was to live aboard. We'd be keeping the boat in any case, so money not spent on housing was to our financial advantage. Decided to try living aboard even though the commute would be tough.

The commute was 1-1/2 hours, each way, each day, and no public transportation options, though I was sometimes able to carpool. What that killer commute bought me was that at the end of the day, I returned to a haven. We spent evenings working on the boat, learning the boat, and weekends taking our home out sailing on the Chesapeake. Dan coached sailing at the Naval Academy, which essentially meant he spent his days sailing someone else's million-dollar boat, with a crew of 10 that called him "sir;" while I was the skipper of a LMD (large mahogany desk) in a windowless office.

Slogged through seven years of this. Negotiated some time working at home 2 days per week in lieu of a promotion. (Of course, sometimes the home I was working from was anchored in the Rhode River or Whitehall Bay ) Finally, hung up the telephone from my last-ever teleconference, and 1/2 hour later we cast off the docklines and started cruising.

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I am content with the amount of sailing I do and the amount of time I use my boat.

I am married and have 3 kids (daughters 16 and 13, and a son who is 9). My kids are busy with soccer, hockey, gymnastics, school, camp, etc. I am also busy with work, maintaining a house, cars, lawn, visiting with family (parents, out of town siblings, etc.) and all the trappings of a typical suburban life.

I am fortunate that my boat is on a mooring in a near by harbor. It takes about 15 minutes to drive to the harbor, 5 minutes to row out, a few minutes to prepare and then a 10 minute trip to the open waters of the Long Island Sound. So about 30 minutes after I leave my house I can be sailing. I am also fortunate because I work from home, and if I'm too busy I can sail for a few hours during the day (the flip side is that I travel a lot).

During the summer I crew on race boat, so I go about 10 races a season. I am on my boat 1 - 2 times a week, sometimes solo, other times with friends and family. I did a 5 day 'guys only' trip on the boat in July and a week family vacation on the boat at the end of August.

Since I love sailing, my boat is one of the first to be launched in the spring and one of the last to be hauled out in the fall.

There are a few weeks left this season for me, I'll probably sail 3-4 more times.


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We consider the Womboat our second home. Best case scenario for us is get down to her Friday afternoon though usually Saturday morning then skulk home Sunday evening.

She is kept on a swing mooring in a quiet backwater. Even if we don't get to take her out for a sail, weekends spent on board are still an absolute joy.

We are both sliding towards retirement and even if we don't make it completely by early next year we intend cutting back to three or four days a week. More time on boat cannot be bad.

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My opinion, is that it's all about balance. I have intentionally avoided moving too far up the military or corporate management chain because more money means less time. What good is 10 million dollars, if you can't enjoy it, or you die early trying to earn it?

I have a home that's a 3 minute walk to the water, and my boat is moored at a private dock there. My work situation allows me to sail every afternoon and all weekend if I choose. I have months of vacation on the books, so when I feel I'm ready, I can embark on my circumnavigation of the Delmarva Peninsula. Even with the economy in the toilet, my retirement finances are still on solid footing.

It all sounds pretty swank on paper, but my home is modest, my cars, etc, my boat is modest. That's what gives me the freedom and the time to sail as much or as little as I like.
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I agree with this philosophy and also follow to some degree. Mother nature has a huge influence on my sailing time so I do not have too many finacial eggs invested in my one sailing basket. Although my boat and sailing are my primary interest I do have off season interests to fill the time and even during season there are still other interests and weather to deal with. Some seasons are very long with more sailing than I can muster but then there are seasons like 2010 where I got shorted. In the big picture though I get enough sailing to justify the ownership and slip costs so I don't lose any sleep over it. I will keep on sailing until old age or health become an issue. I don't live too far from the boat and the PNW is a fantastic sailing venue so I look forward to many more years of sailing. I plan to get a balance of sailing that equals the financial investment I have in it. Funny how it is mostly the small ,modest boats that are out there all the time.
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We are in a good situation with both of us in the education business and consequently get summers off.. for the past several years we have been able to take a 2 week winter break and sail with friends in the Caribbean and Mexico.

After our 'winter warm weather fix' our club schedule swings into play.. we have monthly get-togethers starting in March, through to November and then on New Years eve/day. In between times we check out some of our favourite haunts in Howe Sound on good weekends.

Our summers are spent aboard, cruising BC waters from early July to late August. All told we tally between 60-80 days/year and 40-50 overnights on board. Naturally some weekends are spent on maintenance, and generally those would often be 'good sailing weather' weekends too, but we count that as 'time on the boat' even though they don't really make it into the log book.

We have a relatively new granddaughter and she does/has cut into some of our sailing time in the last couple of years, (we often watch her so her parents can go racing...) but soon we expect we'll be allowed to take her sailing too, so we should be back on track on that front too.

We do know how lucky we are.. and like BubbleheadMD our boat and home are modest, and we have no other significantly expensive hobbies (except my wife's sewing machine - cost the same as a good headsail.......)


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...since it could save me another trip to B&N for at least a few days... I think I read too much!
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We have a temperate climate so the summers are not hot and the winters are not cold. Winter is too cold to swim but not too cold to stay on the boat. Summers are hot enough to swim but not that you'd need aircon.

Consequently our sailing time is at least two weekends in each month year round sailing locally to anchorages within 10 miles from base. Our Easter and other long weekends (probably 5 each year) are stretched to 5 or 6 days on the boat and we do anchorages 20 to 30 miles from base. Xmas is holiday time and we go for a three week cruise.

Our plan for the next five years is to do a bi-annual trip to the islands (Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, etc) by taking extended leave. Most of these island groups are max 10 days sailing each way so with 8 weeks of leave they're an easy option for a decent cruising holiday.

Our plan after the five years is five years in the islands. It doesn't get better than that.

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I'm retired, and I still don't spend enough time aboard! (Though I'm probably there at least three days a week)
BarryL is my hero, a recently I saw him go sailing twice in the same day: Once with his father, once with his son.
It is about priorities. Many friends tell me they want to sail on WS, but when I call, they're busy. Not just since I retired, but all my life. I don't play golf or tennis or go hiking, I sail. I retired with a serious promotion on the horizon. I chose more time instead of more money. I own a small house, an old car, and no debt. My boat is old too, but I get to use it instead of working years for a newer one. And I'm moving toward cruising by simplifying my life and preparing my boat (and my wife). Like everything else, you get there one step at a time.
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