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ten things I love about my boat

here for starters....

1/ its a boat

2/ the view from the cockpit can be stunning

3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

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3. It's all mine
4. It represents endless possibility, and allows for dreaming
5. It is either the greatest escape from the everyday, or the greatest everyday
6. Ownership also brings kinship that knows no social status
7. No property tax.

Well..... it's a start.
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Words needed? Now this is MY kind of challenge!

3) There's something in the way she moves (through the water). No other boat feels as wonderful as a sailboat.

4) There's always something interesting to do with it. It entertains me for a day, a week, a month, or as long as I have to time give to it.

5) There's always something interesting to do to it too. Endless tinkering in the search for /gadgets/speed//status/. DaWIFE calls it the worlds greatest tinkertoy because I'm always tinkering with it. I tell her I wish she wouldn't say it that way; it presents a bad impression. But she laughs and doesn't listen. She's a wise woman. Maybe she knows something I don't. But back to the points ...

6) I love that my boat provides a point of commonality with the most loving, most accepting, best people in the world -- boat people -- and provides entry into their society.

7) If you love your boat, it'll love you back. Take care of her and treat her right, and she'll always get you home. (Now, the flip side of this coin can be downright scary! Abuse her with poor operating habits, bad judgement, or no maintenance, and she'll leave you high and dry -- or worse, low and wet.)

8) I love the way the boat can work the wind to achieve the destination. It is more of a challenge than power boating but far more rewarding too.

9) I love the sounds she makes when she's working. The water sounds, the little creaks and clanks, and the wind in the rigging. It sounds like home.

10) I love my boat for its ability to heal me. Truly, the canvas really does work miracles, for whether it be for a pleasant daysail poking about in zephyrs or racing with friends in freshening airs, I am transmogrified from the careworn, weighed-down hulk that left the dock back into a mariner, with a renewed spirit and a zest that can't be described to those who haven't felt it.

And one extra:

11) I love the way my boat reminds me to live slow. Life in the fast lane takes a heavy toll on all of us. We think we have no choice, but of course we do. Our sailboats remind us of the pleasure one can find in simple things. Experiencing the wind and water; talking; waltzing on the waves; delighting in seeing the unexpected like a porpoise, whale, or manatee; enjoying the trip; and throwing away the schedule.

And so that's why I love my boat!

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Swallows seem to be attracted to her and we like Swallows.

(except when they decide to nest in the boom)

Well we still like then, just not that.

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It's paid for.

It's our escape when times turn from bad to worse.

Our back yard is really nice!

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no 11 does it for me

11) I love the way my boat reminds me to live slow. Life in the fast lane takes a heavy toll on all of us. We think we have no choice, but of course we do. Our sailboats remind us of the pleasure one can find in simple things. Experiencing the wind and water; talking; waltzing on the waves; delighting in seeing the unexpected like a porpoise, whale, or manatee; enjoying the trip; and throwing away the schedule.



Tom,

you are dead right - that is crucial

of course never seen a whale or a manatee from the slug - nor any where else come to that

seen a harbour porpoise though and that was very exciting and hoping that I shall see dolphins and maybe the odd killer whale as I go further north

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11) I love the way my boat reminds me to live slow. Life in the fast lane takes a heavy toll on all of us. We think we have no choice, but of course we do. Our sailboats remind us of the pleasure one can find in simple things. Experiencing the wind and water; talking; waltzing on the waves; delighting in seeing the unexpected like a porpoise, whale, or manatee; enjoying the trip; and throwing away the schedule.


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Not in any particular order, but 10: It was drawn by my favorite designer. It's very well built. It's mechanically straight forward. Everything mechanical/electrical/etc... is easily accessible. It's a great looking boat (to my eye at least) both in the slip and under sail... It's fast for it's size. It sails very very well in a wide range of conditions. The ergonomics of the cockpit and deck work well. It's very comfortable below for a racer/cruiser. It's easily sailed both crewed and short handed. It's a joy to both sail and work on... there. It's got '11'!
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the adventures its taken me on; the people I've met because of it; the sunsets I've toasted in its cockpit; the rhythm of it's motion in the water; the security that it will protect me; the graceful classic lines of its design; the closeness its inspired between me & Dan; the confidence I've gained when its pushed me to my limits; the life its given me in touch with nature; the light upon the water ...


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