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What does your sailboat do ?

Sailboat is it just for sailing ? Is it just for harnessing the wind ? When you learn to sail fast do they let you into the Yatch club so you can wear the skippers cap, blue blazer and white pants ? What do you use your sailboat for ?

After going through my ships logs and all the things that we have done with are sailboat. Wow I know all the yatchsmen are going to thing just another meat head out on the water trying to make a sailboat into a do everything ship. But It really is a do everything boat !!

As a cruiser it has taken us to so many amazing places. We didn't get there fast be we got there happy and full of spirit. It can take you anyplace you really want it to go.

As a cargo ship it carries enough food water and drink to last for days even weeks. Carries are kayak, zodiac, extra motors and all the gear take you are going to use over your voyage.Extra people and supply/camping gear for them to camp on shore,

As a hotel We spend many night on board. Warm, dry and has a some soothing motion with sounds you can't hear anywhere else. Talk about a room with a view. I bet nobody has ever just gone down to the boat to make out ?

As a fishing boat. WE will drop a line on the way to our destination if there is a well know fishing area we are going through. Dropping off crab traps, prawn traps. Clamming on the beaches. Don't get any fresher that that.

As a restaurant I have had some of the very best meals on the boat. Simple but very tasty meal from breakfast in a bag to full surf & turf. The menu is forever unlimited in what you can have.

As a Pub, There has been some great gatherings aboard are boats over time. A lot of world problems have been solved on the back of boats and in cockpits. I know I have created a few problems by hanging out to long spreading sailor cheer and wisdom on a sailboat.

After a 4 day weekend of being out on the water and you have burned less that 3 gallons of Fuel, the economics of a sailboat are pretty good to travel on. Never mind the gourmet meals, kayak & zodiac adventure stories you tell to the bartender that works at the never closing floating miracle machine that your hoping to make out with later.

"LOVE THEE SAILBOAT" for it really can do a lot of things other that just sail.
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Cowbay, it sounds like you really hate sailing.

I'd add that our boat has introduced us to some really interesting people. We have dock neighbors who were originally from Panama and some from Spain. We even met another Catalina owner in our marina who we discovered lives ten minutes down the road from our house! We have great conversations with them all and learn much about other cultures.
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When you learn to sail fast do they let you into the Yatch club so you can wear the skippers cap, blue blazer and white pants ?
Yes. That's exactly why I took up sailing. And I look great in those pants.
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And here I thought the only purpose of a sailboat was to dodge the tax man.

All that other cool stuff they can do, wow.
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Don't get me wrong I love to sail. I really like kicking my cousin butt and on the way by yelling "last one there brings the wine" at him while throwing water balloons and the kids shooting water cannons at him.
Yes there is all ways interesting people at the docks to meet. I like everybody that gets off land. What kind of boat doesn't matter, what they wear doesn't matter "BUT" what does matter is everyone having fun and enjoying them selves.
There is so many different ways to use a sailboat. I will confess I grew up in a family that owned a marina that had all the big power boats. This is my first sailboat and I can't say enough about how versatile it is never mind how economical to run it is.

Are you allowed to hang bad kids for halyards ?

Is sun tanning nude in the stern of a sailboats a fad nobody told me about ?
Love the towel privacy curtains.
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When you learn to sail fast do they let you into the Yatch club so you can wear the skippers cap, blue blazer and white pants ?
Cowbay, I agree with almost everything you said, but I couldn't resist the above statement. I suspect the PO of our boat was a lot like that.

I originally got hooked on sailing because I couldn't believe how the wind could push a boat along so well. However, over the years, my sentiment has become similar to yours. My Admiral describes the boat as our summer cottage on the water. Yup, the more I appreciate cruising, the more I agree with your comments.

BTW, having a boat that sails fast doesn't hurt either!
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When you learn to sail fast do they let you into the Yatch club so you can wear the skippers cap, blue blazer and white pants ?

As for this comment of mine, I do appreciate all the yatch clubs members, the races they put on, the sponsorship of great race teams and all the other things they do that I have not mentioned. I realize that all the great technical advancement in sailing comes from a lot of these great teams. They make it easier for me to just read an apply all the good go fast technology's that applies to my boat. For all this I will toast all you yatch club members by cracking a beer for me, topping up my wifes Australia red 333 vintage "that I won" and having the kids fire off a water cannon salute that would make any pirate smile.

"Sail on with good wind"
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