Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
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Paul gets it. Not that others don't mind you. However the trick is to love the boat you have, unequivocally. I've heard people say stuff like: "Life's too short to sail an ugly boat."
OK? But ugly is subjective. I have sailed much bigger boats than mine. I also don't think there is anything wrong with a loan for a nice boat that pleases you. Some like to race (usually to hone skills), others are cruisers (mostly on this forum). It's all good!
The reality is, this sport of ours is, what you make it to be (as are most things in life). Buy what you love. Love what you buy!
My boat was cheap, paid for, and I am putting many hours of work into her. I want to restore her to her brandy new state. She's a sailing machine as she stands now. I plan on improving on that. That's just me! I am landlocked, and would LOVE to get something on blue water (we've done it a bunch before). However, right now it is about this boat, that I can get to on the water within an hour from my house. My stress reliever that is paid for. She's already paid for herself to me as well, as I've had more great times on this boat in JUST this summer than I would have had otherwise.
We take the same approach to our other hobby of field trialing. We have a simple 2 horse bumper pull trailer. My rusted old pickup truck (that runs real well), and we go, run our dogs against guys that have 100k+ rigs and $1000/month pro's training their dogs. It's a real hoot to beat their dogs on the ground with our paid-for rig.
Well, I start racing next year in our "for fun" PHRF races. Let's see if my $4000 sailboat can smack down some high priced floating loans.
With that same approach, I will likely be dropping in bigger and bigger waters soon. The ability to pull the boat out, and drive it to larger water is a helluva gas! Gunk holing trailer sailor style. I sure won't be doing the run to the Bahamas with it (maybe) but you can darnwell bet I will be having fun.
Isn't that why we have hobbies?