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Re: Sailing on a shoestring.

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Reading through this forum I kinda get the idea that there are quite a bit of independently wealthy people
Funny I always thought the opposite. The ones who have money to blow, or lavish, have no need for the forums here and just have someone else do all their projects and maintainence and just "buy" everything. I have always thought the posters her are a lot of avid sailors and DIY like I am who like to share knowledge like I do

Dont confuse the fact that lots of us like to have the best or fix the things we best we can and take pride in our ability to make our boats as safe and as comfortable as we wish. One thing is for sure my wife loves to sail and I think that is because I havent made evry time out a " outhouse inn the woods" sleep on ther ground under a lean-too experience. We are not over the top, but the comforts and safety we have added to our paid for vessel make it more than just our second home. We take a three week trip on her everyyear and sail over 1500 miles during that not to mention every weekend at least from Mid march to mid December.

I dont bemaon those who have spartan minimalist intentions nor do I bemnoan those who fix their boats to the max. After all its about the love of the water...and the rush of the wind.

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Re: Sailing on a shoestring.

I'd certainly be richer without my (cheap) boat, but I'd be a lot less wealthy.
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Re: Sailing on a shoestring.

You never see a U-Haul trailer behind a hearse.
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Re: Sailing on a shoestring.

My shoe string is a 13' a sunfish and a FJ also 13' My plan is learn to sail. Sell the sunfish! The FJ is "new" to me for 2012. Wait 8 more years on the house payment. It is not a big house. My three children will be out of the house. Two are already out. In 9 years I can try to find a good boat and cruise. All your rope is made of small strands and fiber just keep a plan. If the wind is not with you tack. You can have fun just build up slow and sure.

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Oh add to the above that my plan is not to sell the house and buy a boat. For right now I will learn to sail and pick up know how and wisdom on sailnet
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Re: Sailing on a shoestring.

John that was funny. It is an fc and I did pay cash for it but it was by total accident. One day after signing my final divorce papers this little boat found me, she was half price and a worthy investment. When she arrived on her borrowed trailer my life savings was 00.19 cents, so there you have it I got lucky but after 25 years "i'm 43" of sailing and rebuiling boats I think it was finally my time. As of today I have no engine, head, ice box, nav equipment... I do have a compass all plain sail in good condition and my youth.
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Funny I always thought the opposite. The ones who have money to blow, or lavish, have no need for the forums here and just have someone else do all their projects and maintainence and just "buy" everything. I have always thought the posters her are a lot of avid sailors and DIY like I am who like to share knowledge like I do

Dont confuse the fact that lots of us like to have the best or fix the things we best we can and take pride in our ability to make our boats as safe and as comfortable as we wish. One thing is for sure my wife loves to sail and I think that is because I havent made evry time out a " outhouse inn the woods" sleep on ther ground under a lean-too experience. We are not over the top, but the comforts and safety we have added to our paid for vessel make it more than just our second home. We take a three week trip on her everyyear and sail over 1500 miles during that not to mention every weekend at least from Mid march to mid December.

I dont bemaon those who have spartan minimalist intentions nor do I bemnoan those who fix their boats to the max. After all its about the love of the water...and the rush of the wind.

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This is a great post.

BUT... it's all relative no? I spent $1200 for my boat, and put alot of time into fixing it up, and in total (not counting marina fees) probably have spent about $2500 including the haulout to get it to where it's at now (haha not DONE, never will be, but close)

So for me, when I hear people talking about spending $40K on a boat, or often much more, I think those people must have MUCH more money than me . Then they talk about all the instrument upgrades, and things like radar, or even the expensive (to me) new anchor. Doesn't make someone rich to buy a 40K boat with radar, hardly, esp if they are liveaboards, but like I said it's all relative...
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Re: Sailing on a shoestring.

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John that was funny. It is an fc and I did pay cash for it but it was by total accident. One day after signing my final divorce papers this little boat found me, she was half price and a worthy investment. When she arrived on her borrowed trailer my life savings was 00.19 cents, so there you have it I got lucky but after 25 years "i'm 43" of sailing and rebuiling boats I think it was finally my time. As of today I have no engine, head, ice box, nav equipment... I do have a compass all plain sail in good condition and my youth.
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She's a real beauty. I have been lurking around your blog for a while now, great read.
Good luck on your up coming cruising adventures. Keep the boat and dog happy and everything else will fall in place the way it should.

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Re: Sailing on a shoestring.

My wife and I do ok, but we are far from rich. I sailed off a trailer forever and it is just this season that we are upgrading to a bigger boat with a mooring for the summer and a yard for the winter.

The fees for registration, insurance, mooring and yard come to $220(US)/mo; I know that it isn't that much money, but it is essentially 'money out the window' as soon as the checks are written. It is as much as a car payment; I don't know how anyone does a boat mortgage AND all the annual fees.

I got into the new boat for cheap, but it wants a lot. It only needs afew things, however. A tiller comes to mind; I broke the old one trying to see how stiff the rudder was. (I'm quite the brute, apparently)

So, I do all of my own maintenance when I can and I buy used equipment whenever I can. And sailing is just about all I do. No ski passes, no trips, very few dinners out...

It's important to me, so I make it happen.
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