Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Noank, Connecticut, USA
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Re: Funding the sailing lifestyle
I come from a long line of family who scraped all spring, dealt with cranky engines, tows, showing up a the dock with coolers, clothes and gear only to find something is broke, and had the time of their lives. And they where all power boaters so they had only had half the stuff to break.
Like you said, it's a lifestyle... You find a way to get on the water even if it's a bathtub with a bed sheet for a sail or that "free" piece of crap powerboat that someone is always giving a way...
I didn't get my first "big boat" till I was in my mid 30's.
If you are personable, you will have no problem finding boats to crew on. If you like to get your knuckles bloody and are not afraid of hard work, or show up with a six pack or a couple of sandwich's you will not have a problem finding folks to hang out with who have sailboats.
Hell, I have lots of friends and sometimes I go out alone but would not mind some company. That just means my boat is my priority. I skip cookouts, summer daytime parties, gave up golf, don't go to the beach unless I sail there and dinghy in...