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Re: Funding the sailing lifestyle

First....what do you consider to be the "sailing lifestyle"?

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Re: Funding the sailing lifestyle

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I can't help but get frustrated and I suppose a bit jealous of all the folks that have nicer boats than me...Although, all I really want is a moderate boat that gets me out on the water...I feel like I'll never find a job that pays more and can afford me the boat I'm looking for...
Look into Buddhism man. I was never the one to buy a luxury car, or even a new car. Commercialism teaches many Americans to buy as much as they can afford, and covet material possessions of others. This never leads to happiness.

Go to a sailing club and see how the dinghy sailors have more fun than most boat owners. Smaller boats, say 25' and under, are more fun generally IMHO. They are cheaper to upgrade and fix up, so you will be able to get that new jib and upgrad your sail selection. And they are far less work to sail generally (ie hoisting the main, throwing up and dousing the kite, switching headsails is faaaaar less of a pita on a smaller boat). And something in the 25-27' range is plenty seaworthy and comfortable if you want to start cruising and having friends over for summer bbqs etc.

If you have to trailer, then go for it, but keeping the boat in the water will mean you go sailing far more often imo
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Re: Funding the sailing lifestyle

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Cape Dory 25 weighs 4,000lbs. Dry sailed off season.

This is EXACTLY the sort of thing I am looking to do. Sorry for hijacking this thread. Unfortunately I'm not allowed to PM Flybyknight with my questions until I've been registered longer!@!

Is that a float off or special float off model? What sort of issues do you run into launching and retrieving. Does the bow stay pulled up snug to the top while the keel is settling during pullout?

How does it tow? Is the Triad trailer well balanced?

I've been looking at solutions for stepping the mast. What method do you use?

How long does it take you to setup/break down the boat for sailing?

Anything else you can tell me?
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Re: Funding the sailing lifestyle

Pretty much ditto to what Tempest said. Wife and I have turned the bend of 60, heading into SS and taping the 401k, so we are set. How did we get here? Simple, we saved, built 3 of our own homes, took bag lunches to work 99% of the time, drove our cars until the wheels fell off, never never never ran a credit card balance. We've had 3 vacations in all of those years. CK, do you eat out a lot? Wearing Sun ban sunglasses and wearing Michel Jordan tennis shoes? If so, you got to get your priorities right.
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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...
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CK, do you eat out a lot? Wearing Sun ban sunglasses and wearing Michel Jordan tennis shoes? If so, you got to get your priorities right.
not too many sailor types wear jordans my older friend

and buying a pair of ray bans isn't gonna kill someone's dream of owning a boat ... eating out will though that's true

I just hope this doesn't turn into another one of the generational drift threads
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Re: Funding the sailing lifestyle

Sailing and Snowmobiling are priorities for me. I bought my 2003 H-260 new and my primary snowmobile I bought new. My toy hauler, a 2007 Ford 150, was not bought new, was not loaded with options and fairly inexpensive. I don't wear designer clothing, dockers is more than fancy. I try and do as much maintenance as possible by myself or trade favors to get it done cheaply. I buy used whenever possible also. Of course I am not married and have no kids, which is probably the biggest reason I have the boat and snowmobile.

I admire those of you with kids and a wife and are still able to have your toys, most of my friends sold the toys to accommodate a wife and sold even more stuff top accommodate the kids.

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Re: Funding the sailing lifestyle

I've never had much money. Living on my boat for free out on the anchorage has been the only life I could afford. I've had more jobs than I can remember. Keep the boat simple and safety equipment up to date and save the rest. When I saved $1000 bucks, I'd sail down to Central America till I was broke and sail back to the states and do it again, Get another job doing something. Paint fences, Bar back, hold the transit for a land surveyor, what ever. If you really take the plunge and make it your life style, you realize sailing is all you can afford, and living in town becomes the lifesyle you'll probably never be able to afford.
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Re: Funding the sailing lifestyle

Don't complain about money you can't. i'm 16 no real job yet parent's don't help me with my money if i need money i find a job to get that money. i found a 26' boat for free. helped out my neibhore and he gave me a motor for it. Talked to my other niebhor and he gave me a new plow anchor. Asked the prevoius owner if he had any sails i could get with the boat he gave me the jib and roller furler with it. Theres always a way and to keep it cheap.
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You're an inspiration, huck.
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