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Re: How did you get the money for your first sailboat?
How I got my first boat is a long story, let me tell you how it begins..
While in the Navy making less than what HUD and food stamps would pay I started saving the change out of my pocket every day at the end of the day. Four months later I had 200 bucks and bought a Commodore 64, my first computer. Taught my self basic, got on BBS's and such, became the computer expert at every command I was assigned to. Continued learning, taking correspondence courses and saving my pocket change.
That C64 became an IBM 8088, Basic became other languages.
Eventually - at my last Navy command before retiring I was assigned to replace an Oracle DBA, went to school and worked my last two years as a Oracle database admin.
Retired from the Navy in 2001 when the telecommunication field was dieing (that was my actual training within the Navy, telecommunications).
Self taught myself SQL Server database administration.
Now I make what most would call a damn good paycheck - and try to use my Navy retirement check to pay for 100% of the boat and stuff everything left over at the end of the month into savings so we can leave the rat race and stay gone.
In short, patience.
Every boat I've owned (4) has been named a form of Patience
Lessons learned are opportunities earned.