I just finished this book.
What a fun read. Every couple of months someone asks if they can buy a boat with no experience and do some serious cruising. Not something I would do but everyone is different.
This guy did it and really barred his soul about what worked and what didn't work. I'm going to try to get him to join this forum so you animals can tear him up as is your custom
Ouch! It hurts because it's true.
I'd like to think that I at least occasionally feed the new sailors with no experience. Well, at least the ones that don't seem like they're about to imminently kill themselves.
Why? Because I have to! In my early 20s I bought a "custom" wooden boat built in 1969 that was donated by the previous owner to the boat broker
and had a bilge full of water and moved aboard. I lived on her, tried many times to sink her, and when my IT career died with the dot.com bust I took her sailing for 4.5 months while she had a 8 foot crack in the hull and nothing but underwater epoxy I stuck on with SCUBA gear to keep the water out.
What can I say, I'm a softy for those that dream big and think that you can leave now, with just about any old boat and don't really need pesky encumbrances like "money" or "experience" or "a seaworthy boat".
Of course, I didn't try and cross any oceans on that boat, or with my (non)experience level at the time. That wouldn't have ended well....
On the topic of women and attraction, I must say I appreciate your candor Glenn and your insight into your own mind. Kiudos there! I remember once in college a professor asking us about "belief" and what we "believe in". For this point I'm about to make I think you could substitute the words "belief" and "attraction".
He asked us if we thought we came to our own beliefs ourselves or if it was "just something that happened" and that we actually had no control over our own beliefs. 100% of the class agreed that we were in charge of our beliefs. We weighed our choices and believed what we did for good reason!
He then challenged all of us, who were in charge of our own beliefs, to "believe" that the whiteboard was actually green. Not so easy.... Why can't we change our mind and believe it's green? Why can't we suddenly switch political affiliations, or believe or not believe in god? I suspect the same exercise works with attraction just as well.
I'll put in my order for the book tomorrow. Sounds like a good read. Besides, you're a sailor, you're self-published, and you're a sailnetter. Who better to buy a book from than that!
PS For advice about building a passive income stream, try advice from a fellow sailor/live-aboard that is doing it. The Bumfuzzles have written a book on the subject. I got it for Christmas, have read it twice and IT IS AWESOME.
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