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I seriously doubt that Julie's intent with her original question was to divide. It was probably just natural curiosity from one woman to the rest of us. No conspiracies behind it.
Did she ever actually buy a boat? Just curious...


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Did she ever actually buy a boat? Just curious...
I don't know. I have not seen her post in a while. Hopefully she's out sailing but I think she would have let us know she bought a boat after all the lead-up.

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Did she ever actually buy a boat? Just curious...
I hope she did, but her pattern turned out to be more like a troll. More generously, more like someone with a commitment problem. More admirably, someone too smart to buy a boat.


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Just putting in two cents (I'm a guy). I've been following a gal in Panama on YouTube that impresses the holy crap out of me. (Untie the lines). She bought an aluminum boat and has done everything from repairing holes to wiring. Was in the Navy on ships with women. Anything that needed doing got done.

No reason why women can't be skippers of their own craft. The biggest problems women face is the same as men. Honesty. If you don't know something, say so. Find out about it and move forward.

Another problem is taking it personal or some sort of insult if someone treats you like a "girl". I was raised to open doors and watch my language. Take advantage of that and I won't be around you long enough for you to mind anyway. Beat me up for it, same same.

I vote for more women skippers and more "girl" boats!
I agree with everything that PMB says except he misses the point of this thread, which if you go back to the beginning...

There are very few women who are the primary owners of their boat

The question was originally posted almost two years ago and 143 people have responded though maybe half (at least) were not women who solely own their boats. At the risk of over-generalizing, I believe the biggest problem is because we tend to teach our girls that the world is a dangerous place when they venture around by themselves. We tell them to go places in a group, don't go out alone at night, and then we wonder what's wrong with them if they don't have a partner. It seems little wonder that few of them want to take on anything so risky as owning a boat. And about those Navy girls -- I am sure they are competent and probably super bad-a$$es, if one had to go up against them, but they are also in a controlled environment with superiors telling them what to do, and many people around them at all times. There might be some, though I'd guess still very few, who would be adventurous enough to cross a well-fortified, border checkpoint in a country where you can't speak the language or comprehend the signs, just to find a dive spot up the highway somewhere to spend a couple of vacation days. Or buy a boat in Panama sight unseen, then move there to go sailing. We tend to create too much fear of the unknown in our heads. Maybe posts like these and the increasing number of women sailors will eventually change that.
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I just read a post on one of the Women who Sail FB groups where her 20 YO daughter and best girl friend are taking over a derelict sailboat in the marina and bringing it back to life.

If I had done that with sailboats instead of cars I would have had a boat 15 years sooner!

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Owning a boat doesn't make you a boater any more than sleeping in the garage makes you a car. USING a boat is the difference, and few people (male or female) actually use their boats.

How many boats sit alone and neglected, rotting away in the sun? For me, what I like most is seeing a boat used. It doesn't have to be the shiniest boat at the yacht club, nor the largest -- just use the thing.

A few days ago I arrived in Steinhatchee, FL and I must say this place is brimming with boats being used. It's fun to watch the little 20'ers going in and out.

I will say that the larger boats don't seem to go any place at present. They, like me, may be waiting for a weather window before heading out. We shall see on Friday -- if the predictions are correct that's when I'm heading back out the channel.

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Steinhatchee!! My old stomping (and power boating) grounds. I miss the coleslaw at Roy's....it's my gold standard. Are you in a sailboat? I don't recall many sailboats in the area. Has that changed? Enjoy your time there!
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Steinhatchee!! My old stomping (and power boating) grounds. I miss the coleslaw at Roy's....it's my gold standard. Are you in a sailboat? I don't recall many sailboats in the area. Has that changed? Enjoy your time there!
Hello gamayun. I see lots of 20' to 25' center console and fishing boats. There appears to be one live-aboard sailboat at a marina near the anchorage. In the anchorage are seven sailboats. One or possibly two are occupied.

One moves quite a bit. That's not a good thing -- it's dragging around the anchorage and across the river. I'm at the far west end near Marker 48. It's all the way east now. I'm leaving today...

There's not much water off the channel anyplace further out (#1 is offshore)

Take care and I'm sorry I missed the cole slaw, though mine is pretty doggone good. I didn't get to Hungry Howie's either -- the pizza place on the water with docks. Wanted to do that but 1 to 2' seas determined a departure of today.

Can't waste a weather window, not even for pizza!
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Owning a boat doesn't make you a boater any more than sleeping in the garage makes you a car. USING a boat is the difference, and few people (male or female) actually use their boats.
I will say that the larger boats don't seem to go any place at present. They, like me, may be waiting for a weather window before heading out. We shall see on Friday -- if the predictions are correct that's when I'm heading back out the channel.
A lot depends on where you are and who you are with. A lively dock with many people in and out every weekend and a few week days encourages everyone to get out and have fun. When plans are made to raft up and party in easy access locations, people will join in.

I do own Sisu and we (Boo and me) do go out. The weather has less to do with it than what condition Sisu is in (engine is currently seized and needs to be torn down - I can do that). Boo and I, along with several dock mates enjoy when we have 15 to 25 knt winds, seas 1 to 3 ft are fine, higher winds and seas are fun too. You have to trust your boat and your skills. Hiding in the berth when the breeze is over 10knt is silly. Get out and pound some waves.
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there is nothing better than finding a huge wind to sail an d having complete control over the boat... is awesome. it is even better then good car control while driving a hot looking good running sporty car fast..... lol....

btw--i use my boat when it is working-- now i am repairing...lol


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