Like I said, you have to find your own, and Halmark it might be, but that was this morning.... we went out and caught a couple small-mouth...
and the funny thing is, what is to me, is my dream, and I live it.. My gran-son on the other hand, when we got back, he pulled out his Gameboy!
But after all the work and the pain you'll have to go through, one day you'll wake up and look out the port-hole as the sun rises, the morning fog lays over water in a mist, the water so smooth not a ripple to be found, and then a coupe of wild ducks fly in and coast to a stop next to your boat,
I'm curious, are you allowed to eat those ?
a breeze now comes over the water and the ripples form and you can smell the hint of salt on the air. You wife comes up from behind and puts her arms around you and looks over your shoulder to share the morning sights, and your Gran-son comes up, tugs on your pants and asks his favorite gran-pa if they can go out fishin this morning.
Nice post RandyonR3, I like hearing that it can all work out since I am trying to make it work out for myself and I am not there yet. It's good to hear people who are out there doing it say it was worth it.
Nice thread. You got a good conversation going. Sorry that some haven't chose to focuse on your zen. Your problems, however, do sound like they are getting solved in a technical sense, but it also sounds like you are tiring of the cycle of money that your feeding the beast? The money issue keeps popping up as if you were misled into believing this was a inexpensive (and romatic) way to live in exchange for sacraficing the trappings of living ashore.
So, you've sacraficed and haven't found the promised land. If you feel like you walked into the liveaboard scene with different expectations ... so what? You're likely not alone. Don't forget you walked in when so many others only talked about it or merely dreamed it for fear that talking about it would be too risky. Go ahead and be demotivated, you earned it. No one is obligated to stay the course, nor is one obligated to leave. You're question seems to be whether or not its all worth it? The answer is "no" and "yes." The question seems easy, but only you can pick the context that changes the answer.
If you stay or if you go it can only be your choice, you won't find a consensus here. Just be proud that you lived and learned, and that you're not yet waiting for aliens to abduct you from you boat.
I wanna drug the dragon and sneak a quickie with the princess' daughter. And here's where the can of gas and enema hose rears it's head again.
But that's where the fantasy ends-in a big pissed-off dragon fireball.
I still think that most of it is a myth. I'm reminded of those middle-aged guys who buy themselves a $35,000.00 Harley and make a bloody racket all summer long, pretending to be rebels. Easy Rider is the fantasy, big payments and tied to a job and wife and the house in the suburbs is the reality.
I don't believe it has to be a myth; I just don't think I've found the way to make it real. I'll probably know after it's done.
But after all the work and the pain you'll have to go through, one day you'll wake up and look out the port-hole as the sun rises, the morning fog lays over water in a mist, the water so smooth not a ripple to be found, and then a coupe of wild ducks fly in and coast to a stop next to your boat, a breeze now comes over the water and the ripples form and you can smell the hint of salt on the air. You wife comes up from behind and puts her arms around you and looks over your shoulder to share the morning sights, and your Gran-son comes up, tugs on your pants and asks his favorite gran-pa if they can go out fishin this morning.
This I get. The thing is you don't have to have much to experience it. You don't need a $100,000.00 boat or 50 grand in the bank, or new lifelines or...
Hoffa, sorry for your grief. You bring a good dose of reality to the discussion of "living the dream". It reminds me that although these forums are a great source of information, inspiration, and camraderie, I have to really figure out for me what MY dream is and what it's going to take for ME to get there. Things still go wrong in "dreamland". I may be getting rid of my house-home with the woes of repairs and maintenance, but I'm getting a boat-home with it's own r & M woes. And in an enviroment that is less convenient making the r & m more urgent at times. So here you are experiencing all the angst of buying the boat, making the move, forking out $$ hand over fist for the refit and then you get hit with an unexpected repair, can't blame you for questioning whether it's worth it or not. It made me stop and ask myself how I would feel in the same situation. I keep coming back to the fact that I'm happiest when I'm on the water, it feels more like home. The thing I personally have to watch out for is when I catch myself thinking "I'll be happy when........." If I'm not happy here, I won't be happy there. I can see the potential for many to look to the liveaboard life as an escape because our time onboard before the move is our getaway time. When we move aboard, life moves aboard with us. Thanks for making me think Hoffa. I think.....