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Old 10-11-2007
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The one thing I haven't stumbled on is a realistic description of how people actually work/pay for cruising while they are doing it. Lost in all the romance of the orcas seen and storms endured and mermaid molesting, tends to be the practical money issues. A book might have chapters on how they got the boat ready for offshore, but not how they supported themselves. I guess it makes dull reading and jars the reader out of the fantasy. I haven't read extensively in this area, But what I have read people just seem to always have the resources to help them through their adventures. Or else very nice folks are replacing that spar for free.
If you've figured it out Tartan 34C, elaborate, write a book for those who know what they want and what their boat needs, just can't figger out how to pay for it. One old fart I met in a boatyard complained that you always seem to have either the horse or the saddle, but never both at the same time. You got money and boat but no freedom, or you got freedom and no money and maybe no boat. Excuses? Maybe.
Having it figgered out helps a lot, but my gut tells me that if people just cut loose the lines and head out, they will find a way to make it work. Nobody just stops and decides to starve on their boat.

BTW that grand included $600.00 for fittings and wire. I thought about buying a swager, but didn't think I would be needing one again soon, and I didn't want to buy yet another tool that just needs a space to keep it. Never thought about hiring myself out.

As an aside, I think its a bit ridiculous; I'm sure I could lift the boat out of the water with that wire; who the hell needs that kind of strength for something to stumble against? What kinds of loads are we talking here, a couple hundred pounds at most? Some nylon braid would be more than sufficient, even if it doesn't look as sharp.
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If it's all right with you, I'm going to call you qoqeyebob. Unless you object...
qoqIbob would be more symmetrical.

Sort of like a yin/yang symbol lol ...
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The loads are considerably more than a couple of hundred pounds, but your boat, your life.
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Aye Val ... Thank God! better than Oh ****!

She sure looks pretty under sail. Should have brought the camera.
Wave bye-bye. Of all the points of sail, the fastest is ... away.

Very clever Wind Magic ... thanks to hog and you! After 27 years, the dink has finally found a name.
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hog ... you bet, soon as I get 'er finished ... maybe three more miles of weld to go ... can't take too much more of the crap ... really wasn't cut out to toe the line ...

hmmmmm, these are pretty, wonder what they'll do?

later, gotta get back to runnin' up the electricity bill ... zap, pop, pow!
you take care ...
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Don't mean to pester you with questions, but I gather qoqIbob's boat has a steel hull? qoqIbob must be looking forward to some serious passagemaking...
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SHeeeew... Now you have ruined his day!!! Those figerglass welds did look nice!!!
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SHeeeew... Now you have ruined his day!!! Those figerglass welds did look nice!!!
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