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Old 12-21-2007
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my incredible adventure leaves me with the question - and wondered if it effects others as well. does the risk of damage, something screwing up, make anyone but me think twice when they leave the harbour? for most sailing folks, sailing is a hobby, and most people use their boats a couple of weeks a year. if they have a disaster they might have a few bills, but as long as everyone is safe it's a headache and no more. but if you screw up with your home, you risk losing a lot.
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Hoffa,
Yes, as I said in your other thread, the risk of something going ,such as a major gear failure, keeps me from going out alone in heavy weather. I worry about being able to cope by myself in those conditions. That being said, I sometimes ignore those warning bells but some day I'll pay for it.
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I am still amazed that a man who has been sailing for years has never sailed solo until the age of 46.
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my incredible adventure leaves me with the question - and wondered if it effects others as well. does the risk of damage, something screwing up, make anyone but me think twice when they leave the harbor? for most sailing folks, sailing is a hobby, and most people use their boats a couple of weeks a year. if they have a disaster they might have a few bills, but as long as everyone is safe it's a headache and no more. but if you screw up with your home, you risk losing a lot.
I try to keep this short. And really hope people see what I say. Guess we all see things from different perspectives.

I think of the material, but, only more of others. It would kill me to ram a boat and sink it. But, sink my own holds a different thought. I can replace what "I" lose in time.

My dad always taught me to think safety first. I remember once where he worked the building was a fire. His concern was getting the workers out. The result, he got pinned when the building collapse. He lived, some broke ribs and looked like an over cooked marshmallow for a long time.

I do think safe, but, where do we draw the line. Do we live without Airplanes because a person was safe? Do we not know the Americas are here because someone was safe?

We enter the challenge set before us! We think safe! But, we try to subdue what is given!

True, sometimes we lose. But, what when we win! Man, you the "Top Dog" tonight. You took the Bull by the Horns!

This what it all about. I have lost family and friends to similar challenges. They did what they enjoyed! I not think the least of what you did. Some may feel different. It so enjoyed the Video. And, my woman said you crazy when I showed her. So, that good!

It was just "you"! (Well the dog, just better hope PETA not see)

It your dream! Go for it!

I go to sea and people think I crazy! Dang, when I come back, their eyes show how they wish!

You just on the stepping stones. Reach for what you want. It there my friend.

Give me the Horizon and no land in sight! Give me the Storm of passion! I will head into it!!!! Because it my challenge, it my love!

True, one day I probably get drowned by a "Rouge Wave", but, if I going to die? Let me die in the embrace of my love. Not in a hospital bed!

You really not understand how much I enjoyed your video! You the Dog today! Hold it in your heart all your life!
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I am still amazed that a man who has been sailing for years has never sailed solo until the age of 46.
well, to clarify, i first set foot on a sailboat about five years ago. our first sailboat was a 26' wood t-bird that i restored and Tracy and I learned on. we had that for two seasons and then sold it. we then bought a hobie cat and sailed that for two seasons. and then this summer we bought the cs. so it has been years, but not that many hours, and tracy and i made a great team, and i really didn't feel the need to solo so much. plus it intimidated me.

but that's not really what the thread is about; it's whether people think twice about sailing with their home. most liveaboards around me never move.
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Hoff,

One of these days you will hopefully set sail across an ocean, in your home. Don't worry about the daysails. You're not going to sink the thing in the bay. (repeat after me "I am not going to sink , I am not going to sink") Work on the old 'the glass is half full not half empty' principle but maybe keep the uncut diamonds in a safe deposit box.
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well, to clarify, i first set foot on a sailboat about five years ago. our first sailboat was a 26' wood t-bird that i restored and Tracy and I learned on. we had that for two seasons and then sold it. we then bought a hobie cat and sailed that for two seasons. and then this summer we bought the cs. so it has been years, but not that many hours, and tracy and i made a great team, and i really didn't feel the need to solo so much. plus it intimidated me.

but that's not really what the thread is about; it's whether people think twice about sailing with their home. most liveaboards around me never move.
I then stand corrected, Happy Holidays.
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The point Hoffa makes about it being his (and more importantly Tracy's) home as well as a sailboat is an important one. If he puts her aground or holes her, he's out more than just a boat... he'd be homeless too... and that would probably make Tracy a bit more than unhappy with him. This is something that he probably keeps very close to mind.

If the boat is insured properly, and for liveaboard status, then this isn't as big an issue... since the insurance should cover some of the expenses and loss...but still.
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Sailingdog, I hear ya. I lived aboard a small Morgan for two years. I took her out all the time; alone. I even trucked it back from California when I moved back east. If my resent health issues hadn't popped up, I would again be living aboard a boat and most likely exploring the keys. Hopefully everything will be back on track, in the spring.
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Sailingdog, I hear ya. I lived aboard a small Morgan for two years. I took her out all the time; alone. I even trucked it back from California when I moved back east. If my resent health issues hadn't popped up, I would again be living aboard a boat and most likely exploring the keys. Hopefully everything will be back on track, in the spring.
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