Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
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Owning a sailboppat as an investment is crazy! If you don't own a boat as a love affair with sailing find something else to own. Most people who own boats if you look at what the boat costs them over the life span of the boat it would have been way cheaper to charter. Me, I have no choice; sailing is in my blood and owning and sailing a boat is so easy to comprehend for just a few precious minutes sailing. It eases my spirit.
That said, an on-line friend sent this to me and somehow it seems relevant:
How to Practice Living Aboard Your Boat While Still At Home =============================================
1. Sleep on the shelf in your closet.
2. Replace the closet door with a curtain.
3. Four hours after you go to sleep, have your wife whip open the curtain, shine a flashlight in your eyes, and mumble: "Your watch!".
4. Put a wall across the middle of your bathtub and move the shower head down to chest level.
5. When taking showers, shut off the water while soaping.
6. Put lube oil in your humidifier instead of water and set it to high.
7. If your basement floods, during a sudden thaw, go down and start bailing.
8. Bring inside some type of gas motor (lawn mower, garden tiller, etc), start, and leave running while trying to listen to favorite CD, or having an in-depth conversation.
9. If the wind, outside, is howling, race around the house to make sure all windows and doors are secure. At night, everyone takes a turn on 'watch'.
10. Place all none edible garbage in small plastic bags, and store in other half of tub (edible garbage to be thrown out the window).
11. Wake up at midnight and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on stale bread. Cold canned ravioli or soup, is optional.
12. Make up your family menu a week ahead of time without looking in the pantry, 'fridge, or freezer.'
13. Once a month, pick a major appliance, take it completely apart, and put it back together.
14. Use 18 scoops of coffee per pot, and allow it to sit for 5 to 6 hours before drinking.
15. Put a fluorescent light under the coffee table, and lay there to read a book.
16. Every so often, throw the cat in the tub (hot tub, large sink, etc.) and shout, "Man overboard!".
17. Run into the kitchen and sweep all the pots/pans/dishes off of the counter onto the floor, then yell at the wife for not having the place "stowed for sea."
18. With every major windshift, have your alarm go off so you can reset your address.
19. Periodically throw some sand about the house.
21. Cut two legs shorter on each chair.
22. During a squall, wake up - go to the front porch - throw a bucket of cold water in your face - go back to bed.
Sailing on The Central Chesapeake Bay, West River, MD on my Catalina 27, Aelous II with my wife and friends.
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Last edited by mccary; 09-27-2008 at 12:51 AM.