Join Date: Oct 2009
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I don't think anyone is saying not to do it. But your comments about your parents' lives, "..so boring, mow the grass, rake the leaves, watch TV, sleep, eat and wait to die..." do seem a bit disrespectful. They probably are happy with their lives (you'd know that better than I), and may appreciate the little pleasures in life that younger folk are too impatient to notice.
On a boat you may not have to mow and rake, but there will be a lot of other repetitive chores that you find to be just as boring (and a lot more expensive), like refinishing all the brightwork, pumping out your holding tank, upgrading your greywater treatment to meet EPA's new regulations, blah blah.
If anything, I'd say you are thinking right to do it sooner rather than later. As the infirmities of age creep in, you may not be able to try it. After living aboard for a decade, you might actually prefer to "mow the grass, rake the leaves, watch TV, sleep, eat and wait to die."
Funny how so many of us end up repeating the mistakes of our parents!
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1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (at Anchorage Marina, Essington, on the Delaware River)
1994 Mason 44 Firefly on loan from my BFF (West River, Galesville, MD)
1991 15' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)