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03-28-2014 10:59 AM
Re: "The 2 happiest days of a boatowners life are..."

Not to say that buying and selling boats aren't happy and exciting days, but the happiest? When folks ask why you sail, do you tell them about the day you bought the boat? For me, it was the weekend both kids were home from school, and we all went sailing, and had lunch drifting. After lunch my daughter took the helm, my son was napping below, my wife was reading a magazine and I had nothing to do but relax. Or that beautiful sun set we watched on the mooring. Or the time, well you know what I mean. Sure there is a large nugget of truth in "the hole in the water", and "standing in a cold shower tearing up $100.00 bills" or in "the two days", but unless you bought your boat to impress clients or dock mates, I suspect that for most of us, the happiest days have nothing to do with the business ends of boat ownership. I think if you use the search function you will find a lot of threads about buying boats, and some about selling boats, but the word happiness is not frequently used in those threads. That must mean something.
03-28-2014 10:07 AM
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I've always loved the boats I've owned, it's not a happy day when they sell. I think we're on our last boat and I'm already dreading the day we swallow the anchor and sell her.
03-28-2014 01:05 AM
SimonV The people that throw that quote about, never loved or cared for their boat the way they should have. Owning a boat is not just a physical thing, just think about the people you know with sailboats, they don't talk about their boat in a back handed way, there is a passion in their voice. Their boat is a part of them, part of their lives SHE can frustrate but SHE can then give great joy. You don't buy a boat, but you invest in your future and the boat and the next boat will be at your Centre.
03-27-2014 08:59 AM
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Put my vette up to secure a loan for a 9k 40 year old boat that (never mind the slip) I am having a hard time paying for being laid off half the time and I do not regret it one bit. At least the boats paid for, if I have to give up the vette so be it. Within the first month of ownership I knew, to me, it is all worth it no matter what happens. No question.
03-27-2014 12:36 AM
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After I sold my previous boat I sailed her down to her new home with her new owner, it was a glorious sail, perfect weather and the new owner was very impressed with her sailing ability, but a bittersweet day for me. Was very sad leaving her in her new berth. Still miss her actually.
03-26-2014 08:03 PM
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I would not even look at this thread for sometime because I did not like the idea. Now I am happy to see it is not at all what I was thinking. A lot of you feel and act the same as us. It is not something one can explain. sailing must be done before you comment. If you did not sail the boat you might be happy to sell it ?
My wife cried when we sold the sunfish. It was replaced by the FJ. The sunfish stayed until the Catalina came to the yard. I know one of you will tell us to get more yard ? Then a real cruiser will tell us to sell the dirt and get more boat. We have a two boat limit. 3 is over the limit. The canoe is not a boat. So it is always safe. It was the right thing to do selling the sunfish but it was not a happy day. Buying also brings all kinds of emotion.
Our dreams may take us beyond the new to us Catalina-22. For now the FJ is semi safe. I am prone to think the sale day will not be all smiles.
Kind Regards, Lou
03-26-2014 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by chrisncate View Post
The day it sells, and the day the check clears.
If I had known you would have taken a check!

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03-26-2014 11:40 AM
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I tend to think of the days as "sad days" and "happy days". Up here in the northeast a sad day is the day in November we pull them out of the water. For the rest of the fall, winter and early spring its "I got work to do on the dam boat". Then launch day and we're happy again to be on our lovely, precious floating palace.
03-26-2014 10:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Multihullgirl View Post
Oh, the misogyny…

…but as a female in the racing game, I get lots of boat-widows looking to me for commiseration, and my answer is: 'be glad he's into sailing, and not boozing whoremongering.' Well, usually I put it a bit more politely
From what I can tell, some people think that's part of sailing anyway.
03-26-2014 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
Should've sold the wife.
Nah, not happening. Boats are common. Wife is one in a million. Happily married for 34 years and want to keep the happy streak going on...
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