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12-31-2013 01:27 PM
LessTacksing
Re: Would you rather own a sailboat or a RV?

Currently we have a 30' fifth wheel. I would like to get a 30 - 33' Cape Dory to expand my explorations.

David
12-31-2013 12:07 PM
jwing
Re: Would you rather own a sailboat or a RV?

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Originally Posted by MarkofSeaLife View Post
....But it wont be a big RV. A camper van is smaller, can be neatly fitted out, better chance of parking on streets etc.


I travel to go placees. Sailing is a means to get there and accomodation. So is a camper van /RV.....
Mark' has a good point. A typical RV is very cumbersome and limiting. I lived out of my 4-wheel drive Ford F150 with a camper shell and a roll-out shelf attached to the truck's bed. I have a sleeping platform above the roll-out shelf and all the kitchen gear, folding chairs, and other recreational gear stows on the roll-out or on a rack on top of the shell. My rig is OK in cities, but is powerful, versatile, fast, and nimble in the backcountry where I want to be. I am not confined to RV campsites!

I use the F150 to tow my small boat. Ideally I'd like a live-aboardable sailboat AND my current land-exploration rig.
12-31-2013 11:37 AM
capttb Hey! I only joined AARP for the dental insurance and junk mail.
12-31-2013 06:08 AM
catchinrays
Re: Would you rather own a sailboat or a RV?

I think its a great question and a fair comparison. We ourselves struggled with the idea before we bought our first boat: buy an RV now and take it easy, or go with the boat where we know its much more worry and probably more expensive.

As the Bumfuzzles themselves have now decided to swallow the anchor in trade for an RV, its the next logical option for us when we decided to do the same. Although we just bought our first boat, we don't live in la-la land and do realize that there will come a day when we're done with it. But like I've said on a previous thread, we'd rather do the sailing thing now while we can, than to live the rest of our lives with the regret that we didn't do it. And when we're done, then will start cruising around with the rest of the RV'ers and join AARP.
10-24-2013 09:24 PM
Delezynski
Re: Would you rather own a sailboat or a RV?

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Originally Posted by Rhapsody-NS27 View Post
Watching movies on the mainsail?

I met a guy in Afghanistan who hung a bedsheet on the wall outside of his room to watch movies and play video games with a projector. Worked pretty good.
Our projector is about the size of a package of cigs. Runs for about 2 hours on a charge. Has an SD card slot and will connect to our computer or DVD player. We have tanbark sails, so that was out. I found an old projector screen at Good Will store, took it apart and use that, works GREAT!

Greg
10-24-2013 08:57 PM
Rhapsody-NS27
Re: Would you rather own a sailboat or a RV?

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Originally Posted by Delezynski View Post
Well.... it's actually an LED projector that we use in the cockpit.
Greg
Watching movies on the mainsail?

I met a guy in Afghanistan who hung a bedsheet on the wall outside of his room to watch movies and play video games with a projector. Worked pretty good.
10-24-2013 08:43 PM
Delezynski
Re: Would you rather own a sailboat or a RV?

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Originally Posted by bfloyd4445 View Post
Geez....after the essentials are loaded I will have to tow a raft for the beer!...don't like towing
Sounds like a great start. At least the PO didn't bugger it up with a lot of nonsense.

Oh come now! IF WE can have all of the essentials on our 27, surely you have plenty of room on a 32!

We have refrigeration, life raft, 8 foot dink, stove & oven, hooka gear, nav stuff, and 54 inch flat screen , Well.... it's actually an LED projector that we use in the cockpit. And one hell of a lot of spares!!!

Keep us up to date on the project!

Greg
10-24-2013 07:41 PM
bfloyd4445
Re: Would you rather own a sailboat or a RV?

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Originally Posted by Delezynski View Post
I understand that. It's why there are so many wonderful boats! Every captain get's his own.

I have delivered a couple of trawlers up and down the west coast in and out of Mexico. NOW there are some boats I (MY VIEW ONLY) that need protected waters. But there was this converted tug that I kinda liked, except the 1000 gal. fuel bill!

I think getting an older vessel and re-doing it is the BEST way to go! You know EXACTLY what's in it!!! And the Westsail was on our short list. Just use caution in the ballast area, I think some of them had steel punchings for ballast....

Greg

Greg
and this one has 5000 in lead and the rest steel punching encapsulated in resin. Don't like that part but for a 38 year old boat of which 34 has been in water the hull on the outside is in remarkably fine shape. Original gelcoat, original owner, bottom paint new feb original fresh water cooled perkins that purrs like a perkins. Electronics were never installed except for lights no holding take has a portapotty. Pretty Spartan but the boat has been well traveled in the pacific as far as nZ. Standard layout inside gimbaled stove oven v berth. Just that a 32 is so small how do you find places to store everything. Geez....after the essentials are loaded I will have to tow a raft for the beer!...don't like towing
10-24-2013 07:29 PM
Delezynski
Re: Would you rather own a sailboat or a RV?

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Originally Posted by bfloyd4445 View Post
I like enough room to get away from others like I'm used to being able to do on a trawler. Sailboats are kinda cramped compared to them. Gonna get used to them. Found a very good westsail hull yesterday but everything else needs redone. I kinda like that idea ands its at an attractive price low enough to leave money to refit completely
I understand that. It's why there are so many wonderful boats! Every captain get's his own.

I have delivered a couple of trawlers up and down the west coast in and out of Mexico. NOW there are some boats I (MY VIEW ONLY) that need protected waters. But there was this converted tug that I kinda liked, except the 1000 gal. fuel bill!

I think getting an older vessel and re-doing it is the BEST way to go! You know EXACTLY what's in it!!! And the Westsail was on our short list. Just use caution in the ballast area, I think some of them had steel punchings for ballast....

Greg

Greg
10-24-2013 07:21 PM
joelsanda
Re: Would you rather own a sailboat or a RV?

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Originally Posted by khammett View Post
But with a RV you could explore the remotest parts of North America. I think RVing is alot cheaper too.
Well, by remote - in this case - you mean a paved road. Or a very well maintained dirt or gravel road. Neither of those mean remote.

On a related note the most 'remote' one can get in the continental United States is, depending upon who you ask, the Thorofare in Yellowstone National Park or the Frank Church River of no Return Wilderness in Idaho. In these cases remotes means the furthest from roads. Both are quiet and quite remote and only require a moderately stocked backpack with some nice hiking shoes :-)

For what it's worth I'm opting for the sailboat. Trading out the hiking boots for flip flops and the backpack for a dinghy.
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