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05-19-2014 12:51 PM
CarbonSink62
Re: The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about

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Originally Posted by Minnesail View Post
Right? The first time I was on a real sailboat was 2009. I remember being baffled by "head to wind" and such. But then we cut the diesel and the boat kept moving? Perfect. Just perfect.
This.

And, as many others have mentioned, the social aspects that weren't there when I was sailing my 18' day-boat off a mooring on a very small lake. I could get people to sail with me...

Now that I'm moving up to a 30' cruising boat on a mooring with access to the Atlantic, they want to sail with me.

I also love the mix of skills it takes to be an owner/skipper. I've always considered myself a 'jack of all trades' and this activity really showcases that.

Ken
05-19-2014 07:06 AM
Andrew65
Re: The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about

Family interaction.

Bonding time between a father and daughter.

When my 13 yr. old daughter forgot her math books to our weekend together for a helpful math party (because her school work is suffering), she learned more about motivation to study than she thought she would when I made her drag out 75m of 5/16 inch shortlink chain to count how many links there are in it so I could put depth markers on it. She had the task of using the kind of mathematics she was using in school, grams and fractions, tell me the count and weight of it, 1/2 of it, 1/4 of it if one link weighted 200grams. She did it grudgingly while other kids played in the hot sun by the water. I then told her that a sailboat is nothing but mathematics and there is a whole lot more of work to be done if she forgets her books or she doesn`t pick up her grades. She is now motivated.
05-18-2014 09:47 PM
Minnesail
Re: The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about

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The best part of owning a sailboat: shutting the engine off, and continuing to move in silence.
Right? The first time I was on a real sailboat was 2009. I remember being baffled by "head to wind" and such. But then we cut the diesel and the boat kept moving? Perfect. Just perfect.
05-18-2014 09:44 PM
jmallett
Re: The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about

Racing one of the slowest forms of transportation invented and winning by 5 seconds after a 3 hour race
05-18-2014 09:18 PM
titustiger27
Re: The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about

The taste of beer, with your crew (even if you are solo) after a sunny and consistent breeze of a day
05-18-2014 09:14 PM
LilBabyPenguin
Re: Sail to work

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Originally Posted by SailingJackson View Post
For years I lived on the west side of Madison, Wisconsin and kept my boat at a mooring field on the western short of Lake Mendota. I worked downtown Madison, just 3 blocks from the pier and breakwater at Tenney Park in Madison. During the summer I would sail to work in the morning and sail home in the evening. Sweet.
That is so cool!
05-18-2014 06:09 PM
asdf38
Re: The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about

The best part of owning a sailboat: shutting the engine off, and continuing to move in silence.
05-18-2014 05:05 PM
Ulladh
Re: The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about

Sunrise.

At a marina, at anchor or in transit, all sunrises on a boat make it all worth it.
05-18-2014 03:42 PM
titustiger27
Re: The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about

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Originally Posted by jsaronson View Post
Owning a boat means never having to worry about what to do with spare time or extra cash!
Joel
Me worry? ha, that is what credit cards are for... ;-)



05-18-2014 12:48 PM
jsaronson
Re: The great things about owning a sailboat that no one tells you about

Owning a boat means never having to worry about what to do with spare time or extra cash!
Joel
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