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06-02-2011 11:28 PM

Who needs words! or 10 things.....OR?!?!?!?!

06-02-2011 10:11 PM
tomperanteau No one with a mortgage can say what someone that owns a boat can say. "I own it, it's mine."
06-02-2011 09:48 PM
Waltthesalt Not in order
I love working and being on it as much as going out on it.
Underway it's like part of me, I feel the boat. Don't need to look to know if she's in the groove or not.
Talks to me when something's not right. Can't be more specific.
Even at anchor she's alive. Sleeping with the motion and sounds.
She's a complete world. All the systems to know and refine till they're just right.
Buying a boat isn't logical in the first place ergo boat expenses arn't and don't need justifcation.
When your're sailing you can't do anything else. No interruptions no deadlines.
Always something new to do and learn
Talking boats with other boat people.
Gunkholing with my shallow water skiff
06-02-2011 09:44 PM
mgiguere The thing I like most about my 1967 S&S Chris Craft Apache 37 is its turn of speed and going pass most equivalently sized "modern" designs. S&S designed this boat after Intrepid and it has a fin keel with a bulb on the bottom drawing 6 ft with minimum wetted surface...nice overhangs that add to water line length when heeled...early thick fiberglass (built like a tank for good off shore work), and won't buckle after hitting a rock at full speed (which I've done a couple times). Small foretriangle, big main that I've equipped with recent Doyle sails, etc, and a tree trunk sized mast.

I guess that's more than 10 things, but that's my story and I'm sticking with it.

06-02-2011 05:41 PM
casey1999 #11.
Your boat is your own sovereign territory in the middle of the ocean. You fall under no control of any country (well almost). You are truly independent. I like going out on the water and be free. It is probably as free as you can get in today's world. You can turn on some music as loud as you want and do what you want and you do not bother anyone. You can be one with the sea birds and water life in an environment that has changed little over millions of years. You also learn how fragile the ocean is, and try to find ways to save it for future generations.
06-02-2011 03:37 PM
Originally Posted by PaulfromNWOnt View Post
3. It's all mine
Indeed. I tend to phrase it either "It's a hole in the water, surrounded by plastic, into which I pour money. But it's MINE."


"Small. No AC. Tiny engine. But it's MINE."

Depends on the circumstances.
06-02-2011 12:07 AM
Maverick1958 My wife and I rebuilt her together.
06-01-2011 11:17 PM
JoeDiver She's paid for, all mine.

She's my escape...I can get away and on board my world gets a little smaller and my mind get's a little larger.

Naps up in the v berth rock....literally.....

Peaceful....I can think......
06-01-2011 10:09 PM
Originally Posted by sailhog View Post
Snoozing in the cockpit!
SNOOZING in the cockpit ? You getting old Hog ?
06-01-2011 08:36 PM
flyingwelshman I'm not a 'smiler'. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of what I am about to relate.

When I say I'm not a 'smiler' what I mean is that I rarely smile. I am often accused of looking angry. I am not often angry I just seem to portray that emotion.

There are, however, at least three activities in which I participate that cause my frown to turn upside-down.

I am an avid SCUBA diver and usually sport a broad smile when I have spat out my reg upon surfacing.

The second activity that causes a Cheshire Cat reaction is sailing. In light winds or heavy (especially heavy!) I sport a ****-eating grin, or, more frequently, a full-toothed beam. Whether motoring or under canvas, as long as there's water under my keel and a tiller in my hand I sport an ear-to-ear smile. Why I have this reaction, I don't know. For all the reasons that have been mentioned: the freedom; the sounds; the challenge; the scenery; the company; all of the above. And what allows me to experience this joy? My boat! So I would have to say that my smile covers the ten things I love about my boat.

My boat is like a beautiful woman not beautiful in the plastic, botox, silicone-injected, unattainable media-created, fantastical, illusionary portrayal of 'beauty'. Beautiful in the wholesome, girl-next-door, mother-of-your children reality of true 'beauty'. She's not what could be considered 'sleek', but she has curves in all the right places. She sags a bit where she used to be pert, but this just gives her character. She's responsive but not cowed: she let's you know if you are not treating her with the respect she deserves. She provides comfort and shelter. She is happy to serve and appreciates being served. She is generous and demanding. And she makes me smile!

I won't discuss the third activity that makes me smile.
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