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post #2 of Old 05-09-2014
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Welcome to SailNet. Sailing is great fun, especially if you can do it regularly on somebody else's boat.

Learn to sail, research the cost of ownership for several different size boats and know that you will likely own a boat or two before you get that live-aboard.

I often tell people to compare boat ownership with owning a computer printer. It costs you money every time you use it, you are always looking to upgrade to the next model and you always have to worry about where you will store it when not using it.

Our first boat was a two year old 26 foot trailerable. The only real cost was launch fees and insurance. Storage was in the backyard. Then we upgraded to an eleven year old 35 foot Beneteau with all the bells `n whistles. Now there are slip fees, winter storage fees and EVERYTHING cost more. Running rigging is heavier & longer and there are all the systems you have in a typical home that have to be maintained (and periodically upgraded).

Keep those dreams alive but also know those dreams are best attained one step at a time. Also know that somebody who has the experience required to make a successful circumnavigation will never have to ask what a good blue water boat is. You will already know by then.


`99 Beneteau Oceanis 352, #282 WiTCHCRAFT
Milwaukee, WI
Sailing Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes

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