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Re: When does the fun start?

I need advice on how to fix things, I already know how to have fun! (I just don't have as much time for it as I would like!)
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A bad day doing boat maintenance is STILL better than a good day in an office.
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I'm not doing maintenance, I'm reconditioning an entire boat due to lack of maintenance of all the previous owners. Just glad its made of fiberglass! I'm treating it as a part-time job. I can either work a night shift at taco bell for 5 years and and use that money to buy a nicer used boat than I have now, or I can work on getting my older boat exactly the way I want it to be with all the color choices and modifications as I see fit. I even get the bonus of meaningful obtained skills and even know every square inch of my boat inside and out. And I don't smell like tacos when I get home, I smell like epoxy and mahogany ! Yum... Yum...
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Re: When does the fun start?

Originally Posted by sstuller View Post
Looking at the forums it is obvious that the gear & maintenance forums have far more viewers than any other forum. It is a safe assumption that most boat owners spend far more time on maintenance than sailing.
What's wrong with this picture? What is causing all these maintenance problems that steal time from actually using your boat?
As others have pointed out, the logic of your "safe" assumption is faulty. Maintenance requires sharing a lot of information--after all it's always good to hear from others who are working on the same thing that you are. Thus, many posts.

But maintenance is indeed constant on a sailboat. Nothing wrong with that picture, just the reality of a complex object sitting in a water environment being beaten on by sun, wind, and rain.

I don't look at the maintenance as stealing from sailing time. Like many others, I mostly enjoy it, but try to relegate it to times when I couldn't sail anyway.

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Re: When does the fun start?

I once read that one of the Hinckleys was asked what he would pick if he had to make a permanent choice between working on them or sailing them - he said working on them.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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Re: When does the fun start?

Activity on this site may support the original poster's assumption that sailors spend far more time on maintenance than sailing but this is not borne out in the real world. Visitors to this site probably spend time on the "gear and maintenance " section because of their: 1. predilection for boats that are old enough to require a lot of maintenance, and 2. willingness to share their knowledge.
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Re: When does the fun start?

I agree that the premise 'G & M has more posts, therefore peeps spend more time fixing than sailing' is flawed.

If you post a picture of a broken piece of gear and ask, "What should I do?" you'll get 87 responses; there will be follow up questions. If you post about a great day on the water, you get a few 'likes'.

Having said that, working on my boat is a lot of fun; I really enjoy it. Last Friday I was sprawled on the foredeck with my head in the anchor locker fixing the port running light while my brother drove (and the sun was setting). I had the tools; I had the spare bulb; I got it working. It wasn't brain surgery, but I was proud and happy when I was done.

I think this is another version of the axiom: "Newspapers don't run stories about houses that aren't on fire."


P.S. I finally took my boat upriver on it's maiden voyage (the delivery from the marina to my mooring doesn't count). The 31 year old Evinrude provided 3 & 1/2 hours of service. I wish I could use the word 'continuous' in there, but alas I cannot.

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Re: When does the fun start?

Not me, I sail a lot more than I do maintenance . One look at my teak would convince you of that.

But that does not mean NO maintenance -you still have to do things to maintain the boat, much like you maintain your house.
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