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Freedom is a big part of my boat life motivation. But it is mostly the (relative) freedom that comes from being debt free, and living within my means.

The freedom to roam, to explore new areas, to learn new things, and the ability to to limit my impact on this planet, are also vitally important. But it is freedom from the economic shackles of our society that makes cruising life attractive to me.

Sailing itself is not the big deal for me. It’s an entirely desirable way to move me and my little home around. I enjoy sailing, but it’s not the main thing for me. It’s really just a means to an end. There are other ways to do the same, but cruising on a smallish sailboat seems like the best way — right now.
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If I may, what you are describing is the "wine and cheese" type.

I love those folks and I participate in providing that to others from time to time... but that isn't why I sail... In fact every summer on our little puddle of a lake we have 1 hour sails that we take sailing newbs out on... Its part of our "Lake Fest." I've met tons of people who love the "peacefulness" of it all. They don't understand that most days I'm pounding through waves heeling like mad and fighting upwind.

To me, I get jazzed with the challenge of sailing to the conditions. Whether that is NO wind, weird chop, heavy wind... I like to fight the challenge. Sure that's not always why I go out, but its the attitude I've taken, so that I sail more. It makes it an intellectual challenge, and frankly a physical one as well.

I'm all for "wine and cheese" romance of sailing, and cruising, in small doses.

While my wife and I just spent 11 days in the BVIs just the 2 of us together on a beautiful new boat, it wasn't all wine and cheese cruising, but there was some of that along with the type of sailing I really like (pounding through the water, gearing down and really sailing).

If you sell your significant other on the romance of sailing, you'll likely lose them in the long term sailing (not necessarily the relationship, just the partner for sailing)... If its approached as an "activity" like camping, or horse-back riding, you more properly "sell" it as a together activity.

Ironically my wife and I horseback ride too... actually we compete running dogs on horseback, in field trials... Its not all riding off into the sunset for sure... some of its hard work, and downright dangerous at times. Love the dogs, love the horses, but is not all a slow mosey on a horse in perfect weather.
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I'm all for "wine and cheese" romance of sailing, and cruising, in small doses.

While my wife and I just spent 11 days in the BVIs just the 2 of us together on a beautiful new boat, it wasn't all wine and cheese cruising, but there was some of that along with the type of sailing I really like (pounding through the water, gearing down and really sailing).
See that's it right there. Sailing vs cruising.

The romance of sailing has come out for us a couple of times: a winter day and 3 hours of gentle downwind sailing on a crystal clear day, a perfect day of gentle tacking back and forth that ended in a sunset in a remote anchorage. But mostly its been hard beats, exhilarating and terrifying crossings, and hours of manning the helm and focussing on telltales.

Cruising on the other hand, at least for us, encompasses multi-week trips where we don't care if we sail or motor, don't care if things go according to plan or we get "stuck" in the anchorage for a couple of extra days, and we don't especially care if we actually get anywhere other than "away." I can't help but wax poetic when I try and describe it all to my non-boating friends. Sure, that moment when you turn off the engine is what really ices the cake, but as long as I have the cake I am already lost in the romance of it all.
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Freedom of being one with nature, The sheer power of it and being almost in control.
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This is an interesting statement. Over the years, I've tried many hobbies and outlets in search of "freedom" that have failed, utterly. Restoring vintage automobiles, motorcycling, travel groups. None of them ever really gave me any sense of freedom, they only reinforced how tied to society I am.

Advertising sells the idea of cars and motorcycles as keys to freedom, they always show a smiling man or woman tearing along empty city streets or coastal highways when the reality is, you're constantly tapping the brakes while choking on the exhaust of the moron in front of you. In a growing society where the infrastructure is crumbling and inadequate, this is a totally false vision of freedom

So, I sold all of my cars and motorcycles and bought a small powerboat because I grew up in South Florida, and that's how I spent my time on the water as a kid. Then I discovered that I didn't like the stink, the noise, or my range being limited to my fuel tank. I just couldn't get far enough away. So, I started sailing.

Sailing works. For me, it's the only thing that works. It's the only thing that gets me far enough away from society so that I can decompress. Pounding into a short chop in a 25kt breeze is still more peaceful and enjoyable to me than rocking and slamming off of other powerboat wakes in my own powerboat or going insane, listening to the drone of an engine while transiting from A to B.

I *finally* discovered that speed is nearly irrelevant to enjoyment. I love the aesthetic grace of a boat under sail. I enjoy seeing, feeling and harnessing the physics that drive the boat. I enjoy learning and improving the entire range of skills that sailing demands. After sitting in a cubicle all day, pounding a keyboard, I actually enjoy the physical exertion of setting sails, grinding winches and crawling around on slanted decks.

Is any of that romantic? I dunno, but it sure preserves my sanity.
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Freedom of being one with nature, The sheer power of it and being almost in control.
A sailing instructor can squash the dream of sail in one tack.
Sounds like you have a story to tell .

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