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Re: I sold my boat today...
Minnie I looked at our expenses due to breakages, wear, flights, prep, insurance and incidentals directly related to passage. Surprisingly almost all breakage, chafe, wood dents and other wear is caused by crew on passage. Then add in fuel and food. The cost of storage down in Trinidad or Grenada is just about the same as those expenses.
Down in the islands we have no fixed slip. Our marina time only occurs when we need services or fly home. Itís actually cheaper to not go back and forth.
I did it for several years because thereís something magical about being really off the shelf floating on top of a mile or two of water. Especially liked those nights doing 7+ knots up on watch by yourself.
I might go back to passages but found during the summer did family, fishing and fooling around. The boat mostly sat which is bad for it. I did get a small row/sailboat. But even with her mostly rowed or fished. Think youíll find the sailing recedes into the background when you live on the boat. Kind of like driving. A pleasant Sunday drive is fun but 95% of your driving is just background.