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Yeah it was all the commercial traffic I had to dodge that kept me from going below long enough to work a solution. I’ll give the kettle a whirl as it sounds like a good idea. Was a weird situation on the Hudson. Just one of those things- wrong place and time. Had to wait out that storm one way or another though. N/NE winds against the Gulf Stream make for a wet and bumpy ride. Won’t be there if I don’t have to be.
I never had a problem in the Hudson but, I have all chain. Though I know several boats where their rope anchor rode got wrapped around their boats keel. That was in calm conditions. Must not have been fun in the weather you experienced. Was on my boat for a Nor'easter a few years ago on a mooring would not do it again voluntarily.
I’m currently moving a boat south; the ground tackle arrangment is (was) less than ideal. Great for where the boat came from (Great Lakes) but not good for full time use. Basically 20’ of 5/16 3b and 150’ of 9/16 three strand.

The mooring I snagged that night wasn’t much better- the current/wind combination caused the boats to lie with the ball slamming against the side of the hull all night. I tried various spring lines on the mooring pennants with no success. The current couldn’t overcome the wind and the wind couldn’t overcome the current so the boats were caught in the battle. Another boat near me almost got holed by its own dinghy due to those conditions. TBH in retrospect I would have been better hove to offshore.

OP: I think there is a distinct difference between cruising for a while and then moving on to other things as opposed to what I think you’re asking; started cruising and for one reason or another quickly decided “nope, not for me”...or quitting outright due to lack of money, overwhelming repairs ect.
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Then donít live in a city. No grass, trees or space to play.

Not much in the suburbs either come to think of it.

Definitely a minority life style.
You should check out Minneapolis! Weíre all trees. The city owns and maintains the boulevard trees to give our streets a nice canopy.

When our park system was developed in the early 1900s the goal was to have a playground within 1/4 mile of every residence, and a rec center within a 1/2 mile. With a few exceptions that is still the case to this day. Rivers, streams, waterfalls. Three sailing lakes. All lakefront property in the city of Minneapolis is public land, as is a lot of the river and stream front property.
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You should check out Minneapolis! Weíre all trees. The city owns and maintains the boulevard trees to give our streets a nice canopy..
It's true! But then there is the 10 months of winter....
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And all to owe PEOPLE! Yuck!

Iím sorry but no. No city is the same as a rural setting let alone being on a sailboat in a deserted anchorage.

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It's true! But then there is the 10 months of winter....
Well sure, there is that.

I like to think that the cold separates the true believers from the posers.

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One of the important things that keeps my wife and I on board is the absence of having to live in the US northeast during winter. I havenít seen snow nor experienced freezing rain since 2013. You canít believe how nice it is to not chip ice, shovel snow, spread melt or run the snow blower.

When she complains about humidity I just chuckle and say well we can change that if you want. She grins and jumps off the sugar scoop for a dip.

People evolved in a semi tropical environment. Thatís where you want to be according to your biology. The upper Midwest leads to seasonal affectual disorder, drunkenness or too many children.
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.....The upper Midwest leads to seasonal affectual disorder, drunkenness or too many children.
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The upper Midwest leads to seasonal affectual disorder, drunkenness or too many children.
I'm about as upper midwest as you can get, and I'm afraid I tend towards two out of three of those things...

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One of the important things that keeps my wife and I on board is the absence of having to live in the US northeast during winter. I havenít seen snow nor experienced freezing rain since 2013. You canít believe how nice it is to not chip ice, shovel snow, spread melt or run the snow blower.
Even though Iím a Canadian, and have remained in Canada the past four winters, Iíve spent most of my time in the Florida of Canada: the Okanagan. I havenít seen real snow or actual cold for four years now.

This winter Iíve signed up to spend our winter north of Calgary, and then in semi-northern Ontario. Weíre definitely going to be shovelling lots of snow and dealing with serious cold.

Should be fun Ö maybe?

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Ice is slippery and dangerous. Wifey is scared of falls and wears cleats over her shoes going to and from work. She wants to get out of cold winters when she retires. We had had a plan to live aboard and move back and force from the Caribe.... seems a lot of work.

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