Originally Posted by Pelagic
Welcome to CF.
There is a key difference between Remorse and Hindsight
‘Remorse’ is when you don’t do your homework and fail to see the obvious flaw in your decision thru lack of product study, surveys and tests
‘Hindsight’, is more a function of time where your priorities may change due to actual sailing and live aboard experience.
Yes, I have buyers remorse, however, on hindsight this has been an incredible adventure.
a large multihull
and bring it to Hawaii
to start a tourist business. I met the local harbor master and asked if there would be room for me. He said YES!
I found a USA built vessel to comply with Jones Act. It was a 65ft trimaran
demasted in Marshall Islands
Homework not completed:
from the Marshall Islands
were so bad one email
from the internet
took almost 15 minutes and cost $5 per 1/2 hr. People played computer games while waiting. I needed crew to get across Pacific and really had little ability to do more homework. Besides, I was building a jury rig and provisioning
Problems found after purchase:
operation was not allowed in my home port of Hilo. Banned by State law.
2. Kailua Kona was very far from my home and a mooring
was quoted was $450,000. You own it outright and limited number.
3. Can't fit in harbor.
markert was never an alternative and saturated.
What drew me to cruising were the incredible stories I heard and strong desire to unshackle myself from the desk. Had I been allowed to operate in Hawaii
, I would 100% be shackled, and likely lost
I have lived many incredible years in great places among friendly people. Even in a typhoon I never felt in danger
. I have not locked my house for 6 years.
is good. I've climbed mountains, dove on an 1842 wreck and brought up coins for a museum, discovered cave paintings, and ate dinner at the Sultan's home and shook his hand.
follow me in the street shouting Story Story! I teach them songs
like the one about a little ant and a rubber tree plant.
The vessel and lifestyle it has essentially forced upon me, have been the dream so many want.
It takes what we call courage. Courage is really doing something stupid. The difference? Courage is when it works out.
I should have first sold the home in Hawaii and then bought a smaller boat. Then I would have had the funds to do this many more years. Instead, I have to sell both the home and the boat.
While the grass is always greener on the other side, the grass here is a lot better than most.
How much would you give to create smiles like these, be invited into every home you walk past, and be warmly greeted by name the first time you stepped foot on a new island?