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Old 19-04-2011, 18:50   #46
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Re: Commute to Your Boat, How Far?

Great stuff




This is me today commuting on my friend's 41 Morgan OI in Pensacola. Woo woo
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Old 19-04-2011, 18:59   #47
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Old 19-04-2011, 19:08   #48
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10 minutes by foot - plan to get that down to zero over the summer when we move aboard.
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Old 19-04-2011, 19:19   #49
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A block and a half to the boat.
Nice trailer Alchemy!That's my next project.

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25 minute walk or 12 minute bicycle ride. I bought a house downtown in Toronto near Lake Ontario precisely because I prefer to spend money on boats than on a car, and that meant proximity to the shore. While I don't say no to borrowing or renting a car when I have to buy batteries or to move awkward stuff like tarp frames or booms or whisker poles, I am able to move through the use of cargo carts most of my gear by bicycle.



It keeps me fit (well, fitter...) and it frees up an estimated $7,000-$10,000/year for gear and the cruising kitty. I get that figure by being honest about the amortized cost of city driving, assuming a $30,000 car/van costing $3,000/year in insurance, and factoring in depreciation, parking, gas, tires, consumables and lifespan. I know a lot of people who can't get out of "poor" because they've rigged job and home so that they MUST have a car. Working your life forward from the premise that you'll avoid driving doesn't require sacrifice so much as strategy...much like planning to be a passagemaking cruiser.
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Old 19-04-2011, 19:30   #50
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68 miles = an hour & 15 minutes through rural West Tennessee and about 1 minute into Mississippi. GO VOLS!!!!!
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Old 19-04-2011, 19:36   #51
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4 miles. No stop lights or stop signs, only a flock a wild turkey that slow me down.
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Old 19-04-2011, 20:17   #52
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When the boat is laid up for the winter 2O minutes. During the sailing season 0 because I'm almost always living on it.
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196 miles until May 4th then only 30 thats when I have her trucked in!
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Old 20-04-2011, 12:05   #54
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Alchemy, nice bike set up.

I often cycle to the grocery store towing the bike trailer with both kids on board. The way back is always interesting, with kids and groceries sharing a space that keeps getting smaller as the kids grow up

And I hear you about the strategy to not own a car. I love to see my daughter proudly walk into her school with her bike helmet still on. That said, we still own 2 cars. Young kids, Canadian winters, two working parents, and bicycles don't combine well. The strategy is in place, though. Soon we'll start implementing it.
I realize London is snowier (esp. this year!) than Toronto, but I find that here proper clothing and going to more aggressively treaded tires (I use Armadillos, and I haven't had one puncture in three years) means you can really extend your season. Many is the time that it's -3C with no wind and dry streets. There may be snow heaped up BESIDE the streets, but the streets themselves can be remarkably ice free.

Part two of the car-free life is living in town close to food shopping. I live within a 15 minute cycle of a Metro, a Price Chopper, two No Frills, a Wal Mart, a thousand specialty stores and Kensington Market, where I tend to buy small items three or four mornings a week on foot after I walk my son to school.

The best part for me is that I have an old stable for a garage that, minus vehicles, has room for tools, sail bags, batteries and other stuff I prefer not to leave on the boat, with room for poker games and jam sessions left over.

Not everyone can live this way, but I started planning to live this way before I got into boating and bought the house in the late '90s. I saw what commuting even from the "inner suburbs" (45-90 minutes by car or transit) did to the quality of my parents' lives, and decided a home office just outside of the city center would pay back in quality of life whatever premium I paid to own a "close to shops, amenities and transit" older urban home.

By an extension of similar logic, we will move aboard our boat about six months prior to leaving on a long cruise, so that we can a) see how the tenants that take over the half of the house in which we currently live work out, and to handle maintenance issues, and b) to get rid of anything on the boat we think is essential but which we fail to touch for six months, beyond "flares", "life raft", etc.

A "static test" of the cruiser lifestyle in my mind means you can concentrate on the sailing aspect instead of the "I have to install handhelds at our first anchorage..."
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Old 20-04-2011, 12:12   #55
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Re: Commute to Your Boat, How Far?

Well I guess were backwards :My work is 15 miles and 20 min drive and we live on board sv We Be Jammin
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I have a 6 hour drive to my boat. But once I,m there, I stay for awhile.
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Old 20-04-2011, 17:39   #57
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Well I guess were backwards :My work is 15 miles and 20 min drive and we live on board sv We Be Jammin
Actually, that sounds like the right way around to me.

Let me guess...you put your garbage and empty jerry cans in the trunk and drop in one place and fill in another, right?
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I have a 6 hour drive to my boat. But once I,m there, I stay for awhile.
Add about a half hour on top of that and you have my commute. Try to stay at least a week or so a month.
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In Puerto Galera our island home is on a beach with no road access, so we mostly commute with our own tender when Stargazer is on the club mooring (about 10 minutes into one of the most beautiful bays in the world)

For those who don’t know this area, the PGYC is a very active club that has developed a wonderful scholarship program for teaching local kids to sail in boats we have built in Puerto Galera ourselves. Puerto Galera Yacht Club Best Sailing The Philippines Equator Asia

It has become a great success with some of our local kids competing with world class sailors … and winning!! (see the small boats gallery in our web site). Most importantly, it has won over the whole community in supporting our club by giving disadvantaged kids a chance to broaden their horizons of opportunity.

We see lots of cruising yachts each year, some who end up staying much longer than planned as the laid back social scene with an enigmatic group of expats, operating mostly dive resorts, create a fun and friendly atmosphere.

The Easter and All Saints Regattas use staggered starts from inside the bay to various courses in Verde Passage so that different performance type yachts end up finishing close together….. Try and put us on your sailing plan… you won’t regret it.

You can see from these photos that I am truly spoiled and travel is more a commune than a commute!.....
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