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Old 12-08-2016, 12:10   #136
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At a guess, anyone so lacking in imagination to get bored so easily wouldn't have the mindset to go cruising in the first place.
Ask a cruiser what they do with their time and a common answer will be, no idea but it always takes all day.
You better have a good imagination with so much time to kill......
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Old 12-08-2016, 12:27   #137
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You better have a good imagination with so much time to kill......
The only way you'll find out is to go cruising a cruising boat isn't something you have, it's something you do, you could tinker on the boat 8 hours a day every day and still find things to do. Then trips ashore to the market, sightseeing, visit fellow cruisers or even just read a book for a while. Always something.

But if you think of time as "something to kill" instead of an opportunity to do something then maybe cruising isn't for you.
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Old 12-08-2016, 13:07   #138
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You know I ran so much in the Army I have no knees left, running, bicycling, that is gone, but you know what?
Swimming is among the best exercise there is for older people, you can get a great aerobic workout without tearing up your joints.
I plan on lots of fish hunting, even if I have to do it with an Hawaiian sling.

As far as Osh, for me I was an exhibitor and that made it not so hot, but I got way too tired about hearing look at that Ford Mustang go, Ford, Ford , Ford ever time you turn around. I thought it was an airplane show? No it was one big Ford commercial as they were a major supporter apparently and what do you think the biggest display was? Yep, the Ford tent.
But you need to go, you will see things you will not likely see anywhere else.


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A64, and everyone,

"Fish hunting", eh? Go for it! Once, Jim speared a small grouper in the Sea of Cortez. Got him right as he was catching a squirrel fish, and the spear went through both their skulls. Absolutely amazing. Only happened that once of all the time we spear fished (I carried the game bag). Took a picture of it, but that's back in storage in the States, or I'd post it. You are to be forgiven if you don't believe it. It was just one of those very, very rare events...in lives that have had quite a few, now that I come to think of it.

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You better have a good imagination with so much time to kill......
I don't think I have the years left to even see all I want of the US east coast. And then there's the Canadian great lakes, and the Caribbean, and the Med. Sigh, so much to do, so little time.
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The only way you'll find out is to go cruising a cruising boat isn't something you have, it's something you do, you could tinker on the boat 8 hours a day every day and still find things to do. Then trips ashore to the market, sightseeing, visit fellow cruisers or even just read a book for a while. Always something.

But if you think of time as "something to kill" instead of an opportunity to do something then maybe cruising isn't for you.
So what did you do today while you were cruising on your boat?

I'm at the boat daily. I caught fish for dinner twice this week after work.

At work, prepared annual reports on 18 Flight and Maintenance Simulators. Plus all the other crazy crap that comes with living here. Driving near 18-22 year olds in their first car for example that are prepared to fight to win the first place at the next stop light. Always exciting!

Ran 2.5 miles on Thursday plus pullups and pushups

Tomorrow I think I'll get out in front of this slow boat sailboat race across the bay they are having tomorrow and take pictures and observe for 20 miles or so then anchor for the night and sail back in the am

There's always something to do and look forward to when living near the coast or the mountains or the desert
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I don't think I have the years left to even see all I want of the US east coast. And then there's the Canadian great lakes, and the Caribbean, and the Med. Sigh, so much to do, so little time.
Rent a car!

Wow, I just realized you don't have a boat. WTF?

How can you comment on cruising and not being bored with it?
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But if you think of time as "something to kill" instead of an opportunity to do something then maybe cruising isn't for you.
Right again!

I'm still working it over in my head. I may have to give this boat to my artist son and get a racing boat. He only gets this one though only if he will crew for me a few times per year.


I like distance races. Not into the buoy racing thing anymore.............
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It's exactly the right life for some and totally wrong for others ... You simply cannot after doing your stretching, pullups, pushups, etc take a 3 mile run followed by a 25-40 mile bike ride...
I have a friend that uses the pronoun "You" when I think he meant "I"... we all march to a different drummer.
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A64, and everyone,

"Fish hunting", eh? Go for it! Once, Jim speared a small grouper in the Sea of Cortez. Got him right as he was catching a squirrel fish, and the spear went through both their skulls. Absolutely amazing. Only happened that once of all the time we spear fished (I carried the game bag). Took a picture of it, but that's back in storage in the States, or I'd post it. You are to be forgiven if you don't believe it. It was just one of those very, very rare events...in lives that have had quite a few, now that I come to think of it.

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I believe Ann... a few times we've caught fish with a fly that were then swallowed by larger fish... Twofers. Fish and travel long enough one sees many seemingly impossible things.
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I have a friend that uses the pronoun "You" when I think he meant "I"... we all march to a different drummer.
Awesome!

You took a nice 5 hour sail yesterday. The winds were light and the temp was hot (98 degrees) but you didn't mind because you were on the water.

You decided to head back near land after a while where the breeze was and enjoyed some nice upwind sailing with breezes around 12 knots until your jib decided to start coming down.

So now you have the jib halyard at the top of the mast and the jib on deck. What to do?

You motor in since you are so close and think over the simple task of getting the halyard down without a mast climbing system.

It's either climb the mast barehanded or come up with another idea without tools, poles, or extra gear.

Used the whipping technique to get it down and found the snap shackle had bent and come open. No more snap shackles.

So more sailing today then back to the running/working out on Tuesday or Wednesday midday for as long as the body holds together enough to do that sort of thing
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I am planning to set off soon but getting scared seeing one of the spreadsheets 55000 us of expenses a year times that by 13 for our current currency has got me worried.

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I am planning to set off soon but getting scared seeing one of the spreadsheets 55000 us of expenses a year times that by 13 for our current currency has got me worried.

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Still, more fun than having a job
Let's see: I can spend 4hrs dumpster diving hoping to find a part that I can try to cobble in place or play with multimillion dollar traffic monitoring system for an hour and just buy what I need..... Yes, there comes a time when trying to save a dollar is more effort than just earning another dollar.

I like my job, just don't want to be a slave to it working 60-80hrs per week. It varies but I average about 20hrs per week and mostly can work wherever I am.
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I am planning to set off soon but getting scared seeing one of the spreadsheets 55000 us of expenses a year times that by 13 for our current currency has got me worried.

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While you can certainly spend that amount and not even be hanging out with the rich guys, you can also spend quite a bit less than that while still enjoying the lifestyle.

Is the $55k based on number you entered into the spreadsheet or based on someone else's numbers?
- If it's based on someone else's numbers, enter your own and see what happens.
- If it's based on your numbers, look at ways you can do things differently to cut the costs. (simple example: nighty marina rates are often 2-5 times what the monthly rates are. learn to slow down and stay for longer periods if you want to stay in marinas.)
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