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Old 28-03-2019, 18:58   #1
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Social scale question?

I have been living aboard full time for nearly 8 years and it is pretty clear that in the minds of many landlubbers I am considered boat trash. I have noted that if you don't have a land house it doesn't matter how big or nice or how much it cost, the attitude of these people is the same. Now I have created some confusion in my own mind. Due to an increase in maintenance required as I have worn the boat I have purchased a landside home to live in while I do maintenance on the boat. The home is on a canal and has a dock for the boat. The issue is that the home is actually a manufactured home better known as a house trailer (though double wide). Many landsiders consider people who live in manufactured homes trailer trash. So the question I put to you is now that I am going to be boat trash half the year and trailer trash the other half, have I moved myself up or down the social scale?
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Old 28-03-2019, 19:23   #2
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So the question I put to you is now that I am going to be boat trash half the year and trailer trash the other half, have I moved myself up or down the social scale?
You are now a "second home owner" which definitely puts you up the scale. (Just don't tell anyone what your homes are)
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Old 28-03-2019, 19:30   #3
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The way I see it you are now a 'marina owner' since you have your own dockage.
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Old 28-03-2019, 19:32   #4
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The answer to your question can only be found in a cubicle somewhere. If you go sit in one for 50 hours a week for a few years you'll find the answer.
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Old 28-03-2019, 20:07   #5
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Re: Social scale question?

What are you on about, Bill?

You clearly are a yachtsman and a real estate baron. If you add golfing to those traits, you will be at least as good as the average exec from a small company!

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Old 28-03-2019, 20:39   #6
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Best not to overthink the question. Just imagine the poor folks with million dollar homes that are looked down upon by folks who have 10 million dollar homes. I remember reading the story about the guy that owned the Maltese Falcon who mentioned that Rolexes were far too common an item to wear. I would sometimes anchor in front of his home, off Belvedere, just to say we were Neighbors. I'm sure that would annoy him to no end. I'm evil that way.



I never let it bother me. After we are dead, we all own the same amount. That is nothing at all.
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Old 28-03-2019, 20:45   #7
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Bill,


If they have to ask how much it costs...
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Best not to overthink the question. Just imagine the poor folks with million dollar homes that are looked down upon by folks who have 10 million dollar homes. I remember reading the story about the guy that owned the Maltese Falcon who mentioned that Rolexes were far too common an item to wear. I would sometimes anchor in front of his home, off Belvedere, just to say we were Neighbors. I'm sure that would annoy him to no end. I'm evil that way.



I never let it bother me. After we are dead, we all own the same amount. That is nothing at all.
Reminds me of an old aunt that had worked in the aged care industry for over 30 years, said she had dressed many for their final journey and had never once seen a shroud with pockets.
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Since ancient times, there is "us locals", vs "them nomads".

Anyone who has freed themselves from the norms of servitude to the system, will be viewed with suspicion, perhaps subconscious jealousy.
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Captain Bill where ever you are on the social scale you would still be welcome at our place for a meal.
I wish there was a place in Australia that you could have a trailer (caravan for us Aussies) and a dock in a canal estate.
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Trash is trash! Makes no difference if it's boat trash or trailer trash. But in both cases being trash has nothing really to do with whether you live on a boat or in a trailer.

BTW - in my 2.5 years so far of boat living I've never had the feeling the dirt dwellers thought I was trash. They mostly find it "amusing" that I live on a boat.
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Wide, endless oceans, sun, fair winds and fun to you Bill!

You've got something figured out, that's for sure and certain.

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Social scale question?

Bill, you are an Artist of the ash can style. Or perhaps of Found Art, think of Picasso bicycle seat bull. What could be more artistic than a seascape featuring the nitty gritty of a boat in the process of being rebuilt by a lovely canal in front of a modular living installation. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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Dockmate lives on a million dollar Nordie, I tell him it's the short pants and raggy T-shirt that mark him as "boat trash."
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Well, you've moved from a home subject to hurricane damage to one subject to tornado damage That seems like a lateral move to me.
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