Originally Posted by Ex-Calif
So we need to collect the definitions.
- Doing something but wants to be doing something else. I wannabe retired and I wannabe cruising on a cat. Right now I am a day/coastal/racing sailor with a small boat learning tons everyday.
- Buys the gear
looks right. Maybe in our world buys a great new boat, a silly captain
hat and mixes margaritas at the dock
- never sails
- First timer. There are many folks that show up here that are not newbies. They sailed or boated in a previous life and are getting back into it. Maybe new to internet
or CF but not to boats. A newbie can be a wannabe.
I think we need a couple of new definitions so we can offend more people - LOL
- Advanced far enough in current
plans to have a shot at it. Making forward progress. Right now I am a boat repairman (Relax Lah is on the hard) but I am making forward progress - in a few weeks I am gonnabe a sailor.
- This is the rude one. Most of us who have been here a while can spot the wontbes. I won't go any further with this other than to say they really have their heads in the clouds and really don't take any advice well. I don't spend much time on those threads. Predominantly characterized by a first post with outrageous plans. Absolutely nothing wrong with first posts or low post counts. We all started with one.
Great thread Atoll. Just the right amount of controversy to keep the heat on.
I figured I might as well get my 6th post in on a thread like this one
So as my user name implies, I'm an an Ex-Calif defined NEWBIE/WANNABE
, but not a wontbe
and take no offense at either the NEWBIE or WANNABE tags. I originally joined to gather information for something that I had already decided I wanted to do.
I read a lot, dream, and then research
to fulfil the dream. Fiscally, I could go now, but choose not to while I prepare and kick the children
out of the nest... I'm a 41 year old single
parent with about 8 years until I've fulfilled my responsibility properly to both. In the meantime, I've started the lessons on weekends and read just about every book or link that looks interesting in posts. I'd really like to build a boat, but understand that the hours to finish != what my time is worth in the workplace.
In real life, I work a metric ass ton and live on a fraction of my salary. When work begins to overwhelm me, I tell myself "that was a new winch", or "wow, that project
sucked, but it's a new [Rocna|set of sails|watermaker|bottom job]" and keep on keeping on.
As far as my contribution to the forums
, I'm generally a leech. My experience is about nil, I don't own a boat, won't own one anytime soon (though that doesn't stop me from browsing yachtworld/ebay/cragslist), and reading ain't doing...
I appreciate the posts experienced people make in here, especially Gord, Peggy, the bumfuzzles, and all sides of the origami-steel boat debate.
When I do buy a boat, it'll be a cat in the 35-45' range with LiFeP04 batteries, solar
and decent wind
(though I'll buy a cheap
one and a good set of blades). I'll probably go with the Rocna
for the anchor
- but not a Chinese one (flame on), macerating heads, ssb
, satellite phone
Internet & tv, and a good WiFi
solution, and cost way more money
than I should spend for horrible performance while terribly overloaded and we're all gonna die... I'll anchor
poorly and be the curse of you in the anchorage as I use my anchor ball and leave my fenders out. I'll likely drag. I'll fart while upwind. And I can't wait...
I so badly want to get started, but realistically I have a few years. So for now, I'm StillDreamin...