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Old 05-02-2011, 20:18   #16
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Yikes, am I really alone?
Nope you're not alone. We have no intention of selling out.

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Old 05-02-2011, 20:30   #17
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there is no one answer or position or situation to cover all...

ultimately most folks have the grass is greener mentality somewhere in their genes.. some dont know it or recognize it until after the fact.. but I would not blame them for trying.

I am in the process, 90% there, of ditching everything and making the move... I am comitted to the move and the process, and will begrudgingly make it thru as i believe the ultimate goal to be worth it...

If for some reason i end up not cuting it or having that latent grass is greener issue, then i will also admit it, although I would not bet on that being the case, in fact i am betting everything on it, and i never bet...

I will enjoy doing nothing.. the 'challenge in life for me will be for me to learn how to sail and explore.. I will also do anything i can to help local people and families that i might encounter...

Above and beyond that, I believe i have played my role in society, and i have learned and explored all i care to about 'civilized' world..
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Old 05-02-2011, 21:49   #18
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All ready committed to the end. Its a way of life not an option. Some people are cowboys, some are gear jammers, some are mountaineers, some are farmers, some are fliers, some are city folk and some are sailors.

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Old 05-02-2011, 21:55   #19
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Still on the dirt side of the equation here.
I think it's just like marriage. You go into it expecting it to be good. If you focus on the best parts it probably is good. If you focus on the bad then it's bad. Unrealistic expectations will kill just about anything.
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Old 05-02-2011, 22:32   #20
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I'm reminded of a little song my Grandfather sang to me when I was nine, about the Bear that went over the mountain to see what he could see.

And when he got there all that he could see was the other side of the mountain.

Fifty years later that song wouldn't leave my head as I went cruising.
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Old 06-02-2011, 00:40   #21
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way of life is not an option? sorry, but in most cases it is an option... most follks are artists and have to 'work' 9-5 and or are farmers and end up in offices...
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In a few years I'll have only 2 options - I can continue to work until I keel over dead to afford even the most modest land based life, or I can save for the next 5 years to buy a large enough boat to see more of the world than Columbus OH. Since I have little interest in aquiring and playing with the material things most Americans do, I have opted for #2.

I've conquered most of the challenges of going into the office every day; the daily challenges of cruising await.
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Old 06-02-2011, 06:16   #23
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If one has truly freed one's mind from materialism and vanity, one can probably set off on an open-ended cruise almost immediately...

Just do not pick up that issue of Yachting magazine or you will wind up convincing yourself that you have to work another 20 years to finance the trip and buy all the stuff you "Need"
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Old 06-02-2011, 16:15   #24
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If one has truly freed one's mind from materialism and vanity, one can probably set off on an open-ended cruise almost immediately...

Just do not pick up that issue of Yachting magazine or you will wind up convincing yourself that you have to work another 20 years to finance the trip and buy all the stuff you "Need"
Very tempting... except I'd like to have a boat a few feet bigger than 20', that's bluewater capable and has some sort of interior. It'll take me about 4 years to save enough to buy it and refit, leaving a modest kitty.

Besides, the SS checks won't start coming till then. Gotta eat.
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Besides, the SS checks won't start coming till then. Gotta eat.
Good luck with the SS checks, I consider the 62 year old option to get grandfathered in.
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I lived aboard for 7 years.... it got old, moved ashore. Been there for 5 years. In two more I can go back to living aboard. Guess it's a seven year itch!
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“What does a man need -- really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in -- and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all -- in the material sense. And we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade. The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in the dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.”
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I began cruising in 1992, and returned in 2009 with a plan to buy a house. But I didn't. Living and cruising on board gives me that "working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment". Most of my friends, which is to say people I can relate to, live on boats. And I miss the outside world. Perhaps I am spoiled, but the Good Ole US of A doesn't look nearly as good as it once did. If I moved ashore I would have to find a new reason for being. And new friends. Swallowing the hook now is at least as scary as going cruising was for me in 1992. Such is the nature of change.

A prof at my alma mater used to say that people, like plants, should be repotted from time to time in order to have healthy growth. I tend to think that the cruising life offers a lot of continuing change, but moving ashore is a big change too and cruising can lose its appeal. We all just have to work out our own solutions...
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way of life is not an option? sorry, but in most cases it is an option... most follks are artists and have to 'work' 9-5 and or are farmers and end up in offices...
The graduate with a science degree asks, "Why does it work?"
The graduate with an engineering degree asks, "How does it work?"
The graduate with an accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?"
The graduate with an arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with the burger?"


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"A house is but a boat so poorly built and so firmly run aground no one would think to try and refloat it."
Hmmm,

I think that a chap named Arthur Ransome might have said it first...

But, for At Sea: I dunno, mate. Been cruising full time for 24 years now, and Ann and I are too busy learning new things, visiting new places, meeting new people to worry about the Hotel California (whatever that is). Going back to the humdrum of living ashore in one place with the same crappy neighbors year after year, trying to afford all the things required by the consumer society, surrounded by drones... that's the horror story for me.

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