I get a bit bored, or maybe I should call it antsy, sitting on an anchored boat for more than about a day or two at a time, and I don't think it is practical to sail non-stop all the time, so the outcome is inevitable for me, isn't it? I am not capable nor desirous to chunk it all and go cruising for just this reason. I simply got too many things I want to do, and they can't all be done from a water
What it amounts to for me is this: I like to get in my car and go do some other activities; smoking a brisket in the backyard and having friends over is a pretty neat thing to do, and I like going into my wood shop and building a little furniture. Flying to Europe
and Cabo and NYC
are things I can't give up - can I?
Attending some big-time college football games is a heck of a kick; snow skiing and cycling are part of what I do; and then there are fishing
trips ... And I actually have fun knocking around in sports car with a real clutch
, or 4x4 truck, and even running a few errands here and there. Then there are movies, and oh, and I really enjoy some tv shows - with absolutely no guilty feelings for saying so.
So, I am planning on the next cruising boat, but I do not say it is for the purpose of "going cruising"; it is not to facilitate ditching what makes up my life. I want to day sail and spend a few nights on board frequently, and do some long distances - hopefully a crossing or two or three. I want the pure guilty pleasure and self satisfaction of having another boat that can do all that. The intent of this scheme is to augment what I have now, not to replace it.
FWIW, I am also old enough to have been schooled by the Pardeys and the Roths, and still think it was some good schoolin'. As a result I am a bit boggled to see the size of many cruising boats these days and the amount of electronics
crammed onto them. When I bought my first "monohull with a cabin", 28 ft was big, and 40 was just plain huge. But to each his own, and that sure applies to me and my endless and changing idiosyncrasies.