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Old 23-04-2014, 06:25   #61
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I have a 1969 26' Colombia I have been fixing up since November 2013. I stand 6'2" so I have only one spot to stand completely erect...the companionway. I will be sailing the Baja peninsula with my girlfriend shoe-string style all summer. Next boat I have my eye on is a 34' mariner sloop to take to Indonesia.
Sounds good. No need to stand erect below very often anyway. The Columbia is a good little boat, and the 34 fter may be all the boat you'll ever need. Want being different than need.

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Most boaters are so over-boated, IMO, it astonishes me. Everything's peachy until it isn't. If it took skill and brains to acquire a boat rather than money we wouldn't have so many marinas clogged with so many AWBs going nowhere. Ever.

If folks would start out daysailing, which is a wonderful pastime, I suspect many wouldn't feel a need to buy the ever-larger boat and clog up the water works. All this talk about singlehanding big boats is hot air. Sure you can do it but it starts to be a lot like work.

One maxim I've noticed is the harder it is to cast off for a sail, the less most people do it. World class cruisers and singlehanders like some aboard CF are not a dime a dozen. And the average white guy buying the average white boat is not in that group.

End of editorial rant.
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Old 23-04-2014, 09:09   #62
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Re: Let's hear from the small boat cruisers

Well put BC ! 34' is definitely all the boat I would ever need. I sailed a friends 46' pacific seacraft and it was amazing, however she has to have at least two crew to do anything.
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+1 Blue Crab.
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Old 23-04-2014, 11:39   #64
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There are Cruisers and Bums. Because you have little does not mean you have to be dirty. You wash and you pick up that is what normal people do, if you don't, and live in filth your a bum.

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Bullpuckey.

By definition, a "bum" lives off the generosity (or naivete) of others.

If scruffy small boat sailors are honestly paying their own way and pulling their own weight, they are cruisers, not bums, regardless of their own appearance or that of their boat, or the size of their bankroll.

I've know plenty of wealthy folk with poor personal hygiene, and plenty of clean people who are parasites.

Appearance and wealth have nothing to do with whether one is a "bum."
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Old 23-04-2014, 13:01   #65
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Well said, Blue Crab

The thing about long-distance cruising is that it gives you access to unlimited space.

Why people would want to cart around excessive quantities of their own personal space has always puzzled me.

Why not just spend more time outside, where the horizon is the limit?

A cozy, compact interior adds dramatic contrast.


(Actually I just made all that up; I just hate housework )
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Bullpuckey.

By definition, a "bum" lives off the generosity (or naivete) of others.

If scruffy small boat sailors are honestly paying their own way and pulling their own weight, they are cruisers, not bums, regardless of their own appearance or that of their boat, or the size of their bankroll.

I've know plenty of wealthy folk with poor personal hygiene, and plenty of clean people who are parasites.

Appearance and wealth have nothing to do with whether one is a "bum."
+A1... just wish Christmas and my B'day weren't so far apart...through a whole spring and summer...
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I can't begin to tell you how many times I had to up and move my boat away from boat bums this summer to protect her. I have insurance but I don't want a claim I want my boat. She is small but paid for. This million dollar bum came damn near to crushing me. They were dressed real nice Too bad they couldn't afford dock lines

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+A1... just wish Christmas and my B'day weren't so far apart...through a whole spring and summer...
.uuuh, Boatie,

are you suggesting that's when you bath yourself?????

or is it that you're expecting **Gifties**?




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+A1... just wish Christmas and my B'day weren't so far apart...through a whole spring and summer...

Uh ... Boaty, that's just two showers a year. Do the math. Why not change to quarterly? Or seasonally? Give the neighbors a little break.

I am on a lunar schedule meself. I shower with the full moon whether I need one or not. It's easy to remember to do it that way. I usually try to log it if I'm not too busy.
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