i watch as folks experience death of their dream. sail from cali or pnw and find boat is for sale
ok..10 years later, same boat, still cruise
ready is still for sale
in same place.
ok so it was moved from maz to san carlos
then back. price
dropped very slightly a s owners continue to believe their dream is worth their original purchase money
to someone, despite lack of .......
ok so when i first moved aboard i had vague ideas of sailing out of cali. didnt know where i would go--hell i stole my kids
inheritance and spent it on a derelict boat in which i lived, repaired and went to a professional gig as management level pacu rn.
time passes and i gained and sold boats as i went-- found this one, traded equity in ericson
for it--ha ha ha day before market fell thru cellar floor.. got this one for 4650 usd.. not bad deal-- replaced basics and left with bells on my ass
didnt expect to stop where i did, but it is all part of the game
called life on boat cruising.
so we break down. so what. is part of what is called use of item. **** happens boats break, especially low budget
ones. i had my first few years actively able to move until the engine
ranaway-- but that was 3000 miles into this misadventure.
i learned very young that boats are work. tha twas half the fun of it all.
i think many of the ones buying
brand new boats to cruise and who find these brand new boats aint cruise ready is only part of the inertia causing dream fail.
sailing life is a wonderful dream--we all have it from an early age--but effecting it takes a boatload of effort just to ditch the stationary inertia keeping boats to docks and in yards as folks effect the repairs
that could easily be done at sea after departure.
some of those who sell all then run away find they are not amenable to this not easy lifestyle and run away. ok more room in anchorages
missing grandkids and family--learned behaviors, and not insurmountable--face time on apple products and skype and google
hangouts help remove the distance between folks. most folks donot remain on board year round, so that is a lame excuse. sorry it is. leaving makes folks want to see you more. staying-- you are in a rut anyway--need to jump out of that, or die with regrets. is a matter of choice.
folks say to me--when you sailing again--i say --i sailed my boat to near death, now i am doing cpr and performing surgery on her so i can do it again.
i KNOW what is out here, i know how it feels to drift without enough fuel
to make port.. ha ha ha ha there is always a way....
i give up NOTHING to have my lifestyle and travel in my ketch
i may have lost
a brother and a dad, but i gained 2 guardian angels.
there is nothing gonna keep me in port after i am done refitting. when you are under way, there is a reason for the breakage, as all is being worked hard..
when ye dock
queen, there is the opposite reason to stay in port--neglected systems fail.
so.....if your dream was to dock queen, awesome. some only have that as a goal. beautiful nonfunctional boats. gorgeous.
they make my used to hell boat look bad.. but i care not about my rough looks as much as i care about function. looks be damned--is why i donot get clobbered for my useless resaleable items. shiny is a sign of pride in your stuff, but it is also a rat magnet.
2 legged type.
some worry unnecesarily about this aspect of cruising.
which brings me to another reason why folks donot get off their butts to cruise---ono the state of the world in which we live!!!!! we are gonna die at the hands of pirates! even tho it is safer to cruise than to cross many streets in detroit or lost
the hotspots are still in general same location since 1990. indian ocean
is a nogo.
vene is a nogo. mosquito coast is a nogo....st lucia is a mebbe . heck even pago pago has had pirates clobbering cruisers. (nogo to those afraid of the unknown...be wary to the rest of us)
we cannot spend time worrying on stuff we cannot change. all we get is regret and ulcers and early cardiac death.
but the choice is still there--go vs no go...
the death of my brother almost stopped me cold. all my pix i took for him to see what i was doing.
the most difficult trip of my life was to be with momma after his death. this cruising--is easy peasy next to that loss. but, now i have no partner in crime wiith whom to show my pretties. we had sailed together from 1955 to 1968 on antique eleanor.. we learned responsibility for our mischievous actions on board eleanor. even talked dad out of assisting us in our punishment. we did it we had to fix it. concur with uncle phil, our guru.hauled him up mast
when donny was 7 and i was 8 because we befouled the first masthoop with the gaff throat. oops. only made us want more.
his loss feels horrible. but it will not keep me from continuing
btw--VARNISH is a rotten excuse to remain in port--can be done at sea or anywhere.