Originally Posted by s/v Beth
... It just means that you choose not to spend it for things that consume your time, and ultimately your life.
So this thread is all about Sailing Simply, where it leads you, and why you do it. By definition- if it saves you time or money
we want to hear about. If it simplifies your life a lot, please share!
Interesting that most/many cruisers are consumed with the maintenance
on their boats. I think it is a full time job for most regular cruisers. So to be truly free - need to get rid of the boat...
However, much of our work is preventative so as to reduce further work in the future.
I have recently installed Raymarine
chart plotters at the new helm- expensive? yes - but will make my life easier than running 30 feet back and forwards to the nav station to take paper chart positions...I believe this will simplify my life - and make cruising safer. I do like gadgets. But, I have spent much time and money
, during this 5 month refit
, making a very complicated boat much simpler.
I believe I have made many things simpler, safer and more efficient...I ditched the ice-maker, washing-machine, microwave, sat-phone. Cut out "magic-legs" which are huge stainless steel
legs that drop down thru the bow to embed in the bottom. Cut-out large self draining vents in the bow (intended to naturally ventilate the boat). Relocated the concealed reefing lines that were routed back to the cockpit
(sheaves came loose and severed all lines) - installing reefing system at bottom of mast
- simpler - less load - less rope
Removed much wiring
(hundreds of pounds). Relocated much bilge pump
hose and wiring
to centralize and reduce weight and increase efficiency...
My weight increase was in anchoring
systems (still working on that). I mostly anchor
out. Bigger and better anchors give me the flexibility to live free and simply. I mostly get closer to shore and row my 8' walker bay. But, have the go fast dinghy
to explore and shop and travel -greater distances. All while anchored in secluded, remote
My observation is that many poorer people in USA are less healthy than wealthier people - seems to be the opposite of the Asian way...
But, it is true that simpler and less gluttonous is far more healthy. We never go to restaurants. My daughters favorite food
is home made chicken noodle soup...
But, I think everyone is "on their own edge". i.e they have the biggest boat they (think they) can afford...