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Old 09-10-2007, 02:00   #1
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Ties....

Just curious to see what keeps you ashore...

I know for me it's job and wife, but I can't wait to sever the ties...well from the job, come on who do you think I am??

I'll end with my favorite quote:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

- mark twain
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Hmmm... I love my job and it pays the bills.

I love my kid and want to see him through college.

I spend more than I should.

Ultimately there are no limits except the ones you impose on yourself.

Moving aboard in 3-5 years and becoming a marina rat is the next step for me.
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College... I hate it, but various people have argued to me that it's practically required to survive at all... and I'm over half way through now, be sort of silly to quit at this point.
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Waiting for my son to get in college. There is no way I am going to abandon him. He lives with his mother.
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Old 12-10-2007, 04:37   #5
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Grad school... and the Mark Twain quote is a good reference. I decided that I would be more satisfied with that life than I would be returning to the Caribbean for a couple of years. I'm still sailing though...
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Just curious to see what keeps you ashore...
When I was younger, it was the lack of funds and the right boat. And now that I have the boat, it's progressed into family.

So the moral of the story is; stay single and save enough for the right boat

Or; choose a family that wants to go off shore
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I don't think "off shore" is really the right question, or maybe the right answer to the question. It all comes down to what you want to do. What gives you the greatest enjoyment. For some, that maybe a dream of sailing the world, for others it may just be sailing around the harbour on a Sunday afternoon. I get really annoyed at those that seem to think boaters who do the Sunday afternoon stint as inferior. (Interestingly, there doesn't seem to be those type here on the Forum.) They are not and they are no less of a sailor or person for it. It just comes down to what you enjoy the most. For Dawn and I, our sailing goals have changed a little scince we first purchased the boat. We thought that sailing the world would be cool. But that changed to sailing NZ and maybe Oz and the Islands. Now I really don't care if we do or not. Because the biggest thrill we get is rafting up to freinds and having a really great time.
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Now I really don't care if we do or not. Because the biggest thrill we get is rafting up to freinds and having a really great time.
Rafting up to a 20 ton ferro!!!! Good friends indeed. Our only ties now are the weather window (next May) to depart these fair shores. In saying that though, I have to concede things can & do change as I am discovering at the moment with a couple of lucrative opportunites that may see me delay for a year. The important thing is not to lose sight of your goal and continually work towards it.
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College... I hate it, but various people have argued to me that it's practically required to survive at all... and I'm over half way through now, be sort of silly to quit at this point.
I wouldn't want to discourage you from attending college, sluissa, but consider that the following billionaires never graduated from college:

Richard Branson, Michael Dell, Queen Elizabeth II, Bill Gates, David Geffen, Steve Jobs, Ted Turner.

To go to an interesting website that touches on this, and to see who else never graduated from college, or never went, or even dropped out of high school, click on the following link:

The College Drop-Outs Hall of Fame

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The notables listed in the “Famous and Successful People Who Were High School or College Dropouts, overwhelmingly have/had an extraordinary talent of some sort.
Including Albert Einstein in the list of un-degreed achievers is somewhat misleading:
In 1905, Einstein received his doctorate for a thesis entitled ”On a new determination of molecular dimensions”.
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90% of the Population of Folsom Prison

(Just another list of non-college grads for TJ - LOL)
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Wally the Wino
Polly the Prostitute
Bob th Burger Flipper
Sammy the Starbucks Guy
90% of the Population of Folsom Prison

(Just another list of non-college grads for TJ - LOL)

what a laugh. So true
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Because the biggest thrill we get is rafting up to freinds and having a really great time.
not rafting up next to you again until that boat is painted

What keeps us ashore?
-A bed that does not move all the time.
-A place to store our stuff.
-Unlimited hot water in the shower.
-Can leave the light on in a room even if we aren't in it.
-Space.

To live 24/7 in a boat is not our dream. You need variety. A week on the boat, a week at home, week on the boat.......
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Just waiting to save up some more FREEDOM CHIPS and away we go again. Been around once and almost ready to go again. Can't wait to go again.This time we plan on 5,10,15 years, who knows how long this time. Retirement time is going to be 1/2012 and the same for a sailing date. Long time away, but at least we won't have to worry about money while we are out there, just have to worry about family at home.
Good luck on which ever way you plan on doing it.
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The notables listed in the “Famous and Successful People Who Were High School or College Dropouts, overwhelmingly have/had an extraordinary talent of some sort.
Including Albert Einstein in the list of un-degreed achievers is somewhat misleading:
In 1905, Einstein received his doctorate for a thesis entitled ”On a new determination of molecular dimensions”.
Whether or not one goes to college is certainly not a guarantee of success, but it sure improves your odds of doing better than if one choose not to attend college. There are always those rarities at both ends of the bell shaped curve.
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