Originally Posted by GILow
I wonder how many people are defeated by the prospect of getting the boat out on the water
or find the Damocles Sword aspect of returning to the marina spoils the fun.
More than will admit. I prefer my mooring
to any marina. Going somewhere, I just slip my lines. Singlehanding
out of a tight marina in current
is tough, worth waiting for slack water. I'll admit being plenty anxious about it in times past, but it never stopped me from starting a journey. Daysailing? Definitely. Not my thing anyway, and lets face it, at some point you have
to stop and do some maintenance
I guess everybody is looking for something different out of their boats. Mine is a means to an end, a sensible way to travel. The sailboat in a trench program sounds pretty bleak, but in the end, he is right. His boat is like many, tugging at their lines but going nowhere.
Mine is moored more than I'd like, but at 40, I'm hitting the career pretty hard, teenagers in college or high school
, and too close now to let up on the work. Work has included more travel to latin america in the winter, and that eats some weeks right off the top. Hard to pass up weeks in Cuba
or Costa Rica
, all expenses covered plus pay. In the end, I still try to squeak out 5 weeks at least on my boat, and should be back up to 8 or more weeks in a few years, then much more in 6-8 years. I've justified my boat purchase
based on what seems like a generous amount of time using the boat, such that chartering would be out of the question.
I see my boat as a long term investment, and still pay dearly on a mortgage for her. We'll see if I was smart in the end, but I was very careful to buy the right boat (after a couple others), one that was well built, basic, and generally enjoyable and straightforward to work on, so that it could be my boat for decades. So, much of its use is deferred. I dream and plan future passages, and those dreams are vivid because of the little ship tugging at her lines.
I see older guys, who's bodies are letting them down, confidence waning, but keeping the boat in her slip nonetheless. Once the boat is sold, the dream is harder buy into, and there is a point at which one must let go. That's why I haven't delayed my plans, inasmuch as possible, and with some sacrifice, because you never know when it will be too difficult to make it happen.
For me, there just has to be enough miles under sail each year, enough days and nights lazing at anchor
, enough LP burned from one killer meal after another, to feed and care for the dream. It is different for everyone, but it does seem like boats sit unused a lot. Bet mine seems that way to some, but I'm too busy tending to life and handling the priorities as best I can.
MAny of us here have the same kind of dreams, each actualizing our own version of it - including the trench boat and pink flamingos. Whatever makes people happy, spend time together, and feel free is alright by me. All of us, to some degree, are beholden to our boats for maintenance, and some live for it.
I will say that in the Chesapeake, when the wind
is blowing, the marinas
seem to empty out. I was impressed especially with how many people sail
their boats in Annapolis