I don't judge people by how much they use their boats. Some people just can't right now, at this stage of their lives. Time is a more precious and more limited thing than money
, and different people in different situations have radically more or less of it. Next year might be completely different -- you never know.
I use my boat a whole lot, but it is not because I am a supercool ace real he-man sailorman. It's just because I happen to have work which allows me to be where I want to be most of the time, which is generally on the boat.
And my boat is neither small nor cheap
, so so much for those rules.
I live aboard about four months a year, and sail a few thousand miles a year.
I have been living aboard
this year continuously since April, not counting regular business trips. I shredded my principle headsail in August and won't be able to sail properly until I get new sails
this winter. But that doesn't stop me from going out -- I can sail a little even without the yankee, if the wind
is right, or I can motorsail, or even just motor
. Since my mooring
has no water
or shore power
, I have to leave to get water
from time to time anyway (and yesterday, fuel
, since I am heating
and generating electricity with diesel
fuel). So I typically take off somewhere every weekend. Never very far, and almost always single
handed, usually in the dark and in bad weather
(as it is November and latitude 50N+) but it's still great to be out on the water. Sometimes in calm weather
, I just go out and drop the anchor
off the beach in the Solent somewhere, and sit on board and work all day, and spend the night. Sometimes I go into Cowes or Yarmouth and enjoy being on a walk-on berth, go out to taste the flesh-pots, and so forth. Just messing around in boats. But it's fairly accidental that my work allows me to live this way.