Iíve hemmed and hawed over whether to join in on the discussions here. TaoJones has asked me a few times because he thinks Iíd have something to add to the community. Iím not sure about that, but have decided to give it a shot anyway. We've sailed a few miles and know a bit about just dropping out and going, so I guess maybe that's where my "expertise" would lie.
During our first cruise
I avoided taking part in this place. Frankly it seemed to me as if all I would do is spend my time defending myself, pointing out blatant lies, and trying to explain my sense of humor
. Tao calls my humor
self-deprecating, and I guess thatís exactly what it is. I donít take myself very seriously. I donít pretend to know it all. And I really donít give a toss what anybody except my wife and daughter think of me. So for those reasons it hardly seemed worth it to join in. But itís been a few years now and weíve got a new boat, and, well...
So I thought Iíd just jump right in and use this thread as a starting point. Iíll address some of the comments that have been made already, and in the future if anybody has any questions or comments Iíll do my best to hit on those too.
Ali and I have just bought our second boat. We join a select few in the ranks of boat owners who have gone from catamaran
. Iím sure more than a few people are wondering why we would do that. It really comes down to two things. One: price
. We paid $48k for this boat. $157k for the cat. The one thing I always want in a boat is the ability to lose it at any time and not have it destroy me financially. We donít insure our boats so this means paying cash and being able to absorb the possibility that one day it will be worth zero. On our first trip we had one financial threshold and now weíve got another.
Two: it is a new challenge for us, and to me thatís what life is about. Aside from our eight hours of sailing classes
in a J24 weíve never sailed on a monohull
. We sailed around the world and spent a lot of time drinking beer
in friendís monohull cockpits, but we never went sailing in one of them.
Yes, we bought this boat sight unseen and without a survey
. We had a friend check the boat out for us and ultimately decided that we felt this was such a good deal that we didnít want to miss it. We made the offer the first day. As for surveyors, I think they are a waste of money
. We paid Charles Kanter to survey
our Wildcat and I think we all know how that turned out. His recommendations on our survey were to install a tie down strap for the batteries, and to tighten a loose bolt on the rudder
post. Thatís it. Not long after that we discovered that basically the entire boat was delaminated. I wouldnít pay one of these guys ten cents, much less five hundred dollars, to step foot on my boat again. Iíd rather put that money
to work fixing the problems that I find.
sneuman - I think youíve got a rather inflated sense of how much money there is to be made off of a self-published book. I make about a buck on the Kindle versions, and about $2.50 on the print. I think we all know the only way to make real money on a sailing story is to sink in a storm and be rescued days later.
slomotion - You make a good point. The circumnavigation
was our goal. When we set out we figured weíd go around the world and then right back to Chicago to work. But about halfway around we decided we really liked the traveling aspect of the trip. Not so much the sailing, but the getting off the boat and being immersed in a new place. The Med is when we decided we wanted to do the VW trip. Now that a few years have gone by weíve sort of come full circle. With a baby now weíve decided that the cruising lifestyle is the way we want to raise our girl. We want her to be outdoorsy, independent, and free from as much media and advertising as possible. We donít know how long it will last, but for now thatís our goal.
GordMay - Quick math: 14,500 posts x 12 minute avg/post = 174,000 min. / 60 = 2,900 hours / 16 waking hours in a day = 181 entire days spent sharing these sorts of insights. Wow.
Kia Ora - Now that is a seriously funny
one-liner. Thatís my kind of humor.
Anyway all, Ali and I are moving aboard our new boat in a few days. Weíll live in the Bay Area for a while. We may or may not make it down to Mexico
this year. We donít know for sure as some minor medical
issues may keep us in the States through the winter. But either way weíll be living on the water
, fixing up a thirty year old boat, and raising a baby girl. Should be fun. And youíre all welcome to join us either through our website or here. If youíve got questions or comments feel free to post them here or e-mail us directly any time.