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Old 21-09-2012, 13:53   #1
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I'm serious - what do you do all day?

HI all
I'm a little embarrassed to even ask this question but what the heck. Like many more before me I've been getting to know you all for the last couple of years by lurking in the wings...
Our plan is made. We can buy the boat in 3 years, the Med is first and that may be as far as we get but no matter. Our intention is to live aboard and travel.

Life is busy now. A business, older teenagers, two dogs, you know the story. What fills your day? We've never had time to spare on a 7 day a week basis. We're mid 40's by the way. Boat maintenance will be time consuming, I understand that. Exploring, provisioning, sailing from A - B...I must be missing loads more - any suggestions...
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Old 21-09-2012, 14:00   #2
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Re: I'm serious - what do you do all day?

We're retired so life aboard is similar to life ashore. For instance, we fix what needs fixing, do routine maintenance, prepare & eat meals, read, watch TV, visit with friends, swim, SCUBA, fish, read/send email, surf the internet, go shoping, etc.
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Old 21-09-2012, 14:20   #3
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People often asked me what I do when on board all day. " nothing much I says, but I spend all day doing it "

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Old 21-09-2012, 14:28   #4
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Re: I'm serious - what do you do all day?

what i do all day is sooo top secret that only those doing exactly the same things i do know what that actually is. but it does take alll day. sometimes even part of the evening.
i am serious--i am doing it......
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Old 21-09-2012, 14:33   #5
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Re: I'm serious - what do you do all day?

You can check out the link below. I write everyday what we do. If your living on the hook and don't go in to fill your water tanks that will take alot of your time. No car means grocery shopping could take up to 3+ hrs. Juggin water back and forth takes about 30 min per 18 gallons. Taking out the trash means into the dinghy, 5-10 min dinghy ride, then a walk to find a dumpster. I used to be a workaholic 14+ hrs 7 days a week. After cruising I have no idea how I ever got anything else done while having a job. Your going to love it. Get out there as soon as possible. I promise you won't be sitting around all day!

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Old 21-09-2012, 19:37   #6
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Re: I'm serious - what do you do all day?

I do whatever I want.... (but only with the Admiral's OK)..
And it's ALWAYS 5 O'clock somewhere....

But repairs DO take priority....
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Old 21-09-2012, 19:53   #7
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Re: I'm serious - what do you do all day?

I'm not retired, but I go on month-long cruises. I used to bring much 'stuff to do' along with me, but always found that I never really got around to it.

Once you get into a sailing groove, you (or at least, I) no longer seem to feel the need to fill every moment with 'activity'.
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Old 21-09-2012, 20:31   #8
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Re: I'm serious - what do you do all day?

I spend all day looking at posts on CF
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Old 21-09-2012, 21:25   #9
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Re: I'm serious - what do you do all day?

We get that question from friends who are thinking of retiring, not just those thinking of cruising. Here's a post I did on my blog just for fun:

"Retire? I Can't ... What Would I Do All Day?"
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Old 21-09-2012, 23:00   #10
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Re: I'm serious - what do you do all day?

We're busy as hell. Fixing things, going to the beach, going hiking, going paddleboarding, kettlebells, hanging out with friends, diving, swimming.. the list goes on and on. Never enough time in the day but at least we fill it with things worth doing rather than just living it up in an office building 40 hours a week.
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Old 22-09-2012, 00:19   #11
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Re: I'm serious - what do you do all day?

Everything takes so much longer when you have no car and live at anchor, especially when you drop into a new destination, finding where to dock the dinghy, where to dump the rubbish , where to find food, fuel/water etc and to be honest we do a lot of nothing as well. Boat maintenance takes so much longer and finding parts in foreign places where there is a language barrier is so much more difficult,
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Everything takes so much longer when you have no car and live at anchor, especially when you drop into a new destination, finding where to dock the dinghy, where to dump the rubbish , where to find food, fuel/water etc and to be honest we do a lot of nothing as well. Boat maintenance takes so much longer and finding parts in foreign places where there is a language barrier is so much more difficult,
You make it all sound so appealing!

You're right, of course. But it's also enjoyable to figure all that stuff out, sometimes.
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Re: I'm serious - what do you do all day?

Thinking how anodes are protecting the boat.

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Old 22-09-2012, 00:44   #14
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Re: I'm serious - what do you do all day?

When a swell comes in and its like living in an earthquake, or even getting on or off the dinghy when the back of the boat is jumping 6 feet in the air, with a heavy bag of groceries, getting no sleep fairly often from all the rolling an groaning or boats dragging anchor and heading towards you or you dragging your own anchor. cold limited showers.

I'm sure the plus point must outweigh all the negatives or i wouldn't be doing it, or maybe you just have to be crazy do live on the hook.
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Old 22-09-2012, 00:51   #15
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There is the amazing scenery, new places, meeting new and often very interesting people, the tranquility of moving under sail when the condition are just right (if youre thinking of the med, think lots n lots of motoring, or lots and lots of waiting for the right winds), having a window with an ever changing view, great weather.
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