As a relatively young man of 36 years, it pains me to hear modern youth (read: anyone under 30) equate "yachts" with being rich. I've spent so many years rehabbing old stuff: cars, electronics
, home appliances
, my wife's hair dryer that she really wants to throw out. There's nothing rich about reusing old, functional hardware
. There's nothing rich about keeping a 30+ year old boat afloat. It requires effort, ingenuity, a critical eye, and yes, maybe some money
; but it's by no means a reason to forego the joy of life afloat!
I see sailing and cruising as the next great adventure in my life; a hobby without parallel; diving
into tight spots with wrench in hand; getting hot, sweaty, dirty; swearing in tongues and cursing my decision to buy a boat... I'm sure all of the old salts have been there and can relate.
Bottom line: I'm not afraid to try to fix anything, and I'm going into this adventure with the understanding that boat ownership
is so much more than taking a few tons of floating glass out on the water
and returning to the docks. It's a lifetime of maintenance
, sweating the details, living within my means, and learning
everything all over again.
My name is Ron. It's a pleasure to come into a community as open and as welcoming as you all are. I hope to sit back, listen, learn, and take everything with me out on the water
when I do, eventually, buy a vessel.
Here's to many years of life afloat! Cheers!