Originally Posted by thomm225
Yeah, it's just that I've seen quite a few while living in Florida
not last in the cruising life too long.
I remember seeing folks anchored in small boats just hanging out for weeks on end or motoring the ICW
. I'm thinking both get old after a while
As long as you have a destination
(or multiple destinations) and continue to move toward it or them, that might work
, but to just hang out not doing a lot won't work
for many of us
, great place to try boating
yachtie life, easy to get into, very forgiving and available available available...easy to get aquatinted to others harder to make genuine friends.
Florida also great place for soon to be put ashore/in denial sailors needing to go ashore, Florida full of these old salt
types, I invest a lot listening to their stories, lots of wisdom to be learned! Seen more than dozen die off in my brief 4yrs in Florida, sad watching their greedy family
sell off their possessions when claiming the old salts effects after sheriffs notify the family.
Iím kinda a snob now about newcomers to yachtie life, quite skeptical of those who donít show up in a boat but buy a boat and blah blah blah about their dreams and or havenít left the port they acquire said boat, seems everyone here where Iím at acquired their boat here or had it brought here by truck-trailer???
Seemingly another marina of liveaboards/people whom live on boats yet boat doesnít leave slip mooring
or especially anacorage ???
Im different I guess as I sailed into channel, powered thru channels challenging enterance to marina and hauled out. Been living aboard
while refitting on hard which people canít understand here much less my Harley, road trips away while boat is on hard so I was shunned as a broke loser by gossiping fools? In no hurry Iím retired but they figure either I canít afford it so Iíll lose my boat or so their gossip goes??? Says a lot about marina liveaboards here IMO...
Been offered a slip but town isnít nice place, 40min to anywhere nice actually....then there is channels depth
dictates I can only ideally Safety
leave or come twice a month during peak tides of 4 day windows per month...office people understand it after I explained it as primary reason I turned down slip but liveaboard
crowd here doesnít cuz theyíre essentially squatters whom arenít cruisers, havenít been anywhere, never take their boats out, theyíre just budget
sized floating house people, some donít have masts????
IMO...their biz, itís their life, their choice and their responsibility and liability...not my kinda people or marina as I explained to office people, after I explain that to management plus itís a racked powerboaters marina duh, shallow draft
Then I went on to explain I like my boat around cruising yachtie people whoíve been somewhere in their boat, have something to share, nautical culture experiences other than their day job in town today...I get that at my dive bar I frequent in town, Iím not gonna do that in marina/yard my boats at as itís not my reality a day job in town, Iím quick to remind marina people here Iím retired, donít live here cuz itís cheap
, live here cuz my boats here and my boat is in refit
mode as marina yard sells me this service
..not cheapest opportunity in this middle of nowhere area with a boat I bought from marina my boats parked at.
Amazes still how much time people waste gossiping about others especially due to envy and or alliance building attempts..(identify or create a common enemy game)
Why I try to stay outta anchorage, cheap marinas
fields off season as Iím firm believer in saying ďyou get what you pay forĒ especially in yachtie world...
Thanks for reading yet another novel by Capt JJ