Those of us who have been around Cf for a while, will have watched Dons progress to this retirement
plan of his.
of the vessel, learning
to sail, jobs that had to be done, finishing his secular employment
, arranging pension, selling up and finally doing it.
It took years.
He kept the eye on the prize and did not deviate.
For others, me included, the journey has been a lot more convoluted. Huge business changes, Financial changes, Personal relationship changes, change of countries, obligations that delayed water
plans etc etc.
Many of us come to the dream unable to do it right now or screwed in the attempt by divorce or death or other things.
Don has worked his whole life to get here. He also gets to choose what to do with his life and money
If it bothers you about him spending $3500 a month then..... YOU do it different. I for one do not begrudge a single
cent he spends because a) its nothing to do with me and b) gosh darn it, he is living his life and a lot of people are envious a little.
I dont want to sail where he sails
at present, but I would enjoy it if I was forced to...
Kenomac chooses his lifestyle. Mikey O chooses his. Each involves a different vessel, different location, different income
level and different attitudes toward how to do it. Take what you will from each of their descriptions of what they do.... and disregard what does not suit you.
We have one guy on here in a vessel with no engine
and little money who is sailing around the world. He is living the life he wants. There in lies the difference. Most cruisers have a little money to buffer the bad times. Some of us dont have a lot but still want to cruise
. Some can cruise
and not change their lifestyles at all. Others have to do it on a budget
Does it matter? They are all out cruising. Isnt being on the water
The guy with the 1 million yacht in a lovely location will wake up one morning next to the guy with the $10k yacht from Bradford in the UK who decided he wanted to sail around the world on his small pension and saved up money after a lifetime of working in the coal mine.
Worry about your own lives and let others live theirs.
I love CF for the diversity of characters and in general the generosity of Spirit and shared information. We have world travelers here with money and world travelers with not so much. We have Drs and lawyers and electricians and builders and truck drivers and pilots and retirees......... Lets take their sailing experience that they give freely and use it to benefit ourselves.
Lets try to Appreciate instead of criticise. Let us also try to not ram our experience and preferences down others throats...just lay it out there for the taking.