I took a slightly different way to a cruising boat. I stumbled upon a derelict classic
, walked away, couldn't stop thinking about the boat, and ended up buying
her, building a covered workspace and jumping into the project
. At one point I was ready to get out the chainsaw and put an end to it all (the boat, not me). I had to deliver a boat to Sausalito, ran into an old guy at Andersons BY with white hair riding a bicycle and asked him which boat was his. He replied "the 70' schooner anchored over there...it took him 20 years to build her! I told him my plans for the chainsaw cure, and he asked me if I wanted to know the secret for staying sane long enough to complete the project
. He would reach burnout stage, lock up his tools and shop and go do something "different with his life".
I tried his approach, kept coming back with new energy and it worked.
Every night for the last 22 years,I lay in my bunk and look around at my home, and my life, and the feeling of accomplishment and pleasure is like nothing I have experienced in my 72 years in this world. Every time I row to shore I look back at my world, my life, and (to me at least) the most beautiful boat in the world. That feeling never goes away even in the worst weather
or conditions imaginable.
Bear in mind that I love boats, living in nature, and working on boats.
is to go for it. The worst that can happen is that you learn something about yourself no matter the outcome. There is no shame in trying something that does not work