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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Boat Shopping!



My lovely wife and I are already looking at boats on-line. We found some decent bargains. There are always inexpensive boats to buy that are expensive to fix. We try to avoid those. Even with that consideration, there are sailboats in pretty much sail away condition for small money.

Some were such bargains that we could put together the funds to pick them up right now. In fact, my lovely wife was tempted to have me make a few phone calls today. I think that might be jumping the gun a bit. We've only been back a week.

A lot of people want floating condos. After living in tents, a 19 foot sailboat, and a van, we don't need a huge apartment on the water. In fact,we found the Ranger 23 we owned to be quite roomy. With our background boats under 30 feet are just fine. A lot of people won't touch anything under 40 feet, so the smaller boat market has good selections.

I'm starting to think we are safer on the water than on the roads. It didn't help that one of my daughters and her family were just in a fender bender while on vacation. They are fine, but it's scary. Too many inattentive drivers out there. Their minds are on everything else but the road.

Life makes more sense at sailboat speeds.

-Sixbears

14 comments:

  1. Well, inattentive is somewhat survivable on the road. Inattentive in the air or on the water tends to be much more severe.

    Especially in busy waterways, but you have your head on square, so no problem there.

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    1. Busy waterways can be scary. Weekend warriors in powerboats fueled by too much beer can be a problem. Still, I'm ready to spend more time on the water.

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  2. If you don't break rules and take Chance's.
    Sailboats can be very forgiving. Or death, if you take Chance's...

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    1. Well said Spud. There are risks, but different risks. You know that even being a really good driver doesn't protect you from getting hit by a bad car driver.

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    2. I know. You got a tough break.

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  3. Water's nice until the tidal wave! - lol

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  4. Too, having more of needed belongings with you also has advantages as well. I don't mind short vacations, but I would be worried if I left our home for months at a time.

    I remember some years back, while on vacation, we found a hurricane was going to impact our homes location. We considered going back, only to realize how stupid it would be to go TO the hurricane. So we stayed. We were lucky - a minimal hurricane and no permanent damage to home. Lot of debris to clean up and power was off for two days, sparing us that experience.

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    1. I don't worry about my house while I'm gone. Things can become a ball a chain and I refuse to let that happen.

      I take precautions. Shut down properly -and carry insurance.

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  5. You think texting and driving is a bigger problem than texting and sailing???

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    1. Yeah. If you crash a sailboat you are going about 6 mph.

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  6. Being on the water always relaxes me.

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    1. Me too! I can feel the tension just leave my body.

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