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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Rust and repairs



I must admit to getting a little discouraged about finding a cheap tow vehicle for the boat. Of course, it doesn’t help that my budget is a bit limited. It’s not just the price of the vehicle, there’s registration, insurance, inspection and the inevitable unexpected repairs. Probably the smart thing to do right now is to stop looking and make a plan B.

People are a lot more liberal than I am on what “good” and “excellent” condition mean. FYI people, a vehicle is not good if it needs a head gasket, brakes, and the frame welded. No wonder people were surprised when I sold my “fair condition” van and it could be driven away.

My daughter is willing to launch the boat on the lake, but that limits us to sailing round and round a fairly small body of water. It’s fun, but not a lot of adventure there. If nothing else I get a lot of practice tacking.

At least we still have my wife’s little economy car. There were a few times in the past when we had no working vehicles at all. Living out in the woods we pretty much need some form of transportation. It’s either a car or walking -and it’s a long long walk to anywhere.

As much as I miss having a second vehicle, I don’t miss the expense. Of course, for what I spent on doctor’s bills I could have picked up a decent used truck. So it goes.

-Sixbears

8 comments:

  1. Money is always an issue for common folks. The missus is spending her "burying money" on dentists and dentures and my truck is long overdue for an oil change, since I can't do it myself anymore. Hang in there; you'll figure something out.

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    1. Money's tight, but it's not so tight that I'm missing any meals. I've had it much worse. It's all manageable.

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  2. It will happen when you're actually ready. That whole 'may not get what you want, but if you try real hard, you'll get what you need' thingy.

    There's a pickup or van lurking out there, waiting for you. Just not right now.

    Try checking out local government auctions. Strange deals lurk there.

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    1. A friend just gave me a lead on some vans. My lovely wife and I will be checking them out soon. Hopefully, today.

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  3. One of the quickest ways to expand your horizons is to shrink your transportation.

    Its not sailing but have you considered a kayak ? Good exercise and you are on the water exploring areas even a small boat would be off limits to. No, can't sleep in it, but you could make a tenting kit you can find out of the way spots (I think).

    Just another option - I hope you find a solution soon.

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    1. we still have our 2 person Sea Eagle inflatable kayak we used as a dingy. It can be squeezed into our car. We used to spend 10 moths of the year paddling canoes, but my lovely wife has had both shoulders rebuilt. They are fine now, but we don't want to undo the fine work the surgeon did.

      I don't mind doing most of the work paddling the kayak and we've have some fun with it.

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  4. Hope you find something real soon that doesn't need a lot of work.

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    1. Rust is such an issue here with road salt. We've looked at vehicles that appear in good condition, until I crawl under them and find rotted frames. Something will work out.

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