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Old 06-14-2013, 06:19 AM   #1
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Boat ,Home and Work

How do you get the best out of all of this ?.If you work, have a home and love your boat.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:30 AM   #2
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I live aboard.

My workboat is 3 slips away.

I get 4 months off in the winter to cruise south.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:45 AM   #3
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We generally take the boat our every other weekend. I'll spend the "at home" weekend taking care of the yard, cars, and house so nothing gets neglected. Unfortunately and as a professional, I'm always bringing home work but never work on Saturday--I leave Sunday afternoon/evening for reports/paperwork that need to get done. Ah to be retired!
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:29 AM   #4
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It's always a balancing act.

I work on a 4 weeks overseas, 4 weeks off rotation; so the work part is fixed. Here at work I am 1000 miles from the ocean and limited to surfing TF and looking at boat porn.
After travel time, I have 3 1/2 weeks to divide between home and boat, and I can completely forget about work. Easier than than trying to balance all three.

I've done equal time rotation work for over 30 years now. For me, its the only way.
Two day weekends are far too short.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:34 AM   #5
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Although we work long hours in professional jobs, fortunately for us, the boat is only 25 mins. from home. Generally, we leave the city on Friday evening after rush hour and come home Sunday evening. Any work that needs to be addressed on the weekends comes with us to the boat. My stuff gets done early in the morning as I tend to get up a couple hours before my wife. She addresses any work projects while we are underway. One thing that makes this possible is that we live in a condo in the city, so no yard mainenance. Everything is a trade off.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:53 PM   #6
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Life is a constant balance, give and take, and so a conviction/plan has to be put in place. What is more important in your present live, and that should be your driving factor. Mine is not boating and/or being a live aboard. The boat and being a live aboard is a tool/means to meet my primary goal and live style. Once you live on a boat you are consider a little odd/strange by most dirt people, so being consider a little more odd/strange is not a big deal.

Originally the Eagle was bought as a Seattle dock condo, we still lived in a house between Seattle and Everett, with children, and we both worked. My wife worked in Seattle and I worked in Everett, but many nights I/we went to Seattle for a number of reason, mainly transition/dinner/dance/drinks/shows/theaters so we decided rather than diving home it would be nice to have a place to crash and what we did in Seattle stayed in Seattle.

As it turns out we bought to big of a boat, worked and stayed on it to much to a point the marina charged us a LAB fee. I asked what is the LAB fee? Itís a Live A board fee. So we became a live a board with out realizing it. The children left home so we sold the house, and bought a condo. However we never moved into the condo. So for 16 years we been a live aboard and use the boat every day. Being a live aboard we have almost dropped off the grid.
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:55 PM   #7
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It ain't easy! I'm retired so don't have work to contend with, but have the boat, home, and a fishing camp in Cocodrie south of Houma, La. Lately I have been neglecting the camp for the boat and now I find I have a huge list of things I need to do down there. Fortunately the boat is in Houma, on the way from home, so I can keep an eye on it without too much trouble.
There are a couple of other elements which need lots of time and attention, growing Grandkids and ageing Parents
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:39 PM   #8
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Add kids into this and it gets even harder. Not sure how we do it, or that we do it very well a lot of times. As I was driving home from a work road trip yesterday at 9:45 pm, after I worked until 11:00 pm the night before, I asked myself, I am a workaholic?

Today I took half the day off to go out to a summer day camp where our younger son is an attendee and our older is a counselor. I spent half of Wednesday working on the boat, which is why I worked at my job half the night.

We leave for three weeks in the Bahamas on Wednesday. I'll spend some of our time there working remotely.

Sundays we go to Mass. I try to get a run in every other day or so.

My younger son is a soccer freak, he plays almost every day and has games most Saturdays. My older son (8th Grade) is the 5th ranked 1500 Meter runner in the US. He runs or has practice or a meet every day.

I used to be a fishing guide, but I haven't used my flats boat in four months.

Balanced? God only knows, we just try to get as much of life as we can.
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:02 PM   #9
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We are an hour away from the boat. I work 5 days a week most of the year and 4 days a week in the summer months. Sometimes I take a day off work and go out like I did Wednesday. Some days we go for a day trip like last Saturday. Sundays are church days with some exceptions.

My kids have somewhat active social lives like most but we made a decision 15 years ago that they choose 1 activity at a time. None of this driving all over the place 5-7 days a week for kid activities for us. We tend to take family time seriously and pick activities we can all participate in.

The decision to own a boat was merely an extension of that attitude for us. Before this there was copious amounts of camping, hiking, beach trips, off road vehicles etc... Finding ways to enjoy these activities debt free has really been key for our strategy. Debt always has a way of dividing our loyalties between work and family time far more than most are willing to admit. When we had debt and I had a choice between working long hours or hanging out with the family I'm now sorry to say work won out every time. Now that debt is a distant memory in our lives, family time will not be traded for any amount of money.

Decide what's important and focus your efforts is our course of action.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:25 PM   #10
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Retired. what was the question again?
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:50 PM   #11
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Yes, debt sucks, but one never seems free of property tax, homeowner assessments, rent, or maintenance. Nevertheless, no debt is a relief.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:29 PM   #12
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We live about 20 minutes from the boat.I'm still working and my wife is retired. We go to boat almost every afternoon and hang out for a couple hrs . Sometimes we stay on the boat a week night or two just to break up the work week .I really like that . We spend most weekends on the boat .My wife takes care of everything at home . I'm very fortunate for that . We work on the house projects during the winter and squeeze in some boat projects also . The boat , house and work and grand kids keep us busy but we love it .
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:38 PM   #13
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Like AusCan, I work away. Week in, week out. Unlike AusCan, I've only done this for a little while. When I am at work, I am at work. When I am at home, I am not at work. This is the greatest and most stress relieving aspect of the arrangement.

I find my family time and boating time are higher quality when I am home. If I take a week off of work, I am away for three weeks. I do this a couple of times a year. I feel semi-retired.

Our boat is only a few minutes away from our house, so we do spend quite a bit of time on it.

But technically my boat sits for nearly 6 months (cummulative) out of the year...
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:02 PM   #14
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In about a month, my Admiral will be retired from Diplomatic life, and we'll be moving to our canal front home in Longboat Key (Sarasota), FL, where our boat will be in the slip behind our residence (100 ft. from rear door), and once organized, I'll likely be doing my writing and photo work aboard the boat and in the home, depending on what strikes me that day. We'll be 5 min. from the Gulf Coast ICW and 20 minutes from the open Gulf. That's about as good as we could plan it and now that I'm saying it, what more could I ask for besides the health to enjoy it.
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:07 AM   #15
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I am supposed to be semi-retired and I am semi-actively looking for a boat, but still have kids 5 years from starting college, so DW and I are still doing the work/kid/house/life shuffle and I do wonder where the boat will fit in and how it will upset our current "balance".

I say "supposed to be semi-retired" because I have a small business I am in the process of transferring/selling to a key employee, but the process is going slower and is requiring more of my time than I thought it would.

The most prudent thing for us to do would be to wait until the kids are off to college (and the biz transfer done) and THEN get the boat, but I want to enjoy a little quality kid time away from wifi on a boat before they leave. Plus, I'm not good at waiting.

This boat/work/life balance is always on my mind so this topic is very interesting to me....

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Old 06-15-2013, 12:43 PM   #16
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We are ditching the house. Work- Travel now anyhow.

For us it was making a decision that quality of life was more important than daily routine.

We also have kids to add to equation.
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I am supposed to be semi-retired...

The most prudent thing for us to do would be to wait until the kids are off to college (and the biz transfer done) and THEN get the boat, but I want to enjoy a little quality kid time away from wifi on a boat before they leave. Plus, I'm not good at waiting.

This boat/work/life balance is always on my mind so this topic is very interesting to me....
Don`t wait any longer than you have to.
My thought:if within reason, you can afford the time and money for what you want, do it. Now.
I`ve been talking to a friend. He survived prostate cancer 2 years ago. His father just died, four weeks post cancer diagnosis.
What`s around the corner for any of us? If you can make it work, go get the boat, for you and your family, and enjoy.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:53 PM   #18
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Life gets complicated. Lou is retired. I am semi-retired as my son runs the day to day of our company. I still sit on several boards and commissions. We have a town house in Chattanooga, a home in Cartersville, and a mountain cabin. We were both widowed. She after 40 years and me after 44. We each have disabled sons that we have bought condos for. They live independently, but do take a lot of attention. Because of that we will never be foot loose and live aboards.

We also have 4 grand children between us that are joys in our lives. We are fortunate that her two grand daughters and my two grand sons just love getting together and going with us on trips. They keep us busy going to their plays, football games, and any other thing they are involved in. We are so fortunate to have them.

I have found that life is what you make of it. "Things don't always turn out for the best, but life is best for those who make the best of the way things turn out". I think that is a paraphrase of John Wooden, and I believe it to be so true.

I am passed three score and ten, and slowing down in work a little. It was like a slap in the face when I had to take mandatory IRA withdrawals. But I'm not retired I said. Doesn't matter the accountant said.

I'm still busy, and it keeps me out of trouble. Although, you guys may not see it that way.

We feel blessed to have our lives. It's been a good ride.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:57 PM   #19
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The most prudent thing for us to do would be to wait until the kids are off to college (and the biz transfer done) and THEN get the boat, but I want to enjoy a little quality kid time away from wifi on a boat before they leave. Plus, I'm not good at waiting.
1. Valuation Theorem: Time>Money

You're going to die and so am I. I don't know when and neither do you. Using this thinking we got our boat "early" or earlier than expected.

2. Car Payment Theorem: Car payment analogy - is it equivalent to a nice car (payment)? Then it can be done.

3. Learning Theorem : Boat is a lab to build your skills on. You get better, know more, waste less $.

4. Worst Case Scenario Theorem: If you had to sell right after you bought - would any money lost be manageable?

For me personally, my story is this - my dad died when I was 14. Suddenly and without warning. He taught me the love of the water and cruising. Whenever I am scared to make the big decision, I remember this, and on the day I die, there will be nothing I can do about it. If I can give a few useful, loving memories to my kids, it's worth it. I don't need the largest boat in the marina to do that.

Good luck with whatever you do.
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I doubt very much that any of us will be in the twilight of our lives and have the thought - " I wish I had spent more time at work"
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