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Old 06-18-2015, 03:41 PM   #121
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Fears are part of many peoples lives...my friend with a beautiful 42 sailboat has a girlfriend with so many fears...I'm scared for her.


Needless to say when he retires...he needs to make the decision...girlfriend or sailboat and his lifelong dreams.


Fears, comfort....whatever...appliances, training, ability...holy cow...so may wide open possibilities...


Good luck tying together those all in one thread....
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Old 06-18-2015, 03:50 PM   #122
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Fears are part of many peoples lives...my friend with a beautiful 42 sailboat has a girlfriend with so many fears...I'm scared for her.


Needless to say when he retires...he needs to make the decision...girlfriend or sailboat and his lifelong dreams.


Fears, comfort....whatever...appliances, training, ability...holy cow...so may wide open possibilities...


Good luck tying together those all in one thread....
We have an older couple who moved with us from NC. They take care of everything for us. Here we are on the water, multiple boats, but they just don't do boats. It's a fear from long ago. Now one might say they should try to conquer it, but I don't think that's necessary. They have a wonderful life without ever getting on a boat. I know...seems impossible. lol. It's when those fears stand in our way we need to try to face them. I really hope the gf you speak of is getting counseling. Sounds like a very hard way to live.
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You say your older friends don't need to change but you say this girlfriend should get counseling....??????????????
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:46 PM   #124
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You say your older friends don't need to change but you say this girlfriend should get counseling....??????????????
I got the impression that her multiple fears were negatively impacting herself and her enjoyment of life in many ways.

As to our older friends, they are very happy with their lives and don't have other fears impacting them, nor is the fear of boating impacting their relationship.

You said you were scared for the gf. We're not scared for the older couple.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:07 PM   #125
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Not exactly what I meant...but you make the point well enough....
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:26 PM   #126
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Some threads I miss part of and some I miss altogether because of the misleading thread name. "cottage on the water"? I thought the thread was going to be about a cottage on the water and it didn't interest me so here I am very late to the discussion.

A very excellent thread indeed as it shows how much we are a group are yachtsmen and not so much boaters. I'm more of a camper and have/need few things to classify as on the cottage side like a small (very) diesel furnace, a fairly small holding tank, an excess of fresh water, hot water heater and automatic water pressure in our domestic plumbing. Our head is definitely a head, our small (but adequate) bunks or berths are definitely not a bedroom, our galley is part of the salon and our wheelhouse is part of the galley. We have no gen-set, functioning shower, and our dining room and table don't even remotely resembling what we have at home. All the comforts of home? ........ not at all. Interestingly we don't even wish it either. There are some on this forum further away from the comforts of home than we I'm sure but probably not much further.

All the comforts of home would ruin boating for me. What if you could push a button to produce all the comforts like food, bathroom, heat .. everything. All you had to do is sit there. What kind of boating experience would that be? Give me the experience .. I'll pass on most of the comforts. But I'll enjoy the few comforts I indulge. And I will not be holding the tiller out in the rain to enhance my experience. We all arrive at some place on the cottage scale and that place should have the balance that objectively works for you. Even if on the very high side of the comforts of home it's different than actually at home. And that experience may be very meaningful for you. So you could very possibly have just as meaningful an experience as me on the other end of the scale. Haha though I'll still be put off by TVs, microwaves and other non boating things being brought aboard a boat. I feel it just dosn't fit.
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:32 PM   #127
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All the comforts of home would ruin boating for me. What if you could push a button to produce all the comforts like food, bathroom, heat .. everything. All you had to do is sit there. What kind of boating experience would that be? Give me the experience .. I'll pass on most of the comforts. But I'll enjoy the few comforts I indulge. And I will not be holding the tiller out in the rain to enhance my experience. We all arrive at some place on the cottage scale and that place should have the balance that objectively works for you. .... And that experience may be very meaningful for you. So you could very possibly have just as meaningful an experience as me on the other end of the scale. Haha though I'll still be put off by TVs, microwaves and other non boating things being brought aboard a boat. I feel it just dosn't fit.
Well put, Eric.
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:13 PM   #128
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What about liveaboards...with no dirt home?
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:36 PM   #129
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In our family the fear would be the other way. Me. Not on that but in Catalina they talked me into a zip line. I don't go near the rails on tall balconies. Flying through the air on a line? Are you serious. Ok, I did it. What an experience in so many ways.

Maybe you should have let Wifey B go first then it wouldn't be so scary for you.
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:43 PM   #130
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Sacrificial wife's?
Wait till Wifey B gets drift of that Al you'll be toast .. burnt toast.
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:57 PM   #133
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My slip neighbor arrived today with his cottage. It's a Nordhavn 47. He's a great guy that I know for years, however, I've had a safe installed on Magic for my shoes. Howard
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My slip neighbor arrived today with his cottage. It's a Nordhavn 47. He's a great guy that I know for years, however, I've had a safe installed on Magic for my shoes. Howard
ROFLMAO!!! Say it ain't so!!! Did Ollie move in next door?

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I would like a cedar lined sauna please. If my next boat were 10 feet longer maybe.
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I would like a cedar lined sauna please. If my next boat were 10 feet longer maybe.
Well, that one certainly surprised us. A sauna? We have one. It's called outdoors. I've never really understood the appeal of a sauna anyway so will just have to trust you on that one.
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Old 06-19-2015, 10:32 AM   #140
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Why does it have to float?

What about buying a stiff legged barge and building a off-the-grid house on it? haul in a bit of soil and you could even have a yard for the pooch.

When you want to go somewhere else, jack up the legs and drive it where you want to go. I am not sure how stable they are with legs up but I've seen them on the ICW.
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