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Old 12-20-2014, 09:49 PM   #21
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So, really to me if it brings you pleasure without bringing you stress or pressure, then it's your version of simple.
That's a pretty good summary, I think. Our PNW boat is what I consider fairly minimal for the kind of cruising one does up here. That's compared to some boats I've seen than have every possible means of navigation, communication, and comfort and convenience.

We have a couple of plotters, a VHF radio at each helm station, radar, a depth sounder/speed log, a PA/Intercom, and a compass. We have two engines and a generator, a propane stove, an AC/DC refrigerator, a hot water heater, and a microwave. A couple of Groco EB heads, a handheld shower wand in the aft head, and an expensive anchor and electric windlass cap off the list.

That's pretty much it.

The list of gizmos we don't have is probably longer than the list of stuff we do have.

Some people would not consider this minimalist cruising at all. But we wouldn't want to give up any of it per BandB's definition. Whereas we view things like AIS, satellite phone and internet communications, an autopilot, on-board satellite TV, a DVD player or DVR with a flatscreen, radar overlay on the plotter displays, an EPIRB and a Seawise davit as nice but not necessary to our cruising. So we don't have them.
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Old 12-20-2014, 10:00 PM   #22
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"Getting started is as simple as asking yourself one question: How might your life be better if you owned fewer material possessions?"

Not at all, and probably worse. We are full time live-aboards and dont have room for anything we dont need. Do we need laptops and internet. Yes! Definitely. That is part of our enjoyment and entertainment. Do I need a dinghy and outboard motor? Yes for fun and entertainment. Do I need a small shop vac? Yes. It helps me free up time to do what I want to do.
And yes, fun and entertainment are necessary for a healthy happy life.
There is a big difference between being 'alive' and mere survival.

It's all a matter of what you want out of life and how much you are willing to put into it.
Nothing is free. I find it a lot easier to drive to a supermarket than to raise cattle and grow my own crops on the back of my boat.
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Old 12-21-2014, 12:56 AM   #23
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There is a big difference between being 'alive' and mere survival.
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Old 12-21-2014, 09:12 AM   #24
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I found the true meaning of 'minimalistic' in regards to boating. Chuck the motor and the hull. Just float on a log. For propulsion - just kick your feet.
So now, instead of working backwards and thinking about what we can do without, lets see what we would like to add to the log.
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Old 12-21-2014, 10:12 AM   #25
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This is about as minimalist a trip from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands (following the coastline of British Columbia and crossing larger channels and inlets by "boat") as you can get. I defy anyone to find a more extreme example!



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Here's the minimalistic approach to power cruising on the west coast of Madagascar.
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Just the fact that you own a boat doesn't make you a minimalist. This discussion is truly 1st world only...
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This and ten feet of fishing line
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Old 12-21-2014, 04:26 PM   #29
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I found the true meaning of 'minimalistic' in regards to boating. Chuck the motor and the hull. Just float on a log. For propulsion - just kick your feet.
So now, instead of working backwards and thinking about what we can do without, lets see what we would like to add to the log.
I would add another pair of feet for better maneuvering at low speeds and propusion redundancy so I wouldn't have to come home on the end of a rope.
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ummm.... uses for limes. Way off topic.
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