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Old 03-08-2011, 09:07 PM   #1
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Do boats have feelings?

If you just returned from the Trip of a Lifetime and had no plans of extended cruising in the*foreseeable future, would you

Ditch the boat like an old pair of socks and sell it.

Keep the boat a while and just enjoy it locally.

Hang on to the boat*forever---** your kids get it.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:13 PM   #2
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RE: Do boats have feelings?

[popping popcorn]

Selling a boat can be difficult, especially if many memories are attached to it.* I think if you are going to go boating you must come to terms with the sale of something that is part of your life.

Whatever you do, don't give it to your kids..* Unless you hate them
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:36 PM   #3
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RE: Do boats have feelings?

Yes they do. They also have ears which is why you should not talk about selling them within earshot of your boat b/c then stuff will start breaking left and right.
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:13 AM   #4
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RE: Do boats have feelings?

Ditch the boat like an old pair of socks and sell it.

Keep the boat a while and just enjoy it locally.


I plan on doing something in between those two. I don't plan on ditching the boat...but I plan on passing it along to a new loving owner to enjoy.
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:54 AM   #5
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RE: Do boats have feelings?

They do.

But the wise owner has feelings for the water, not a particular boat.
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:43 AM   #6
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RE: Do boats have feelings?

1) I only throw socks away when they fail in such a way that they can no longer be useful.

2) It would depend on how much money is left after a trip of a lifetime.

3) I hate kids.

Not to be too realistic and logical here, but if you think your boat has feelings or can hear you talk about it... you need psychotherapy.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:08 AM   #7
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RE: Do boats have feelings?

Of course, boats don't have feelings, but you had better not cross 'em!
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:14 AM   #8
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RE: Do boats have feelings?

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Not to be too realistic and logical here, but if you think your boat has feelings or can hear you talk about it... you need psychotherapy.
Gonzo, I read this post of yours to my boat and she asked that I let you know that you are very wrong! *

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Old 03-09-2011, 09:15 AM   #9
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RE: Do boats have feelings?

The trip of a lifetime is fun, but I bought my boat for all the local trips, weekend trips, 2-6 week vacations and sometimes just to go sit on the back and have a cold one. For me, the trip of a lifetime is one event out of many and doesn't indicate the end of my boat enjoyment.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:21 AM   #10
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The trip of a lifetime is fun, but I bought my boat for all the local trips, weekend trips, 2-6 week vacations and sometimes just to go sit on the back and have a cold one. For me, the trip of a lifetime is one event out of many and doesn't indicate the end of my boat enjoyment.
********* Ken, Your the first respondent, That would probably keep the boat.*

****************** Good for You.** JohnP

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Old 03-09-2011, 09:25 AM   #11
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RE: Do boats have feelings?

To clarify, I would keep the boat as well. As Ken said, a trip of a lifetime is just one event. Boats are fun regardless of how far you go. Some of our funnest boating has been anchoring out 20 minutes from whatever marina we kept our boat at at the time. And I agree- just kicking back at the dock on a nice day with friends and family is very fun and beats sitting at home cutting the grass.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:32 AM   #12
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To clarify, I would keep the boat as well. As Ken said, a trip of a lifetime is just one event. Boats are fun regardless of how far you go. Some of our funnest boating has been anchoring out 20 minutes from whatever marina we kept our boat at at the time. And I agree- just kicking back at the dock on a nice day with friends and family is very fun and beats sitting at home cutting the grass.
********* Tony, This all blends well with the "Go with what you*got theory".

**********To take a trip with a boat you feel at home with, and return to your local waters to play another day, to me seems better than getting some full blown, four bedroom dream boat and dumping it the day you get back.

********** But to each is own.*** Glad to hear you are down with not using a boat for a one time fling.

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Old 03-09-2011, 12:11 PM   #13
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Do boats have feelings?

After I sink too much time and money in a particular boat, I then pass it on to someone smarter than me (they get a much better deal than I got) and I start all over again....there should be a BBA (boat buyers anonymous) somewhere I can join. But my boats so far all seemed to appreciate the love and attention lavished on them!

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RE: Do boats have feelings?

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The trip of a lifetime is fun, but I bought my boat for all the local trips, weekend trips, 2-6 week vacations and sometimes just to go sit on the back and have a cold one. For me, the trip of a lifetime is one event out of many and doesn't indicate the end of my boat enjoyment.
The boat is the center of our life and if we did sell*it, it would be to get another or becuase something awful had happened.*

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Old 03-09-2011, 01:36 PM   #15
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RE: Do boats have feelings?

I am begining to see a pattern here.. There must be a lot of boats in commission and in very good shape.* Loaded with toys and expensive improvements.* That people are very*motivated to dump.


If I hit the mega mega gazzillion lotto.** I would purchase a series of Marinas around the entire Great Circle Route.* These would be my service stations for a fleet of boats, Loopers could lease for a once around adventure.

Think how much money I could lose in operating expenses.* But, I would be happy running this operation.* Not to mention meeting great folks and helping them out.

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Old 03-09-2011, 02:38 PM   #16
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RE: Do boats have feelings?

My first boat was a 31 ft trimaran, sailed her for 15 years, second boat was a 22 ft C-Dory, cruised her for 15 years, including trips to SE Alaska, only sold her due to older age body issues. I now have a 37ft trawler, and plan to keep her till I can't find the marina anymore! LOL Actually, I will probably have to downsize in the future when I can no longer do the maintenance or afford to pay for it.

I always talk to my boats, especially if she has brought us thru difficult water safely. I de-named both boats prior to selling them, there is a ceremony for that. * Superstitious, perhaps, but much of boating is an iffy art form, like anchoring. Sailors have been trying to keep the sea and weather g-ds on their side for a long time, having an appreciation for the fickleness of both can only help.

Love your boat, and tell her she is a good girl, take care of her and she will take care of you.
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I always talk to my boats, especially if she has brought us thru difficult water safely. I de-named both boats prior to selling them, there is a ceremony for that.**


Larry,* I like the way you think.* How do you do a de-naming?

Every boat I ever sold the new owners changed the name so I think
de-naming makes sense.*

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John,

Just type 'denaming ceremony' in the google search box. Lots of references.
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RE: Do boats have feelings?

I think y'all are selling yourselves short if you are limiting yourself to only one "trip of a lifetime"!!!!
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RE: Do boats have feelings?

I think my boat is a living thing.

When I step aboard she rolls a little just to help me on.
*When I turn the key she sings.
The slap of the pistons and the purr as she settles in.
the soft bump as I slide her into gear.
As*I push up the throttle she surges like she wants more.
As I near cruise speed her song changes.
she humms a beautifull song*
*A song of waves, wind, sun and rain.

Yes I think my boat has feelings
*I think she loves me.

That is why the Admiras thinks I'm having an affair.

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