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Old 12-15-2017, 02:50 PM   #1
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Do you have the time to use the boat?

Kevin posted a comment on the Boat Porn thread that go me thinking... How many of you have the time you want/need/or thought you would have to use the boat?

I had hoped that this year would be different, that I would have more available time to get out and use the boat as I like. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. My wife retired, which was awesome (other than that whole lack of paycheck and benefits thing) but then she immediately committed to babysitting our new grandchild for a year.

At the same time, while I had hoped to be able to start reducing my days in the office, it has turned out the opposite. I'm now seeing patients MORE instead of less. We also had expected a new associate to start this coming summer, but it looks like it won't be until July 2019.

Then there are the other various things that come up. Weddings, births, funerals, etc... that eat into the limited weekends available and time I can afford to be out of the office.

Do you get the time to use the boat? If you are retired, do you find that is enough to give you the time you want?
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Old 12-15-2017, 02:57 PM   #2
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If this dang trip from Jersey to the Keys every year to stay warm didnt get in the way, I would have more time for cruising.

Then back in Jersey, I have those dang projects all summer to do it all over again....
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Old 12-15-2017, 02:57 PM   #3
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Personally it meets my expectations. I am in the early 40s and working while my wife id mid 40 and still working too so it was expected to be able to use the boat only for weekends and vacations. For sure I wish I was full time aboard but up here it is not feasible with our climate (at least with my boat) and considering we are both active.
Anyway I cannot complain knowing that when I stared looking for a boat it was only planned to get one 5 years later. Now I have mine so any time on it is just blessing.

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Old 12-15-2017, 03:20 PM   #4
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I get two weeks a year off from work, it’s just not enough time. I use one week for a day here and there for long weekends and then one week for a decent trip on the boat. I’m 62 now hoping to semi retire in 4 years.
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Old 12-15-2017, 03:58 PM   #5
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Getting there.

I thought I would do more short one night or weekend trips, but overall happy with my boating this year, and shaping up nicely for 2018.
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Kevin posted a comment on the Boat Porn thread that go me thinking... How many of you have the time you want/need/or thought you would have to use the boat?

I had hoped that this year would be different, that I would have more available time to get out and use the boat as I like. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. My wife retired, which was awesome (other than that whole lack of paycheck and benefits thing) but then she immediately committed to babysitting our new grandchild for a year.

At the same time, while I had hoped to be able to start reducing my days in the office, it has turned out the opposite. I'm now seeing patients MORE instead of less. We also had expected a new associate to start this coming summer, but it looks like it won't be until July 2019.

Then there are the other various things that come up. Weddings, births, funerals, etc... that eat into the limited weekends available and time I can afford to be out of the office.

Do you get the time to use the boat? If you are retired, do you find that is enough to give you the time you want?
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Old 12-15-2017, 04:46 PM   #7
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In 2017 it looks like there will have been 125 nights anchored out. Less than last year, but still OK. I expect to use the boat more next year.
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Old 12-15-2017, 04:58 PM   #8
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we typically get 6-8 weeks during late June to late August. The past 2 seasons have been interrupted by work, then funeral, which reduced both to 2 weeks.

We are more than ready to get back to the typical this coming summer.

Also, try to get a week in the spring, but will likely be hauled out for the once per 3 year bottom work this spring.
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Old 12-15-2017, 04:59 PM   #9
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At the same time, while I had hoped to be able to start reducing my days in the office, it has turned out the opposite. I'm now seeing patients MORE instead of less. We also had expected a new associate to start this coming summer, but it looks like it won't be until July 2019.
With aging boomers and their degenerating eyes, you could probably work 7 days a week if you want. No boating! You'll have to limit yourself. What about only being open 4 days a week, 10 hour days? Then you have 3 day weekends where it still makes sense to get out boating, and full time employment for your emps. It's what a lot of dentists/orthos do.
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Old 12-15-2017, 05:02 PM   #10
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Do you have the time to use the boat?

I worked full work weeks in the summer, 1974-2012. So I think I earned summers off in retirement. I drove the boat home my first day of retirement. This past year May 18-August 29 with most days on anchor.
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Old 12-15-2017, 05:10 PM   #11
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As a child I wanted to liveaboard anything that floated. After divorce and a couple detours, I realized I could live my life achieving other peoples goals or achieving my own goals. Since then I've been the happiest in my life. I cruise to my hearts content and let nothing get in the way.
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Old 12-15-2017, 05:12 PM   #12
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I was lucky/broke/retired in my twenties. Spent ten years on various boats including my 40' Shucker for several years in the keys and Carib. Regular hippy boat bum. Wouldn't trade the time for anything. At the time, I looked at guys retiring and tipping over before they could cash the first retirement check. Thought, think I'll retire now, and did. After ten years my wife and I buckled down for the next thirty years to catch up. Now I'm ready to do it again. Maybe I'll get another boat before I die, but if I don't, I'll smile because I did it once when I could really enjoy it.
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Old 12-15-2017, 05:18 PM   #13
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My philosophy. learned at the ripe age of 28, is that if I can't use a boat year around, all the time, I don't want to own one. As a result I've owned two "big" boats in my life, a Tollycraft 32 from 1977 to 1979 and a Hatteras 56MY from 2007-2014. When I could no longer use them (in the later case, liveaboard and cruise) full time, I sold them. In between and after, chartered and rented and crewed for friends.. much cheaper and hassle free.
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Old 12-15-2017, 05:27 PM   #14
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I use it often. You have to make time and really want to. I have a strange job that only requires me to work a few days a month, albeit over 3 hours away. If I not working at my real job, I’m working on the boat or spending time on her doing overnighters and even just anchoring out. Sometimes I’ll spend a couple of days on her at the marina. My dog loves boat life and he weighs 9 pounds, so it’s easy and he loves the kayak and zodiac.

It’s up to you to make time. You know all those things you want to do? You should do them now. Time waits for no one.
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Old 12-15-2017, 05:42 PM   #15
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I have plenty of time to use my boats whenever I want, but other issues kept me from using them as I wanted last summer. First the radar on my sailboat failed during the first week of the season. My wife won't even go aboard the boat if there is fog forecast without the radar. The other issue was my health. A side effect of the leukemia that I have is severe fatigue. Last summer I started the season with about a three hour limit before I was done for the day. I was down to an hour and a half by the end of the season. Even walking down to the boat at the marina wore me out. Hopefully next summer will be better.
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Old 12-15-2017, 06:10 PM   #16
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We use our boat a lot. 100 nights per year on average, a lot of anchoring, and a couple longer cruises up the coast each year.


Work and play are a balancing act, but overall we are very thankful for our past couple boats. Our kids are now gone, but the times we had with them and friends are memories well worth the expense and sometime hassles of owning a boat.


Looking forward to the next stage of boating, and hoping my crappy lower back and knees can hang in there until the finish line.
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Old 12-15-2017, 06:10 PM   #17
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No, I do not have enough time to do what I want to do because of work

but...

I do not have enough money to give up work

But, all is not lost

I am only 55

Old age will come soon enough

Besides I only work 120 days a year, and my business (which my wife and I run) can be operated from anywhere with a internet connection.
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Old 12-15-2017, 06:12 PM   #18
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good, then I can plan on you taking me to great salmon fishing all summer...

maybe even a halibut if you insist.....
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Old 12-15-2017, 07:57 PM   #19
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We left Virginia mid October

And currently are in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas.
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We spend at least 3 out of 4 weekends on the boat year round. My wife retires this month so we are going to sell the dirt and move aboard, so for us it will be "how much time do we have ashore"?
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