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Old 10-19-2011, 11:17 PM   #21
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RE: How did you come to love boats and the sea?

For me it was getting a job in a small port town in Alaska.

I was walking the dock, and saw this very pretty 26' nordic tug for sale. That was 1998

I remember calling my wife and asking her if I could buy that boat. She told me to sell my float*plane first.

That took a year and the rest is history.

We've had a total of six ocean going boats of various sizes from 19' to our present boat a 4788 Bayliner.

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Old 10-20-2011, 06:12 AM   #22
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RE: How did you come to love boats and the sea?

Marin wrote:dwhatty wrote:
Perhaps like a smaller and less mountainous PNW and its not all fog and rain although we, probably like you in the PNW, tell enamored visitors that its always fog and rain.
*Well, it wsa certainly all*fog and rain the times I was there.* So I will continue to reinforce the image you are trying to project.
<pre>"Out on the road, we tell all the turkeys
Yes it's always raining and the sun never shines
But all the natives know when the mountain lifts her skirts
The view from home will flat-out melt your mind"

Lyrics from Bryan Bowers "A View From Home"</pre>

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Old 10-20-2011, 07:14 AM   #23
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RE: How did you come to love boats and the sea?

My grandfather gave me my first experience of being on the ocean, at Jones Beach on Long Island, probably when I was about 6.* He showed how we could work our way out past the breakers, and just float on our backs in the 3-4 foot seas.* We were our own boats, and the ocean was welcoming.*
A year later I got to spend much of an afternoon paddling around in a canoe on a small lake, with lilypads, frogs, turtles, and small-mouth bass to cast for.* I was totally hooked, and wanted to be on a boat at every opportunity.* These were mostly contained to rented row boats on small lakes until I joined the Navy in 1969, and was briefly a part of a destroyer escort crew out of San Diego.* Could hardly wait to get back from Viet Nam and pursue boating for pleasure.

A couple of years of mostly non-stop work later, I lived a good distance from the sea in Ohio, but was lucky enough to have work buddies suggest I join their crew, chartering a 30-foot sloop in the Abacos for a week.* What a fine way to discover cruising!* And back in the 70's it wasn't very expensive.

While tent camping on Vancouver Island one summer, my wife and I decided to go out for a day with a salmon fishing guide.* It was dynamite - beautiful, exciting, and great fishing too, all in a 16-foot boat.
Months later, we wandered into a boat show, thinking we could probably afford such a boat.* We looked at quite a few, but none really knocked us out.* Then we set eyes on a little cabin boat that really stood out from the crowd.* It was a C-Dory 22 cruiser, not too much bigger than the fishing boats we were considering, but with a huge difference - it was designed for camping on the water.* We were sold.
For two years we were lake cruisers, staying out at first just a few days at a time, then working up to a couple of weeks.* We built boating skills at Lake Powell, a low-risk and delightful place, with drop-dead gorgeous red rock canyon scenery.* We learned what to take with us, how to load and provision the boat, towing, launching, docking, anchoring, boat handling in various conditions, and many aspects of living successfully aboard a small boat.
In our third year of cruising, friends in Seattle suggested that we tow up to Washington and meet them for a couple of weeks on the ocean.* What an opportunity!* A guided trip in the San Juan Islands and into British Columbia, expanding our envelope of skills and experience.
For our first ocean trip, we had to be prepared for many new things:* tougher weather, bigger waves, huge tides, rapids, rain, fog, charts, navigation skills, and different kinds of fishing.* We did our homework, and the cruise was a great success.
It was convenient that our boating buddies were leading the way, but with a cruising guide book and some common sense, we would probably have been OK in the San Juans.* We planned ahead, and paid attention to what we were doing and how well it was working.* As we ventured further north on subsequent trips, we encountered greater challenges with weather, waves, and distance.* We took it one step at a time, learning as we went, rather than making great leaps beyond our abilities.
Over the next two summers, we spent six weeks cruising southern B.C.* We had built up our skills to a pretty solid level, while both of us still held demanding jobs.* Then came an opportunity to expand our envelope in a big way:* both our employers were flexible enough to let us take extended leave.
We thought about it for a while, and decided to really go for it - a summers cruise in Southeast Alaska.* It was incredibly wonderful, the experience of a lifetime.* Since that first Alaska trip weve done many more long cruises, continually improving our skills, and loving (almost) every minute of it.
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:17 AM   #24
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RE: How did you come to love boats and the sea?

Speaking of C-Dories, there is a very interesting book called "River Horse," by William Least Heat Moon. He took a 22' C-Dory with twin Honda outboards from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific on a route comprised entirely of rivers and lakes. He had to portage the boat a few times in the Rockies over the Great Divide but otherwise he did the entire trip on the boat's hull. The book, which came out a number of years ago, is a unique observation of the environment he traveled through as well as how he feels the country has changed and is changing.
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:55 AM   #25
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How did you come to love boats and the sea?

I LOVE the water and boating of any kind!
Placed on a boat before I could stand!* Think I learned to swim about same time I could stand lol... Mom (expert swimmer/diver herself) would put a life jacket on me and walk around the boats deck with a line attached to the life vest until I knew how to swim.* That didnt take long...the rest is history!* I began free diving by 2<sup>nd</sup> grade and scuba diving soon thereafter.* Spent thousands of days out on the inner and ocean waters on all types of boats throughout New England, NY to Maine during beginning of life to mid twenties.* Then I spent 2 + decades way away from water in different parts of U.S. doing business and learning life.* Never lost my love for boats and water; had simply had enough of it during my formative years and decided to do something different for my biz years!* In my early 50s I decided to find a pleasure boat for me and family.* Living in SF Bay Area the opportunities were perfect to re enter boating.* Spent a couple years re acquainting myself with boat-craft technological developments and design/building improvements that had occurred since I*had completely left*the sea in mid 1970s.* Long and short of it - - > I LOVE the water and boating of any kind!* We are keeping our 1977 34 Tollycraft Tri Cabin, because we simply love it!* Looked at plenty of others as well as bought and sold a real nice Uniflite sport fisher sedan over the last few years... Our Tollycraft has been with us for some years now, its the best Ive found... shes a real keeper!*

-- Edited by Art on Saturday 22nd of October 2011 09:57:19 AM
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:04 AM   #26
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RE: How did you come to love boats and the sea?

As a very young kid I always seemed to have a fascination with boats.. I had a captains outfit at the age of four and I wore it everywhere. I was one of those kids that spent summers building a variety of forts. One day when I was five my dad comes home and tells me "get in the truck.. we are going to go pick something up ". We went to a house that someone he knew had recently moved out of and picked up a old class C hydroplane. I spent years with that boat on saw horses, in the yard, in the pool.. traveling to distant shores. Before we installed the pool I actually dug a huge pond by hand to be able to float the boat in the back yard. My folks were not too happy with that one.

I bought my first "Real"boat at 15, I spent all my savings to buy a very well maintained 16' cracker box circle racing boat with a small block Chevy!, direct drive , no transmission, crazy fast and what every teenage boy wanted.... very LOUD!. The bummer was I couldn't afford to buy a car too so I had to borrow dads truck to get it to the lake.. or get a friend to pull it to the lake!. At 16 my buddies and myself were styling!
Between those two boats the " boat sickness" as the Admiral calls it was caught for life. Since then I have had over 20 boats, went from boats that could go over 80mph.. to sail, sailed half way around the world, moved from sail to trawlers, only to be back owning a 45' fast express cruiser!... my wife just frowns and shakes her head at me when I point out a interesting boat in Yachtworld!
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:05 AM   #27
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RE: How did you come to love boats and the sea?

"Speaking of C-Dories, there is a very interesting book called "River Horse," by William Least Heat Moon. He took a 22' C-Dory with twin Honda outboards from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific on a route comprised entirely of rivers and lakes. He had to portage the boat a few times in the Rockies over the Great Divide but otherwise he did the entire trip on the boat's hull. The book, which came out a number of years ago, is a unique observation of the environment he traveled through as well as how he feels the country has changed and is changing."

That boat is in a shed about 6 miles from my house.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:18 AM   #28
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RE: How did you come to love boats and the sea?

I grew up playing in a marine supply store. The smell of oakum is my favorite smell. Reading C.S. Forester sealed the deal for me. I've never been without at least one boat since I was twelve.
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:20 PM   #29
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How did you come to love boats and the sea?

Ive read every interesting entry to this thread and feel this is one of the most diversely compelling water-world threads Ive experienced on any boat forum.
Following are some items that often run through my mind regarding the Internal Origins, and Ongoing Desires, the Actual Energizers... of who, what, and why a limited number of people (like lucky us yea!) are so affixed by and undeniably drawn to water-life; and the others (like all others poor dummies lol) could simply care less about being out and about, or even around at least some sort of water...
1.****** I believe that life on this planet began in water.* Heck we are some 85% water (by mass, human cells consist of 65 to 90% water (H<sub>2</sub>O).* Therefore, I believe desire to be feeling as one with the water is somehow stronger in some persons genes than others (again, I feel we ARE the lucky ones)!
2.****** The human mind loves to watch configuration alterations; it becomes nearly mesmerized by such things, especially when there is NEVER a duplicate, e.g. snow flakes, fire flames, and of course WATER.* There is never, ever, never, never, never, ever exactly the same configuration to observe on the water top, or while underwater; very satisfying to our brain/mind and to our water-driven genes... Lucky Us!*
3.****** Some humans (lucky us, again!) get such a peaceful, satisfying feeling while upon the water (be it rough or calm... stormy or clear) that we are more than willing to care for a craft of our choice in order to be able to enjoy being upon the water... and because our craft satisfies our desire for being at/on the water we often say how much we LOVE our boat(s).* I mean, thats pretty intense if you think about it... would we love our boats and spend endless time and cash on them if they sat in the back yard and never, ever could get us out onto water ah, NO!* Do we fall out of love with a boat if it gives us so much maintenance trouble that it needs to be replaced... well sort of... in that if we have good memories from her we can still have past love thoughts.* Do we never fall in love with a boat that does not reach our ideals of performing for us while on the water, so we sell her and replace with a boat we can better love... because she comfortably and correctly gets us out on the water!* Therein lies the reasons why we call her HER!* Yes, it is truly a relationship (can be a love, or, a hate-love relationship) we form with our boat... BECAUSE SHE SATISIFIES OUR DESIRE, BY GETTING US UPON THE WATER! *Humph, is that why it is sometimes termed being married to our boat? LMAO!!! **
4.****** Therefore... our boats are simply a means to our beginning and our end.* ITS THE WATER, BROTHER... PURE AND SIMPLE - - > IT IS THE WATER!*
I believe our desire, need, compunction, compassion, and pure-passion; i.e. basic insanity for being on the water... is inside our actual water-driven genes!
Id like to hear from others as to why you feel only a certain group of humans (Lucky Us!!) are so compelled to be With Water
Cheers! Art ****

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Old 10-23-2011, 06:02 PM   #30
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RE: How did you come to love boats and the sea?

My first affair w boats was watching them from our living room window when I was about 3. Mom and Dad knew I was star'in out the window for some reason and they figured out what I was look'in at before they discovered why I was look'in out the window. Why I was look'in out was because I am far sighted and what I was look'in at was vehicles *...boats very much among them. Dad bought a very small freighter 21.5' X 103'. Was an ex Navy boat that had a very big hold fwd and one aft. Would love to have her today as a trawler except for the 2100 cu in straight eight Jimmy diesel fuel burn. Dad packed meat for Carstens Meat Packing to Juneau and fish and other freight on the return trips. He had us kids aboard the boat at Blaine WA and in Seattle over week ends many times during breaks and maintenance times. I spent a lot of time rowing the OB skiff *...being on the boat and all around the docks. Then running the 5 hp Johnson. Dad sold the boat and I went on (in the nautical sense) to build a 12' kayak out of spruce and canvas (it was a rough kit). Late junior high and high school it was all cars but in college I did a lot of outboarding on Puget sound, the Snohomish River and Lake Washington. Prolly rented canoes more than 50 times at the Lake Wash Canoe house. Loved to take the girls for romantic rides in the dark and Stan always forgave us for getting back after dark. Designed the Easy Rider (28' ply OB) in my senior year and built it in the Queen Charlotte Islands in 71. Worked at Uniflite in 72 in engineering and in the shop. Then I got bitten by a bug as bad as boats. Flying. Did 3 years of hang gliding and then in search of more air time went on for 18 years of ultralight flying (2000 hrs). The only boating I did then was canoeing. Dropped motorcycling and UL flying at the same time (approx) and went back to boats like I'd never left. In 98 I bought a 25' Albin and spent much time as a committed gearhead up grading and lots of cruises from several days to one hour runs out in front of the Port of Everett and up the river and sloughs. I met Chris in 03 and we ran the Albin to Juneau and back. Sixty eight days underway w a few days taken off to explore the Queen Charlotte Islands by rented car. About 6 years ago we bought Willy. That's how I got started in boating. Now that I'm started I have no idea how or when I'm going to quit.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:39 PM   #31
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RE: How did you come to love boats and the sea?

No clue. Its just the way it is. I can't shake it. Don't want to.
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Old 10-23-2011, 09:47 PM   #32
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I Was Reading a book.I borrowed from one of my friends.The book was Written by Harold dynamite Payson.I Read another one of his books.Both books were about building your own boat.I*ordard His design cataloge.and a set of plans for a twenty foot sharpie.Harold Payson sent me my own copy of the first book of his I read.Inside the cover he signed it.And wrote just do it.

So I built the 20 foot sharpie.Then built a 26 foot sharpie.Then built a 26 foot timaron.I then took 6 years off.Traveld threw most of Asia.I got married.And we have a couple of small boys.

So now I'm looking to switch from sail to power.To something a little more child and wife friendly.
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Old 10-24-2011, 04:11 AM   #33
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RE: How did you come to love boats and the sea?

We took Amazing Grace to local marina (Olverson's for you MTOAers) yesterday, beautiful day on the Potomac and we needed to pump out the holding tank. Both grandchildren were aboard for what would be a 2 1/2 to 3 hour round trip. After a "picnic" lunch on board, grandmother took 3 year old Alex to the V-berth for his nap, 6 year old Grace followed to listen to the book reading. Fifteen minutes later I glance down and all three are passed out. Grace came up soon and entertained herself for awhile then came over and assisted with the helm, then Rosemary emerged. Alex remained asleep thru the pump out and joined me on the bridge on the return trip. He would sit on the portside bench with his head leaning against the stratoglass watching the bow wave as it rolled off the hull. He stayed like that for a good 15 minutes and I remembered doing that as a boy, heck I can still zone out watching the water. Then he offerd to drive and we ran an effective anti-submarine zig zag down the Potomac to the Coan. It was a short but satisfying cruise.

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