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Old 10-15-2011, 07:07 PM   #1
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I'm Losing My Desire for Boating....

This year, 2011, I have put very little time actually cruising my boat. No, I'm not terminally ill or anything like that. Just not interested anymore. My wife very seldom accompanies me on the boat as she does her horse thing 5 days a week. The problem is that "I really Love this Particular boat!" I do go aboard about 4 days a week to busy myself with small projects, watch a ball game or just veg out with a drink.

So, what do I do? I will have no problem selling it as 2 guys on my dock say they would like to buy it. Both their boats are in horrible shape, however, and SeaHorse wouldn't be happy with owners like that. I can also list it or just put "For Sale by Owner" on her bow pulpit and answer the phone, hoping to find a caring owner. There's no way, however, to know, if in fact, an interested party would really take care of her. No, selling her isn't the end I want for her, besides, I can't even come close to obtaining an asking price that is anywhere near what I think she's worth. I've decided that when the time comes (and I have no time table on that) I am going to give her, lock stock and barrel to a deserving owner that will cruise her, keep her in excellent repair & write me once in awhile so I can share her adventures, vicariously.

I would really like the Forum's take on this as SeaHorse could make the right person/couple very happy! (And since I'm giving her away, I decide who that right person/couple is.)

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Old 10-15-2011, 07:15 PM   #2
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RE: I'm Losing My Desire for Boating....

Gee whiz, Walt.* You go aboard your boat four days out of seven?* Sounds like you're getting a lot of enjoyment regardless.* If you sell, what will you do with those extra four days?* Perhaps you should take vitamin B-complex every day.
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:20 PM   #3
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:30 PM   #4
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Well then, switch to the little blue pill.
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:45 PM   #5
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RE: I'm Losing My Desire for Boating....

I feel that way right after Christmas every year and I start trying mentally to justify the expense and time based on lack of use. But about spring I pop out of it and I'm good until winter. Bottom line, it's my floating condo and a get away from all the BS.
Maybe you should make some friends in the marina or join the local yacht club, power squadron or CG auxiliary? I have friends on the dock and we get together regularly at our favorite haunts. I don't drink alot, but I enjoy the dinners and dragging their tipsy butts back down the dock!!

PS: IMHO - Ship the horses to Montreal! They love horse meat!:biggrin:

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Old 10-15-2011, 07:52 PM   #6
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RE: I'm Losing My Desire for Boating....

That looks like exactly what I looking for....but....it is geographically undesirable...just like one of my favorite girl friends....YEARS AGO.
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Old 10-15-2011, 07:56 PM   #7
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I second Edelweiss's suggestions.* Boaters in my marina are very friendly, and I would expect the same for you.
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:00 PM   #8
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RE: I'm Losing My Desire for Boating....

The only answer is to give up the woman. Sorry man ,its the only answer. Unless all of a sudden you hate boats. IMHO BB
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:06 PM   #9
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I'm Losing My Desire for Boating....

Walt--- I wonder if part of this issue is that there aren't that many places to go in SoCal. What if you moved the boat to the PNW and then came up here periodically to use it. You have family in Kirkland so you have more of a reason than just boating to come up here. There are a number of boats in our marina, for example, that are "home ported" in Montana, Nevada, Utah, etc. Their owners come out periodically, take a cruise, then go home for awhile.

You say you've spent time SE Alaska but not in northern Puget Sound and BC. There's a lifetime of boating in this area alone. We've had our boat 13 years so far and have not yet even remotely gotten tired of boating in this area, even if we go to a destination we've been to dozens of times before.

So call Associated Boat Transport http://www.associatedboat.com/ and get a quote for hauling your boat from SoCal to Puget Sound.* That's how we got our GB up here, although it came from Alameda.

We normally discourage boaters from coming to this state but I think in your case we can make an exception:-)


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Old 10-15-2011, 08:49 PM   #10
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RE: I'm Losing My Desire for Boating....

I appreciate the replys but as I stated, I have no definite time table yet but know I'm close.

I think this Halvorsen would be a great little boat in the NW. I also think I would like it to go there.

Am heading out tomorrow at O dark 30 to my home in Sedona, AZ. Will comment about the "gift" when I get back.
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Old 10-15-2011, 08:51 PM   #11
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I appreciate the replys but as I stated, I have no definite time table yet but know I'm close.

I think this Halvorsen would be a great little boat in the NW. I also think I would like it to go there.

Am heading out tomorrow at O dark 30 to my home in Sedona, AZ. Will comment about the "gift" when I get back.
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RE: I'm Losing My Desire for Boating....

Walt, I sympathise, as I sort of know what you mean. My wife is not as into boating as I am, and although I seldom go out alone, as I don't really enjoy that as much as with company, it does mean the number of times we do is a lot less than what I would like to do. Then I think of what I would do without it, and it scares me. Like you I manage to get down to her nearly every weekend to do 'something', sometimes a useful 'something', sometimes not so much, but I enjoy just doing it, whatever the project might be. How we differ however, is there is no way I could afford to just give her away. That must be a nice comforting feeling to be in that position. For me, the reality is when I retire I will not be able to keep my boat, so even now, when I think what value I get out of her, compared to what else we could be doing with the money, I find myself wondering....but I'm not ready to part with her yet......
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Old 10-15-2011, 09:27 PM   #13
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SeaHorse II wrote:I think this Halvorsen would be a great little boat in the NW. I also think I would like it to go there.
*Not so sure* about the NW. I see it more as a SW FL boat. Home based out of Ft Myers; cruising to Naples or Sarasota; the quick weekend run to Key West; gunkholing SW Fl barrier islands. Yup, definitely a SW FL boat.

Let me know when I can come pick her up.

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Old 10-15-2011, 09:30 PM   #14
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The boat would fit well*cruising around*the Channel Islands of SE California or even the Bay/Delta of central California.


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Old 10-15-2011, 10:45 PM   #15
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Clean her up, lock her up, walk away from her, and* stay away for*a while*(not your wife).**Sometimes a relationship needs a*break to rekindle interest.* For a couple of months you should have nothing to do with boating.* Don't even watch Gilligan on TV.* Have your Harbor Master or staff check on your boat*occassionaly. If you come back later and still feel the same way then by all means dump her (not your wife).

My son has been sailing with me since he was a toddler. While he was growing up (so fast), we would spend every weekend on the boat. When he was ten we did a three week trip in the San Juans.* He probably knows as much about boating as I do.*

Then he discovered girls. Not so many weekends on the boat with dad (not cool).

Then he went away to college and I lost my sailing buddy altogether.* Even when he came home he would rather hang out with his friends.

Talk about depression.* I went a whole summer without taking the boat out at all.

I was going to sell her several times, but my friends talked me out of it.

He's been out of college for two years now, he's back home with a good job and very mature.

And guess what, he call's me up and asks me if we're going sailing this weekend.

Life is good again.** I'm so glad now that I didn't sell*of the boat.**

Give it some time.************************** ** KJ

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Old 10-16-2011, 12:18 AM   #16
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Walt the boat NEEDS to come to Thorne Bay. Seriously I actually know what ails you. It's your program. You've been through this several to many times before. You've become dissatisfied with lots of boats before. It's just a cycle. Go w the flow. Sell the boat and get another. It's what you do and need to keep doing it unless you can change the thing that keeps you in this pattern. I think the boat has great meaning to you as a special and beautiful rifle on the mantle would for some. Go make yourself comfortable on the couch and tell someone as much as you can and maybe they can lead you to the true meaning of your boats. But don't give the boat away any more than you'd throw 100K in the river. But if you must let me know where downstream will be.
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Old 10-16-2011, 05:49 AM   #17
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I've got to go with some of the others here. Walt, you need to break your pattern. Your in a rut. Take some time off or plan a big cruise outside your normal pattern. Join a yachtclub, etc. If your in a marina then change marinas or better yet keep her in an entirely different location and use her as a vacation home , SW Florida, Chesapeake, Maine, Great Lakes, PNW, USVI, BVI.
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:28 AM   #18
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Old 10-16-2011, 06:30 AM   #19
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I'm Losing My Desire for Boating....

Tell me it ain't so Walt! Tell me it ain't so.

I agree with the reasoned replies that have been posted (vs the tongue in cheek ones).

Move her somewhere else, leave her alone for awhile, sell her and get another boat (we know you get that urge periodically), go charter a boat somewhere else.

For awhile I got tired of my former boat and really got into British sportscars. Then I went back to the boat and the cars. Now we have our "new" boat and my MG baby has been neglected for three years. Now I'm getting the car urge again and am glad I didn't sell the car.

Go meditate in the hill of Sedona. Sit under a SAD light says Emily.


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