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Old 05-17-2019, 09:48 PM   #1
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What is the best response?

Yesterday, after mentioning I’d rather save money to spend on the boat, a perfect stranger asked me if I know the best 2 days in a boat owners life, you all know what comes next, which I totally disagree with because every day I spend on my boat IS THE BEST DAY EVER, so is there a polite response?
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:37 PM   #2
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I tell them it is the day I sell my boat and then the day I buy my next boat.
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:46 PM   #3
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Yesterday, after mentioning I’d rather save money to spend on the boat, a perfect stranger asked me if I know the best 2 days in a boat owners life, you all know what comes next, which I totally disagree with because every day I spend on my boat IS THE BEST DAY EVER, so is there a polite response?

I just smile, chuckle, and move on. A “good response” isn’t necessary for most folks. Maybe different for good friends and family, but I really don’t feel I need to try and correct/respond to others when they make ill-conceived comments.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:04 PM   #4
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I just say “no, what are they?” After they tell me the answer I just say “ I don’t get it”. That completely ends the conversation.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:10 PM   #5
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Best day? Just right now... Yesterday is over and is good memories, tomorrow, not sure I will have one.

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Old 05-18-2019, 05:47 AM   #6
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Yesterday, after mentioning I’d rather save money to spend on the boat, a perfect stranger asked me if I know the best 2 days in a boat owners life, you all know what comes next, which I totally disagree with because every day I spend on my boat IS THE BEST DAY EVER, so is there a polite response?
If you feel the need to make a response, "It depends on whether you own a Dock Queen or actually cruised the boat".

The other alternative would be to name your best day, location, and ask them if they want to hear the story. They won't.

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Tell them exactly what you posted....
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Old 05-18-2019, 06:50 AM   #9
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There are two reasons for owning a boat:

1) You're a boater. It's in your blood. No second thoughts.

2) Someone convinced you that you should own a boat. You bought it but never really figured out what to do with it. You were glad you finally got rid of it.

The comment in the OP comes from the second group. They will never understand. Avoid associating with that group.

As for an answer, how about this one:

The worst day out on a boat is still better than the best day ashore.
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:02 AM   #10
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I too have always inwardly cringed at this remark.

When I have sold a boat it is letting a wonderful, personable, beloved go (usually to buy another boat, but sometimes to deal with issues in life that will not allow a boat). It is a sad day more than happy.

When I buy a boat it is a happy day. Yes, very stressful and plans and issues rumbling around in my head and heart; but I have done my homework, gotten the best price I thought I could get, chosen the boat I wanted and have dreamt about, and know (sometimes) the issues of the boat i am facing.

And dream of all the adventures yet to come on my new boat.

Anyone who says these remarks really does not know boats or boating as you and I (and many on this wonderful forum) know and appreciate boats.

Whatever i say to these type of people will not change them. So I just walk away and smile at the new beauty in my life.

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RT, once again, said it best.
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Old 05-18-2019, 05:21 PM   #17
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I always respond....
You are absolutely right - you should never own a boat"
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:07 PM   #18
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Back in the early 70's when I began spending more than is rational on my first 'big' boat, my accountant patiently pointed out that I could charter a similar boat twice a year, every year, almost anywhere in the world, for less than the cost of ownership.

We also agreed that I could never be an accountant.

He was right of course, but I'll be paying and playing with (my) boat for as long as it keeps delivering some of life's most satisfying adventures.
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I just say today and tomorrow.

My new accountant said that owning a boat was a terrible investment. I told him that if he wanted to remain my accountant he was never to discuss the boat.
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Greetings,
Mr. L. Doesn't sound like much of a accountant to even refer to a boat as any sort of investment.
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