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Old 10-29-2016, 08:53 PM   #1
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What you do in real life?

I so admire the depth of knowledge on this forum and I'm having a great time learning new things. I see lots of really beautiful and I can only imagine high six figure boats in many of your avatars.

So my question is how did you get here? What kind of professions are represented on this forum, and to a larger extent, the crusing, trawler community?

Is this a hobby/lifestyle for the elite, or can a regular, upper middle class couple get into it? I have read post where people are talking about equipment, maintenance and repairs with $5000, $10,000 and more thrown around. Those are relatively big numbers to me.

Just curious if people started small when they were young and kept trading up or if you just grew up with something similar and just jumped in with two feet when you got older.

The costs don't necessarily scare me, I don't mind spending money on nice things with value. My limited knowledge leads me to believe this is not something you can do on the "cheap".
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Old 10-29-2016, 08:59 PM   #2
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I have had boats all my life. Built 2 on my own. Rainha Jannota my current trawler is the last one.

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Old 10-29-2016, 09:05 PM   #3
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We sea kayaked until I was 48, then my wife got into a car accident that changed the Rules of Life.

Bought Badger (our first boat) four years ago, and now we can still get 'out there' and our daughter will also grow up knowing in her bones how amazing the north coast of BC is.

I'm a large format fine art photographer who lucked out into a letter carrier job which supports our family and boating. No big bucks here. No high paying job or prestigious title. Our goal has always been to have a happy & humble, uncomplicated Life
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Old 10-29-2016, 09:30 PM   #4
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Old 10-29-2016, 09:30 PM   #5
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Well, Scott. I can't attest to the six figure yacht. What I can attest to is life on the water is different for different people and for different reasons. I too have had some sort of floating thing I have always called a boat. First one that was “mine” was a home built row boat that I found floating down the Elk river in north Alabama when I was about 10.. It was busted up a bit but still floated when we bailed her out. Had a blast paddling that hunk around. Lost it in unexpected high water one day. Guess it just moved on. Had a boat of some kind ever since. My real life occupation is former Electrician current procedure writer for an Electrical Power Plant. We too agree that spending money on something that enriches our lives is prudent. Our current boat is a very modest Mainship double cabin. Gas engines. We don’t travel very far. We enjoy the time on the water visiting with friends old and new. Life is just better when we are on the water, traveling or just floating.
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Old 10-29-2016, 09:37 PM   #6
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I retired . . . yesterday, actually . . . from the electric utility industry.
Congratulations Angus. Enjoy
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I retired . . . yesterday, actually . . . from the electric utility industry.

Congrats Angus. 8 more years......
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What you do in real life?

Scott: This is really a three part question.

First. The job is just the end to pay the bills. But to make that pay I drive tugboats and pilot ships and tugs.

Deciding to buy a boat had to do with my age, my desire to tote my Grandkids around, and my Fathers inability to have a boat to retire with.

I wanted to make sure I could have a boat to enjoy while I was young enough to maintain it, and while I have disposable income to finance it.

I was fretting these questions you have, running around with relatives on older boats thinking 'gee, I would 'need' a 1. Newer 2. Shinier 3. Bigger4. Etc etc etc boat'. But when at a yacht club I had an epiphany. I saw an older couple (80's) on a Mainship MK1. Having the time of their life. As I got to know them I realized that they were having JUST as much fun that weekend as the 'Commodore' on his new half a million dollar boat.

After you read these forums you get the idea that we are all different. We all have different wants expectations and above all financial ability.

My overriding factor in choosing a boat is that I couldn't spend any more than I could stand to see on the bottom. I leave for two weeks at a time. I have no one near me to ' watch' my boat when I'm gone. Hurricane season gives the 'boss' stomach heaves while I'm gone.
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Old 10-29-2016, 10:02 PM   #9
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Old 10-29-2016, 10:03 PM   #10
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Congrats Angus. You`ll love it.
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Old 10-29-2016, 10:07 PM   #11
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Engineer for Boeing. It all depends on what you can live with. For me accepting the deck needs a little work but still a great boat and price. Others need the boat prefect before they buy. If you need perfect then you need more money.
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Played piano. Neaver heard it called that before. I will work that in conversation soon!
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But my boat is all tricked out, 2 fresh engines and I intend to spend my 70th birthday in dec 2017 on the hook in the Bahamas.
I am also a full time liveaboard, which is a little strange for a guy that markets new homes, but it works for me.
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To be fair, what do/did you do in real life?

I am with Bruce, though not in the same gay bar. Retired in 2011, don't now understand how I ever had time to work, as the unstructured retired life takes all of my time. If I was still working, I couldn't do 1/2 of the things I can do now. Having a boat adds significantly to the quality of my post working life.
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Retired and really enjoy it! 20 years in the USN then started my own Landscape Contrator business and sold it 18 months ago. Now I get to run away and travel to places On the bucket list. But the list grows more each day.
Would I like a bigger fancier boat? Sure, but afraid the cost to operate and maintain would distract from the places we want to go. A mans gotta have and understand his limits, assuming you do have limits.
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