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Old 07-27-2012, 11:52 AM   #21
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The "What our boats say about us" thread got me thinking about why I even deal with boats and boating in the first place. It's expensive, it takes time, and if you do a lot of the work yourself, it can be frustrating. So why bother?
Great post!

I boat, and this is going to sound silly...

The sea draws me to it, like nothing else ever has.

The promise of adventure, or seeing something new, of being challenged by the elements, all those things draw me to boating, and have kept me there like no other "hobby" has.

Marin, like you I am a pilot. I've flown floatplanes throughout Alaska, and have explored this great wilderness.

In 1998 I was working at a job site in Whittier, Alaska, and was walking the dock, looking over boats in the harbor, talking to people, hearing their stories.

I saw a little red Nordic Tug and remember calling my wife on the cell phone, and telling her that I wanted to buy that boat and go explore.

Her words were "sell your plane" and you can have it. Well, I did just that and never looked back.

14 years and 5 boats later the sea still draws me just like it did then. Even stronger now.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:03 PM   #22
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Great post!

I boat, and this is going to sound silly...

The sea draws me to it, like nothing else ever has.

The promise of adventure, or seeing something new, of being challenged by the elements, all those things draw me to boating, and have kept me there like no other "hobby" has.

Marin, like you I am a pilot. I've flown floatplanes throughout Alaska, and have explored this great wilderness.

In 1998 I was working at a job site in Whittier, Alaska, and was walking the dock, looking over boats in the harbor, talking to people, hearing their stories.

I saw a little red Nordic Tug and remember calling my wife on the cell phone, and telling her that I wanted to buy that boat and go explore.

Her words were "sell your plane" and you can have it. Well, I did just that and never looked back.

14 years and 5 boats later the sea still draws me just like it did then. Even stronger now.
That sounds human and great! Not silly
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:06 PM   #23
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Ksanders---- Didn't know you were a floatplane pilot. And in Alaska to boot. Very cool.

While I really enjoyed all the flying I did in Hawaii in the variety of planes I flew there, and getting my Commercial, Instrument, and Instructor ratings, my real draw to flying was going places and seeing what there was along the way to see. I have never been much interested in just flying around. This is what attracted me to seaplanes even before leaving Hawaii (there weren't any over there at the time) and why as soon as I moved to the Seattle area I got my seaplane rating and never flew a landplane again. But the attraction was not so much the flying but the where I could go and what I could do when I got there using a floatplane.

Which is what got my wife and I started with our many flights up the Passage to SE Alaska and into the BC Coast Range.

Boating is the same thing for us. It's not so much "the boat" but what we can do and where we can go in the boat. We like running the boat, and we actually enjoy (most of the time) working on it. I particularly enjoy working on the exterior teak. The frustration is I usually don't have enough time to do it properly. So from the working-on-it aspect, the boat fills the role of a big, ongoing hobby. It was one reason we decided to get an old one. That and the fact that older GBs are dirt cheap.

But while we really enjoy the flying (my wife had owned two planes before I met her, a single and a twin, so was well aware of the never-ending and higher expense of plane ownership), if we had to pick flying or boating we would without hesitation choose boating. Not because it's the cheaper of the two pastimes but because it gives us the greatest reward.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:25 PM   #24
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Ksanders---- Didn't know you were a floatplane pilot. And in Alaska to boot. Very cool.

While I really enjoyed all the flying I did in Hawaii in the variety of planes I flew there, and getting my Commercial, Instrument, and Instructor ratings, my real draw to flying was going places and seeing what there was along the way to see. I have never been much interested in just flying around. This is what attracted me to seaplanes even before leaving Hawaii (there weren't any over there at the time) and why as soon as I moved to the Seattle area I got my seaplane rating and never flew a landplane again. But the attraction was not so much the flying but the where I could go and what I could do when I got there using a floatplane.

Which is what got my wife and I started with our many flights up the Passage to SE Alaska and into the BC Coast Range.

Boating is the same thing for us. It's not so much "the boat" but what we can do and where we can go in the boat. We like running the boat, and we actually enjoy (most of the time) working on it. I particularly enjoy working on the exterior teak. The frustration is I usually don't have enough time to do it properly. So from the working-on-it aspect, the boat fills the role of a big, ongoing hobby. It was one reason we decided to get an old one. That and the fact that older GBs are dirt cheap.

But while we really enjoy the flying (my wife had owned two planes before I met her, a single and a twin, so was well aware of the never-ending and higher expense of plane ownership), if we had to pick flying or boating we would without hesitation choose boating. Not because it's the cheaper of the two pastimes but because it gives us the greatest reward.
In some ways we are allot alike.

I got into aviation as a means to explore places, not because of a love for flying.

I bought a 1949 Taylorcraft Floatplane on Edo 1320 floats. I had the plane fully restored and modified, hiring some of the work out, and helping where I could. The plane had a walki talki, a intercom, headsets, and a battery operated moving map GPS (thats what they called them back then.) No other electrical. Stand on the float and pull the prop to start.

Then I hired a flight instructor to teach me to fly.

The day I passed my check ride I had the floats put back on and never took them off. Bought a house on a lake so I could park the plane in my yard.

I drove that plane all over, it was a great adventure!

Boating is similar.

Bought my first boat to try it out, then a year later bought a larger boat and made my first inside passage, and gulf crossing journey driving it home.

Yor're entirely correct...

Its not the boat, or the plane thats important.

Its what you do in the boat, or plane thats important. We make the adventuure, not the boat.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:26 PM   #25
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Every year about this time is when I can get a chance to get on the water. We still have to work for a few more years before retiring but make the most out of vacation when we can. We are heading to Newfoundland in a couple of weeks for 5wks. Wowho can't wait. Each year retiring gets closer and each year it gets more exciting. This year the privilege of having my daughter and grandkids join us will be just awesome, which BTW will be the first time for her flat-lander husband getting the opportunity to catch a real fish. I'll just have to show him that living around water is way more interesting than living on a farm.

I will share some pictures later on this fall of why we like boating, fishing and just being near the water.

Now how many days are left??? countdown started 10 more days left to fly there.

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... I have never been much interested in just flying around. This is what attracted me to seaplanes even before leaving Hawaii (there weren't any over there at the time) and why as soon as I moved to the Seattle area I got my seaplane rating and never flew a landplane again. But the attraction was not so much the flying but the where I could go and what I could do when I got there using a floatplane. ...

.. [but] if we had to pick [between] flying or boating we would without hesitation choose boating. Not because it's the cheaper of the two pastimes but because it gives us the greatest reward.
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Old 07-27-2012, 12:41 PM   #27
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Boating is more than a passtime for us, it is our raison etre. We left the cold climes of New York 44 years ago so we could boat 12 months a year. CG Auxiliary patrols, a monthly predicted log race, yacht club raft-ups, and our annual trip up the coast to Catalina Island comprises what we do on the water. And what could be better than re-wiring, pulling on wrenches, or keeping up the brightwork?
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Boating has been a means to an end, not really about boating/cruising. Over the years the reasons have changed. Single/young boating was to attract GIRLS. Two things attract girls, boats, and dog/puppy, and I had both. Mid years and family, boating and camping/RVing was a family/friend activity. Mid life crises and as the children left the nest my wife and I got a friendly equitable divorce. So back on the dating seen again, reverted back to what worked, boating and dogs/puppies to attract WOMEN.

My new present wife, who worked in Seattle, decided we needed a bigger boat for GRANDCHILDREN, adult entertaining, and a condo in Seattle. Being we could not afford both, my wife bought the Eagle, the biggest live aboard boat we could afford, which made a great dock condo in Seattle. Actually I think she bought it to keep me busy? We loved being a live aboard, down town Seattle as 24/7 there was always something going on. For 11 years we live on Lake Union, children/grandchildren came during holidays and summer to stay on the boat. Being fresh water, they played and swam off the stern of the boat. Great fun and memories. There were 5 big yearly boating events, New Years, Opening day of boating, 4th of July, Hydro races, and Christmas cruises.

4 years ago we move to Everett, which was a big live change for us as Everett compared to Seattle is DEAD, being a live aboard for 15 years, being a boating and/or live a board has sort of lost its luster. However, being my wife is retired and I hope to retire in 17 months, we are sticking it out with the hopes of being able to move the boat around the PNW in the warmer months and in the winter travel to warmer climates.

So boating has and still is a means to an end, a live style and not about boating is such. I could care less if we ever leave the dock. If we did not live on the Eagle we would sell it.
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