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Old 02-22-2012, 09:47 AM   #21
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RE: Will you be a boater for the rest of your life?

40 years and counting. *The day I don't have a boat a big part of my life will be over. *Cruising, managing the boat and planning future trips keeps one foot out of the grave. *I have known people that have cruised well into their 80's. *If I don't spend the money cruising, it will just go to the kids. They say that they would rather worry about where Dad is now than to know where he is in a cemetary. *Gotta love my kids.

Besides, it's a hook for spending time with the grandkids. *They go to the mountains with us in the summer, and a week boat trip each year. *It's nice that they are always asking where we are all going this year. *This year it's the Bahamas again. *Our time with them is precious.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:04 AM   #22
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RE: Will you be a boater for the rest of your life?

I never owned a boat until I retired, eleven years ago, and even on other peoples' boats hadn't sailed for many years. Went from sail to trawler about 5 yr ago when the First Mate tired of winches, heeling, etc. My experience living in a retirement area where most of the boat owners are 60++ is that as we age, many of the couples sell their boats because one or the other of them cannot get around any more and doesn't feel safe aboard.

It might not be me that quits first, but if my Mate tires of the cruising life I will likely try something else as well. Maybe rock climbing.

Hopefully not for a while.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:08 AM   #23
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Yes, but it will not be in our will.* What we would like to do when we*can't use it anymore is sink it for a fish habitat.* We paid cash for the boat (I don't believe in financing my toys) and we did not buy it with any intention of ever getting a dime out of it when we can no longer use it.* So we are not counting on*or depending on anything it might bring in a sale to someone else.

*I paid cash for my boat too, and resale isn't important, but even if I (or my heirs)* give it away, if it is still running, I wouldn't sink it. I'd hope someone might continue to enjoy the old thing.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:29 AM   #24
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My Admiral and I are relatively new to boating (relative to most of you, that is). Working on my friends boats was all I needed to have a negative attitude toward ever owning a boat. Then in 2004, my new Admiral asked if we were going to do the "Miami thing" or not. When I heard that this involved having a boat, I said "NO WAY". Later that year, I gave in when I saw how important the expansive world of water was for her. I think the only way to maintain this necessary element for her is to be involved in boating. Over the next couple of years, I transformed my engineering interests to the study of boats, hulls, architects, etc.. Now, it seems I'm more hooked on the life than she is.

Since we have been entertaining many cruisers and live-aboard's at our dock, both of us have softened to the suggestion of living aboard someday. Our plan is to be full-time cruising in July 2013. I think our future in boating has so much more to do with the boating type of community than it does boat ownership, boats or even water. Among the cruising and live-aboard community, we see people with adventurous hearts, youthful spirits, a higher sense of self-responsibility, independence and curiosities that evolve the soul. I think what allures us most are being close to these elements in people, caring about one another, being considerate of one another, and sharing the experience with an enthusiastic camaraderie.

I don't mind the idea of my last breath being taken on the tidal wave that finally takes us all out, but curiously, I'd rather be at the top of the wave where I can ride it all the way to the very end. Since I'll likely do whatever I can to maintain my buoyancy, I guess that means I'm a boater (at least in intention) forever, and if the last breath turns out to be on the dirt in a wheelchair, I'll still be looking for the wave.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:34 AM   #25
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RE: Will you be a boater for the rest of your life?

I can't imagine not having a boat.* We don't have kids so we'd probably leave it in our estate and our executor can deal with it.* Hopefully we will maintain it until the end so it won't be too much of a hassle to sell.* We may have to drag along young relatives to help us when we get to where we can't handle the lines or what have you.* Or we will spend time on it at the dock, as we do a lot of now anyway...
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:42 AM   #26
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My Admiral and I are relatively new to boating (relative to most of you, that is). Working on my friends boats was all I needed to have a negative attitude toward ever owning a boat. Then in 2004, my new Admiral asked if we were going to do the "Miami thing" or not. When I heard that this involved having a boat, I said "NO WAY". Later that year, I gave in when I saw how important the expansive world of water was for her. I think the only way to maintain this necessary element for her is to be involved in boating. Over the next couple of years, I transformed my engineering interests to the study of boats, hulls, architects, etc.. Now, it seems I'm more hooked on the life than she is.

Since we have been entertaining many cruisers and live-aboard's at our dock, both of us have softened to the suggestion of living aboard someday. Our plan is to be full-time cruising in July 2013. I think our future in boating has so much more to do with the boating type of community than it does boat ownership, boats or even water. Among the cruising and live-aboard community, we see people with adventurous hearts, youthful spirits, a higher sense of self-responsibility, independence and curiosities that evolve the soul. I think what allures us most are being close to these elements in people, caring about one another, being considerate of one another, and sharing the experience with an enthusiastic camaraderie.

I don't mind the idea of my last breath being taken on the tidal wave that finally takes us all out, but curiously, I'd rather be at the top of the wave where I can ride it all the way to the very end. Since I'll likely do whatever I can to maintain my buoyancy, I guess that means I'm a boater (at least in intention) forever, and if the last breath turns out to be on the dirt in a wheelchair, I'll still be looking for the wave.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:39 AM   #27
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A request for a viking funeral will be in the will.* The ship is going down with me.
*I had to wiki that one, although I have viking blood I was not completely sure the entire meaning of that term.

As it turns out, a viking chief is cremated in his longship (on land) together with his slaves and other belongings (to enjoy in the afterlife).
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:08 PM   #28
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Yup, till the day I die...........maybe longer.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:33 PM   #29
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As long as I am able . . .
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:19 AM   #30
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What do you mean by boater? *When we move off the Eagle we will sell it, but we will still have a 20 ft run which we will tow behind the land yacht, under 30 ft, *We retire in two years and will live on the Eagle in the warmer summer months, 60 to 90 days, and the land yacht in southern warmer climes during the colder winter months. We will probable have a boat of some kind until the REST HOME. ****
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I'm not going to answer due to being superstitious!
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Daysailer,

Weekender,

Crew,

*Liveaboard sailboat (27' f/ 3 years),

Trawler (35'),

16' cuddy,

18' cuddy,

Trailerable 40 year old, 28' houseboat (at 67 years old) - it or something else that floats will be around for the kid. More here:

http://72land-n-sea.blogspot.com/201...roduction.html


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