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Old 04-03-2016, 09:15 AM   #1
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A special welcome to our sailboaters in transition!!!

Now take a deep breath. You are going through the transitional phases of a recovering sailboater. Unlike alcoholics, you can fully recover...but it will take some effort and some time. The one thing you need to say to yourself over and over and over...."It's ok to be comfortable...it's ok to be comfortable...it's ok to be comfortable"!!!!

And if you are ever just sitting there on your trawler and you find everything is just absolutely perfect and you have absolutely no further need to do anything other than enjoy it.....I would suggest getting a hammer and hitting your thumb with it. That way you can experience the misery you used to experience on your sailboat. I know it is not the same, but it helps!!! It's okay to be comfortable!!! Yes there is a bit of guilt, I know. Especially if you are Catholic like me. But it is okay to be comfortable. It is okay to run the generator. It is likely a LOT cheaper to buy, install and maintain a generator than all of the crap related to solar and wind charging systems. And get this....a generator actually WORKS!!! You get stable 120 volt power at 60Hz!!!! It doesn't even need to be sunny outside for it to work!!! I'm serious!!!!...

I think I am going to sell(to recovering sailboaters) a hammer encased in a glass tube..."Break in case of emergency"....so that way if you find yourself just having way too much fun and being way too comfortable, you can break the glass and get the hammer and smash your thumb!!!!

Prairie 29...Perkins 4236...Sold
Mainship Pilot 30...Yanmar 4LHA-STP...Sold
Carver 356...T-Cummins 330B
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:21 PM   #2
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I think the romantic notion of pure sailing and as such, the thrill of the challenge and of the process of sailing stays with us forever. After all, it's " that " notion that got most of us into boating in the first place. Sadly and as we get older, we trade all that for the space and comforts of living at the dock or on the hook and of a trawler etc.. However, in that trade , we inherit complex mechanical systems and problems associated with them .... I'm a passage guy and have done a few but I can't see myself doing it in a power boat, not even if I was younger. Sorry ..... for me it's still the sailing and process and challenge of sailing that I miss ....
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