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Old 05-13-2021, 11:42 PM   #1
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Anyone choose the boat over the woman?

Iíve got a great girlfriend of about two years whom I love, but sheís decided she wants absolutely nothing to do with the cruiser lifestyle. Wonít live on a boat. Wonít travel on a boat. Wonít vacation on a boat. Refuses to even spend one night on a boat.

I was up front when we met that cruising is my retirement plan. Told her this before our first date and she was receptive, but has now changed her mind. I want to see the world but I love the comforts of my own home. Donít really like hotels and despise commercial air travel. Figure Iíll buy a floating home I can take with me.

Itís not for lack of comfort here. Iím looking at power catamarans in the 80 foot range. Some of them have more square feet than my house. Anyway, itís come down to an ultimatum and it seems Iím the bad guy for choosing the boat. Really Iím choosing a lifestyle Iíve dreamed of and been working toward for about two decades now.

Has anyone had to make a similar choice? Howíd it turn out? Iím content to do this alone if I must, I quite enjoy my own company, but I sure would love a good woman by my side. Iíll have to let this one go, sadly, but thereís a part of me that wonders if finding a cruising partner will be more difficult than I thought.

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Old 05-13-2021, 11:56 PM   #2
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It never comes down to boat vs woman. There were obviously other issues as well. It sounds like the decision was made so don’t dwell on it, move forward. It is important to be honest to others but it is important to be honest with yourself. It’s possible that she was receptive to the boat idea but later discovered that the boat scared her, who knows, doesn't matter now.

You are more likely to find a cruising partner on the water than on the land.

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Old 05-14-2021, 12:00 AM   #3
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We are having our 50th anniversary this year and are currently looking for our 24th boat. We spent most of our dating time on boats. However I got a great one. Neighbor across the street met a woman, told her of his love for boats and boating, told her if she wasnít interested in boats to drop their relationship. Got married, had a baby the next year, divorced the following year since she lied to him about boats. Point is you and she need to have a frank discussion about what each of you want. Then either decide to proceed or not, donít let it go to marriage because one of you will end up resenting the other. Better to hash it out before you marry than to divorce, no one wins then except the lawyers. Good luck.
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Old 05-14-2021, 12:07 AM   #4
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Mr. b. Just wasn't meant to be I suppose. I agree with Mr. t. Other issues. Hidden from you, for now, perhaps but...
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Old 05-14-2021, 12:19 AM   #5
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Get the boat.

Start the Dream.

The rest will follow
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Old 05-14-2021, 01:14 AM   #6
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Put directly, she has reneged on the deal you jointly made. The lawyer in me says "estoppel", the human says "commiserations.

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Old 05-14-2021, 04:21 AM   #7
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Lots of guys cruise alone.

Lots of guys that used to be married that chose a boating lifestyle post relationship.

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Old 05-14-2021, 04:59 AM   #8
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I too was upfront with my girlfriend, that my retirement plan was to live aboard and do some cruising. Fast forward eight years later she says "why wait? Lets just do it now."....We are starting our earnest boat shopping this weekend.
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Old 05-14-2021, 07:00 AM   #9
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Careful Boatlife. You're asking a boating forum about a boat they know vs a partner they don't. You've gotten responses from people who, on average, have over 10k posts on this forum, a proverbial echo chamber.

Pretty sure the concensus would be different if you posted to some sort of relationship healing forum.

Good partners are hard to find - good boats aren't. I know, it's about the lifestyle, not the boat. All I can say is make doubly sure you have exhausted all avenues before you pull the rip cord. Guys sometimes latch onto dreams such as living on a boat - the glamor can fade over time leaving you searching for the next dream

Maybe an RV instead of a boat. Who knows.

Good luck.

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Old 05-14-2021, 07:21 AM   #10
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I think if you are asking it's already a foregone conclusion.

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Old 05-14-2021, 07:26 AM   #11
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Boat life, better lose the dame and go for the boat.
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Old 05-14-2021, 07:29 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by MurrayM View Post
Get the boat.

Start the Dream.

The rest will follow

Once you find the boat that satisfies your needs, go for it. I hate to sound crass but, you can alway find another traveling companion.

IF she insists on marriage, perhaps she wants more more more, including your estate, the one you planned on giving to your kids or relatives.
I dont know your age but, think twice about having or adopting kids. That's a sure way for her to get her hooks into your estate.

You need two more things beyond the boat, a vasectomy and a very strong, well defined pre-nup. The pre-nup saved my ass. LOL IF the woman refuses to sign a prenup, pray tell, that should give you a hint about her motives.

Yea yea, I know. I am a mean, nasty, selfish, self-centered, inconsiderate old bastard and SOB (and perhaps a 1/2 dozen other things). That's just me.

You want to leave her something? Leave her the boat to sell. That should bring her a pretty penny.

I can be sweet as apple pie until I sense I am being taken for a ride.
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Old 05-14-2021, 07:55 AM   #13
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I agree with JLD. If your asking its already your conclusion. But your looking for confirmation. Personally I believe in YOLO. If you don't live your dream you'll resent her and that could destroy the relationship. You don't want to go to your death bed say "I wish I had......" just my perspective.
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Old 05-14-2021, 08:02 AM   #14
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When a partner makes you feel like "the bad guy" because what you want is different than what she wants, the issue may have little to do with boats or boating. Not knowing either of you, that's a shot in the dark, but maybe something to consider - this time or next time.
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Old 05-14-2021, 08:10 AM   #15
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When we were dating I took her out on Lake Erie on a J-22. And we're not talking a few hour sail, we're talking three day cruises. We had a 5 gallon bucket for a head and 4 bottles of wine. We had a ball. THEN I married her. That was 30 years, 5 boats and 6 RV's ago. We're STILL having fun cruising and glamping.

Like someone above said, if you're here asking the question here you've answered it. Just get the nasty bit over with and move on. And don't tell her it's about the boat. Tell her "It's not gonna work." It'll be the truth.
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Old 05-14-2021, 08:40 AM   #16
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I heard that women have a gene that allows them to believe they can change the man into their vision. So they agree to everything until the knot is tied, then go to work in shaping the man. So I heard.
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Old 05-14-2021, 08:53 AM   #17
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To paraphrase someone famous who I canít recall, when there is doubtÖthere should be no doubt.

I agree that advice here will be somewhat skewed

That said, one of the friction points of my marriage (we all have them) is my wife assenting to my crazy passions over the years and then backtracking. More my fault that hers probably, but another old saying comes to mind:

One who is convinced against [her]will, remains unconvinced still. Iím still learning that.
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Old 05-14-2021, 08:53 AM   #18
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I heard that women have a gene that allows them to believe they can change the man into their vision. So they agree to everything until the knot is tied, then go to work in shaping the man. So I heard.

Men want their women to never change and are disappointed.

Women want their men to change, and are disappointed.
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Old 05-14-2021, 08:58 AM   #19
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Mr. mv. With all due respect, this "proverbial echo chamber" disagrees. Mr. b has his dream. Been going on 20 some years. Whether or not it is simply a pipe dream, he should pursue it IMO. Might be a catastrophe, might not.

Relationships are NOT 50/50. They are 100/100 with each side contributing all they can for their partners happiness. A lot of compromises and also a lot of putting oneself out simply to make the other happy.

We too are going on 50+ years together. About 40 years ago, the mem-saab was hot to buy a vacation property (cottage). We very seriously looked all one summer and never quite found anything within our budget. THEN!, I got the idea of "let's get a boat". To say my mate was reluctant is an understatement BUT eventually she acquiesced and we bought our first boat. I DID agree that we would try it for a season and it would be sold if she didn't like the "lifestyle".

Long story short, immediately after our first trip I was informed that I would be in major, major shyte if I sold the boat. We've been boating, ever since. She is my best friend and I would do anything for her. I can't speak for her but I would like to think she would do the same for me. My wife is a saint!
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Old 05-14-2021, 09:00 AM   #20
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If you choose the woman, you'll probably always resent her for making you give up the boat. That feeling will fester and at some point will likely sabotage the relationship. If she forced herself to accept the boat, she might grow to like it, but probably would always resent it and it would eventually sabotage the relationship. Nobody ever won a prize for choosing to make themselves unhappy. Follow your instinct, and you'll have a happy, aquatic life.

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