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Old 02-26-2014, 06:34 AM   #41
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. For many of us quitting work early to go play is a very poor choice.

UNLESS your profession is very mobile and can be done on contract for limited periods of time

E.R MD comes to mind as does nurse.
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Old 02-26-2014, 10:17 AM   #42
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I read somewhere that the enjoyment one gets out of a boat is inversely proportional to its size!
There's truth in that.

I was semi retired until the age of 32, and part of that time was spent sea kayaking BC's coast for 6 months...there is no more intimate way to get to know an area.

Comparing 'trawlering' to sea kayaking is like comparing a bicycle tour through the Rockies to doing it in a motorhome, or hiking up a mountain to taking the tram...all will get you to your destination, but smaller and slower gives your senses the opportunity and time to drink everything in.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:33 PM   #43
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I am going to repeat something I have written here in the past.
It is better to be cruising on a Bayliner, (Mainship, Marine Trader, insert the brand of lower price boats here) rather than standing on the dock waiting to earn enough to buy a Nordhavn.
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:29 PM   #44
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My wife and I did a trial retirement about 10 years ago just to see if we could stand it. After our summer cruise my wife got bored and went back to work doing exactly what she was doing before. Me? I loved it and only went back to real work after trying some part time things like yacht brokerage, substitute teaching and USCGAUX stuff. I can't wait to get back to doing nothing.
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:43 PM   #45
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Hey Kevin, getting cabin fever yet? Great post my friend and I am retiring in 20 months and I am finding that this is a real short time to get ASD ready for her first real big cruise.
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:20 PM   #46
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Hey Kevin, getting cabin fever yet? Great post my friend and I am retiring in 20 months and I am finding that this is a real short time to get ASD ready for her first real big cruise.
Didnt I read somewhere you're coming north this summer?

If thats correct, are you going all the way to Whittier or Seward?
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Old 02-26-2014, 06:40 PM   #47
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I'll try & quote Jack London, "......I would but for a moment be a bright, brilliant meteor, than to exist for ever as a twinkle of far and distant star." I have many rivers to cross before my boat is ready to take off for Mexico frm Portland. As soon as I think she's ready, off we go. We all die sometime, war, water, horses or mules. Ya can't get done sett'n in the house. Make the boat the slave. Thanks everyone for your comments by the way.
Can you reference this quote for me (for personal reasons)
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I think some people it's the dream of cruising that keeps them going and when they get to a point where they can actually go, something else is now more important.

Like you said, it's the people.
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Try here:

Jack London's "Credo"
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I would have thought that was from The Cruise of the Snark. Jack was one of the true first cruisers.
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Happiness is an undefined destination that is different for every person. We each need to try to understand ourselves enough to be able to set our personal direction. Retire early on less or later on more? I can't answer that for any other human being and to suggest that I know that answer is presumptuous and a bit pompous. I know people living life happily in ways I can't begin to comprehend. I know people who retire and never look back while I've known others who felt like their very reason for living had been pulled out from under them when they retired. I know this sounds impossible, but I even know people who don't like boating, don't like the water, want to stay far away from it.
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My wife and I did a trial retirement about 10 years ago just to see if we could stand it. After our summer cruise my wife got bored and went back to work doing exactly what she was doing before. Me? I loved it and only went back to real work after trying some part time things like yacht brokerage, substitute teaching and USCGAUX stuff. I can't wait to get back to doing nothing.
The worst thing about retirement is, you don't get any days off!
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If this gut can do it, anyone can. Look closely to see what his side decks are made out of.
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Didnt I read somewhere you're coming north this summer?

If thats correct, are you going all the way to Whittier or Seward?
It will be the summer of 2016. Not sure if we will make it that far north on the first trip as I have a lot of exploring to do in SE. But I will be retired and not on a schedule....
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