What, besides Sailing, is a hobby for you ?

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  1. Leeward Rail

    Leeward Rail

    Joined Mar 20, 2015
    1,673 posts, 432 likes
    Catalina 22 New Style
    CA SHSC, Lake Winnipeg
    For me it is vehicles. Currently doing a frame off restoration of a truck for my wife, have 2 vintage Honda motorcycles I am restoring, and being part of my nephew's Rally racing team. We'll be racing in the Rocky Mountain Rally next weekend in Invermere B.C.

    Time to be outted.
    Waddaya also do for fun ?

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  2. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,572 posts, 1,171 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    Old vehicles are cool! I followed a guy into work this morning who was driving a restored Studebaker pickup.I'm sure he is as proud as can be! I'm a fan of most things on wheels. When you say "vintage Hondas" I feel old. My idea of vintage were my old BSA and Triumph. My "hobbies" have been keeping our vehicles running and fixing up our 100 year old house. For fun I like to cycle and work out. The joints tell me no more running.

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  3. DougM


    Joined Jul 24, 2005
    1,641 posts, 211 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Manistee, MI
    When there’s no wind and I have that time available, I play golf, and not all that well!
    In the cold weather months, I spend time in my workshop. That’s been a multi year project just building storage areas and everything associated with it.

  4. JRT


    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,172 posts, 390 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL
    Sailing with Family and my daughter likes the race we did last year. My son and I fly RC planes and other aircraft. My motorcycle has not been used much since kids schedule has taken over our life but it was a thing for my wife and I before kids.

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  5. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    3,094 posts, 723 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    Do people really have time for two (simultaneous) hobbies? Probably not people who work regular hours. When I’m not sailing the boat I’m usually working on it. Boating is an all-consuming hobby. But to bide time (however much there is) between sailing/boating activities and those that are not chores or work I often play chess, typically on-line. Sometimes in organized tournament play. However, chess as a full-on hobby requires the same effort as any other, including golf. One must work on the game, play frequently, study the moves, read the material, and etc.

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  6. Cowpokee


    Joined Jan 8, 2015
    311 posts, 171 likes
    MacGregor 26S, Goman Express 30
    US Kerr Reservoir
    My wife is really into horses so we ride competitively sorting cattle. (Kind of like cutting only lots more rider interaction)
    As a result, she reciprocates by occasionally tolerating a sail with me. I am in the process of turning our 50 acres into a viable cattle operation. Sometimes out in the hay field usually during the hottest part of the summer I question my sanity and ask myself is this really fun? I currently am singlehandedly erecting a 30' X 72' hay barn. (Before the hay goes in it will double as a vintage boat restoration shop for my 1964 Allied Seawind} I really enjoy metal fabrication utilizing welding and torch cutting equipment.
    When the conditions are favorable I fly hang gliders. Not much beats the exhilaration of being up there soaring like a bird.
    In the winter months a good chess game is something I always look forward to.

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  7. jssailem


    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,006 posts, 3,921 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Kids... Gods punishment for enjoying sex.

    I love how they are so cute when they are little and smiling.
    I hate how they can mimic the characterizations of me that I would prefer did not exist.
    I love how they see the world. Until about 16-17 then I have no idea what world they are looking at.
    I hate how they grow up and demand to change everything.
    Love how they give us grandchildren that I can spoil and then return to the parents.

    Kids... is it really a love-hate-love relationship?

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  8. JRT


    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,172 posts, 390 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL
    Agree all my activates are good weather ones, so it is an issue. That is also why the motorcycle has been parked a lot. My wife and I are in the teenage years with kids so the bigger boat this year was also part of our 5-10 year plan to get out and sail more and maybe get out of our lake and down the gulf coast.

  9. Kings Gambit

    Kings Gambit

    Joined Jul 27, 2011
    3,094 posts, 723 likes
    Bavaria 38E
    US Alamitos Bay
    So, I think a full-on hobby is more than any ordinary past-time activity such as TV watching, or other passive activity. People do crafts, gardening, join chamber music ensembles, join choirs, start and play in bands; build, collect, or write stuff, go camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, play sports, rifle range, hunt, skate, workout, swim, etc. But, I don’t know about watching the grandkids?:doh:

  10. agprice22


    Joined Aug 3, 2012
    2,310 posts, 541 likes
    Performance Cruising Telstar 28
    US Watkins Glen
    Guitar, singing, my band, cycling, electronics, fixing/upgrading my boats...

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  11. LeslieTroyer


    Joined May 20, 2016
    2,577 posts, 1,199 likes
    Catalina 36 MK1
    US Everett, WA
    Making sawdust, embedded computing.

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  12. RussC


    Joined Sep 11, 2015
    1,226 posts, 571 likes
    Macgregor 25
    US Oregon lakes
    I've always enjoyed restoring/building cars, mostly muscle cars. so when I sold my business and retired in 2012 I really went crazy on that for a few years.
    I first fully restored a wreaked 64 Corvette, then a 62 Corvette that I restored and installed an injected 350 and 6 speed from a 90 Vette (I've kept that car), built a 59 Bel Air resto mod (LS1 - 6 speed). then built a T bucket, from the ground up, with Cadillac Northstar motor and 5 speed, a 64 Fairlane 1/4 miler, a Fiero that I put a 377 Chevy motor in, and a couple others. I finally got that pretty much out of my system and now mostly just play with boats exclusively. my fingernails stay cleaner and my back doesn't hurt near as much ;) . Then last year my daughter and I met for the first time in 42 years and my life changed forever. she's a beautiful girl inside and out, and I have two grandsons that my current wife and I adore as well. so life is good!
    My dad (97), me, my daughter and two grandsons (17 & 9)

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  13. Hydro Therapy

    Hydro Therapy

    Joined Dec 27, 2012
    436 posts, 73 likes
    Precision 22 (Sold), O 240 (Sold), Precision 28
    US Somers Point
    I’m not sure if it counts but I consider working on my boat a hobby. I’m a surfing junky and have been into it since the age of 14, currently 53. I surf year long and actually prefer the winter cold water. Surfing is what started my love affair with water.

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  14. SFS


    Joined Aug 18, 2015
    1,608 posts, 524 likes
    Hunter 31
    US Tampa Bay
    For us, it's pickleball (though I guess that's exercise not hobby), scuba diving, and travel (we are currently in Europe for 7 months). All of those are easier with the boat gone.

    However, once back home, it is likely that working on boats will start again. My brother has moved to Florida, and is looking for a project.

  15. Benny17441


    Joined May 24, 2004
    5,749 posts, 417 likes
    CC 30
    US South Florida
    My main hobby is being able to do work or not to do work when I feel like it. My motto is now, Manana.

  16. kloudie1


    Joined Nov 6, 2006
    8,288 posts, 753 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Mandeville Louisiana
    I like working on stuff, lawnmowers to cars.. I used to motorcycle quite a bit but at age 58, I noticed two things.. one, my reactions were slowing and two, automobile drivers are MUCH more unconscious than they used to be; I stopped riding. I love to work on motorcycles.. I used to fly and work on sailplanes but not much activity here in Louisiana.. When the wind got a bit high for sailplanes, one of the club members had a Lightning that we'd take out on the local lake.. That is how I got hooked on sailing boats..

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  17. Serenity on Hudson

    Serenity on Hudson

    Joined Sep 25, 2018
    57 posts, 25 likes
    Catalina Capri 22 Capri EXPO 14.2
    1282 Serenity Too US Stony Point
    Skiing in the winter while admiring the boat on it's trailer in the yard. Gardening between sails during the summer to assure a goodly supply of Jerzy Tomatoes.

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  18. SFS


    Joined Aug 18, 2015
    1,608 posts, 524 likes
    Hunter 31
    US Tampa Bay
    Ah, tomatoes in the summer. That's important work, right there. Along with homemade peach ice cream.

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  19. Bill19233


    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    437 posts, 339 likes
    Hunter 340
    US Baytown TX
    Luckily I can combine my photography hobby (still & video) with sailing.
    And I dabble in woodworking and offbeat projects around the house. One of the last projects before all my spare time between job and the boat was taken up by Hurricane Harvey repair was our Key West style sign post we made and put up by the pool.

    The signs are to all the places we've managed to visit around the country and world. So that would make travel another hobby, too.

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  20. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,572 posts, 1,171 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    Nice Bill :thumbup:
    How is Flickr different from other site like Photobucket? I can't link and share with my free account.

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