- Dec 25, 2000
when I first thought about getting a boat, I was enthralled with the MacGregor 26x or M. I finally got to sail on an X and I learned several things that day…The top reason I have encountered for people to quit sailing is purchasing a sailboat and keeping it on the trailer at home, especially if they have to tow 30 minutes or more one way. Having to hitch and unhitch the boat's trailer, Stepping and lowering the mast and rigging, launching and retrieving the boat gets old real quick. Pretty soon it becomes too much of a hassle and they find themselves making excuses, like 20% chance of rain, for not going out. Then the boat sits and gets moldy adding to the chores to be done before a future outing. They usually end up with flat tires growing trees in the cockpit. I have in the past owned a boat for which I paid in dock fees for one year the same amount as it's purchase price. Never had any regrets as I was paying for the complete sailing experience, not just the boat. It was nice to get out of work in the evening and be on the water in 15 minutes, or just going to the marina and tinkering with the boat and enjoyed the social aspect of interacting with other sailors. I had a water front property in which I would spend a few nights a month when I felt like it. Other reasons are usually the results of sickness or aging. By the way many of us don't race and consider sailing perhaps a way of life and not really a sport. Just laying back and steering the wheel with my toes with a beer in hand and streaming music I don't think qualifies as a sport.
Hi Greg, agree. We've always kept our boats in a marina slip ready to go in a moments notice. Other than provisions, we can leave for a day sail, or a two month cruise in about two heartbeats. Board, start engine, disconnect shore power and untie dock lines.More importantly, I knew that I wanted my boat in a slip,
Switch crew positions?Man, this is close to home! I am stopping now because the admiral admitted to me that she is no longer feeling the love of sailing, at 71 she is not enjoying the halyards and foredeck. I learned the hard way long ago that when momma aint happy, bad things happen. So, I am reluctantly headed to the dark side.
Actually, i consider myself quite fortunate that she stayed with it as long as she has. This is our season # 11, I knew the end was in sight. I appreciate her candor rather than just going out begrudging the trip because she was concerned about my safety.Not really an option, she is just done.
Yes…wife was throwing a bridal shower for my sons fiancé this weekend…I said, cool, I will go out for a long weekend sail…she “not so fast. I need your help“…. bummer
I’ll say. When I was growing up it was the bride’s family and friends who threw bridal showers. Not the groom’s. Maybe circumstances here. No daughters of your own? When we toss away protocol one does know what to expect for a given occasion.Greg, we have entered a brave new world when guys are expected to participate at bridal showers. Was your son or the father of the bride in attendance?
No, my son who is getting married and his brother (best man) and the rest of the groomsmen were in Portland Maine, having a unique bachelor party. The groom is in yellow and his brother is at the other end of the line. Sounds like they had a blast.Greg, we have entered a brave new world when guys are expected to participate at bridal showers. Was you son or the father of the bride in attendance?
I thought your offer for self quarantine was a graceful way of saying "I don't want to be a spreader. I'll sacrifice."
Sounds like a different perspective was had by the lady of the house.
Sometimes it happens. Compromise.
Best of luck. Consider your self lucky... your not the father of the bride where not only do you need to be at all the showers you get to pay for the experience. It is a duty one serves for having daughters, no questions asked.