I wish you all the best and why not get yourself a small inflatable for when your near some lake, river, sea etc, mind you that might be the last thing you want to do.
Boating is like a drug me, I couldn't bear to give it up but I do have those thoughts and I guess many boaters do whether it is worth it; considering the ever increasing costs. But then I have one of those excellent days out at sea and I come to my "senses". However for me I do other things so my wife enjoys the "balance" we have holidays aboard (e.g. Australia, Maldives etc), we do sightseeing around the UK and of course time out on the boat as well as my diving. I often thought about upgrading to a larger boat but then begin to think I may have to cut back elsewhere especially considering the fuel prices, so still with my current S24 which I've had since new in 1999!
Good luck and enjoy.
PS. My cousin is member of a small group (4/5 of them) who look after a Piper (4 seater) plane, it seems to work well for him instead of a club. Seems very flexible booking the plane out for a day trip.
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Thread: A momentous decision!.
27-09-10, 17:12 #11Registered User
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27-09-10, 17:14 #12
I drive a couple of open cars, and I love the feel of the wind in my hair, but they are still NOTHING like the experience of sailing - or even motoring around the coast in a boat.
Anytime I am on the land, looking out to sea, I wonder how it would look from the sea looking back at the coast. I never feel the opposite on the boat.
27-09-10, 17:37 #13
27-09-10, 17:38 #14
You can never get the thrill of sailing out of your blood if you have started from dinghy's up but perhaps not having that foundation I can understand that your wife probably does not "get" sailing, especially in a BIG boat! To feel the surge of natural power and use your skills to best effect is largely what it is all about.
Driving up and down the coast from the same location must get repetitive after a while. At least with caravanning you can go anywhere quite easily at anytime and the weather cannot stop you.
My wife also loves caravanning but I have to warn you the camp sites in Britain can be booked up from the beginning of the year for the holiday seasons - I hope Europe is not now the same. The Caravan Club for instance has a policy that you can book sites without penalty if you cancel and unfortunately people just blanket book everything to cover all possibilities. The Club recognises this practice and will hopefully change it in future!
Have fun with your new venture, my parents in their mid 70's still caravan in Europe and still really enjoy themselves, what about a motor home? A pain in Britian but handy abroad for longer breaks.
27-09-10, 17:52 #15
Clearly, I have no superior knowledge, just a different point of view. Whatever floats your boat, I guess. Personally, I enjoy the challenge of passage making using natural resources (if I can).
27-09-10, 17:53 #16
Yup when you get the niggles and they don't let up it's time to say adios to the boat.
I was a keen motorcyclist for 30 years or so, competed in Trials and Motorcross when younger and have had many road bikes.
Got a job mending them and the rot set in, bikes did not get used as I was biked out all day long and i used to start having discussions about "cost effectiveness", with bikes sat in the garage hardly turnning a wheel.
Got rid of me trusty VFR750 and bought a Blackbird to try get a bit of excitement back.
Did less than 2000 miles in two years.
Thought a different bike and riding style would do the trick, got rid of the Blackbird and bought a CB1300F3. In two years, did 1500 miles.
So got rid of everything and boaught a boat.
I have never regretted it and don't miss the bikes one bit.
When the niggle won't go away, its time to take notice.Avatar = Bailey - Gone but not forgotten.
27-09-10, 17:59 #17
27-09-10, 18:50 #18Registered User
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I think its the same for everything in life (had this discussion with my X years ago) she became an avid F1 fan and gardner, i have been interested in both for as long as i can remember, and still am...where as she has no interst in either these days.
I dont think i would ever want a HUGE Sunseeker type boat as i would not feel as attached to the water if that makes sense, i actually hate being on ferries as its no fun....maybe im a wierd boater
27-09-10, 19:38 #19
27-09-10, 20:26 #20Registered User
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