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Old 06-11-2015, 08:30 AM   #1
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Cost to cruise in a sailboat

These people are former egg campers.


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Old 06-12-2015, 11:52 AM   #2
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Well, we are egg campers who are former sailors! LOL

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Old 06-12-2015, 05:27 PM   #3
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Old 06-12-2015, 07:59 PM   #4
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Me Too. I had a Catalina 27 for 28 years, sold it last year and missed it. Three months later I bought a Jeanneau Tonic 23 but now I have too many toys and projects. I think the boat and maybe a trailer has to go. I need to be a former of one or the other.
Sailors are well suited for the Fiberglass RV life style. At least you don't get seasick in a Fiberglass RV.
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Old 06-12-2015, 08:07 PM   #5
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I was just lamenting the tragic end of my Macgregor 25 in another thread (you can see the damage that happened during storage - someone obviously hit it with a truck or something and just left without taking responsibility). Looking at cutting out a rock guard from it before I dispose of it - so it will live on (at least in part) in my Burro. Click image for larger version

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Old 06-12-2015, 09:05 PM   #6
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Least liked while cruising in a sloop was awakening at night in a freshening wind with the anchor alarm sounding indicating we were dragging, and in danger of grounding; most liked while cruising in our FGRV is awakening in a freshening wind at night with the certain awareness that that the anchor alarm doesn't exist.
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Old 06-13-2015, 08:40 AM   #7
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After spending most of my life, 45+ years, sailing and cruising, over 250,000 miles, I'm enjoying the the camper. When it starts to blow at night I still wake-up, but am not worried about the anchor dragging, awnings tearing, or the boat sailing around because of the awning/sail area I have up. I also don't use much crew to cruise now, just my wife after the trailer is hooked to the truck.

My wife is wonders why I have to have everything perfect before a trip, I guess it is so many years of sailing. I don't like surprises/problems along the way. Being able to stop and buy food is different for me, as i always carried 45 days of food when cruising. Now I carry food for a week at most, and sometimes will hit up a store after we eat some of the food in the freezer to buy ice cream. I never had ice cream when cruising, let alone ice or anything that was cold.

This cruising is wonderful, I should have tried it sooner.
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Old 06-14-2015, 11:04 AM   #9
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the ONE thing I miss.....

I cruised with a 26 foot, water ballasted, trailersailor...with it's shallow draft capability it was easy to find an anchorage all to myself (tied up to shore)...that was the norm...complete solitude

that's the one thing I miss....it's a lot of "work" to replicate that in a trailer...but it happens now and then

having said that, a hot shower whenever I want one is pure bliss...stopping anywhere on a whim to pick up what you forgot to pack is awful convenient too
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Looks like a McGregor. I had a 26M blue hull with 70 hp Suzuki and loved it. Never got to overnight though and sold it to buy a faster boat for the Grand kids. Boatless now except for our Oliver "Setting Sail" which is way less work than boating.


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Old 06-14-2015, 07:24 PM   #11
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These people are former egg campers.


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Thanks for that post. Great reading. I've been fascinated by sailing since I was a kid but have never had the chance to try.


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close Trumpet....

it was a Mac alright....a 1991 S model....."stealthy" in a sense that the exterior was completely stock.....the interior was totally redone, rewired with a few "bells and whitles" usually only found on larger boats.....was lots of fun for fourteen years....sailed/cruised both coasts of northern Vamcounver Island extensively.....but eventually my knees could not take the sailing anymore (sail a week = limp for a week)

got a land yacht and a couple of kayaks instead
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Old 06-14-2015, 09:32 PM   #13
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When I was approaching retirement and exploring travel trailers just a few years ago, I thought (incorrectly) that all fiberglass RV manufacturers started out as boat builders who expanded their offerings. Maybe it was because I knew people who changed from sailing to RV-ing. It is simpler on land, no running aground, you are already on it.
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Francois, That second picture is a beauty.
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