Money brings no pleasure, it is only a method of transferring value. You must place your value where you derive the most benefit/pleasure for if not boats then you should surely choose another suitable life-enriching use for it……
I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.Money brings no pleasure, it is only a method of transferring value. You must place your value where you derive the most benefit/pleasure for if not boats then you should surely choose another suitable life-enriching use for it……
How long have you been without a boat?
I really miss my previous sailing boat, a Lysander, yes it didn't sail well compared to others, yes it wasn't that comfortable, but there was something it had that made it right.
Reminds me of the time I got sunburnt sailing in April some decades ago in the UK. We were sailing my parents 34 ft Herman Frerrs designed boat from the Medway to Brighton to get the boat to be in the Brighton Boat Show (yes, there used to be one). It was a beat overnight out of the Thames and then force 6 to 7 dead run from Dover to Brighton. It was very rough and my father and I had to hand steer for an hour at a time and boy did our shoulders ache . The other 2 crew members were both seasick and totally useless. A couple of days later I had to keep explaining why my nose and tops of my ears were peeling and my face was bright red as I had just flown out to Hong Kong for business.Watching my son helming faultlessly in a steady 35-40 knots of wind in August or a night sail down the Mull of Kintyre in May are priceless experiences. On a practical level add to this c.6-8 weeks cruising with very low cost accommodation.
The £4 to 5k a year I spend on the boat is the price a reasonably upmarket week’s beach holiday for two.
The sailing is great value for money I would say but the most important thing is the life enhancing nature of the hobby.