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The Sailboat Cruiser ~ Issue #33
November 24, 2016
The Sailboat Cruiser
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Newsletter #33 - November 2016
What's in This Issue:
But it's here because it's an entirely new section on the website - and I've spend hours putting it together. I did so because there's not, to my knowledge, any other online source where all the information is readily available in one location.
I can't claim any artistic creativity for it, it's just been an endeavour of pure, mind-numbing drudgery. The data has been researched from the internet, various publications, my own collection of accumulated business cards and my memory - which is unreliable at the best of times.
And it's far from complete. Over time, as many listings as possible will be enhanced to include a description of services offered by each entity, a live link to their website if they have one, together with a clickable link to their primary email contact.
Anyway, it's a start. It covers the Windward and Leeward Islands together with the Virgin Islands, which seems to be the extent of my cruising area these days.
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Opening the hatch for the first time is always a tense moment. What will we be greeted by? An infestation of creep-crawlies or the pungent smell of mildew maybe? Let's hope not!
A few seasons ago American pals of ours returned to find their boat had been infested with termites, who had set about devouring their boat from the inside out. Betrayed by small piles of wood dust, these six-legged terrorists had hollowed out the bulkheads such that the skipper was able to poke his finger, ninja-like, straight though it.
His insurers weren't interested in the cost of repairs, and when I checked with mine, they told me I wouldn't have been covered either. Had it been rats though, they said, we'd have been OK. Very strange...
Two of our favourite couples are Americans. In some ways they're similar - highly intelligent, erudite, witty and hugely good company. Both couples share the same religion and have had the best education that America can provide - which I understand is adequate for most purposes - and to date have been generous with their red wine.
One couple have a sailboat, the other a trawler yacht. Now, were they Brits, that would be the end of it, with the sailors taking both the moral and the intellectual high ground. But with Americans, that matters not a jot.
What does matter though, is politics.
One couple are staunch Republicans and the other, equally fervent Democrats.
Now I'm a fully paid-up, certified Brit but I do have a foot in both camps. My mother was English and my biological father an American. One half of my family resides in Oregon, the other in the south of England. Incidentally, does that make me a Canadian? I use this hybrid element of my make-up as license to comment on Anglo/American issues. Yeah, right!
In the UK our two main political parties are somewhat blurred at the edges where their policies overlap, and we also have a centre party that shares some of the policies of the other two and takes up any slack. We're pretty laid back about the whole thing, with a general distrust of all politicians whichever party they represent.
In America it seems things are much more black and white - or should I say red and blue. There's no debate, one is good the other bad. Period.
When the six of us are together all is well as long as we stay off politics. When the subject does come up though, from my point of view things get hugely entertaining - if the conversation pales a little at any time I can throw in a political grenade to liven it up. 'Obamacare' usually gets a result...
This year the Trump phenomena will provide further rich opportunities. However, there's a risk that they may just join forces and retaliate, saying together - with a triumphant gleam in their eyes - just one word...
I've bought a powerboat!
There, I've said it.
We've still got Alacazam in the Caribbean of course, but my mooring on the UK's river Tamar is now occupied by 'Eileen', a Hardy 20 motorboat, rather than 'Skylark', a Drascombe Lugger, which I've sold.
'Eileen' is a very modest little craft, but from a practical point of view scores over 'Skylark' in several areas:
Mary tells me that in any conversation with other boat owners, I'm quick to point out that "Of course, we're sailors really...".
But before you all start to unsubscribe to this newsletter, I promise I'll not mention my venture into the dark side again.
"How do I get into the long-distance cruising, liveaboard lifestyle?"
It's a difficult question, with as many answers as there are people asking it.
That very question was left as a comment on the site a few days ago, which I answered by saying "Get a boat, learn to sail it, and take it from there".
Afterwards, I thought that sounded somewhat trite so went back to expand it a little. In the end though, after a number of false starts, I left it as it was.
Well, it already says it all, doesn't it?
Among other items this month, we have:
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used cruising gear for sale...
Want to check out a whole load more? Then take a look at the full list secondhand cruising boats for sale...
Don't forget...If you're thinking of looking at a secondhand sailboat, or just want to be aware of what to look for - and when to walk away no matter what - then you really ought to take a look at Andrew Simpson's eBook Secrets of Buying Secondhand Boats...
It's full of sound advice from an acknowleged expert and could quite literally save you $$$$$thousands!
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See you next month!
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