Mar. 6, 2017

The Economics of Sailing 101

They warned us.

Buy a used boat and expect to spend money, or buy a new boat and expect to spend money.

Our outboard is frozen and our dinghy has a hole in it

We get NeverLand  measured for a sail stack - and we are told our mainsail is not sea worthy.

So...... our mast is naked and we await the bid- this is the first major item on our checklist for Blue water, and we already will spend quadruple what we budgeted. 

But a good sail is kind of a major thing- so, we know we just have to grit our teeth and handle it-

But now the windlass and the autopilot are going to have to wait awhile...

Basically the economics of sailing are- start with the crucial items and push the "I want that, but it's not necessarys" to the bottom of the list 

Make one list of items that, when completed, leave you ready to go- and don't get so bogged down looking for perfection that you never do go...the basic mechanics need to be sound, and safe. And the basic provisioning needs to be sound, and safe. It will never be perfect, if you are on any kind of budget at all. Safety is paramount and comfort is important. But in that order.

Dont try to cut costs on items that will leave you adrift if they fail- fix them promptly and fix them correctly- you don't want to be in the middle of the ocean asking yourself WHY you patched something that needed replacing because you were saving money for something shiny.

So- the sail it is- in the long run, we will be happy we did it correctly. 

The lists of 300 little things?, well, we will keep chipping away at those-

Anyone want to buy a motorcycle? Or, a kidney?