Monday, June 30, 2014

House vs Boat : rant or discussion?

Are houses less expensive than boats?  I don't know the answer and neither do you.  Sailing friend, Tim on Slick, went from Boston to Marmaris Turkey and then found out he needs to replace a lot of fiberglass lamination of the boat bottom.  Norm on Main Street finds he needs to remove a few trees that are threatening the house.  Tim also needs a new diesel.  Norm needs hardscaping  (that's rocks and bricks not shrubs and flowers) for Elizabeth's garden.  About the same cost.

Remove trees or buy anew mainsail, or refinish boat bottom or winter storage.  On the plus side, we have red breasted nuthatches in the shrubs.  They are cute and amusing.  No complaints.

New Idea for Blog

Very briefly:  we have moved from Boston where I worked in the sailing industry to Cape Cod where we have bought a house in the woods and sort of retired.
Not my first choice for retirement housing.  I was thinking cheap condo and a 35 footer with sea legs.  Anyway.  it is an opportunity to compare and contrast the differences between the land based life and the sea based life.

First up:  Cost.  Lots more on this later.  In general, houses are expensive and a lot of work.  Just like boats.  Houses don't take you anywhere.  See the blog of my web-friends:  the Waterhouse couple at  We are doing a similar set of jobs at the same time on our house.  They will sail away.  Our house will not.  I bet we are spending way, way more.

More to follow....