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    The Decision is Made!

    I'm going to go sailing..... again. There. I've said it. Now that it is "out there" for all the world to see, I have to follow thru. So, for the next 9 months or so, I'll be concentrating on getting my little boat ready for it's next adventure.

    That is, after I get the PD Winter projects finished. I'm waiting for the steering bearings and a few other parts to arrive. In the meantime, I'm changing out the FD and swingarm pivot bearings, lubricating both splines, and giving the bike a good going over. The new owner should be pleased. I want to have good Karma when I'm out in the middle of the ocean.

    This isn't a decision that was reached easily. But when I started looking at where I am in life, it only makes sense. I have no one depending on me for anything and no debts. I feel as though I am wasting the 25 years of knowledge I have about boats and sailing. I have this little boat (32 footer) that is perfect for living aboard and, with a little preparation, will take me anywhere I wish to go. With my skill set, I can earn money to cover my expenses any place there are boats to be fixed. Besides, I'll be 60 yo this year. If I don't go now, time may pass me by.

    During my time of introspection leading up to this decision, I wrote to the poet laureate of the BMWMOA, Redclfco, and told him of my thoughts. In his inimitable way, he responded, "The breeze and moisture you feel misting on your face in life is either from the sea spray while you pursue your dreams or piss mist from pissing your life away." How succinct!

    So, while I will remain a member of the MOA for at least a little while and love my airhead dearly, I'll be selling the bike to help finance the rework of the boat and to remove the temptation to ride instead of work on the boat; procrastination is one of my long suits. I could let her sit in the bike cave while I travel, but that would be a waste of a great bike. Besides, I really need the money.

    To all of the friends I have made while a member of this club, I say thank you for your friendship. As you ride, if you find yourself on a shoreline, look towards the water and think of me. Every time I see a BMW scooting around, I'll be thinking of you. Who knows, we may even meet each other.

    Tom

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    "The breeze and moisture you feel misting on your face in life is either from the sea spray while you pursue your dreams or piss mist from pissing your life away. How succinct!"

    How perfect a response that was!....Dale is right....go for it. Overall, I doubt that you'll ever regret taking the opportunity to do something you love doing! It's the not doing the things we love that cause regret.

    Congratulations on making the decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by From MARS View Post
    I'm going to go sailing..... With my skill set, I can earn money to cover my expenses any place there are boats to be fixed. Besides, I'll be 60 yo this year. If I don't go now, time may pass me by.

    Tom
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    Quote Originally Posted by From MARS View Post
    I'm going to go sailing..... again. There. I've said it. Now that it is "out there" for all the world to see, I have to follow thru. So, for the next 9 months or so, I'll be concentrating on getting my little boat ready for it's next adventure.

    That is, after I get the PD Winter projects finished. I'm waiting for the steering bearings and a few other parts to arrive. In the meantime, I'm changing out the FD and swingarm pivot bearings, lubricating both splines, and giving the bike a good going over. The new owner should be pleased. I want to have good Karma when I'm out in the middle of the ocean.

    This isn't a decision that was reached easily. But when I started looking at where I am in life, it only makes sense. I have no one depending on me for anything and no debts. I feel as though I am wasting the 25 years of knowledge I have about boats and sailing. I have this little boat (32 footer) that is perfect for living aboard and, with a little preparation, will take me anywhere I wish to go. With my skill set, I can earn money to cover my expenses any place there are boats to be fixed. Besides, I'll be 60 yo this year. If I don't go now, time may pass me by.

    During my time of introspection leading up to this decision, I wrote to the poet laureate of the BMWMOA, Redclfco, and told him of my thoughts. In his inimitable way, he responded, "The breeze and moisture you feel misting on your face in life is either from the sea spray while you pursue your dreams or piss mist from pissing your life away." How succinct!

    So, while I will remain a member of the MOA for at least a little while and love my airhead dearly, I'll be selling the bike to help finance the rework of the boat and to remove the temptation to ride instead of work on the boat; procrastination is one of my long suits. I could let her sit in the bike cave while I travel, but that would be a waste of a great bike. Besides, I really need the money.

    To all of the friends I have made while a member of this club, I say thank you for your friendship. As you ride, if you find yourself on a shoreline, look towards the water and think of me. Every time I see a BMW scooting around, I'll be thinking of you. Who knows, we may even meet each other.

    Tom
    Don't burn any bridges.

    Figure out a way to bring the motorcycle along as a compliment to your maritime adventures. Seems as if combining the two would give you access to the whole world.
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    Dang son, I envy you in many ways. Please keep your membership up to date and give us a sail report with pictures regularly. You are family and there are many here who don't want to see you sail so far over the horizon that we lose touch.

    Fair winds and following seas my friend.
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    best of luck to you and have a great time!

    is your boat in Kansas? i feel a little trailering is going to be in order.

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    as said before. keep your membership and take your Laptop with you. I for one would be interested in hearing about your travels. be safe & have fun... Kenny
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    Whoo-hoo! Mono-hull sailboats are the best! I wish you well and tons of good times.

    My wife and I spent 2 weeks with another couple on a 29 foot sloop in the Greek Ilse back in 1982. She learned to hate sailing (deep water and leaning over), while it is one of my two favorite things to do.

    One of these days .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by From MARS View Post
    I'm going to go sailing..... again. There. I've said it. Now that it is "out there" for all the world to see, I have to follow thru. So, for the next 9 months or so, I'll be concentrating on getting my little boat ready for it's next adventure.

    That is, after I get the PD Winter projects finished. I'm waiting for the steering bearings and a few other parts to arrive. In the meantime, I'm changing out the FD and swingarm pivot bearings, lubricating both splines, and giving the bike a good going over. The new owner should be pleased. I want to have good Karma when I'm out in the middle of the ocean.

    This isn't a decision that was reached easily. But when I started looking at where I am in life, it only makes sense. I have no one depending on me for anything and no debts. I feel as though I am wasting the 25 years of knowledge I have about boats and sailing. I have this little boat (32 footer) that is perfect for living aboard and, with a little preparation, will take me anywhere I wish to go. With my skill set, I can earn money to cover my expenses any place there are boats to be fixed. Besides, I'll be 60 yo this year. If I don't go now, time may pass me by.

    During my time of introspection leading up to this decision, I wrote to the poet laureate of the BMWMOA, Redclfco, and told him of my thoughts. In his inimitable way, he responded, "The breeze and moisture you feel misting on your face in life is either from the sea spray while you pursue your dreams or piss mist from pissing your life away." How succinct!

    So, while I will remain a member of the MOA for at least a little while and love my airhead dearly, I'll be selling the bike to help finance the rework of the boat and to remove the temptation to ride instead of work on the boat; procrastination is one of my long suits. I could let her sit in the bike cave while I travel, but that would be a waste of a great bike. Besides, I really need the money.

    To all of the friends I have made while a member of this club, I say thank you for your friendship. As you ride, if you find yourself on a shoreline, look towards the water and think of me. Every time I see a BMW scooting around, I'll be thinking of you. Who knows, we may even meet each other.

    Tom
    Hey Tom,

    Best of luck to you. If you ever make it to Rhode Island please don't hesitate to look me up.

    I've been involved in the sea as a career since I was 15. Been a sailmaker, boat builder, yacht builder, (yes there is a difference) customer service manager in a large boat yard and race boat captain based out of Newport. I'm still in RI working in operations for a company that owns and operates a fleet of MR petro tankers and a few OBO's.

    Our offices are at the Herreshoff Museum. Director of the museum rides a R11RT and is also a MOA member. We enjoy mixing fun on the water with fun on bikes.
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    Wind in the sails my friend!

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    Thumbs up Ice Blink

    Quote Originally Posted by From MARS View Post
    I'm going to go sailing..... again. There. I've said it. Now that it is "out there" for all the world to see, I have to follow thru. So, for the next 9 months or so, I'll be concentrating on getting my little boat ready for it's next adventure.


    I doubt any of us will talk you out of an adventure. I was watching a piece on PBS last night called Ice Blink. It's the story of a couple who met on the seas, married, and raised three children while traveling the world. Fascinating point of views expressed, especially by their children. The oldest boy remarked to the effect that it was unusual for him to settle down in a Maine school. It was the first school he went to where he didn't have to start out by learning a new language. http://www.thesailingchannel.com/iceblink/index.html

    My first time on a sailboat took place on Hong Kong Harbor, of all places, and with a team racing a 12 meter boat. It was a bunch of Brit expatriates living in Hong Kong, working for an airline there. Not only did I have no idea what was going on, they all spoke with a thick Manchester accent, using terms I didn't know. I earned the honorary and highly respected title of "topside weight" that day.

    We won the race, and I didn't go overboard, as the crew thought I would.

    Later, I vacationed for ten days with my housekeeper and her licensed captain husband on a rented boat in the Keys. What a life. My experience as a pilot made my job as helmsman pretty simple. What a way to go!


    So, I can respect your plan to go sailing, again. There are many competitors for a rider's attention beyond two wheels. Sailing is surely one of the finest. Let me know where I can apply for a position as passenger.

    Bon voyage, and fair seas,

    Jim


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    Quote Originally Posted by PAULBACH View Post
    Don't burn any bridges.

    Figure out a way to bring the motorcycle along as a compliment to your maritime adventures. Seems as if combining the two would give you access to the whole world.
    Paul, I'd love to keep her, but perhaps you missed the part about "I really need the money!"

    Quote Originally Posted by BubbaZanetti View Post
    best of luck to you and have a great time!

    is your boat in Kansas? i feel a little trailering is going to be in order.
    Yes, Bubba, she is in Kansas. The boat is a Bolger designed vessel that has a very narrow beam and is sitting on an aluminum I-beam, three axle, disc brake, trailer. I need to find some one that has a pickup to move her to the water when she is ready. The closest launch point is Tulsa, OK and then I can take her down thru AR to the Mississippi River, but I hope to find someone that will pull her down to Mobile, AL.

    Quote Originally Posted by kgadley01 View Post
    as said before. keep your membership and take your Laptop with you. I for one would be interested in hearing about your travels. be safe & have fun... Kenny
    I like the idea of staying a member and posting updates of my travels. If any of you computer whizs have an old MAC notebook that you just don't know what to do with, think of me. Same goes for a digital camera.

    Rob, thanks for your response, and yes, there is a difference between a boat builder and a yacht builder. I've supported myself for years working on yachts (including managing Seabrook Shipyard down in Texas), but I sail a boat.


    Thank you to all who have expressed support and good wishes. It is scary jumping off a cliff even when you know that you'll survive.

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by From MARS View Post
    Yes, Bubba, she is in Kansas. The boat is a Bolger designed vessel that has a very narrow beam and is sitting on an aluminum I-beam, three axle, disc brake, trailer. I need to find some one that has a pickup to move her to the water when she is ready. The closest launch point is Tulsa, OK and then I can take her down thru AR to the Mississippi River, but I hope to find someone that will pull her down to Mobile, AL.
    A river run would be great to ease into the gulf. Sounds fun.

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    Tom,

    Having just spent a week on a 32' cat in the BVI's last month, I know exactly what you are talking about. And in Feb we are going to Tampa to sail with some friends on their new (to them) Catalina 30.

    I've found Beemer owners to be complicated folks that have a lot of interests. I would encourage you to blog once you get started. I'm an inveterate armchair traveler and love to read the adventures of others.

    The post above mentioned Dave and JaJa Martin and the recent PBS story about their life. The most important thing said was "Go".

    Wishing you fair winds and following seas to us all.
    Ride Well

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