I don’t need my things new, bright or shiny...

Passage Maker - - Classifieds -

This is not about boats... well, yes it is. I’m think­ing back decades to stuff bought or owned. Even be­fore my first boat, I en­joyed cook­ing and, wood­work­ing. As an am­a­teur cook I re­mem­ber want­ing all my gear to match: you know a nicely or­ga­nized ar­ray of shiny pots, pans, and other uten­sils. As a fledg­ling wood­worker build­ing a gui­tar and other stuff, my pas­sion was for the best tools. Of course I was not al­ways able to af­ford them, but I was drawn to the ex­pen­sive ones from the best com­pa­nies. With­out deep pock­ets, how­ever, my col­lec­tion on both fronts ended up... well some new, some handme-down, and some cheap knock­offs.

In decades since many of those sen­si­bil­i­ties have shifted. Maybe they have for you too. Some of those old miss-matched cook­ing uten­sils now seem like old friends. My rag­tag col­lec­tion of wood­work­ing tools now looks, well “vin­tage”. Slowly I’ve come to re­al­ize the work you do does not re­quire pris­tine or re­mark­able tools it just re­quires a re­mark­able ef­fort. With re­cently com­pleted work on our home, our con­trac­tor / friend re­minded me of a lo­cal hob­by­ist-wood­worker with a truly out­stand­ing work­shop. It’s a beau­ti­ful build­ing with all the best tools, sharp­ened, or­ga­nized and per­fectly in place. I’m not sure what, if any­thing he builds... It seems like the shop it­self is the thing.... Fo­cus!

Now this part IS about boats. You can go through life ex­pect­ing, de­mand­ing or re­gret­ting find­ing or not find­ing your per­fect dream boat. You can hold your breath, or ab­stain if you can’t lo­cate or af­ford it. But bet­ter, you can em­brace the boat you can en­joy with all its frail­ties. Put your ef­fort into do­ing so. I sus­pect you will soon be re­minded that cruis­ing is not re­ally about the boat at all.... It’s about your ex­pe­ri­ences.

But then that’s just my opin­ion.

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