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Old 04-19-2008, 08:10 PM   #15
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Old 04-19-2008, 08:11 PM   #16
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Thanx for the reply.
Not that the general public's opinion rates overly high in my decision process-
but I know there seems to be an unfairly positive reaction to the "yachtclub" vs the "campground"-
I don't think that way- after all, I live in a truck!

And yes, HUGE Douglas Adams fan.
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Old 04-19-2008, 08:16 PM   #17
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It seems unnatural for me to say, but Airstream.

Although...
There are small yacht clubs all over in the Midwest... Maybe a modest house in a rural area or a smaller town.
Some of the locals complain, but there are a number of houses in our town listed in today's paper between 75-100k. Not necessarily in the best neighborhood, but you can walk down the street 24/7/365

So... why did I say yacht club? We did scow sailing until babysitting became kind of a big deal. These are cheap, fast, and athletic enough to make a person want to stay in good physical condition. Additionally, between the local club and fleet regattas, there is a strong socialization aspect and I've always found that important from a quality of life standpoint. The least expensive clubs I know of sail out of state parks and run around $20 per year for associate membership (no votes, no trophies, but can participate in races).

It's a way to get an adrenaline hit every now and then, and I miss those from time to time.
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Old 04-19-2008, 08:20 PM   #18
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Old 04-19-2008, 08:37 PM   #19
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Now I have to decide between "fulltiming" an Airstream or "liveaboard" on a sailboat.

Looks like a terrific forum, looking foward to learning alot here.
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Old 04-19-2008, 09:12 PM   #20
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I've done the boat thing also,
I had a 22ft Cruisers Inc Barnergat.

The money I spent on the boat and restoration costs, I could have had a real nice 32ft Airstream Excella 1000.

Go airstream,

Only an Airstream is built like an Airstream....
Only an Airstream offers the Wally Byam way of life...

I sound like a commercial
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Old 04-19-2008, 09:31 PM   #21
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I have both, if I had to have only one it would be the Airstream not as weather dependent as a sailboat. People who think Yacht Clubs are more prestigious than RV parks have never belong to the Yacht Clubs I did.

BTW my sailboat was totaled by Katrina, we evacuated in the Airstream. Go to the mac site listed below and look at the video and you will see how a sailboat may enhance your sense of adventure.
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Old 04-19-2008, 09:39 PM   #22
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Geeze Lousie, why the heck....what the heck....how the heck....did you get it done. Are there any photo's of the work in-progress? If this is photoshop your a real pro.
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:06 PM   #23
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Overlander63-
Thanx for the reply.
Not that the general public's opinion rates overly high in my decision process-
but I know there seems to be an unfairly positive reaction to the "yachtclub" vs the "campground"-
I don't think that way- after all, I live in a truck!

And yes, HUGE Douglas Adams fan.
I've been welcomed by 150' yacht owners in my 24' sailboat and scorned by SOB owners in my Airstream. I was amazed at how many folks thought I had to be a millionaire to own both: a $6500 '84 Capital Yachts Neptune 24 sailboat and a $2000 '70 Safari. The bottom line is that I've enjoyed both lifestyles tremendously. I think that were I to do it over again, I'd have kept my '85 325 moho and replaced the 454 with an improbability drive... the Heart of Gold!

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Old 04-19-2008, 10:41 PM   #24
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Tough choice. We've had both. Loved our sailboat... and the wind power is free.... I would compromise. Buy a nice Airstream to live in, and a small boat to dink around in! You can then have the best of both worlds.

With either a boat or an Airstream you can find places to live that aren't horribly expensive ~ one that fits a retirement lifestyle and doesn't wipe out your pocketbook. Hey give it a try, if you don't like it, change!

Have fun deciding!

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Old 04-19-2008, 11:17 PM   #25
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Hi, I'm not a water person so I would obviously take the Airstream. If I fell out of my Airstream I could get up and walk back in; If I fell out of a boat, I would sink and drown. But, then again, some of you may be able to walk on water.
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:39 PM   #26
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Trimarans

Check out some of the trimaran designs, like the Ian Farrier designed F-27 or F-31. They are essentially planing hull sail boats that use outriggers, called "aka's" to keep from rolling over (think of the "Waterworld" boat) rather than a deep keel. You can fold the aka's in and store the boat on a trailer, so you don't have to have a permanent slip. They are fast too; I saw a picture of an F-27 or F-31 (27' and 31' length respectively) pulling a water skier UNDER SAIL! Now that is cool. But anyway, they're wicked cool boats, very fast, and you don't have to pay for a slip if you don't want to.

I saw one of the "Waterworld" boats (there were two built, Jeanneau transoceanic racing trimarans....will do 45 knots) for sale for $30,000. Seemed unreal in that the boat cost ten times that new. But being 60' long and 45' wide, it took two slips just to store it, and it has broken up owner after owner who's had it just for storage.

The sister ship to these was called "Lakota" and was owned by the famous baloon racer and adventure guy; although I forget his name. Do a search on Lakota and you'll find it.

Multihulls rock!

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Old 04-20-2008, 09:38 AM   #27
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Having had both and being an avid sailor I'd have to vote for the AS.
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Old 04-20-2008, 10:21 AM   #28
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I currently have both but following your question about living in one or the other, I'd go with an Airstream. Sailboat slip fees, insurance costs, worries about hurricanes, and maintenance costs will all push you toward an Airstream. In addition to living in one or the other, it also depends on your real interests - do you want to camp and see America or do you want the nautical life and what that brings. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I love both.
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