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Old 05-11-2016, 12:38 AM   #15
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If you ain't boat'n or RV'n, you ain't living. The advantage of an RV is it stays in one place when you park it, usually. There is nothing like a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine after a long day with either to make life worth living.

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Old 05-11-2016, 07:36 AM   #16
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If you ain't boat'n or RV'n, you ain't living. The advantage of an RV is it stays in one place when you park it, usually. There is nothing like a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine after a long day with either to make life worth living.

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Yep....both way fun, quick on the water, slo'n'steady on land.

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Old 05-11-2016, 08:48 AM   #17
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I couldn't imagine being locked down to only shorelines. And open water is seriously boring. But different strokes for different folks!

I remember watching the Wynn's once and the guy didn't even know how to change a wheel. I wonder how they will hold up if something breaks out away from land.
No, it doesn't have to be different strokes. We have the boat, the Airstream, and a mountain cabin. We love the interior of the country, and travelling abroad. So, you see it can be multifaceted. Our boat is kept so we can be on the Little Bahama Bank in 2 1/2 hours. We can anchor overnight in almost any cove with nature all around, or we can just pull out of the channel a ways to anchor overnight. That beats a Walmart, truckstop, or rest stop. However, we have chosen to do it all as long as we can. Our dinghy is our toad. We can explore or take the puppy to shore with that.

Our Airstream we also consider an escape machine. However, we live much more luxuriously and with much more space on the boat. For instance the generator on board is 12kw.

The above beach pictures were made when we were anchored off Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:17 AM   #18
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Yes, I would agree. The boating thing is just "different". There are a lot of similarities. As with RVs, there are all sorts of boats. We started with a 27 footer and ended up with a 38 footer. We went to Key West three times, and we stayed on it almost every weekend.

I wish we could afford to keep it and go RVing, but in our case we couldn't. We had to pick. So we picked RVing, and after a couple of years of trying to sell the boat we finally did it. We had a chance to buy an RV lot with a dock, and we thought about it. But in our case, we did the boating thing for 15 years and enjoyed it, but decided we are done. We prefer a shady spot now instead of being out in the sun. We might get some kayaks or maybe a small 20 footer or a pontoon since we are next to the Kissimmee River, but that's a big maybe down the road.

There are a lot of similarities between boating and RVing. A lot of the same products. I appreciate people's comments about towing a 30' trailer. And I know it is not the same. But docking a 38' boat is not as easy either. Both take practice. And there are all sorts of shapes and types of boats and RVs to fit everyone's budgets and tastes.

Enjoy your boating! I know we did.
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Shady? Yes. Here are a couple of shots from my recent scouting trip along the National Forest dispersed camping spots in the Tennessee mountains. Actually, up near the NC line. Camped in the Airstream in a boondocking spot along a mountain trout stream is great.
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I subscribe to Gone With the Wynns.
I have often wondered what they do for a living.
The RV was a sponsorship deal. They have to give it back.
I never quite understood the progression of their RVs, unless maybe that was a sponsor driven.
I remember them on an RV show on HGTV where they picked a small front engine diesel.
Then it seems like they had a diesel pusher- maybe an Allegro Bus?
Then they had a Bounder Classic front engine gas.
They actually had to buy the catamaran.
My favorite part of their videos is footage of the 2 feline traveling companions.
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I subscribe to Gone With the Wynns.
I have often wondered what they do for a living.
The RV was a sponsorship deal. They have to give it back.
I never quite understood the progression of their RVs, unless maybe that was a sponsor driven.
I remember them on an RV show on HGTV where they picked a small front engine diesel.
Then it seems like they had a diesel pusher- maybe an Allegro Bus?
Then they had a Bounder Classic front engine gas.
They actually had to buy the catamaran.
My favorite part of their videos is footage of the 2 feline traveling companions.
I think one of their RVs was a Thor. Maybe Thor will sponsor them in an Airstream one day. The learning curve for cruising will be different and very steep. It is a good thing they chose a shallow draft boat.
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Old 05-11-2016, 02:28 PM   #22
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I find them very entertaining!
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Old 05-11-2016, 05:20 PM   #23
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We have a 35' sail boat and 27' airstream. Man that boat is so much work, I hope he is handy or has a large bank account. Judging from the size of their RV and boat, they must have the resources. I think another year or two I am going to downsize to one or the other.
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Old 05-11-2016, 05:48 PM   #24
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I would imagine you need to be a lot more self reliant on an ocean going boat. The Wynns don't look like they are going to take any chances. The are going to take blue water sailing courses, get checked off by a captain, sail along the coast before venturing to the Bahamas and further into the Caribbean, taking small steps as they gain experience. They mentioned they blew all their money and had to borrow on their insurance and will need to stick close to home while they build up finances. Nikki looks like she can learn anything and do anything Jason can do so they will be a good team. Wish I could've done something like this when younger.

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Old 05-11-2016, 06:22 PM   #25
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As a descendant of a long line of prestigious sea captains from Searsport, ME, I am embarrassed to say I couldn't operate a boat to save me life. Sailing confuses me and looks like nonstop work. I'm great with a canoe, anything more than that and you better abandon ship.

I think the reason is because the ocean looks the same everywhere. There are no mountains, no valleys, no canyons, no desert. Just waves and it's gets old.

Give me an Airstream, now that's seeing things and going places.
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We just bought a 1967 Jensen Marine Cal 30 - a beautiful boat, perfect to take the family sailing and spend weekends away.

For now, we'll keep both the boat and the trailer, but I am not sure where we'll end up. There is nothing like the freedom of being on the water as the land recedes behind the horizon and you know that you can go anywhere you please.

For as long as you're patient and follow the weather, blue water sailing is a way more relaxing experience than taking an Airstream on the highway.

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Old 05-11-2016, 08:45 PM   #27
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On The Water With The Wynns...

My dad was of Norwegian descent, from a long line of sea captains. Superb ship and small boat handling skills. Me, I can make them go more or less where I want them to, not hit the dock too hard, and tie knots fast enough to keep from losing a boat.

Eldest son took a boat handling course in college Navy ROTC. He still has the chunk of railing he managed to tear off the boat he docked one summer. The CO thanked my kid for being an engineering student, and politely suggested the deck department should be one he avoid. We also have a picture of the kid at the controls of a nuclear sub underway, submerged, in an 'undisclosed location'.

That picture is titled, "Sleep well tonight, I am at the controls of a fully armed missile boat...."

We can all be thankful he did not end up joining the Navy. Sleep well, all. 😄😄😄😄

Personally, I avoid "messing about in boats".


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I wish them the very best in their new venture and enjoy following along as they learn how to be genuine boat people.

I'm more of an "OPB" person (i.e. I prefer to enjoy "Other People's Boats").
Perhaps that's my "scam"!
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