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    Default Madness - is this common?

    Just curious: How many of you are out there, absolutely loving your boat, but are nonetheless considering building (or are in the process of building) another for no apparent reason?

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    Close to 100% would be my guess. Most common cause for building or buying is 2 footiitis.

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    To clarify: and keep them all.

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    I haven’t managed to lose any boats yet. They all have their purpose.
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    So - I only have 9 boats, what's the problem?

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    I've got 4 wooden boats at 18' 21' 21' and 20' plus a half done 20 footer. Between the lot of them they can be rowed, pedaled, trolling motored, outboarded and sailed (down wind), and soon, when I get done doing some work on the house, I'll be starting a 32 footer that will be outboard driven. It's gratifying, and building boats for me is a means to an end as well.

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    My rugby duckie is stuffed and it is a pig to row.
    So I have started a glued lapstrake ply pram....nice winter project downunder for the 9 metre launch.
    And I may start a new 12 footer for the lake.

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    Come to think of it, maybe it's because my house needs work.

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    Five. And one shameful plastic boat.
    Re-naming straits as necessary.

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    Four: a 7' pram; a 14' canoe; a 14' paradox cruising sharpie; and a 17' William Atkin Perigee which will be launched early next year. Also had various plastic boats but let all of those go to new owners. Actually having thoughts of parting with my paradox too since I have long term cruising plans and can't sail more than one boat at a time. The workshop, car, and sundry items are also on the 'to go' list since none of that stuff can come with me. If I planned to maintain a shore base there is nothing that would part me from my current inventory of boats. They all serve different functions and do their jobs superbly.

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    We have six, I love the design process and imaging situations where I could use a new boat. I am kept in check by ongoing developments, actually using them and lots of other commitments.

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    Boats are like clamps; no such thing as too many...just ask Wiz, he has like eleventeen...

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    ¿ WHAT'Z THE PROBLEM AGAIN ?

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    I have three wooden sailboats and a fourth under construction. I'm regularly sailing only one of the completed boats and would be happy to sell the other two. But I've been procrastinating on getting them ready and advertising because the market value of amateur-built boats is low and I fear it'll be a discouraging exercise.

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    Hope the voyage is a long one.
    May there be many a summer morning when,
    with what pleasure, what joy,
    you come into harbors seen for the first time...

    Ithaka, by Cavafy
    (Keeley - Sherrard translation)

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    Well....I'm serious on deck, and chronic overall

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    phew, I'm actually advanced on deck, serious overall. Perhaps that means I should build Sjogin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tink View Post
    We have six, I love the design process and imaging situations where I could use a new boat. I am kept in check by ongoing developments, actually using them and lots of other commitments.
    Darned if it doesn't look like you and I are tied! I suffer from having six boats as well! Lots of upkeep!
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    I'm now working on 11th. I can quit anytime.

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    Two strip built guideboats, four stitch and glue kayaks, one strip kayak, one strip canoe, two SUP's, and (God forgive me) two FRP canoes and one plastic kayak. Sold a Whilly Boat a few years ago. I've got the plans for a McGregor I keep thinking about, but no good reason to build it except that I've still got a few feet of wiggle room in my shop.
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    I'm repairing two for no apparent reason, considering I have another two in perfectly sailable shape……………..

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    According to the diagnostic test I’m currently at the advanced stage. Those boat roofed sheds are really cool, maybe I should build one of those and reduce my count a bit.
    -Jim

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    The correct number of wooden boats to own is N+1, where N is the current number of boats owned.

    While other people would argue that the correct number of wooden boats to own is S-1, where S is the number of boats that would result in separation from your partner, I do not believe that this is correct.

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    hobby creep is real.

    I thought an "instant" plywood boat would be a fun lil project last summer. it was.. and now I'm building my second (a rowing dory) and as soon as it's 'glassed I'll be starting a second (power) dory as a family fishing boat ... I also have an inboard skiff lofted up in my shed as long term project for flexing my developing knowledge and skill...not to mention my dreams of small cruising sailboat...and a drop-in sailing-trimaran rig for my kayak... and maybe a lil shanty/houseboat too...yeah that would be nice. I'm glad I got into this while I'm still (kinda) young

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    Quote Originally Posted by rex_wolfe View Post
    The correct number of wooden boats to own is N+1, where N is the current number of boats owned.

    While other people would argue that the correct number of wooden boats to own is S-1, where S is the number of boats that would result in separation from your partner, I do not believe that this is correct.

    Rex.
    Excellent!

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by rex_wolfe View Post
    The correct number of wooden boats to own is N+1, where N is the current number of boats owned.

    While other people would argue that the correct number of wooden boats to own is S-1, where S is the number of boats that would result in separation from your partner, I do not believe that this is correct.

    Rex.
    Just to clarify: Is S the number of boats resulting from the separation or the number of boats that cause the separation? Asking for a friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorB View Post
    Just to clarify: Is S the number of boats resulting from the separation or the number of boats that cause the separation? Asking for a friend.
    Whichever it the critical part is “boats that your friends wife knows about”. This not only reduces chance of separation but also improves the post separation number. I have a friend with four boats his wife doesn’t know about. Sounds far fetched but he works away and is a member of a club down south where he keeps some and a barn up here where he restores others.

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    I find myself planning both the next sailboat and the next kayak. Oh, and a new kayak for the missus, too. If there's a 12-step program, I don't need it.
    -Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by tink View Post
    Whichever it the critical part is “boats that your friends wife knows about”. This not only reduces chance of separation but also improves the post separation number. I have a friend with four boats his wife doesn’t know about. Sounds far fetched but he works away and is a member of a club down south where he keeps some and a barn up here where he restores others.
    I had a buddy who kept 3 Buick Roadmasters hidden from his wife for YEARS.
    Rattling the teacups.

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    Yes, it's madness and, sadly, it's common. I can only hope that those who suggest that recognition is an important step towards healing are correct. Otherwise, I'm doomed.

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoctorB View Post
    Just to clarify: Is S the number of boats resulting from the separation or the number of boats that cause the separation? Asking for a friend.
    S is the number of boats that would cause separation from your partner, assuming that you want to stay together! Otherwise, S-1 is not an issue and the N+1 rule applies. :-)
    My boats: http://www.blokeslens.com/tag/my-boats (both wooden and -- cough, cough -- fibreglass)

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    It seemed I had a choice between my boats or my wife, so now many years after the fact I am contentedly building as many boats as I want

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    Quote Originally Posted by oznabrag View Post
    I had a buddy who kept 3 Buick Roadmasters hidden from his wife for YEARS.
    Tell me a bit more about this...
    Specifically, how did he finally explain it?

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    It costs about the same as golf and you have something to show for it afterwards. Therefore, boat building must be healthier. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!! :-)

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