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Thank You and Goodbye

Old 12-08-2015, 11:58 AM
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The following picture is of what is probably my last boat being driven away by its new owner. I am retiring and moving from Maryland to Oregon. Because I will be on a fixed income, I assume a boat will not be in my future.

After 20 years of boat ownership, I just wanted to say thank you to all the great people here and what a pleasure it has been. I could not have done it without you. Some of my fondest memories include the epic "Luhrs 41" thread (I read every post), the "best stuck," "lady on your boat," "best boat on craigslist," and the hilarious "who is really Moderator 6." I also think of contributors like KChase that alerted me to the fact my Suzuki outboard had internal anodes.

Anyway, thank you for the knowledge, humor, and camaraderie you shared over the years. I'm sure I'll check in every once in a while but until then:

There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
~Water Rat, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows.

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Old 12-08-2015, 12:08 PM
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Sad. But Oregon does have a coast.
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well that sucks
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Get a part time job at a tackle store or sell boats.
Old 12-08-2015, 12:28 PM
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Oregon has some big rivers and lakes to go along with an incredible coast. You're gonna need a different boat, actually plan on buying two boats one for the rivers and lakes and a second for the ocean.
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Never say never....

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Damn that's sad. Just find someone with a boat and don't be a douche and you'll always have an invite for all the boating you want.
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Whoever said the two happiest days of your life are the day you buy your boat and the day you sell it, only got it half right.
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Sign up on Ifish, there are a lot of opportunities to go fishing with people out here. Good luck on your move.
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I've sold three boats and they were never my happiest days. That only holds true for weenies.
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I'm starting to realize how lucky I am in retirement...with defined-benefit pension, free health insurance, and now, Social Security. My monthly take-home income actually increased upon retirement, and the house mortgage was paid-off 10 years ago. I'm not gloating, just pointing out the inequalities of retirement situations. I have family members my age who have nothing, except Social Security, which alone, barely pays the rent.

I was going to do consultant work after retiring, but after IRS, I would be working for less than minimum wage after taxes. I worked to age 65, and only retired because the job became too demanding physically due to numerous health problems.

Hope you find some financial loopholes and don't be afraid of collecting every "entitlement" you qualify for.

Best of luck, in what is supposed to be your "golden years", but seldom is that.
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I'm sad and it's not even my boat.
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No one likes a quitter
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That's sad. Hope you find a way to swing a boat on the west coast. I'm approaching retirement and hoping I can continue the lifestyle I'm used to. Don't know if I could make it without a boat.
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If you find yourself in S Florida Hit me up and we will wet some lines.
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No one likes a quitter
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Great eating fish out there. Just change your MO from boat owner to customer/passenger/etc. Less stress, less $, and you still get to fish. He'll I'm in Florida the supposed fishing capital of the world and I miss not having fresh halibut and salmon
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You'll be fine. There is always adventure in a move, a change of scenery. You might find you don't miss boating, but if you do, there are always ways to get access to the water. Maybe you'll get into kayak fishing. Maybe you can be an unpaid crew member. Maybe you're moving to be close to grand children and you'll find that far more fulfilling that boating. Whatever path you choose, best of luck to you!
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I wish you good luck and good health in retirement.
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Retirement. Congrats!! You made it that far and you are still above ground. Congrats again on selling your boat. I know you'll miss it and probably never have to fool around with another boat. So.....what are you looking at? I'm sure there is something in the market with a little love and elbow grease has your name on it!!

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