Actually boating in winter can be fun, but that's for another time. If you've
already got a boat or a friend with one you likely already know the "game is
afoot". For legions of others however, the endless planning/dreaming stage
prevails. Why? Truth is going cruising has less to do with cost than it does
making the decision. Bunches of people with less money than you do it
Shifting to my awkward metaphor. Though I grew up in the Midwest, both
of my parents were from Texas. Barbecue/grilling was inbred long before you
could buy ready made grills. Now of course BBQ is a mainstay cooked on everything from home made rigs, to simple kettles, to expensive
high-tech cookers. The lesson, however, is that the cost of the grill has little to do with the food it produces. Most of us have tasted excellent
fare from the simplest grill, often in our own back yards. I can also assure you that a bad burger won't taste a speck better cooked on a $5000
mega-grill. Hopefully you don't need a hickory log up-side-the-head to appreciate the analogy.
Take a cue from your grilling experience. Don't focus on the hardware. Find a way to get involved in cruising. If not buying a boat, make
friends with someone who has one. Sign up for a boating course. Charter a boat for a week or weekend cruise. Not the kind of boat you're
considering? It doesn't matter. Boating aboard anything is both fun and instructive.
Plan to put a few sea miles behind you in 2011. Find out whether boating lives up to your reading, fanaticizing, and arm chair dreaming. If it
doesn't, maybe championship barbecue pit boss is your calling.
But then that’s just my opinion. . .
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