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When is Enough, Enough?

“Enough” is realizing that the opposite—an insatiable appetite for more—will push you to the point of regret.

Morgan Housel

I have quoted this guy several times before. Even though he writes about investing and finance his thoughts are often relevant to life and cruising.

A great thought to keep in mind when we are deciding how much gear to add to our boats.

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Mark Wilson

Dear John

I suspect that the reason you have had no comments on this thought is that it has struck a guilty note in many of us.

In a small narrow ended boat, with inadequate locker space, where does one put the stern anchor, the extra gas bottles, the large outboard, the solar panels and all the other paraphernalia of the long term liveaboard far voyaging sailor?

William Murdoch

The pressure from the marine catalogues, the sailing magazines, the safety “experts”, the other fellows on the dock, the ever present advertisers, the ever growing crowd of YouTube sailors, and web sites like this one for just one more highly necessary item is almost irresistible. It is manifest in ever larger cruising boats and in boats that never leave port while waiting just one more year while I add, install, repair, upgrade, purchase…

Meantime I get another year older.

William Murdoch

We took this photo of a Pennsylvania registered Catalina 22 and a Sunreef 70 anchored side-by-side at Shroud Cay in the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas in May of 2015.

Both boats are “out there”, and both have reasonably clear decks, but the smaller boat is much much simpler. He is getting by with a nylon anchor rode and a Redcrest dinghy and oars (which he stored below). I doubt that he has the perfect mast climbing system, Halon fire extinguishers, WHMWPE halyards, lithium batteries…

Not only is when is enough enough but also when is good enough good enough?

Drew Frye

You hint at an interesting topic. Where are the lines between good maintenance, a real upgrade and “I added XXX?” In fact, most real upgrades are only obvious to a trained eye and do not stick out. Often the best projects are those where it does not appear that you did anything … but the boat works better.

Ben Logsdon

For as busy as it is, the construction of that arch actually looks quite robust.