I have the same thoughts about once a day as I work on my retirement
home. I bought Sabre
Dance in December of 2007, and got the call in February to come pick up the main sail furling gear
off the ground. We put her in the water
in the spring but left the mast
off while the insurance
fixed the mainsail furler
and I replaced the forestay furler
as it was the same make and vintage. By the time we got the mast
up it was end of July and the summer doldrums. SD is a heavy boat, the few times we got the sails
up, she just sat there with sails
flapping, going nowhere. Then the engine
barfed up all its oil
as the rear seal didn't recover from 5-7 years of sitting in one spot.
Anyway at the time I owned two boats, so SD sat on the hard
with nothing being done til last summer when I finally sold off the second boat.
My original intent was to just replace the engine
, but i am now stripped to a bare hull
, as every system was a mess, and the furniture was built in so that no one could inspect the hull
. So it all came out and I'm dealing with rust all over the place.
I suppose if I ever meet the surveyor
again I'll be up on murder charges, I suspect he went down and took some photos to illustrate his beautifully written work of fiction, but I figure a proper survey
would have saved me about 2/3rds of my purchase price
Oh well, live and learn. I'm too close to the end of my working life to be able to walk away and buy something else so SD is getting her guts ripped out and hopefully by next June I will have the engine in, basic electrical
, and a bunk to sleep on. I can cook in the cockpit
on a camp stove while I do the interior
later and I'll even sleep on the floor plates if there is no interior
I'm just about at the end of my tether with respect to work, so I have to get out of there. Right now I'm only working for money to fix up the boat and they all know it.
Have a look at my blog, it will show you what's up.
We do this because we like it. We do this because we like it....
Anyway, I'm sure that once she is back in the water
I'll return to being a normal human instead of this half demented frothing at the mouth wreck that I appear to be turning into.