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Old 21-10-2011, 18:37   #1
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Spared the Rocks . . .

I just have to share... I was looking at the loss of Molly B because I have not been able to get a job for two years. I was close to selling so the work could be "finished" by someone else and so the marina wouldn't get her and just got the call... back to work! Hurray!!
Me and Molly B have some sea room now. Appropos the "my boat scares me" thread I was feeling really bummed last night because I really am just starting to get my head wrapped around this girl... ya know the feeling? Just matriculating to the extra 10 ft , 15,000lbs, 400 sq ft of sail, bowsprits, boomkins, running backs... oh my! Kinda like getting used to a new horse in a way. This last stint w/o an engine really pushed things along that way.
I'm back on track for the open ocean. Like I've done before in bad weather, I did "make the deal" that if I could get through this one I'd write towards publication every day... better get on it!
Thanks folks for the indulgence!
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Old 21-10-2011, 18:50   #2
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Re: Spared the rocks...

I can relate to your affection for the boat. I wish you luck in getting the work done. Now you will have to concentrate at work when you would like to be working on the boat. Oh well, it's a good problem to have.

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Butler, glad to hear that your situation is improving. I looked at the photos and am pretty damned sure Molly B. was the boat I rigged in Newport Harbor, then known as Lonesom Dove. Long time ago. Your income will adjust itself to the size boat you are putting every nickle you can get your hands on, so you might as well get the size boat you need. We are putting our nickles into our ranch and horses; the longhorns pretty much take care of themselves. Our Glorious is an inch away from the auction block with no relief in sight, but we heard from a young couple yesterday looking to upsize from a Mariner 31 that I commissioned back in '69 to a 40 footer such as Glorious. Who knows? We might wind up with the Mariner and we might wind up without a boat. You see,Butler, I've been shipwrecked; I came back from naked to own several more boats, so I accept what life puts before me and deal with the reality of it and see what happens. Molly B. is your boat. You are pouring your lifes' blood into her. Just stay open and never give up your dreams and things will happen. Regards, Jon
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2 years? Ouch

I know this site is about sailing off into the sunset, but sometimes (often?) the dull stuff - like making a living - is more important.
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Old 23-10-2011, 10:50   #5
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Thanks you guys... David, Jon, Todd. I figure that unless you are a well heeled checkbook sailor (I can only wish... enough of this "character building" s%#te already!) half the battle for many of us is the tedious chore of getting gone. Very much a part of "cruising". Could do worse on a downsize than that Mariner eh Jon? Sounds like an interesting option. I'm seeing more of this kind of swapping; smaller for larger. Saves folks the trouble of selling and can work out nicely for both parties.
Cheers all! Onward!
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goood work, butler--may the gods of good be with you and your molly b......and make the stuff work that is important , then GO ... head south-- then finish the repairs -- take parts with you that are specific to your particular boat an GO!!!!!

are you able to work from a remote locale?/if you are, DO consider it..... life will be a whole lot better when the parts that drag it down are not within sight......
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Cheers Butler! Many of us are going through the same thing, and know where you are coming from. Once you get on top of the program you will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment that nothing or no one can take away. So hunker down and keep a weather eye on the horizon, better days are coming.
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Thanks guys!
Ahhh Homer! My favorite Alaskan town... location, location location! Took the ferry over from Kodiak to start my month-long AK hitchhiking adventure many moons ago.
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new beginnings grow from darkness in the dawn just after
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Homer is not just a place, it is a state of mind. For me; gateway to the rest of the world, just head west until you get out of the bay, hang a left and the rest of the world lies before you.
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Glad the gods smiled on you...
Am in a similar place... just trying to get past the daunted stage now I have the time...
in spite of having done/assisted in these kinda jobs before I always have this fear I'll screw it up this time...
I'm such a wimp.....
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I just have to share... I was looking at the loss of Molly B because I have not been able to get a job for two years. I was close to selling so the work could be "finished" by someone else and so the marina wouldn't get her and just got the call... back to work! Hurray!!
Me and Molly B have some sea room now. Appropos the "my boat scares me" thread I was feeling really bummed last night because I really am just starting to get my head wrapped around this girl... ya know the feeling? Just matriculating to the extra 10 ft , 15,000lbs, 400 sq ft of sail, bowsprits, boomkins, running backs... oh my! Kinda like getting used to a new horse in a way. This last stint w/o an engine really pushed things along that way.
I'm back on track for the open ocean. Like I've done before in bad weather, I did "make the deal" that if I could get through this one I'd write towards publication every day... better get on it!
Thanks folks for the indulgence!

That's interesting. I have often said that sailing is like riding a horse, and when you get everything just right it's like a horse taking off on a gallop.

I'm so glad you aren't going to have to give up your boat!
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Glad your little ship was saved from the vultures. I have crawled back from a medical condition from a little over 3 years ago. "They" told me my offshore days were over. I proved them wrong. Not only did my condition not worsen...my numbers are better from before the onset. I would wager that my cholesterol and BP is lower than most Dr.'s and specialist I've been seeing. My new saying is..."Never give up"!
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