Originally Posted by oldragbaggers
So that's what we're doing here? We're "entertaining ourselves" at other people's expense? If that's the purpose of this forum then it is definitely not the place for me. As always, Internet courage at work.
Don't worry Becky, we're all still here! All the clunker lovers! It's just typical bar room braggadocio you know like, "Hey, what you got? Columbia
29? What? Did someone give it to you? What a mess, huh? Chopper gun? Oh I heard all those Columbias were chopper gun boats... I guess they had their day... Me? Beneteau
... yeah she's great, beautiful boat... Huh? Oh yeah that is my car, thanks, yeah it's a beauty, true classic, really hard to find now...... no not '55, it's a '56 Chevy... yeah that new paint
job really set me back... thanks, yeah I am really happy how she is looking now..."
Having sailed a range of boats, and having made it home on all of them, I will say now to almost any boatowner I meet, any kind thing I can think of about their boat regardless of whether I might have chosen that boat for myself to own or not. I mean EVERY boat has at least one good thing you can say about it. I remember many years back a gentleman sailed in to the anchorage where I was in what was clearly a home-made boat, quite crudely made. He had his family
along and he was beaming ear to ear. It only took us 7 hours! he said proudly. That for a trip where I considered 4 hours to be slow. But clearly that boat, and sailing it, made him very, very happy. Which is the same experience the "modern" boat owners and the "clunker" owners are having. I'm ok with a little good-natured challenge to my old boat. I'd prefer to have the debate with someone who has some experience many kinds of boats, but in the end I'll share a beer
with him in the anchorage that he gets to an hour ahead of me! Oh and BTW I am guessing James does have a broad range of experience, coming from a Tahiti ketch