It's so sad the way things have gone.
When an apparently abandoned boat with nice lines is nothing more than an eyesore to those who own the ugliest, cookie cutter
, characterless boats, I feel so disheartened.
I saw the launching of the very first production fiberglass
sailboats in Sausalito in the early 60's, while working and sailing on vessels such boats as Wanderer, Yankee (SF woody, not Irving Johnson's), Baruna, schooner Atlantic, Wander Bird and Viveka. I hated the smell, the Formica look and feel of the interiors and complete lack of character of those boats, even though they were designed and built by real craftsmen with care and attention to detail.
Well 50+ years later I'm sailing a plastic boat and though she does not have the graceful lines of many of my previous boats, she is low maintenance
, fast as hell for a heavy displacement
boat and strong enough to take a strike from a container in a gale in the North Atlantic, without damage. And I am sailing her a whole lot more than I would be a beautiful old classic, steel
I don't want that steely, but I grieve for her and what she could be, or at least should be; a loved, comfortable, safe vessel making her way into an exotic anchorage.
I got the impression that Don only gives a damn because he cannot be anchored (moored) where she is.
And not to beat a dead horse, steelies are very easy to repair; cut and weld, sandblast and paint
, though not necessarily cheaply. I've operated tugs so dilapidated that when I wanted to shower
, I did it under the pin hole leaks
in the engine
room. But they were making thousands of dollars a day for their owners, and supplying me with a decent income
. When it came time to change an engine
on a steely, we cut a hole in the side and pulled out the old one put in the new, welded up the hole and voila; repowered.
As to my comment on insurance
, I seriously doubt any yard would haul that or any other "hard case" vessel w/o some kind of insurance
in case the owner abandoned the vessel there.
There are abandoned houses all over the US right now, and many thousands of abandoned Americans who are in need of somewhere to live, so I guess a few abandoned boats should not be such a surprise.
But you folks who so offended by them should probably move into those uppity marinas
that don't even allow you to dry a bathing suit or towel on your lifelines