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Old 10-05-2007, 11:42   #16
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10' Turnabout, wood, cotton sail, by Parker River Marine.

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Old 10-05-2007, 22:20   #17
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That Kells looks like a great first cruiser!
I wish I had started on something like that,
I'd have been offshore thirty years ago.

I paid (Paid!) $10 for a waterlogged
10-foot plywood row boat with no transom
and the holed bottom separating from the sides.
And I thought I had bought a boat!

Well, I learned a few things and ended up just
wrapping the whole thing in fibreglass.
It must have weighed over #200.
In fact is was almost certainly responsible
for my hernia repair.
And I loved it.

I'd grunt and swear and scrape it onto
the roof of our 10-th hand Town Car,
load up the wife and kids and beer
and picnic our way through the inshore islands
of the Pacific Northwest.

I hope to Neptune to never do
anything of the kind ever again,
but ya know what?
Those were the golden days.
That was cruising.


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Old 11-05-2007, 03:53   #18
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the only first boat to own is a hobie, fast fun and really cool to look at
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:08   #19
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Thanks again for all the responses, it's great to hear other's experiences! I definitely have a lot to learn about the maintenance aspect but as mentioned above one big fork in the road now is whether to get something trailerable or not!
We never seek things for themselves -- what we seek is the very seeking of things. ~ Blaise Pascal
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Old 11-05-2007, 09:46   #20
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Forgot to mention - First boat was an 18 foot wooden hull sailboat with a cuddy cabin and a 1 cyl diesel. Everyone say, "Chuga, chuga, chuga...."

Actually it was this sound that probably saved us a bomb tonight. We had our Poseidon's boat renaming ceremony tonight. A great piss up and a good time had by all. Before knocking up at the dock John and I decided to take a powering turn around the bay. About 20 minutes into it I notice a change in sounds (different than chuga, chuga...) and look over the transom. Sure enough she wasn't spitting any water out. She had failed her impeller.

Well we scrambled around and found one and got to the shop 4 minutes after closing. Actually we found two and bought them both! Installed and ready to go by the time the guests showed up. Of course packing the boat for this weekends overnight, taking showers so we smelled pretty and installing the new lettering for the new name all took a back seat and we finshed as the guests arrived on the dock...

I opened the champers while John installed the letters and we eventually had our pagam ceremony. A good time had by all and a great piss up! Of course all the boaties new why we stank, had grease on our hands and were running late. It's a common theme, I guess.

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Old 11-05-2007, 11:19   #21
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First boat was a corrugated tin sheet with a 2 X 4 for bow and a transom made out of scrap plywood. Had to beat the edge of the tin over so you wouldn’t cut you hands, I still have some scars.

Second was a 19 foot Thunderbird Runabout, lot of fun and waterskiing.

Third was DK 14 tortured wood Kayak wife and I built from Wooden Boat article.

Fourth was a 25-foot Oday center boarder, rebuilt completely and learned to sail on her.

Fifth 34 foot Hooks Marine Custom, currently under restoration for the second time due to Katrina.
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Old 14-05-2007, 21:18   #22
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My first boat

was a hot rod jet ski boat I think it was $4k.
I bought my first sailboat, a Peterson 44, with no money down (Because I did not have any), seller financed $90k. I was freshly divorced and the payments and slip rent were cheaper than trying to buy a condo. I moved on with a bag of clothes and a guitar. I did not have any idea what to do with it because I had never been sailing. I read Royces and went on to teach myself. I lived aboard for 8+ years and coastal cruised so cal and the channel Islands. Some of the best times of my life.

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