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Old 02-11-2012, 15:49   #16
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Re: New Member-short Sad Story Of How I Came To Own My Columbia 36

RKO, there's a lot to be learned in all this. A blessing for you and the reality we all will face eventually.
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Old 02-11-2012, 15:51   #17
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Re: New Member-short Sad Story Of How I Came To Own My Columbia 36

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This may seem a little cold............

He has passed, hence the deal on the boat.
Not cold at all, he obviously put a lot of himself into the boat and I agree take the boat sailing and therefore his spirit goes too!!
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Old 02-11-2012, 18:19   #18
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Re: New Member-short Sad Story Of How I Came To Own My Columbia 36

Congratulations. You're fulfilling the previous owner's dreams as well as your own. A good boat and obviously well loved. Don't change things until you sail her for 6 months is a good rule I've heard over and over again and pass along as well. It makes sense.
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Old 02-11-2012, 19:37   #19
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Very good starchaser. You did more than most.
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Old 02-11-2012, 19:46   #20
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Finally reached my dream of owning a cruising size good old boat. I just bought a Columbia 36 on Kentucky Lake. The sad story of the previous owners made it possible for me to get hold of this boat, and reaffirmed the fact that planning to sail someday is iffy.

A couple retired and bought a columbia 36 in Georgia. They trucked it to Kentucky lake, near their home and began an extensive refit. I won't go into all the details, but everything except sailing hardware and the interior is new or refurbed. the Atomic 4 is gone and a new yanmar 30 is in its place. They also replaced the wiring plumbing sails standing rigging through hulls cutlass, prop, paint, you name it.
They were just about to turn their attention to the interior when the husband got sick. he died before they could ever raise the sails. they didn't refurb this boat to sell, the refurbed it to own and sail. everything was done by a local professional. They spent a ton.
But now the lady finds herself with a boat she doesn't want and can't use. They priced it to sell and we bought it.
I was sad for her, but she is ok and happy to have sold it. Win-win.

So, I'm a new member here and look forward to hearing from everyone.
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My boat's original owners bought it to sail the Pacific back in 1986. They left from the Northwest and got as far a California before illness struck one of them. I am the fourth owner and often think about how their dream ended so abruptly and I have been able to follow mine since 1995. Just appreciate everyday you are on board.
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Re: New Member-short Sad Story Of How I Came To Own My Columbia 36

Estate sales are often the best bargains. Sad that they are because of death, but it is better to get the boat and live new owner's dream than to bury the boat with the deceased owner.
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Old 06-11-2012, 18:17   #22
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I learned to sail on Ky Lake.By far the best sailing waters between the great lakes and the Gulf.I have an Irwin 24 that likes it alot.Now live in Louisville.Trying to make plans to spend a week or 10 days there this spring.Perhaps we can join you on the water sometime.Good luck with your boat.
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