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Old 02-11-2012, 06:36   #1
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New Member-short Sad Story Of How I Came To Own My Columbia 36

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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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.
Fair winds.
Congratulations!... May you enjoy her every moment you have, and not put off your dreams...

May each day only get better..

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Old 02-11-2012, 07:21   #3
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Wishing you fair winds. Your love and care for your new boat will clearly demonstrate your respect for the folks who poured so much of their resources into her. Wishing you all the best.
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Welcome aboard! Sad, yes, but you can fulfill the dream...enjoy and happy sailing!
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:02   #5
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Re: new member-short sad story of how i came to own my Columbia 36

Thanks. i forgot to mention the saddest part. the boat was at the marine shop being refit while the husband was sick, so they got to motor it once (from the slip to the shop) and never raised the new sails. The guy from the shop motored it back to the slip because the owner was too sick to do it himself. It sat there for about 3 months before i bought it.
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Maybe you can take the widow for a sail one day.
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Old 02-11-2012, 11:09   #7
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Maybe you can take the widow for a sail one day.
I told her i would but she isn't interested. i think this was her husband's dream, not hers. i even invited to take her out for the sea trial, but she wouldn't go.
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Very good. A win-win deal is always the wmost profitable.
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The husband put his life into that sailboat. Get the sails up, and take him sailing.

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The husband put his life into that sailboat. Get the sails up, and take him sailing.

Welcome to our forum.

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

He has passed, hence the deal on the boat.
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I suspect the previous owner throughly enjoyed journey of restoring the boat and somehow knows it is in good hands.
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Exactly. Congratulations! Enjoy her. Love her, and never forget the dreams
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Unfortunately its an all too common end to the cruising dream. Waiting to go cruising is often fatal.
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So sad to hear about the previous owner.I took a year off work at 56 to live my dream. Spent the year on board my boat sailing to the Caribbean and back to western NY. I'm back at work now, but my life is changed forever. I saw too many others with the same dream that death, disease, or age cheated them out of.
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