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Old 06-10-2015, 04:48   #1
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A have a serious problem

Apparently I'm becoming a yacht addict. I just can't get enough of them.

According to Aristotle Onassis, "Boats are like rabbits. You can have one or many, but never only two."

Well I've had two for the past two years and recently I started lusting after multihulls. I'm a dinosaur and tilting at 30 degrees is just stressful and tiring, so naturally it occurred to me that a cat or tri would be better than a onemaran.

About 6 months ago I almost bought a dilapidated Hartley Sparkle 28'er on eBay but fortunately for me the computer died 3 hours before the end of that auction. It sold for $1525.

Why was that fortunate? Hey, I can barely afford the two ferros I already have.

So anyhow, another Sparkle came up and I started bidding. It finishes in about 5 days and I'm still leading the bid.

My problem is this: I just found a Piver Nimble in great condition for $2000 and it has been sitting there for sale for ages. The owner was even willing to negotiate this downwards to get rid of it. Reason he can't sell is that he's in a really remote location in a lake and I figure nobody wants to try to get it home from there.

So, what do I do here? I could end up owning FOUR yachts by next week.

Help!! Is there a yacht buyers' anonymous meeting anywhere around here?

Atoll?? I know you have several, how do you manage it?
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Old 06-10-2015, 05:05   #2
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I love sailing, but dont especially enjoy owning boats. For me they are a means to an end. I owned two mid-sized cruising boats once for a thankfully brief period of time (just long enough to get one of them sold and it went relatively quickly). Almost all my spare time (working then) was spent maintaining boats. Did not enjoy that life experience at all.

As a cruiser, former sailing school owner, and having lived in a location which is water access only for many years, I did accumulate a little fleet of small boats, power & sail, got up to 5 max, but small boats are much less maintenance hassle.

If you love working on boats, and I know folks that do, then buy away, but if you cant afford to maintain them...doesnt seem like that scenario has a good exit strategy. Maybe just focus on a smaller boat or two that you can afford to keep in really bristol condition? And/or own a bunch of boats in series...buy one, fix it up, enjoy it a bit, sell it...repeat.
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I think your dog stepped on the Enter key, Brother!

Haiqu - I hear ya. The wife has instituted a strict one-for-one policy around my house now. The flotilla is many and varied....
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Old 06-10-2015, 07:09   #4
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I think your dog stepped on the Enter key, Brother!

Haiqu - I hear ya. The wife has instituted a strict one-for-one policy around my house now. The flotilla is many and varied....
Fixed but well worth the chuckle!
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:54   #5
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Probably old news, however: you can cancel your bid on ebay before it closes. Easy process.

I like the Pivers but you need to look at construction...I am not a big fan of glass over wood in hulls. You never know who did it and their mood that day.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:29   #6
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I've got 4 boats. Buying boats is the easy part.
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Fixed but well worth the chuckle!
Dog? Funny? Fixed? .... huh?

Guess I better stick to sailing, cause I dont get any of this.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:55   #8
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I had two 30 foot plus cats, two dinghys...one was 14 feet so a pituitary dinghy...and four older cars. Now own two cars, one cat and both dinghys. I find I cannot sail more than one at a time and the maintenance seems to multiply not add.

But I was never without something to do.
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The problem with multihulls...once you enter that realm of sailing you can never go back to the other. Goodbye Ferro cement...and Heavens only know what else will happen to you while under the influence. It can be so severe infliction that it is well known in the monohull circles ..."friends don't let friends ride multihulls" type of thing.
Friendships have been lost due to defections. Some serious problems like hope, excitement, bravado, and other maladies arise once you feel the speed, passing mononhulls like they are sitting ducks, cooking on a non-gimb stove while underway, laying on the nets while ghosting along at 5 knots and everyone else steaming away under diesel power and you are eating lunch and your beer sits on the ama unattended, and you are 2 meters off the beach with the boards up...jump off the front ama into knee deep water. You begin to understand why mono sailors hate you. Be careful and be fully aware that you are heading to a place where there is no coming back...be very careful. This is your last warning....
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...Help!! Is there a yacht buyers' anonymous meeting anywhere around here?...?
Looks like you have the meeting in progress.... and on first names only.
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My entire family owns boats collectively. Originally I think it was to help control costs, now I think it is to justify owning so many. With the addition of my A-class Catamaran I think we are up to 11 boats now.... It's a serious addiction.
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Mate, just so you really understand how terrible this affliction/lust for multihulls can become...please examine the picture below to see what happens to those who went to the dark side of multihulls. This picture accurately reflects how focused, intense, and insane the look will be on your face once you cross over to the ....."may the force be with you"
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Apparently I'm becoming a yacht addict. I just can't get enough of them.

According to Aristotle Onassis, "Boats are like rabbits. You can have one or many, but never only two."

Well I've had two for the past two years and recently I started lusting after multihulls. I'm a dinosaur and tilting at 30 degrees is just stressful and tiring, so naturally it occurred to me that a cat or tri would be better than a onemaran.

About 6 months ago I almost bought a dilapidated Hartley Sparkle 28'er on eBay but fortunately for me the computer died 3 hours before the end of that auction. It sold for $1525.

Why was that fortunate? Hey, I can barely afford the two ferros I already have.

So anyhow, another Sparkle came up and I started bidding. It finishes in about 5 days and I'm still leading the bid.

My problem is this: I just found a Piver Nimble in great condition for $2000 and it has been sitting there for sale for ages. The owner was even willing to negotiate this downwards to get rid of it. Reason he can't sell is that he's in a really remote location in a lake and I figure nobody wants to try to get it home from there.

So, what do I do here? I could end up owning FOUR yachts by next week.

Help!! Is there a yacht buyers' anonymous meeting anywhere around here?

Atoll?? I know you have several, how do you manage it?
If the Nimble is the 25' Piver buy it. The sweetest thing you have ever sailed. Just a fun boat. Points high and a neutral rudder. Set the sails go forward sit on the cabin top and have a beer. Only an overnighter. Although the one I had singled the Atlantic.
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Wasn't a Nimble the type of tri that Piver lost his life in?

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I have two boats.

Only one's the big boat's dinghy.

That's as far as i will ever go.
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