My father, who recently passed away, was a remarkable man who grew up during the Depression and WWII and had to fend for himself and his family
. From him I learned self sufficiency and an individual nature. That's what I used to fix old boats, and get sailing on a shoestring. Not everyone would want to go that route
I got my boat the way anyone now can get one, a boat with problems is a boat that is available for pennies on the dollar. The work to correct the problems usually is worth it, if you want that boat. The best way to look at it is, are the problems of this boat fixable by me, and, can I make the problems a positive feature. For example, I bought a boat that needed cabin
top repair and it was not a bad problem to fix and the result was very good.
boat was an unfinished project
and one of the reasons I bought it was, despite a lot of red flags
to just walk away, I like puzzles, and this one was a real Chinese puzzle. There is only one little piece left that I don't know what it was going to be, so my current
thinking is that it is an aluminum
offcut from something else. I had it powder coated along with the other aluminum
things years ago, thinking I would find out where it would go into the build. The man-hours into the build are unbelievable, but I am getting close to the end and have done a lot of sailing. Not everyone can do the boatbuilding work, but may of us learn along the way.
A boat represents freedom, individuality, and that is why we work hard to get one, or throw "Break Out Another Thousand", to get one.
One thing I learned over the years, the best boat is the one that has the lowest maintenance
, the easiest portability, and the highest performance. In short, a windsurfer was a great boat for me at the time. Another great boat is one that can take all your stuff along while you cruise
anywhere you want. Not so bad. You can get boats like that for almost nothing these days.