It's always amazing to me, the connections between men
(or women!) and their machines. Classic machines, including many boats, are wonderful conversation starters. People that you'd never imagine striking up a talk with, will wander over to where you're getting your boat ready to sail and either start asking questions or telling stories. And it's my policy to listen to the stories and answer the questions, every last one!
And I've found that people who gravitate toward sailboats also tend to gravitate toward older machines of the wheeled variety. I think that's because sail power is often felt to be a throwback to an earlier time, a connection to history
through man's oldest transportation device.
Me, I'm into old Corvettes (currently maintaining a 1981 4-speed coupe), old motorcycles (the best was a 1967 Triumph 500 Daytona that I restored), and various old sports cars (had a 1969 Austin-Healey Sprite). And yes, I have a boat, (although I hesitate to name it in the company of all the fine and beautiful vessels on this forum!), a 1978 Hobie 16.
The common thread through every one of those, for me, is that each one was someone else's castoff, a basket of troubles, that I took and rebuilt into a fully functional, reliable, fun form of transport! That Triumph motorcycle was the worst - the only vehicle I ever bought that required 3 trips to take home! A true "basket case", it was literally a frame with two wheels, and all the other parts
in a series of baskets. The Hobie sailboat was almost as bad, requiring nearly an entire tube of grease to coax a bad wheel
bearing to make the whole trip back to my shop without losing a trailer wheel
Here's a link to the 'Vette info, sorry I don't have any postable pics of the others.
At this point, my two "toys" are the 'Vette and the Hobie, and they are both (not coincidentally!) painted the same shade of bright yellow. I enjoy the curvy mountain roads of Utah in the 'Vette, and I truly love a good breeze on a smooth lake in that Hobie. It's funny
really, but sailing that boat, one hand on the tiller bar and the other holding the mainsheet, feels so much like driving the Vette, one hand on the wheel, the other on the shifter of the 4-speed! Sure, anybody can have a faster car (idiots in slammed Hondas are forever trying to get me to race) and lots of people have faster boats (or boats that they sail faster because they're braver than me!), but I don't care. I built the car and the boat. (Fiberglass is fiberglass
, you know!), and I know every little thing that's wrong with both of them, and I know both are dead solid reliable, each one over 25 years old. I never get tired of taking either one for a run, either!