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Old 27-06-2007, 15:17   #1
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Queen For A Day - or, Free Wheels in St. Pete FL

Posting this in the sailing and confessionals as well...

Believe it or not, this really is (tangentially) related to
sailing/cruising, etc...

Most of you know that we've been the beneficiaries of many good outcomes as
a result of our wreck. We like to think that it's not only the "what goes
around" and "paying it forward" which we practice, but the immense good will
of fellow cruisers, live-aboards, wannabees, friends and family which
generated those good things..

With that long winded introduction out of the way, we're nearly finished in
our rehab and trialling of all that's needed for us to leave. When we leave,
we'll no longer need the '93 4WD GMC Suburban given to us by a fellow
cruiser who no longer needed it. It won't win any prizes, but it's stout
and starts and runs reliably.

We'd like to pass it along to someone in similar circumstance - finding
themselves in short-term need of a vehicle suited to hauling stuff, and
willing to pass it along to another needy and/or deserving sudden
pedestrian, preferably a cruiser finding themselves in a
strange/unaccustomed location, when they're finished with it.

We expect to have left sometime shortly after July 4th, or even, perhaps,
earlier, if my first ever (dammit!) set of spectacles arrive before then.
We'll be in Salt Creek Marina, in St. Petersburg FL until our departure, and
if it should happen that we can't directly get together with our beneficiary,
we could leave the signed title and keys in the office for later pickup.

At the risk of looking like the title of this post (where very old people
will recall they gave away a washing machine on the show), we're looking for
a deserving recipient. If none surface from this and other cruising related
exposure I'm doing simultaneously, we have a local charity which will direct
it effectively - just not to a cruiser :{))

So, if you happen to be that person, or can recommend someone, please write
me directly at skipgundlach@gmail.com. You could also call 770-887-0397 if
you'd rather.

And, finally, please - no potshots. We took quite a few for being willing
to let others help us - including those who helped without our even
knowing - when we really didn't know if we'd have a home, let alone
transportation. We don't need any for returning the favor. If you just
can't resist taking potshots, please do it offlist to us directly...


L8R

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Old 28-06-2007, 02:09   #2
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Good to see it go forward folks,I bet there is a bit of humble pie being eaten out there in ciber-space tonight.

Just a thought,If ya carn't pass it on to a sailor in-need,why not give it to the marina ya in so they could pass it forward on "Many occasion" to sailors in need in their marina.

Even if they hired it "At a very low,just to pay for rego".Mudnut.
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Old 28-06-2007, 05:47   #3
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Good to see it go forward folks,I bet there is a bit of humble pie being eaten out there in ciber-space tonight.
Ehhhh....

Mebbee. The authorities here killed the copies in the space where the rioting had happened. Perhaps they'd let stand a reply to those threads with a mention of this forum's epilogue...

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Just a thought,If ya carn't pass it on to a sailor in-need,why not give it to the marina ya in so they could pass it forward on "Many occasion" to sailors in need in their marina.

Even if they hired it "At a very low,just to pay for rego".Mudnut.
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Hi, Mudnut,

Thanks for the idea. I'll float it (sorry!) here. Unfortunately, I suspect that the liabilities are too high to allow that - and, as well, the marina is in a constant state of sale (the owner takes monster, non-refundable deposits on average of more than once a year, and the buyers never complete, so he gets a very good income from failed sales), the current one looking actually hopeful, so that's iffy, too.

However, the broker right next door was kind enough to loan a van to one of (what became) our dearest friends after they bought a boat and were attending to some of their refit needs. They were from out of town, and were leaving, permanently. OOT being NZ, by the way :{))

So, that's another possibility - give it to them for a client work loaner.

I have no doubt that what I call "My Heavenly Father's Just In Time Supply Program" (every time I've needed something, "really" needed it, it was always there, at just the right time - see my [the yahoogroup one] log post about "what goes around" for one such example) will be in force here, too, and, just at the right time, the right place to make this happen will show up.

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Old 05-07-2007, 08:05   #4
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Well, folks, we have a winner. Between boats on an around the world trip, he's sold one in Ft. Lauderdale and bought one in Nashville.

What goes around comes around, and he's already got a charity selected for its next destination after it delivers the trailer (the Suburban is a 10,000 pound tow rated setup) carrying all their stuff to their new home.

As to us, we're within days of departure. New charts ordering, waiting for a water pump rebuild to finish, getting our outboards back from servicing, last minute tweaks on our electronics and a few other odds and ends are all that are keeping us here. We'll try to get our log list postings out before we actually untie the dock lines...

Current thinking includes the possibility for getting on the Gulf Stream wherever it's convenient and just riding it all the way, but we may well do 36-hour jumps up the coast, too...

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