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Old 22-10-2011, 21:11   #1
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Hello People !

I'm new obviously. All my life i have been fascinated by sailing and sailboats. Recently back in June, *fear of something happening to me physically/ injured to where i may never get to enjoy the experiance. I decided to spend all my savings and just go for it. Took a two month vacation from my job and hunted for a sailboat big enough for me to live on and that i could afford to buy. All i had to my name was 25k. Sad amount of savings for a 30 year old but i am not college educated and don't make very much money. I spent weeks looking and being laughed at and a very nice broker in charleston found me this boat that had been sitting in the water abandoned in a marina for 3 years. I have been told that for eight thousand i got a deal. Time will tell....

I have never been on a sailboat never sailed. The plan is to teach myself how on a lake inland in south carolina near one of the reasons the trailer was a must. There is no travel lift at the marina on this lake. After i learn to sail and know how to handle my boat i will get him moved back to charleston to learn to sail the ocean. If you people will be so kind i am sure i will need advise and support on this five-ten year journey to becoming an experianced sailor. Btw i have been reading the forums for months i thank you all for already unknowingly giving me lots of buying advise.

Behold my "1981 SQUADRON 36" that is paid for because i think bank loans are unwise.

Never posted before so if all these pictures don't show up please tell me. And if you want more just ask i have hundereds. I'm so excited!!!!!

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Purchase day

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Thank you ROSS MARINE for puling this boat out of the water & getting my mast removed
Ross Marine
Johns Island, SC 29455

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$14,500 trailer Thank you! Triad Trailers for building it for me
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At High & Dry Boatworks to get a new bottom and repainted blue
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Charleston, SC 29412

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Old 23-10-2011, 17:10   #2
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Re: HELLO PEOPLE

Hey Bemjmin,
I am new here as well, just wanted to say hi and thank you for posting the pics. I am currently looking for "the one" myself. Please continue to post and keep me (us) updated as to your progress. It looks like your well on your way...
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Old 23-10-2011, 17:46   #3
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Hey Bemjmin,
I am new here as well, just wanted to say hi and thank you for posting the pics. I am currently looking for "the one" myself. Please continue to post and keep me (us) updated as to your progress. It looks like your well on your way...
I wish you lots of luck on your search. I wish i could help you with it. Only advice i can give is don't be afraid to offer people lower than they are asking. I got my feelings hurt several times making low offers to brokers and owners. They take it as a personal insult i guess. I got my butt chewed by several for "wasting their time". But in the end i think i found the boat i was ment to have. Although it needs *lots of repair because of years it was neglected.
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Old 23-10-2011, 18:10   #4
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I am at stage 2. Just put a deposit down. On this boat
I am still in California and had to ask the seller to extend the closing so my house could close first. This will be done by December 6th.

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Old 23-10-2011, 18:47   #5
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Good luck both of you newbies. Sailing is really great
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Old 23-10-2011, 21:06   #6
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I really like your go for it attitude and I belive things will go your way...welcome and good luck...DVC
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Old 23-10-2011, 21:08   #7
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I am new here as well, just wanted to say hi and thank you for posting the pics. I am currently looking for "the one" myself. Please continue to post and keep me (us) updated as to your progress. It looks like your well on your way...
give me a pm if you are interested in a 33 Pearson for about 7500.00..good boat, new bottom and thru hulls good sails and atomic 4 ..DVC in NC
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Old 24-10-2011, 09:09   #9
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Just curious if anyone knows anyone or has a boat like mine. Because im sure i would like to know more about it and things to look out for.
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Old 10-11-2011, 21:53   #10
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
I'd recommend a basic sailing class to get you off on the right foot for safety and rules of the road purposes.
Congratulations on the new boat and good luck in her repair.
kind regards,
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Congratulations! Another awesome adventure begins.

Keep us posted of your progress.

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Old 22-11-2011, 18:42   #12
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Just an update and some more pictures.


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Old 21-01-2012, 19:47   #13
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To correct the last post that was $5000 worth of fairing. Boat is now blue!!!!!
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Hello,
And well done on stepping out on such a journey.
The finished hull looks sweet, I'm sure you'll love her and if you respect one another eventually learn to get the best out of her underway.
You can learn a lot from books, and once she is afloat you can take small steps with perhaps some guidance, to build up your sailing expertise.
I used to think everyone got into sailing from small boats to middle sized to larger ocean going craft..........but having waved off a couple of newbie mates who knew very little when they left Australia, I met up with two very experienced sailors a few years and a few thousand miles further on. It taught me you can also learn lots more when you get going.
So god luck, sail safe........and once more, well done.
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