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Old 22-09-2022, 18:17   #91
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Re: Yacht Delivery Death Traps.

Originally Posted by crankysailor View Post
I recently lost a "friend" in a different yet somewhat related manner. He is reasonably well off and wants to call himself a sailor. He bought my first boat from me when I wanted to upgrade and destroyed the engine and had to be towed into port. Sold it without an engine (amazingly enough) and now wants to buy a larger nicer $$$ boat .. even asked me to come with to visit a prospect. At some point I just couldn't in good conscience keep quiet and told him.. hey.. maybe buying a 40+ foot boat as a beginner is not the sharpest idea etc. He told me off and said that as usual I was treating everyone else around as an idiot ...I simply moved on with my life. .

Totally the right decision. No doubt some unscrupulous yacht broker will be only too willing to feed his delusions.
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Old 02-10-2022, 10:38   #92
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Re: Yacht Delivery Death Traps.

Life of a delivery captain, and it grooms us into those capatian's that become wiser and can handle almost any situation. I have delivered over 700 boats over the last 9 years, 95k miles and 3000 days on the water with 5 pacific crossings. Almost 99% of these boats had one issue or another, hand full had bad situations. I have been towed in by the USCG more times than I can count on my hands and feet.

One thing is for sure. I could go cruising easily and be successful at it
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