When I was a youngster in High School
, out of the blue....a magazine arrived for me...a "Bruce Roberts Build Your own Boat" magazine. Why this magazine?, and why was it sent to me ? I didn't ask for it. I lived 500 miles from the nearest ocean, and I couldn't tell a boat from a steel
drum. I have no idea how this magazine had my name on it and why I received it.
Nonetheless, in boredom, I leafed thru' it and with each page, the boats grew larger, until a page landed on the Roberts 38 ketch
. Lemme tell you, I was smitten, I was in love, I was gaga over this boat. I honestly did not know a ketch
from a stick in the ground, and on top of everything else, didn't have a dime to my name, but this boat, I had to have !!!
Some years went by, but a photo
of that boat remained in my wallet all the time, and I never forgot about at any time.....
Then an opportunity to came to build it, which is a story all of it's own, so I did. I had never built anything of substance until this point, and barely knew which end of a hammer to hold, but I preserved. And the rest, as they say, is history
I eventually outgrew that boat, and had several more, but each time, it was the same. I kinda just put it "out there"...."I need a new boat" and the universe provided.
I know this sounds kinda hocus pocus, but that is how it has worked for me. I've spend the better part of 40 years now living the dream.
For this reason, I penned what I did. Several people have posted good ideas, boats, etc...but at the end of the day....finding and obtaining the right boat will require you to pound the docks.
I penned a book of how it all came to fruition for me, if you're interested, PM me, and I'll direct you to it.
I'll end this missive, by telling you, that when I started my build, I had $9,000 in my pocket, and I thought I could do it in a year. Yep, big dreams, little money
, no experience, what could possible be wrong with this picture.
But, I did succeed. The right people came at the right time, etc.
So good luck on your search, but keep your heart open. The right boat will come at the right time, most likely when you least expect it.