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Old 04-03-2013
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Jim, this is GREAT NEWS!
It happened on the Magothy, not out there.
And you don't have cancer.
The boat hasn't sunk.
And you don't have dementia.
You're at a free slip.
And you don't live in North Korea.
This gives you the chance to make the most suspect complicated system on the boat bulletproof, on your terms, and provides you the opportunity to become familiar with the system that most scares most sailors.
And you don't live life breathing through a tube.

This is just money and time, man. Think of it as an opportunity, take your time, do most of the work yourself, any machining that needs to be done can be done by any truck or tractor shop and it will cost you a lot less than you think it will.

Ferpetersake, don't hang an outbaord on the back. at the end of the day the difference in cost is really hundreds, not thousands, and if you start on the "well, this is cheaper and faster and good enough" route from the very first major project on the boat, you might as well cut her up now... rather than spending the next few years fixing fixes and chasing problems and being dissatisfied with your boat and basically despoiling a girl who just wants to be loved.

As the old saying goes- if you haven't got the time or money to do it right, when will you have the time and money to do it again?

Take pride in your ride.
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