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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...
My view on these matters is biased. It's easy to waste a lot of money and time on an old boat because you love the boat.
I really meant to express that one should try to take a critical eye when thinking about getting into a moderate project like this. The "what's it worth to you" idea is one I am very familiar with, as I often justified what I did expressing that very sentiment. I no longer subscribe to that notion after trying it though.
Now I believe in the "what's it worth to a sane person/would a sane person do what I am thinking about doing" notion. Things seem to be working out better this way so far...
I don't disagree with you. I'm just saying that buying another large, old, inexpensive, risky boat could end up in the same result or worse, so giving up this one and starting over with another similar boat is just doubling down on the same risks. IMO the most direct way to reduce the risk is to spend more or go smaller (assuming it's from a reputable builder). But people have budget limits and want a certain size boat for various reasons, so they take the risk (and sometimes it ends up costing them).
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Breakin' Away (at Rock Hall Landing Marina)
PO of 1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (new owners relocated to Baltimore's Inner Harbor)
1991 17' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)