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Sea Sprite 23 #110 (20)
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finally got my Seasprite home!

Picked her up in Westport NY yesterday morning (after driving 400 miles overnight) and dragged her to her new homeport just outside of Atlantic City. She will have to be renamed due to this. The previous owner named her after his full sized poodle.. but having a boat named after a game is beyond tacky in AC

The drag home was not too back. My Landrover took it all in stride even if I had to keep her in third going up the mountains rather than leaving her in drive. Not sure what the trailer was designed for, but it was for a bigger boat than my SeaSprite 23

From a distance she looks good. It is when you get up close that you see that her cockpit sole os spiderwebbed and flexable. I will have to cut it out and redo it in marine ply with glass over it. The cabin top is also covered in fine gelcoat cracks.. but that is easily fixed without drastic surgery.

Inside is a different matter: The quarter berths do not hide any nasty surprises other than hungry spiders. Raid took care of them.

Forward is solid but damp as the hatch does not dog down and has one of those battery/solar vents screwed into it

Inside all the tabbing is pulled away from the wood, so I am going to have to strip out and redo all of it. Which is fine, I have some ideas how to make it better for storage.

Now for the real horrors. The electrical system is in shambles. Supposedly has a new bilge pump and navlights.. but the Navlights are not even wired up.. no telling what the pump. She does have a foot of rainwater in the bilge from the leaking foredeck hatch

And I love the electrical panel. I guess the CG does not do inspections on Lake Champlain.

Found her hull number. As far as the Seasprite association knows. she is the third oldest on the list. Hull number 000 and 101 are the only two with smaller numbers than my boat.. number 110. 101 was built in 61 and 115 was built in 63.. so I think my boat must be a 62 or a 63 (previous owner claims built in 65)

Overall, she is solid enough I could take her sailing today.. but I cannot just put her in the water in the shape she is in. Such a delightful little boat needs a good going over with her wrongs made right

Art Haberland

In the end all that matters is how fully you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things that did not belong to you -Buddha


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