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post #3 of Old 07-14-2007
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Hmmm... low-cost or free boats are often very expensive propositions... that's why they're low-cost or free in the first place.

It can often cost more to bring the low-cost or free boat up to sailing condition than it would to have bought one that was in decent shape to begin with. The sails for a boat that size will be at least $1000 for new sails—assuming you want all three. The electrical system can add up to a lot of money fairly quickly, especially given the recent increases in the price of copper and wire in general, even if you do the work yourself. The cushions and upholstery aren't exactly cheap either.

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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

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