If you haven't gotten it... get Don Casey's Inspecting the Aging Sailboat. It is an excellent book and will let you do a rough preliminary survey of the boat. This should give you a pretty good idea if the boat is even worth further consideration.
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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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Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.