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Project Boats -- Where Do You Find Them?

I''m looking for some suggestions from all you Do-It-Yourselfers out there.

I am interested in finding a project boat (sailboat) but don''t know where to begin. Being that my financial situation isn''t the greatest, I''m looking for a tired old boat that I could breath some new life into with a lot of sweat and hardwork on my part.

The less money and more sweat is preferable!!!

Websites and magazines usually only advertise expensive boats. Where else should an eager but very poor sailor look to find the tired old boats that have been neglected, cast aside or abandoned?

Let me tell you about my situation (maybe you''ll have some better sugestions for me).

I am preparing to go back to school to study biology (in the fall) at the University of New England (in Biddeford Maine). I believe that if I''m going to do something, I should do it to the max! Soooo, with that said, I want to live aboard where I can create a floating laboratory environment (living in and with the environment as I study it). I am not a professional sailor by any stretch but I do have some single-handing experience.

I am basically looking for a somewhat sound hull (or one that I can make sound), deck and rigging. The interior will most likely need to be completely renovated to accommodate lots of insulation and a laboratory-like living arrangement (so it is not a problem if it is currently a God-awful disaster zone). Fiberglass would make the most sense for me because I already know how to work with it but beggars can''t be choosers so I''ll take whatever suits my purposes (and learn as I go). I''m guessing that something in the range of 35 to 40 feet will suit my needs but probably won''t know until I see it.

Does anyone have any words of wisdom out there for me?

AND before someone says, "Live aboard in New England??? You''ll freeze!" I have researched the idea for a couple of years now. It is being done. I''m extremely innovative and I''m sure I will adjust and survive.

So if anyone has any POSITIVE (or practical) words of wisdom, I would love to hear from you.

Glen Poisson
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