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Gift Boat--Worth it?
I don''t know your personal situation with regards to work or vacation or ...., but this sounds like the start of an excellent adventure. With six weeks of time, you could re-commission the vessel and head for Seattle (probably $500 to launch and step the mast). Would be one of the life''s great adventures. You would need to beef up the crew a little with some mechanical and sailing experience. But the waters are relatively sheltered, and, very scenic. Once in Seattle, you would be in a very active marine market which would garner top dollar should you decide not go on. From Seattle south, the voyage is offshore and a test of boat and sailor.
An Albin Vega would fetch $9K to mid teens depending on condition. You could view representative samples on yachtworld.com
May not be able to write a book about this adventure, but would certainly add a chapter or two!!