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post #2 of Old 04-19-2004
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Lesson learned

Drynoc''s wisdom should be heeded. When I was considering buying my boat I envisioned keeping her close by for a few years during restoration and improvements (here on the Potomac, upper tidal portion), then perhaps moving her to a slip on the Chesapeake, where I imagined the "real sailing" happens. I encountered another owner of my type of boat (Helms 25) who had done the opposite; moved his boat from the bay to the Potomac. He felt he enjoys his boat more having it close by, even though the cruising opportunities are much more limited up river.

Having spent last year working on my good old boat, and also having spent more time on the water than ever even though I have owned a hobie 16 on a trailer for over a decade, I can appreciate the wisdom of a keeping a gunkholer in the water 5 minutes away from the house with the mast up and the sails on. All I bring to the boat is the gas can and tension ready for release.

Allen Flanigan
Alexandria, VA
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