My take on it is this. If she really were in such dire straits, why would she not give the basic information on what kind of boat it is, and see if some of us could help repair it. IMHO, that is a far more reasonable suggestion than asking for a free boat that is big enough for FOUR PEOPLE to live on.
The fact that she gave NO INFORMATION about the boat is a big red flag to me. The fact that she was posting all the "sob story" stuff but no fact of any import is a big warning flag...since that is often a tack taken by scammers. The fact that she's new to sailnet is another warning flag—she has no history of posts here to base what she says on. The fact that she's willing to put two toddlers at risk is another false note. Finally, the fact that she's backed off in light of people asking hard questions is a big warning flag.
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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.