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post #2 of Old 05-29-2011
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Very cool, we've got a few things in common.

I lived in Westend for three years ('56 to '59) and loved living in Finland. We had a '23 wooden sloop, sort of like a Folkboat but smaller. I learned to sail in Newport, RI but really got the "hands on" in Finland with that little boat. Sailed just about every day in the summer.

Also owned a Westerly Padgent for 10 years here in Florida. We always felt comfortable in that boat, no matter what the weather. We've got a 28' Morgan now but inside she's got less room than the Westerly.

My short stay in Finland changed my life. I learned about Sisu, Sauna and Women in Finland. I also caught a disease, I call it the Motorcycle Disease. It started with a scooter .............

Very impressive re-fit, that boat's ready for just about anything. Enjoy your "new" boat and the comming Finnish summer. Do they still use that basket on a stick system of channel markers? Never could figure them out ......

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