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post #5 of Old 12-11-2011
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Mine is a 1974 shoal draft. As I said I have lived aboard of and on since 93.
She is not the greatest boat around but I have grown used to her and her peculiarities. The storage was a disaster as the layout was to sleep 7 and I live alone (mostly). So I have converted pilot berths into storage and built a cabinet down the port side with a shelf space enough for clothing, bedding etc. Also cut out the molded bins under the settee's to increase storage space there. I swapped the Atomic 4 for a Yanmar, and the prop to match. I have re-rigged and made new sails. My Bimini is custom designed by me for proper protection here in FL. And for all that due to a more recent lack of funds she is in need of love and attention. I still have her after 18 years so I guess I like her. I also know all about her cheap construction and other issues, but what the hell. She has taken me thousands of miles and only scared me occasionally so I guess I will keep her.
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