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A different sailboat experience.

Yesterday, I did something totally new for me.

By direction of my marina's owner, some of us were asked to strip a derelict sailboat in preparation for demolition. The hull is to be cut up and crushed.

When I arrived home from work and joined in, the process was well underway. The boat was a Columbia 26 MkII, There were not many personal posessions remaining aboard, the operation was mostly salvaging useable hardware, metals, upholstery, sails, rigging, etc. The deck core was badly rotted and flexed easily under our feet. Frustrated that anyone would let their boat decay this far, I asked "What's the owner's story?"

My fellow liveaboard replied that the owner had put a lot of work into the boat, including a saildrive (!), and undertaken an extensive cruise, his lifelong dream. He died a few short months after returning home from his cruise.

The boat sat derelict, until the storage fees ran out, at which point the marina owner found out about the owner's demise and completed the legal manuvers necessary to claim the boat so that he can remove it.

I am sad for the loss of another "good old boat", and sad that the owner passed so shortly after his travels, but I'm really glad that he made it out there before he passed, instead of laying in bed wondering "What if?"
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