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post #20 of Old 02-20-2013
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Re: Atomic 4 inboard vs outboard

You all ready have a back up system -- it's called a sail! You apparently have a sailboat so learn to sail it. I sailed a 32 foot Alden sloop built in 1927 for three years after the Atomic 4 quit for good on me. I was puzzling over what to do with it and the cost of a new motor when a gnarled old mariner growled thru his pipe, "Just learn to sail the damn thing." So I did. Best sailing school I ever attended. As I gained confidence and skill and learned the idiosyncrasies of the old boat I ventured farther and farther off shore Maine coast, Canadian Maritimes, Grand Banks, Nantucket Sound and Long Island Sound until I fetched up on a lee shore in a howling gale and the sea smashed the boat to pieces -- but that's another story for another time.
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