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post #7 of Old 02-28-2013
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Re: New sailboat owner!


Often, there is nothing more expensive than a free boat! Or, you may have gotten the deal of a life time. Pick up a checklist on what to check out when buying a boat. The guys here will be more than happy to deluge you with advice, mostly good and all well meant. But a concise list of showstoppers would help you out. And, it the boat is worthy of a little elbow grease and investment, start the adventure of a life time! I would leave JR with the in-laws for a season or two. If you can afford it, take some lesson ASA 101 for starters. At very least, Sailing for Dummies is good and watch sailing videos like crazy. Also, don't leave the harbor without a course/certification in Sailing and Seamanship from the local power squadron. Too many idiots out there, and some of them sail. Other than that, make sure the kids grow up on the water. I missed that target, started too late. Looks like you're right on time.


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