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Unless you are very fortunate, most "free" boats are going to be far more costly to get back into working order than buying the same boat in sailable condition. This is even more true if you are not blessed with the skills and abilities to do most of the work yourself. Free boats rarely are.
If you do decide to get the Cal 20... I would do so only conditionally on a survey and sea trial. Granted, that will cost you some money, but it may save you a lot more money in the long run, by insuring that you aren't getting saddled with a boat in such bad shape that restoration isn't feasible. A good survey will also give you an idea of what the costs and areas to be repaired are going to be.
It will also avoid you owning a boat that needs to be disposed of... as boat disposal costs are not cheap.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 07-31-2007 at 05:02 PM.