To the OP:
[EDIT: I just noticed that SF pointed you to the same thread... Great minds...
More of the same EDIT: The primary issue is not that we're concerned that Marinas will miss your money, nor that you would potentially loose you $300 POS. But, that you if you loose the vessel and walk away (and from what I have read, I am guessing that you would), you would be contributing to further restrictions on the rest of us.]
Some time ago there was a poster here who owned a '72 Pearson 35 in South Carolina, and spent some time fixing it up. I think that the vessel was given to him by his family, but I am not sure. Members here were eager to help the kid, as he seemed grateful for advise, and he put some of it to use.
At one point he posted a thread asking about how to make
a mooring out of 500lbs of scrap lead, and was advised, repeatedly, to spend the money, and get a real mooring. Unfortunately, this is one post where he did not heed the advise given him.
A couple of months later, he posted that he had been anchored out in this "nice little creek where I figured that the boat was nice and safe," when a squall blew him ashore, and sank his boat. The boat had been anchored there for over 2 months, and was uninsured.
He initially tried to salvage the vessel, and received many offers for help, and much advise from the SailNet community. However, all of his attempts were unsuccessful, as the boat had filled with silt. Eventually, he simply walked away from the vessel.
Owners who do this make life more difficult for the rest of us, because it causes navigation hazards, and prompts communities to pass restrictions on anchoring. What started out as a sympathetic community, turned into a hazing of the kid, and he never returned to SailNet.
The members here would simply like to avoid having you repeat the story of S/V Distant Star.
You can read about it here; Well my day really sucked.