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Re: Free sailBoat

great job. I did almost the same thing as you did and couldn't be happier. I know every square inch of my boat. I'm guessing that less than 5% of the people on here have put that much love into their passion. Most buy their boat and then pay someone else to maintain it. I didn't see your beginning posts but I bet you got a lot of people who tried to talk negative about your project. I think they are just jealous that they don't have the talent to make a project like yours be a success. I think I used the same bottom paint but I'm on fresh water. Barely anything but a little slime after a whole season.
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Looks good

Up here in Northport a wipe down on ANY bottom paint is needed every two weeks due to the nitrogen levels in the water supporting slime and barnacle larvae so well
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That is a great looking boat you can truly be proud of!
That boat looked like a piece of coral reef before...
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Excellent! Looks like you did it justice and still got your money's worth.
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Re: Free sailBoat

Nice jib, she looks lovely.
Did you get a citation for destroying the protected marine ecosystem on your bottom?
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Re: Free sailBoat

How did you get a new Yannie for $3500? Was it your original engine rebuilt?

Great job by the way - you've got a great boat for dirt cheap.
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Re: Free sailBoat

So the "free boat" with ~ $7,000 in improvements now has you a nice boat.
Really great job.

Now it is just the annual fees plus the expected & unexpected expenses.
Try out launching your boat from a trailer for a bit. See how you like it.
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Re: Free sailBoat

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I've often lamented the perfectly good boats rotting away in yards and on moorings. I've asked "Where are the young people who will adopt one of these, and sail away?"

You are the example to hold up to others.

You didn't pick just any boat, you chose a quality boat that sails well, that was in salvagable condition.
You also posted the process on how to legally obtain an abandoned boat, and deal with the paperwork.

You brought the boat back from a "zombie" to "living" in a respectable amount of time, for modest amount of money, especially considering that you replaced not repaired the engine.

You know every nut, seam and weld of your vessel.

When people lament that sailing is too expensive or too hard, I'm going to point at you. I hope you stick around and continue to show others how it can be done.
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In the battle of quality boat vs money available,,, you win!
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Re: Free sailBoat

Well done! Having the familiarity you gained with your new boat and its systems is, at least, worth the equivalent of the $$ you spent! I have traveled a similar path. When you look at similarly priced boats (similar to what you have invested) you are not looking at boats with all the systems in new condition and are likely in need of what you have done to yours.

Enjoy! As you obviously already know, boats are not "things". They are a "process".

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