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If I were young......

I'm not, (sneekin up on 58 ) . OK when it's cold out and about to rain I'm inside fantasizing about my wasted youth . I just ran across this... #718 - W32
And got to thinking , get together a couple of buddies , finish this turkey off and head to Papeete . Don't get me wrong I'm happy with our boat and how we use it . But if I were 25 ..... How bout you ?
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Why not? I guess it was someone else's dream at one time. Needs a new dreamer.
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If I were to purchase a boat to finish off for @ $23,000 entry fee; I'd probably want to start with a sound hull. This one claims to be water damaged. It's in N.J. Could be a Sandy Victim.
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Re: If I were young......

For 23 grand you can get a lot better Westsail. One that actually sails.
If I was young again, I would likely follow the same path I have taken.
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If I were to purchase a boat to finish off for @ $23,000 entry fee; I'd probably want to start with a sound hull. This one claims to be water damaged. It's in N.J. Could be a Sandy Victim.
It's not about the old relic boat from yrs. gone by as much as it is if you could do it over again. Tell us your story mate .
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For 23 grand you can get a lot better Westsail. One that actually sails.
If I was young again, I would likely follow the same path I have taken.
Actually for 23K you could only hope to get a clapped out W32 that would need everything . But it is very heart warming to hear that you would not change a thing .
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It's not about the old relic boat from yrs. gone by as much as it is if you could do it over again. Tell us your story mate .
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I've come to the conclusion that there are simply not enough lifetimes to do everything that I'd like to do.

But I'm encouraged by the fact that I've managed to wake up everyday for 63 years and try new things. I'm still looking forward. This summer, I think I'll sail up to Maine.
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Re: If I were young......

To us you are still young. We are 69 and 67 and set out 8 years ago from Miami - we sailed up the east coast 3 times, Bahamas twice, then to Mexico, down to Colombia, across to Jamaica and island hopped to Trinidad. From Trini we worked our way back up to Antigua then did a 2 person Altantic crossing to the Azores, on to Portugal, Spain, Balerics, Sardinia and down to Tunisia for the winter. From Tunisia we sailed back to Sardinia up to Corsica over to Rome and down to Messina across to Albania on to Montenegro and Croatia across to Venice and down to Malta before returning to Tunisia for another winter.

So i am wondering at your young age you can't do go? It is all in your mind. You can either do it or wish, dream and find reasons not to do it.

We simply did it and did not make excuses.
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Actually for 23K you could only hope to get a clapped out W32 that would need everything .
Here is one for $25K:
1975 Westsail 32 Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com
And one for $15K, most likely a project:
1977 Westsail 32 sailboat for sale in Virginia
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I'm not, (sneekin up on 58 ) . OK when it's cold out and about to rain I'm inside fantasizing about my wasted youth . I just ran across this... #718 - W32
And got to thinking , get together a couple of buddies , finish this turkey off and head to Papeete . Don't get me wrong I'm happy with our boat and how we use it . But if I were 25 ..... How bout you ?
I have become 25 again(sort of), and it's a little scary. With two kids just approaching the '25' phase of life, the opportunity to 'take off' on a boat, has never looked easier to me.

Ready boats(subjective, especially by the owners age), have never been cheaper and more plentiful. Sturdy ocean boats under 30' can be had for pennies compared to college tuition today. Plus our kids are experienced in the reality of boat restoration, they've lived that.

Our kids grew up sailing and are comfortable on the water in a sailboat so the option is not far fetched to them. I know they will have a sailing life, it's already started. I don't know what it will be.

On the other hand, I can see, today, they're experienced enough to know, that heading off into the sunset, is tricky....
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