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Her dream died because it was her daddy's dream.
She should have spent at least one month, hell one overnighter practicing sailing. To think a circumnavigation is canceled because of a broken companion way hatch - what's that some epoxy and two hours of fiddling?
I wish her well, but no way I'd pay 70k for ANY Flicka. If she put 100k into it she must have wallpapered with 10 dollar bills.
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Maybe she will get lucky and someone will just purchase it for the price for nostalgia sake? Unlikely I would think however, unless she tries to sell it on e-bay with the whole 'historical write-up of her adventure' as the marketing basis.... who knows though... I know there a similar Flicka for sale here in Seattle a few weeks back but it was going for around 25K if I recall correctly...Wish her luck on getting back on her feet though - she'll always be able to tell the tale ...

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Nah, she and her dad probably just paid someone to do all the work...you can rack up some serious boat bills doing that...

Think about the battery issue...they had they flown in from the distributor, and when one was broken in shipping, they had the owner of another electrical distributor drive around, in Heather's car, to get replacements. You don't get service like that without spending some serious boat bucks.

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Her dream died because it was her daddy's dream.
She should have spent at least one month, hell one overnighter practicing sailing. To think a circumnavigation is canceled because of a broken companion way hatch - what's that some epoxy and two hours of fiddling?
I wish her well, but no way I'd pay 70k for ANY Flicka. If she put 100k into it she must have wallpapered with 10 dollar bills.

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Hard lesson learned

From what I heard Nor' Sea took her initial (significant) payment and put it towards completion of an unfinished boat for a prior buyer. This would blow her much hyped to the day departure, wrecking the publicity, ergo the reduced budget Flika. Her dad was to be her eyes and ears, but too bad he lacked the sense to tell her she needed fundamental sailing skills first. I followed her preparations, she did much right but when it came down to it she lacked any real experience with handling severe conditions. So she left after her departure date then sailed into the storm that delayed her departure. Since the only storm tactic she knew was to deploy a sea anchor and hide below she spent numerous days in 6 foot seas in a 20' boat and got so sick she couldn't keep down water. Her story is a convenient way not to admit she got scared back to land. Good thing as it probably saved her or others lives in not having to rescue her. The saddest thing is her dad supporting her efforts. If he is so knowledgeable about boats and cruising why did he not just say "develop the skills to cruise" or "my precious child are you completely nuts?"

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Flight of Years - Sale pending...

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T No way it is going to go for more than $50k.
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Asking reduced to $59.9K, I suspect that the agreed price is closer to Cam's estimate. The whole episode was like watching a train wreck. I hope good old dad is taking some of the financial hit. And NO, I am not taking any pleasure in this. By taking a modicum of advice from any number of sources this apparently nice lady would have ended successfully peddling her circumnavigation book at boat shows a few years from now.



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