Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
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You have my deepest sympathies. There are few things harder than selling a boat you really like because you have to and not because you want to. It is not funny how boats becomes as close to animate as an inanimate object can be.
There have been many times in my life when twists of fate made boat ownership nearly impossible. It may seem unlikely to you now, but in almost all of these times there have been nearly free ways to get out on the water.
There have been times when I have walked into boat yards and seen run down boats, or asked yard owners if they had boat owners who hardly used their boats. I have approached those people and asked if they would be willing to make a deal with me. In some cases, I maintained the boat in exchange for use of the boat (the owner paying for materials). In some cases, the owner did not know how to sail, of lacked folk to sail with and did not or could not single-hand, so I made a deal that any time I wanted to go out, I had offer to take the owner with me. In several cases, I taught the owner to sail. I volunteered at a YMCA camp that offered sailing courses and was associated with a college that offered sailing courses which I also volunteered with. I would sometimes get a sailing fix by becoming part of a racing crew. I have also bought small boats for almost nothing, and found places to store them pretty much for free. It takes some ingenuity, and a huge amount of luck, but if you want to get out on the water, there are almost always ways to get out there. I say this solely as encouragement while I also understand that even these solutions do little to assuage the pain you must be feeling.
Good luck to you,
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay