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My boat doesn't remotely resemble the boat in the pictures. It's not worth nearly as much and the brightwork isn't nearly as shiny. But she's pretty dear to me.
Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a young man who impressed me as a thoughtful and honest person. We corresponded via email for awhile about, among other things, his desire to get into sailing and perhaps go cruising someday .
I eventually felt comfortable enough to make the offer that I would be willing to let him use my boat after he demonstrated his competence in order to give him a real hands on experience. Not only of sailing but also of what it's like to take care of a boat.
He was at the time taking sort of a sabbatical from his career and he actually drove about 2000 miles to get here and stayed for about a month.
We worked together to do a bottom job and I introduced him to the joys of Cetol, all in the miserable Florida summer weather. We sailed together a few times and after awhile I told him to take her out by himself. He was willing to pay for insurance but I ended up just taking his word that he would make it right if anything happened.
I believe that the experience of sailing the boat alone gave him a different insight and that it was important for him to do it.

It also was good for me. It reminded me that being able to touch a person's life in a meaningful way is a lot more valuable and lasting than a floating chunk of fiberglass, wood and steel.

I didn't and wouldn't do something like letting someone sail or use my boat without thinking long and hard and preparing for it. But I won't let the value of the boat outweigh the value of the person in making the decision to do so. And I won't cry about it later if something happens.
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It reminded me that being able to touch a person's life in a meaningful way is a lot more valuable and lasting than a floating chunk of fiberglass, wood and steel.
Knotty -- if this doesn't garner you the respect you deserve, I don't know what will. You're a good egg in my book.
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For Ibis, I am thinking about pimpin' her out. I was reluctant at first but I need to diversify my (and her) career. The architecture thang ain't workin'. I would never ever bareboat charter my hinck. I would do it with a captain ( me).
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We worked together to do a bottom job and I introduced him to the joys of Cetol, all in the miserable Florida summer weather.
Doing repair or maintenance work like this before sailing also gives one perspective to how much work having a nice, sturdy boat requires. In other words, the average Joe would be less apt to treat a boat like a playground if he /she knew what it would take to clean it up afterward.
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What you did was weigh the man's worth before you entrusted him with your dear vessel. Completely 2 different situations. You should get a fat reward for what you did. It was brave, unselfish, and you're blessed........i2f
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My boat doesn't remotely resemble the boat in the pictures. It's not worth nearly as much and the brightwork isn't nearly as shiny. But she's pretty dear to me.
Recently, I had the opportunity to meet a young man who impressed me as a thoughtful and honest person. We corresponded via email for awhile about, among other things, his desire to get into sailing and perhaps go cruising someday .
I eventually felt comfortable enough to make the offer that I would be willing to let him use my boat after he demonstrated his competence in order to give him a real hands on experience. Not only of sailing but also of what it's like to take care of a boat.
He was at the time taking sort of a sabbatical from his career and he actually drove about 2000 miles to get here and stayed for about a month.
We worked together to do a bottom job and I introduced him to the joys of Cetol, all in the miserable Florida summer weather. We sailed together a few times and after awhile I told him to take her out by himself. He was willing to pay for insurance but I ended up just taking his word that he would make it right if anything happened.
I believe that the experience of sailing the boat alone gave him a different insight and that it was important for him to do it.

It also was good for me. It reminded me that being able to touch a person's life in a meaningful way is a lot more valuable and lasting than a floating chunk of fiberglass, wood and steel.

I didn't and wouldn't do something like letting someone sail or use my boat without thinking long and hard and preparing for it. But I won't let the value of the boat outweigh the value of the person in making the decision to do so. And I won't cry about it later if something happens.
Its great that you were willing to invest your time to help this guy fufil his ambitions. However he was obviously a guy willing to put in the sweat and intellectual equity to become competent. However there are far too many in the world that feel a large account balance is all thats required.
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GREETINGS EARTHLINGS. Is keelhauling not permitted in the U.S.A.? or is that too quick and easey for the Mummbty that allowed this to happen to a nice sailling vesseL . GO SAFE
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The question is one of charter not lend to a friend. I know people, good sailors who I would let take out my boat and I've been offered the same, even by a couple of fine people from this forum. To hand her over to an outright stranger on charter ? No, I don't think so.
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Lara

Thanks for all your concern for Lara. If you sail long enough and far enough sooner or later something like this happens. The charter who did this is an Army Major who has spent time in Iraq defending us. He sure forget to check the tides or ask if he could dock there. Knowing Mr. Lunt, he would of said, " sure, you can dock there but there won't be any water at low tide."

It's odd. I get more upset by the rudeness of a few of the comments than the fact Lara was on the hard.

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Peppe, Is Lara a competition 41 or a bermuda 40? Just wondering... Is she ok? Just a few scratches I hope.
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