Tartan 27' owner
Join Date: Jan 2008
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I've had a partner in my 27' Tartan since the day we bought her about 8 years ago. Before I got into this arrangement I was advised by an old sailing friend that partnerships such as this are rarely a partnership of equals. While this adage is most certainly true I like to think that our differences (my partner and me) are what makes us stronger as a whole.
Yes, I end up doing most of the things that involve 'boat snot' (re-bedding, finishing, epoxy, painting) while my partner excels at electrical, plumbing and engine work. Of course we overlap quite a bit in our skills but it has served us both quite well for now. I am certain that another aspect of the success of our partnership is that we have known each other for 30 years or so. We also share the yearly costs of ownership which makes our partnership one of nearly equals, or about as close as it could be.
What you seem to be asking for is certainly a possibility too. I know of one fellow in CT who would likely sign up to the partnership that you are suggesting, but, alas CT is much too far from Maine.
A successful partnership is not bought by money as much as trust and mutual understanding, and in my case, friendship and patience. I think you need to be a bit more specific about what your expectations are about "WHENEVER I AM NOT SAILING" means to a prospective partner, in terms of when THEY could use the boat.
Perhaps those details a premature at this point so I wish you the best in your enterprise and hope you can find an ideal partner; however unlikely.
"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen
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