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They are Waiting...

A few weeks ago, I helped a fellow skipper put fresh anti-fouling on his boat hull. He keeps his boat at a large marina, with a large storage yard.

I drove through row after row of boats, primarily sailboats, stored on the hard. Every make, model and flavor that you could ever think of. Most were covered to varying degrees in black mold or mildew, but under that, you could still get a feel for the condition they were in. Some were far gone, even by my low standards, junk on hardstands. They represent death, the end, the point of no return. Many, in fact most of these boats were still salvageable. All of them are old, and They are Waiting.

Most of these boats have long stories to tell. Years of stories of exciting races, scary weather, harrowing near collisions. Romantic weekends at anchor where lovers cooked romantic, simple dinners on weak, alcohol stoves, and skinny dipping in the moonlight. Family cruises where kids would dive off of the stern and swim in the cove, with lunches of PB&J sandwiches.

Now, they are Waiting. What are they waiting for? I'll tell you:

The water, be it lake, creek, river, bay or Ocean represents one of the last Free places of man and woman. Freer than driving a car, flying a plane, or riding a motorcycle. Only the vastness of space can compete. I think that the fewest number of laws apply to a skipper on the water, compared to a homeowner on land. On the water, your yacht, whether it's 20 feet long, or 200 feet, is your domain, your castle, your ticket to exciting times, exciting travel, and making your own exciting stories.

These boats are waiting to liberate people, to serve them, to teach them, to be their trusted companions, to take them places and make more stories.

As I drove through the rows of boats, trying to find my friend's boat, all I could hear was a chorus of "Pick me, pick me!" from all of them. They are all waiting for someone to love them, and liberate them from their dirt-bound prisons, and in turn, liberate and save the one who saves them.

All I could say was "I'm sorry ladies, but I've already saved my girl, I'm spoken for."

I hate that the sour economy and our culture of sloth, waste and safety has relegated these vessels to a slow death in the elements.

If anyone in the Annapolis area is looking for a cheap boat to just get out on the water, good onya.

Sorry for the rant.
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Sounds like you wandered into the back rows of Herrington Harbor North... There are some really eerie finds back there, with what are likely interesting back stories I'm betting.
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I'll be looking for my 'pound puppy' in about a month. I assume the situation is similar in Florida, but I may have to drive up if not.
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Sounds like you wandered into the back rows of Herrington Harbor North... There are some really eerie finds back there, with what are likely interesting back stories I'm betting.
Damn, are you psychic?? Creepy.

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Damn, are you psychic?? Creepy.

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Not psychic, just a long-term resident.

You probably drove past Por Fin on your hunt (I sincerely hope that she wasn't one of the sirens trying to snare your attention; I'm not sure I could handle the feeling of betrayal .) She's languishing on the hard for the second summer in a row, and no doubt would much rather be wet than dry.
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Not psychic, just a long-term resident.

You probably drove past Por Fin on your hunt (I sincerely hope that she wasn't one of the sirens trying to snare your attention; I'm not sure I could handle the feeling of betrayal .) She's languishing on the hard for the second summer in a row, and no doubt would much rather be wet than dry.
If you need help with labor, let me know. Maybe I can help out.
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Nice "rant"!! Thanks for that! Loved it!

I'm in the process of saving a Viking 33. So, your words struck me!

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If you need help with labor, let me know. Maybe I can help out.
Thanks for the offer, Bubbles. I'll keep you in mind once I get to the point when a full frontal assault is the best course of action; I'm still in the recon by fire and small probing attacks phase
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Re: They are Waiting...

Nice !!! This is just what I did. Only difference was, I was on the
water fishing around a mooring field, or better yet a Potters field of
old sailing vessels. I looked at them all. It made me want to weep.
From the age of 15 I wanted to sail. I could never afford that kind of
life. I had no means to spend 40 or 50 grand on a boat. I was raising
3 kids. I have me a great old boat with strong bones and a good
engine, I took is from the marina last Saturday. We have a total of
7,954.00 and she is almost ready. I would say it could be done with
most of the boats I surveyed. They just need to be loved. They will
bring a lifetime of fun and freedom to some family. great piece
Bubblehead.

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