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Old 07-07-2012
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Bittersweet day

They say the two best days of a boater's life are the day you buy it and the day you sell it. I'm sure that's true for a lot of people but not for everyone. My Dad sold his boat last week and I'm here to tell you it was far from one of his best days. I'm sure there were a few tears shed at some point, probably after he got home and was alone. He and Clipper (30' Contest) go back a long ways together, 31 years to be exact. Dad sailed mostly on the Hudson river at Tarrytown, how many times he has tacked back and forth across that river I couldn't tell you, and he couldn't either. Easily in the thousands. He mostly went out by himself, and I think he was completely happy out there alone although he was always happy to have some company. I didn't get to spend nearly enough time sailing with him there living on the opposite coast, although we've spent many weeks sailing together out here in the PNW on our boats. Dad won't be getting another boat, Clipper was the last for him, he'll turn 91 in October. The new owner is local and will be keeping her in the same marina and I hope he invites Dad to go for a sail once in awhile, that would be one of the best days for him.






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Re: Bittersweet day

Wow!! 91 and still going, congratulations to him!! My dad made it to 72 so at 77 I am appreciating every day. I sure hope the new owner invites him out. We always enjoyed your part of the country.

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Re: Bittersweet day

Bittersweet indeed!

I do enjoy sailing on that part of the Hudson. My old Tartan 27' is moored across the river in Nyack. Also, Mike aka, Bubb2 keeps his Bene 29' in Tarrytown.

I hope to be up there early tomorrow afternoon for a 1:30 pm race.
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Re: Bittersweet day

Kudos to your dad! Old sailors are admirable characters. My father in law, now 84, still makes his annual trip from NJ to MV every year. It will also be a sad day for him and all of us when he can finally no longer handle it. He's been saying "this is the last year," for about 20 years now:-) Your dad is welcome to sail up or down the Hudson with me any time.
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Re: Bittersweet day

Good for your dad. I took some people for a test sail this morning in anticipation on selling my boat. I really do not want to sell it but I need money. I am also selling a classic car and if at all possible I will keep the boat. I was really bummed out this morning. The prospective new owners' kids were having a blast up in the v-berth and swimming in the lake and all I could think of was to point out every flaw with the boat in the hopes they don't like it!


I really do not want to sell my boat!


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Re: Bittersweet day

Man, that hurts. On the one hand, it's comforting to know he sailed her all the way to 91. On the other, giving her up is giving up a lot in a lot of ways. So I understand the "bitter".

Tell him a lot of us young guns hope to live and sail like he has. God bless him.
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Re: Bittersweet day

Wow, thanks for the kind words. I didn't really expect anyone to reply to this, just wanted to commemorate it in some way. Smurph- thanks so much for the offer, we'll see what happens with the new owner, where do you sail out of? Thanks to you all, I"m sure Dad will see this and be touched.
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God Bless! Bittersweet Indeed. I hope I can sail that long. I am up the river from you in Ossining, and love sailing those waters. Great photos of your Dad and the boat.
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Thanks for sharing your dad's story with us.
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Re: Bittersweet day

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They say the two best days of a boater's life are the day you buy it and the day you sell it. I'm sure that's true for a lot of people but not for everyone. My Dad sold his boat last week and I'm here to tell you it was far from one of his best days.....
We buy a boat. An inanimate object. We make out our 'boat list' and go to work. Over the years our blood, sweat and tears are integrated into wood and fiberglass until the lines blur between a man and his boat. It becomes a part of us.

The day I sell my boat I will feel the loss of a close friend and will know exactly how your dad is feeling today.
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