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Re: Free Sailboat in Minnesota/North dakota

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Hi all, I am wondering if there is anyone giving a sailboat and trailer away in the MN/ND area.... Its always been a dream to learn to sail, but dont have the funds to jump right in. thanks
What happened to the Cal 25 you had a couple of years back ?

ps - please amend you signature ... it is a dead link to presumably a commercial site that is no longer alive.
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Re: Free Sailboat in Minnesota/North dakota

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Never had the money to fix it up at the time. had to sell before could get it in the water
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but if you can't afford to buy a boat, then you probably can't afford to own one either. The purchase price of a boat is merely the price of admission into boating. Once you own the boat, even a modest one, you can expect ongoing expenses to keep it in safe operating condition. If you are starting out with a boat that was free, it is guaranteed to need alot of work and money.

Good luck with your quest for a freebee...
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Re: Free Sailboat in Minnesota/North dakota

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I hate to be the one to break it to you, but if you can't afford to buy a boat, then you probably can't afford to own one either. The purchase price of a boat is merely the price of admission into boating. Once you own the boat, even a modest one, you can expect ongoing expenses to keep it in safe operating condition. If you are starting out with a boat that was free, it is guaranteed to need alot of work and money.

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Exactly!

Are you expecting someone to give you a boat and trailer and everything to be perfect and ready to go? I find that to be a bit presumptuous and a bit of entitlement as well. Work for it and you will get there.

Find someone to go sailing with. Go to the local marinas and yacht clubs and see if you can start sailing with other folks, maybe a race or two. all the while set aside funds for your boat that you can afford to own maintain.

Nothing worse than a boat sitting around being neglected because the owner is in over their head to maintain it.
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Re: Free Sailboat in Minnesota/North dakota

Work hard to earn the funds. Why should you be any different than anyone else around here who has earned their way? Dreams are that much sweeter when you earn them through hard work.

Start with something small like a sunfish and then move up based on needs.
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Re: Free Sailboat in Minnesota/North dakota

I bought a functional sunfish with a trailer for $400. That is about as cheap an entry and operating costs as you can get in sailing. Keep in mind there are some boats that actually have negative value. If you got a free boat that turned out to be an absolute pile of crap, and therefore couldn't sell it, you would still be responsible for disposal ($). OTOH, you never know.
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Re: Free Sailboat in Minnesota/North dakota

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Never had the money to fix it up at the time. had to sell before could get it in the water
The reason people give boats away for free is because they need to be put back in sailing condition ... otherwise the original owners would be keeping them. On top of that, it usually costs something to keep your boat in the water (unless you do the trailer thing).

If you didn't have the $$ to do the last one, maybe you should find a local club (esp. one that has racing) and sail on Other People's Boats. Walk the docks with a sixpack and I guarantee you'll find a ride. Boat owners often need crew. And they're friendly. And they like beer.

That said, send a PM to bljones (or wait for him to show up). He seems to have buddies and a knack for finding boats and hardware free or almost. If you have a towing vehicle, you might be able to bring home something sailable :-)
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Re: Free Sailboat in Minnesota/North dakota

I'd like a free Ford F250 and a years supply of gas in the Maryland area. Oh, and a date with Katy Perry
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