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Re: Please Help Me.

You might not make that trip, but you can build (or have built) a replacement centerboard, and be on your way.

Don't give up the ship.
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Re: Please Help Me.

There is a forum for Paceshippers, but it has been down for awhile.

www.paceshipforums.org.

This is a shoal keel version with the swinging centerboard, correct?
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Re: Please Help Me.

Sorry to hear about your problems but this is part of owning a boat. You will always have something to fix. If you cannot get beyond that, it is time to sell. But really, let's put it into perspective. You are young and have plenty of time to fulfill your dreams. So many are much worse off than you. Go donate some time at the local shelter or the children's cancer ward. You will soon be happy to have a boat with a broken centerboard.

I say suck it up and keep moving forward. Forget the reunion sail and wait until you have the funds to make the repair properly.
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Jeez, If that's the worst that happens to you, consider yourself blessed. If it was me, not only would she hit bottom and crack the CB, but she'd lean forward causing the mast to contact a power line causing a short that melts the mast and setting fire to the fuel and......when I jumped in to get away from the fire I'd find an alligator eyeing me and when I climbed up the bank to get away from the gator I'd find myself crawling thru poison ivy. A pretty good day on the water I'd say.
Oh, did I mention that my car keys are in the now sunken boat?
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Re: Please Help Me.

I was going to tell the OP to stop being a jackwagon but then I thought maybe that was a bit harsh. My dad use to tell us kids to stop whining and crying or he'd give us something to cry about. All of us kids knew what that meant.
To the OP, life is harsh and if you are going to make it you got to be tough.
Not all of us will be there to help you along so we rough you up or give you a name like Sue, wait thats a Johnny Cash song. Its not the end of the world, its a start to make new contacts and learn new skills.
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Re: Please Help Me.

Things will look better tomorrow. I know it doesn't help right now to hear that other people have been in similar circumstances but the fact is that almost every boater I know has had a moment similar to what you are going through (I know I have). It truly can knock you down to where you wish you'd never set foot on a boat, but somehow, we all seem to come up with whatever (cash, energy, materials, knowledge, etc) is needed to see the project through and shortly after the first successful sail we start forgetting the bad stuff. Buck up, matey, the sun will surely rise tomorrow and you'll soon have a beautiful new/repaired centerboard so you can sail away.
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Re: Please Help Me.

Sounds like a challenge, embrace it. Five years from now you'll have a story to tell and will laugh about it.

I'm going to be a bit blunt here, but man up. Quit whining about your problems and take care of them. I think, as sailors, we tend to be self sufficient and don't, necessarily, rely on others unless absolutely necessary. I don't think you're there yet.

My father, a very smart man, had three words for most problems I ever had... "handle it son". Pretty good advice.
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Re: Please Help Me.

You have come this far and now give up? C’mon, count your lucky star it happened in harbor.
How far do you have to sail to see the family?

I assume the boat still floats, so lets put it in perspective:

Can you raise/lower what’s remaining of the board?
Is the board part of the ballast?

If the answers are yes and no, you can still sail with what you have, meanwhile have it made, start making, etc. Unless the board is part of the ballast, it is only useful when on a reach or going upwind, without it (or without the other half), you’ll be less efficient, need more attention to navigation due to leeway and perhaps take longer but its doable.

Now get off your a*# and cheer up.
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Re: Please Help Me.

Buy some lotto tickets and Jack Daniels. If you win the Lotto- problem solved. If you lose the lotto; drink the Jack Daniels. When you sober up....you'll feel like it would have been better to fix the centerboard.
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Re: Please Help Me.

wow, it's not often i am the gentlest voice in the crowd.

That ain't right. i may need to adjust my dosage.
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