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LOL Too bad "This Old Boat" is taken - name of a magazine! Pretty good one too.
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I bought your book the other day and have only skimmed this thread to keep from stumbling on any spoilers. I'm only 30% or so through the book but I've been glued.

The reason: I seem to be living much of your story now! Almost. Bought my boat out of the same marina you did, it was the fourth one I looked at. I've been doing a refit for the last two years, getting ready to sail south this summer. Almost deja vu!

Pretty funny book, thanks.
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Good to hear, GMFL! What kind of boat did you acquire? Keeping it in the City, or one of the Marin marinas like Loch Lomond?
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Good to hear, GMFL! What kind of boat did you acquire? Keeping it in the City, or one of the Marin marinas like Loch Lomond?

It's a '75 Islander 36, still at the same marina. Hard to want move from that slip, pretty ideal for a weekend getaway for me. Just a few more items for it (autopilot being the biggest expense left) and then I'm shoving off to bring her south.

Was going to wait until after the AC this year but went to the two AC45 races last year and think I'd rather watch the big boats race on TV, especially with the course change.
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Did the previous owner keep the maintenance up?
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The reason: I seem to be living much of your story now! Almost. Bought my boat out of the same marina you did, it was the fourth one I looked at. I've been doing a refit for the last two years, getting ready to sail south this summer. Almost deja vu!

Pretty funny book, thanks.
Man are you going to be pissed when you get to the point where the boat sinks and the author dies.

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Did the previous owner keep the maintenance up?
I thought he did. What I've learned since is a bit different. The boat seemed to have been used mostly in the bay for races and although it wasn't stripped, it wasn't ideal for cruising either. There was a roller furler but it had not been used as such in awhile and the drum was useless. Electronics were way old, the vhf must have been original and didn't work. The VHF is actually pretty cool looking though, about the size of a small ice chest. The stove was brand new when I bought it but not hooked up, etc. (I guess the racing rules stated that the boat must have a stove, headliner, very small anchor, can't use furler, etc.)

Anyway, I've had the mast out & repainted, lines run internal, new standing rigging, all new electronics etc. No problems with the head though (knock knock) The bright work looked great and I've been trying to keep it up but after the first time I varnished, I removed the masking and it pulled up the "new" deck paint the previous owner had applied. A very poor job after looking further into it. Something I'll have to re-do. Same with the topside paint. I'm sure this sounds like a typical older boat owner at this point though huh?

Oh, well. B.O.A.T. Right?

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It is hard to come up with an idea for a cruising book that is original but I think I have one.
How about a cruising snuff book.
The premise is that some old dude like me fits out a marginal but rock solid boat maybe a Person Triton.
Sets very difficult goals that get progressively harder and more dangerous.
Blogs about it daily.
Keeps going until it is fatal.

1. Good way to go.
2. Great story.
3. Follow the Pardee rules. Under no circumstance risk any fresh young coasties to save my wrinkled butt. The last few seconds would be blogging not calling for help.
4. Educational as you would see exactly what you can get away with and not.

That would be something different.
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