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I am hours from good sailing but I bought a seaworthy(at least by design) boat anyway. Recently bought a 1965 Columbia Contender that happened to appear in my town. Looks to be a project that someone needed out of. Maybe died. Decent trailer. Not much hardware on deck and seems to have newer topside paint on her. Anyway I have tons of stuff to do but can only seem to think of my boat when the essential family stuff is over. I have an addictive personality. Luckily my wife who is new to boats is very supportive! My six year-old twin boys only like to sail if I drag them behind our Hobie 16. Although they did have a blast playing on the keelboat on its trailer in the lot. My wife and I are expecting another child this month so I though I should get a boat that is more comfy to hang out on problem was the one I bought tried to sink. Also our local lake has steep shallow boat ramps and no lift. there is one ramp that may allow me to trailer the boat out with a tractor. Getting it in was no prob.
My only real sailing adventure took place in the Sea of Cortez aboard Zuiva; a 1963 Contender which my previous wife's sister secured use of for a book writing deal with Wilderness Press. All we had to do was buy new rigging, sails and a motor and the boat was ours to use. Three adults, a five year old son and eighteen mo. daughter were aboard, me being the only sailor. The husband and wife wrote the book "Sea Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez" and did their best to follow my advise of learning to at least turn the boat around without the motor in case I fell overboard. We made the best of it but the real fun for me came during the return trip made mostly singlehanded. If you can ever sail between La Paz and Bahia de Conception you will be amazed by the beauty of the area. I saw porpoise corralling fish and a small humpback swim up to, look at us, then swim under the boat. kinda scary. Before that I had only sailed in the confines of Humboldt Bay in my San Juan 24 "Dragonfly". Two years in the U.S. Navy as an Operations Specialist and many days pinheading out of Seaforth Sportsfishing in San Diego while my dad worked the decks fostered my love of being on water in boats.
I raise chickens and have a pair of goats at my house in rural southern Illinois.
Fair winds to you.