Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Arkansas USA
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Greetings Sailnet Community,
I seem to be getting drawn to fascinations from my youth. When I was a kid my sister had a little sunfish and I started sailing that with no instructions just an available boat when nobody was looking. Since then I have rented hobie cats on occasion but mostly have been living in places away from the ocean and involved in life on the hard. Several years ago a friend came by and reminded me of a conversation we had remembering days of sailing the sunfish around a lake in the Oachita mountains. Then he asked me if I wanted his boat. A divorce forced abandonment. I had seen it under the tree behind his house for the last decade and without a second thought I said, "Sure".
After a complete recore and refab of all wood, I have been sailing my 19 ft Flying Scot, "Sweet Lolly", a great planing hull racing dingy for the last 2 years. Since I got Lolly in the water I have been watching eBay for sailboats >27ft. This year on Halloween I bid on a Nantucket Clipper 31'8" built to Loyds Stds for N Atlantic, that has been in a barn in Maine for 10 years with a peeled hull below the water line. My new boat is currently named "Miss Carolyn".
So here I am a new Sailnet member planning to go visit Carolyn over Thanksgiving and sitting here ordering fiberglass and paint.
Good to be on this forum, thanks to everybody who makes this such a useful site.