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Hello, my name is Scott. When I was 17, a buddies family invited me to go sailing with them on their little 4 person day sailer, I'm not sure what kind of boat it was, but it had a swing keel and was probably about a 17 footer. They took me to Lake Nockamixon, and after a day on the lake, I was hooked! I have wanted to sail ever since...
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After 21 years of dreaming of being able to afford a sailboat, a coworker asked me if I was still looking for one... I laughed, and said I have always wanted to buy one, but I don't have the money for one. He then told me that this one is free!!! I was immediately skeptical of a free boat, but figured it was worth checking it out.
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I arranged a time to go meet his father who was looking to get rid of the old boat. Upon arrival, I almost turned the car around and bolted at the sight... It was an old Compac 16' which had been left under a tree for almost 10 years, it's cover had rotted off years before, and it had a thick growth of lichens covering the entire deck.
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I couldn't just leave, because they were expecting me, and since I was already there I figured I might as well check out how bad things were...
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All the tires were flat and rotting off the rims.
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The fake teak companionway boards were rotten...
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The cockpit drains were plugged, and it had a few inches of mucky, leaf filled goo laying in the cockpit floor.
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The hull was in surprisingly good shape, and thankfully there wasn't much water in the cabin area! It was filthy, damp, and filled with spiders, but otherwise in good condition.
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I quickly determined that things weren't nearly as bad as they first appeared!
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